Friday, March 18, 2016

Movie Review Madness - Zootopia

I was the only adult in the theater for Zootopia without a kid in tow, and I think I laughed the loudest.  This is a clever animated film with plenty of plot, fully developed characters, and a message too. Like the concept of utopia, the Zootopia metropolis attempts to have every animal get along.

In regards to Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin with enthusiasm) she achieves her goal as first bunny on the police force. But alas, she’s shoved into a meter maid role by the chief. However, she’s determined to be the best at writing tickets and enforcing the law. She meets Nick Wilde (sly snarky Jason Bateman) a conniving fox who seems to work hardest at beating the system. Nonetheless, the pair are drawn into a mystery.

Why are some animals reported missing? Why are some predators going “berserk” after so many years of “no attacks”?  Judy and Nick slowly work together, despite his reluctance, and uncover corruption in Zootopia. Per stereotype, a bunny and fox should not be a team, but in Zootopia diversity is applauded and the message in this story shows we should all get past assumptions.  It’s a good message in this day and age and the film is very clever at pointing fingers and making fun too. The scene with the sloths at the DMV is hysterical.

Zootopia is high energy and a blast. It’s fast paced and brims with activity – lots of animals to enjoy and characters to remember. Stay to the end and dance through the credits with the star gazelle (Shakira). Maybe someday we can achieve a zootopia utopia. Enjoy!


16 comments:

  1. Probably one of the most well-developed animated film in years.
    And don't worry, my wife and I saw it without kids as well.

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    1. It was excellent, and yes your review clinched my going to see it

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  2. Oh this sounds like fun. I hadn't heard much about this one, but now I want to see it.

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  3. I had forgotten this one was coming out. I have a 9 year old who'll probably love it. Now to pull my head out of the latest manuscript and actually take him.

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    1. the kid will be happy and you'll probably enjoy it even more. Good luck with your manuscript - but it's okay to take a break

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  4. Okay, I get it. You don't like REAL animals all that much, but ANIMATED ones are A-OK. :)

    Sounds like my kind of movie. I don't think I'll have any problem getting Smarticus to see it, either. When it comes to animated films, he's a big kid. So (shhh) am I.

    Have a super weekend.

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    1. exactly. Animated ones don't bite
      Yes, you two will be laughing the loudest at the matinee. Enjoy

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  5. I've been hearing a lot about this one lately. I don't see so many animated movies now that my stepdaughter is grown, but there was a time we would have been all over this one.

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    1. you don't need a kid for an excuse to go. Treat yourself!

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  6. This is the second good review I have seen on this film. Suppose we'll have to watch it. ;) Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  7. It does sound good. I don't mind 'messages' in films, but it has to be a good story, first and foremost :-)

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    1. it doesn't beat you over the head with a message and it's worth the amusement

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  8. I've heard it's really good and I can't wait to watch it myself. :)

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    1. enjoy!!! You'll be glad you saw it

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