The city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive, it is the big city where everyone wants to live and work. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) moves from the farmlands into the big city, she becomes the first rabbit to join the police force and quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law.
Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
“The Chairman” – I went into this movie with high hopes given the positive buzz I was hearing and this is normally when a movie disappoints me, BUT not in this case. The movie has a well-crafted story, characters, and on-point world building. It is clear that the directors and artists took their time to put this world together with great insight into the animal traits that were being highlighted.
The personalities of each animal were excellently portrayed by the voice artists, Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy, who was the bubbly and energetic voice you would want for a “hard to slow down” rabbit. Jason Bateman as Nick, who was as cool and slick as a fox should be. I just want to talk about the two other voices that I thought stood out in the movie: Idris Elba as Chief Bogo (the stereo-typically angry black police chief) and JK Simmons as Mayor Lionheart (a prideful lion with a huge ego) as these two guys brought “it” in spades. I am really looking forward to Idris Elba as Shere Khan in Jungle Book later this year.
I must commend the filmmakers for not making Judy the sole focus of the story. She is thrown into an on-going investigation of missing animals, her chance encounter with Nick is a small piece in the puzzle, which poses a threat to her and the entire force. There is a reference of the Godfather halfway through the movie that had me rolling on the floor, not sure the kids would get it, but all the adults were laughing their asses off.
I bet you were asking yourself the same question I was before seeing this, how are predators and prey living together in peace? And if so, why would you need a police force? Well, the answer is EVOLUTION, and even in an evolved society there needs to be some form of law and order (DUN DUN). It deals with race (species) relations in a way that mimics humans, until things go bad.
I took my 9 year old niece to see this and she loved it and would definitely see it again. It’s a movie for all ages in the same way as “The Lego Movie”. There is source material for a great sequel as well: Where are the Reptiles and Sea Creatures? Take the family to see this and have a great time. 8/10
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