New on DVD: Zootopia

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Zootopia is the latest movie from Disney Animation and stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba. After Judy Hopps becomes the very first rabbit cop, she takes on a mysterious case of something going on in the town. Teaming up with Nick Wilde a smooth and sly fox, they must work together to solve the mystery.

Going into this movie, I had high hopes.Disney has been on a role since 2010 producing high quality work. Zootopia is yet another  home run from Disney Animation. The movie works on every level. It’s fun, heartwarming, smart, and teaches great lessons. It’s a movie that people of all ages can enjoy. Young and old can watch and be entertained. It is yet another instant classic for Disney.

First off, the story is just really well told. There is a lot of social commentary going on in the movie and some of it can be heavy handed and at times be hitting you over the head a little too much. The scene where an elephant refuses to serve a fox ice cream purely because he is a fox is of course reminiscent of the christian bakery’s we are constantly hearing about. That scene hits you over the head a little bit too much, but it’s very brief. The main story of Judy Hopps becoming the first ever police rabbit and proving that she can do just as good of a job as any other animal is told very nicely. This commentary doesn’t hit you over the head as much of the other one. This is also a story told throughout the movie rather than just a moment in the movie. The whole theme that anyone can do anything is all done very well.

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The voice work is all superb. Jason Bateman is the perfect choice to play the sly, smooth fox. His voice just has that natural slyness and it fits so well with the character. Ginnifer Goodwin does a good job as Judy Hopps, her voice goes very well with the character, and Idris Elba is once again great with his voice work as the Chief police. All the characters and their voice work is done superbly and it never feels like a voice is out of place. They all do a good job.

The animation is really spectacular. Disney is always stepping it up when it comes to animation. They really do have some of the best, if not the best animation in movies. Their attention to detail is really apparent through many scenes of this movie. It’s really quite dazzling at times.

The movie is also very funny. There are jokes here for both adults and kids. One scene in particular involves sloths and it’s by far the funniest scene in the movie. There are a lot of references to other classic movies, and there are almost nonstop laughs. It’s one of Disney’s funniest movies in a very long time. It balances the comedy and drama very well.It’s funny when it needs to be, but when they need to be serious, they are serious and the tone shifts all feel very natural.

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The only real negative thing for me, is there isn’t a great antagonist. Disney has been struggling lately with creating good memorable villains. When you think of the last great Disney villain, most would probably say Scar. The Lion King came out more than 20 years ago. Sure there have been good villains in between, but the last really memorable one is probably Scar. Lately however, and this is a minor spoiler I guess, Disney has decided to make all their antagonists surprises and they continue yet again with this movie. They did it with Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero Six. It’s just starting to feel a little old. Disney needs to start creating great and memorable villains again.

Overall, Zootopia is a wonderful family movie with lots of laughs and a heart warming story. It’s a movie that both young and old can enjoy and is definitely one of the best movies of the year so far.

 

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