Brilliantly animated, incredibly fun for both adults and kids, “Zootopia” took me by surprise and currently stands as one of my favorite films of the year.
The story takes place in a world where animals have human characteristics, and interact with each other and handle themselves the way humans do. This opens the world up for endless creativity, which the film absolutely capitalizes on. This doesn’t necessarily have to do with the main characters or the plot, but the auxiliary things, so to speak, the world creation. From rabbit main character (Judy Hopps) wearing earphones that are actually placed correctly, in her bunny ears on the top of her head, to the little animals (squirrels?) having their own exit doors on the train, there is amazing detail being put into this film, from start to finish.
The plot is generic enough, almost vintage Disney, but it was so well executed that there was never a dull moment. The color palette of the film was always vibrant. And the comedy… I’m not sure if I have ever heard a Hong Kong movie audience laugh this hard. And not just the sloth scene that was in the trailer, either.
The voice talent was also very solid from top to bottom, with a cast consisting of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, and Jenny Slate. And directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore definitely created something special that can spawn many sequels
I have to say though, the one shortcoming of this film is that the contexts within which some of these comedy scenes lie are quite mature-themed and rely on threats of violence. I glossed over it initially, but in retrospect, these methods ultimately placed this film below “Inside Out” in my favorite animated movies.
As the film has already grossed over $800 million worldwide, I’d imagine many people have already seen it. I’d recommend it nonetheless. Go see it!