Saturday, 25 June 2016

Zootopia (2016)

The idea here is that Zootopia is large urban city akin to New York or San Fransisco home to all kinds of anthropanthropomorphic (human-like) animals. In Zootopia it is said these animals can live simultaneously free of discrimination, where anyone can be or do anything. Unfortunately when our main character "Judy Hopps" a bunny who has always dreamed of being a police officer moves to Zootopia she finds that finds a society much less equal than she had imagined.

If that descriptions sounds a little familiar to you, that is what I thought coming into this film too. Little did I know the Disney movie about talking animals walking around on two legs could end up being one of the best films of the year. I cannot think of a single aspect of the film that I would change if given the chance.

Both the scenic and character animation are absolutely gorgeous. The world detail has particularly being meticulously designed, hilariously allowing for many different species to coexist despite being vastly different shapes and sizes.The voice cast all do a very good job, especially Jason Batemen and Ginnifer Goodwin who are impeccably cast in the two leading roles. Also to be mentioned is Shakira whose original song "try everything" perfectly captures the tone of the movie.

One of the largest strengths of the film are the beautifully written characters throughout the film. Together with a deep, engaging story-line they make for a funny and moving film. This is enriched by the often hilarious satire and epanse that comes from Zootopia being, at its core, a metaphor for discrimination, acceptance and racial profiling within our society.

This is a rich, layered, gorgeous film, which gives a breath of fresh air to the tired "talking animal" genre. I absolutely fell in love with this film and it is a must see for people of all ages who enjoy animated movies. 5/5