Film Review: Zootropolis

In association with the Grosvenor

Disney offers a master class of world building with their latest film, Zootropolis – Zootopia in America. In a world where humans never existed with animals instead evolving, rabbit police officer Judy Hopps enlists the help of fox con artist Nick Wilde to solve a series of missing mammals cases. Every frame offers a wealth of background detail and animal related puns, showing just how much care and imagination was put into developing the world beyond the spaces the characters inhabit.

This really pays off, as the fleshed out city of Zootropolis becomes a place that you really want to return to, even if its just to spy all the little touches that makes it feel so alive. The characters succeed in not getting lost in their world however, managing to be engaging as they burst out on the screen, their voice actors doing a splendid job of breathing personality and warmth into their animated counterparts. The two odd-couple leads bounce off each other perfectly, having a dynamic that’s both playful and heartfelt.

The film itself is bright, fun and lively, despite covering some pretty serious themes – including institutional discrimination and oppression. Luckily these themes are handled well, and come at a time when talking about these issues, especially in a complex and sensitive manner, is extremely important and relevant. Zootropolis tackles these themes with the care they deserve, and uses them in a way that adds and enriches both the narrative and its world.

Disney is clearly at the top of its game right now, with each film it releases being better than the last. It pretty much guarantees an enjoyable film, and Zootropolis will appeal to both children and adults by both examining complex ideas in a fun and inventive way and having genuinely funny jokes, high-paced action scenes, and a world that you’ll fall in love with. Its the bunny-cop film I never knew I wanted, but I’m so glad its here.

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[Jo Reid]

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