“Zootopia” movie review
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Fur flies, criminals scatter, and hilarity ensues within the one hour, 48 minutes of Disney’s new animated movie “Zootopia.” The movie hit theaters on March 4, and has made $233.9 million in the box office so far, according to Google. The movie is rated PG.
Many reviews paint “Zootopia” as a must see movie. A review from The Washington Post says, “The genius of ‘Zootopia’ is that it works on two levels: it’s both a timely and clever examination of the prejudices endemic to society and an entertaining, funny adventure about furry creatures.”
Popular user/critic website Rotten Tomatoes has also given “Zootopia” their seal of approval with a 99% rating, filing it under the “fresh” category.
In “Zootopia” there are two types of animal categories: predators and prey. While the world of “Zootopia” lives (mostly) in peace, the rift between predator and prey is obvious and shown throughout the movie.
The story begins not in the metropolis of Zootopia, but in the hopes and dreams of one bunny that wishes to be a big city cop. Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) initially has trouble getting traction within the police academy along with the police force.
Hopps, despite criticism for her being a bunny, works her way to the top of her class in the police academy and becomes the first prey to join the police force in the city of Zootopia.
Although she is assigned to parking duty while the police chief hands off more important assignments to the other officers, Hopps’ quick wits lead her a scam artist fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), whom she ends up befriending in order to crack a case that threatens to tear apart the city of Zootopia in the form of creating mistrust between the prey and predators.
“Zootopia” not only has enough comedy and simplicity to appeal to the younger, but plenty of references and a deeper story for the adults. Two big name references come in the form of a “Godfather” shrew, and a chemist sheep with two partners named Walt and Jessie.
What makes “Zootopia” a great movie is the willingness to mirror the prejudice in America by using fuzzy (and scaly) animals as placeholders. It also serves as a reminder that people (and animals) can be different, but that should not be a dividing wedge. Instead, “Zootopia” shows what can happen when two different people from two different backgrounds (Hopps, small town bunny; Wilde, big city fox) come together as a team.