Last movie for the 30 Day Film Challenge is….Zootopia!!!!!
Before I get to the film and its review, I just wanted to say, wow, can’t believe it’s already been 30 days! Well, technically, it’s been slightly more than 30 days due to some unforeseen circumstances that slowed me down, but yay! 30 movies, 30 reviews, all in a roughly 30 day time frame – thank you to everyone who has read my blog and showed me support the entire way!
Now back to Zootopia!
I’ve been dying to watch this movie ever since I saw its absolutely hilarious trailer featuring sloths, and after hearing that Zootopia is on track to having a record opening this weekend, I knew I needed to see it. So I begged (read: coerced?) my mom into watching a 11:00 am showing with me on Saturday. Since the theater was close to our home, we decided to leave a bit later – oh boy, did we regret that choice. The showing was completely sold out. Good thing I had already bought tickets in advance, but my mom and I ended up sitting in the fourth row. Talk about getting a mock IMAX experience for a matinee price – I felt engulfed by the screen.
From the team behind Big Hero 6, Wreck-It-Ralph, and Frozen comes a new Disney movie set in Zootopia, a city filled with anthropomorphic mammals and a place where anyone can be anything. Inspired by this city of endless possibilities, bunny Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams of leaving her home in Bunnyburrow and becoming Zootopia’s first bunny officer. Graduating at the top of her class from the police academy, Judy Hopps does indeed become Zootopia’s first bunny officer, but she soon realizes none of the larger animals at police department take her seriously. In order to prove herself, Judy takes on a difficult case where her only help comes from Nick (Jason Bateman), a mischievous, sly fox.
It almost seems certain that Zootopia will garner a nomination for next year’s Oscar, if not take home the award for best animated feature. Original, funny, and thoughtful, Zootopia is able to deliver an exciting story filled with thrills and laughter, while also conveying a timely message of inclusivity.
A film for everyone, Zootopia appeals to audiences of all ages and background. It has an action-packed plot filled with extremely huggable characters that appeals to younger audiences, and it also contains hilarious jabs at human establishments like the DMV (Department of Mammalian Vehicles in the movie) that older audiences can enjoy. The animation is also amazingly creative and detailed – Zootopia comes to life on the screen in an impressive manner, and there is joy in noticing all the small things that keep the city running.
But one of the most meaningful aspects of the film is its message of inclusivity that resonates with the audience, especially at a time when problems of prejudice and diversity are prevalent. The city of Zootopia becomes a reflective lens through which we can examine our society, and it also becomes a film filled with social and political commentary that is wittily conveyed through animals.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Writers: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nick Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, JK Simmons, Shakira
Run time: 1 hr 48 min