Reviews: Disney’s Zootropolis wows

Published On March 11, 2016 | By Garth Cremona | Animation, Film TV & Theatre, Reviews

Zootropolis,
Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Starring (voices of) Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

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Disney bring us an animated adventure in a world where Predators and Prey live in harmony. When a young country Bunny wants to become the first of her kind to become a Police Officer it seems desperately out of reach. Thankfully she has a never say die attitude and works against those odds to become the first Bunny Police Officer. The reality when she graduates from the academy though, is that no one wants her in the Force. Judy Hopps keeps going as she doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit.

Disney and their animations over the last few years have killed it in such a way that I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to animated films as much as when I hear that they have one coming out. Inside Out last year was my movie of the year, I know I should have picked Age of Ultron, but there was something about that film that just spoke directly to me, and entertained me too; doing one of those is hard enough, two is next to impossible.

What we have with Zootropolis, or Zootopia, depending on where you are in the world, does something that is unreal, it creates a world that is believable, that has so much depth you will get lost in the visuals, and it manages to give us a story that will just grip you. The classic Disney themes are there: believe in yourself, fight for your dream, friendship is great, and we’ve come to expect that. Let’s not be cynics here, it’s nice to see something so beautiful and who cares about anything else when you are being entertained for the entire running time.

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I dare you, no I double dare you, to watch this film and take in the whole thing in one sitting. It’s impossible. The animators here should be taken out and bought the best dinner in the world and given copious amounts of their fave alcohol. Then they should be given bonuses. I can’t fault this beautiful world that they’ve created, it’s just unreal, and I truly believe that when I see this film on the big screen for the twentieth time I’m sure that I’ll see something that I didn’t see the last nineteen times. This is one which will not just bear but demands repeat viewings.

The story of Judy and her dream of making the world a better place, while some of the predators are returning to their primal natures and teaming up with a con man of a Fox, gives us so many laughs. Even the grumpiest grump on the planet will laugh at the DMV scene. The voice acting includes Once Upon a Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Don Lake, and Bonnie Hunt.

There are moments through this film when you don’t know that you are looking at a computer generated animation, you feel you are watching the most sophisticated stop motion animation ever, or in some of the scenes at night it looks as though you are watching real animals.

I just loved this film, there is not point in denying it, I laughed and giggled through the whole running time. I also watched in awe at the most beautiful piece of world building that I think I’ve ever seen. A year ago we were shown some early footage of this and since then this has been something that I’ve looked forward to, almost more than the new Batman, almost. All that matters when you go to the cinema is if you feel that you’ve been entertained. As a forty year old man who still buys and plays with action figures, don’t judge me, I can see parents getting more from this than they imagine. Take the kids with you if you have to, but adults shouldn’t be scared of going alone and letting their inner child watch in wonder at this magnificent adventure that is all about being true to your dreams and believing in yourself.

Zootropolis opens in UK cinemas on March 25th

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Garth Cremona

Garth Cremona is an Irish writer, as well as reviewer of films, comics and books

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