Reel Critique: Zootopia

Zootopia, the latest film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, takes place in a world dominated by animals. All kinds of animals live in cities, use cell phones, drive cars, and wear clothes. Zootopia was undoubtedly one of the best animated movies I have ever seen. If you usually avoid animated films, I would still recommend you hop on over to the nearest movie theater to experience this heartwarming and hilarious story.

The film begins in the rural town of Bunnyburrow. Judy Hopps, an ambitious rabbit, dreams of becoming a police officer in Zootopia, a major city for mammals. Her parents discourage her, hoping she will avoid danger and choose to follow in their footsteps as a carrot farmer. Judy, however, pursues her dream anyway, and becomes the first bunny officer in Zootopia’s police department.

When Judy arrives in Zootopia, she is disappointed to find that she has been assigned to parking duty. The larger mammals on the force are assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several animals. While working on giving parking tickets, Judy meets Nick Wilde, a con artist fox. Later, when she strikes a deal with the Police Chief Bogo to gain the opportunity to look for one of the missing mammals, Judy finds a connection between Nick and the disappearances. Together, the two of them travel around Zootopia to discover the missing animals before time runs out.

The art and animation in the movie was amazing. I appreciated how well the character designs reflected the personalities of the characters, and the animators and voice actors did an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life.

Zootopia offers something for all types of moviegoers to enjoy. It has comedy, mystery, action, and suspense, but it also takes a somewhat serious turn. The conflict introduced at the beginning of the film escalates and changes throughout the entire movie. Judy’s actions have severe consequences for some of the other characters, and the problems that arise address the issue of prejudice. Zootopia shows how fear or dislike for people (or animals, in this case) who are different can be damaging.

I love animals and animated films, so I may be biased, but I honestly had no major problems with Zootopia. I only wish that more areas of Zootopia were explored throughout the movie, although I do acknowledge that doing so could have distracted from the main storyline.
Overall, I give Zootopia 9 pawpsicles out of 10.