A Film to Watch: Zootopia

Zootopia—a metropolitan melting pot of the animal world. A city where animals of all shapes and sizes live in perfect harmony with one another. If you have been looking for the perfect movie to watch with your grandkids or spouse, Zootopia is the movie for you.

Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is a small bunny with big dreams. Determined to follow her heart, she graduates police academy and moves to Zootopia. No other bunny has joined the police force before! Despite the reservations of her parents, who long ago gave up on their dreams to become carrot farmers, Judy knows she will go far.

Once she arrives in Zootopia, a rude city life awakening soon follows. Police Chief Bogo (voiced by Idris Elba) will only assign her to be a meter maid. Animals get angry at her for leaving them parking tickets. It seems like nothing is working, and we find Judy wondering if she’s made the right idea to follow her dream.

Soon Judy forges a friendship with the wily fox Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). Nick is a slippery con artist, but with the best intentions at heart. The two begin to rely on each other as partners, a la Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. When Chief Bogo gives Judy 48 hours to crack a missing animal case, it’s up to Nick and Judy to trust their intuition to make a big break in the case.

A delightful romp through Zootopia follows where you meet all kinds of different animals. You and your grandkids will laugh out loud at the different character portrayals.

In addition to the characters, the graphics perfectly capture the city and city life. The five main districts of Zootopia are seen lush in detail. Jungletown is an urban rainforest, with dark sweeping vines. Sahara Square is a nightlife oasis.  Tundratown is an icebox, complete with icicles hanging off of the cars. Savanna Central is the train station gateway to downtown. If you have ever spent time in San Francisco, you’ll recognize the houses in downtown Little Rodentia.

Like all Disney movies, Zootopia does not miss with the social commentary. But this movie does a fantastic job of addressing social pressures without seeming moralistic. We learn that no one has to give up on their dreams, no matter where they are in life. Judy refuses to give up pursuing her dreams though life is not always easy.

Zootopia provides plenty of entertainment for all. Your younger grandkids are sure to love Officer Hopps, her friend Nick Wilde, and all the other cast of animals. You and your older grandkids will not miss the subtle layering of current social issues. This movie is a fresh take on living in harmony with one another, all while not giving up on your dreams.

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