Review: Disney’s ZOOTROPOLIS – Adorable creature cop comedy

★★★★★

It’s easy to see why Disney’s Easter animal based animation has had to sneak in under the radar, the world of children’s entertainment is packed to the barn rafters with talking foxes and zoo based capers so it’s hard to imagine how Disney managed to keep Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) so fresh and current.

Set in a future world where prey and predator have evolved to live alongside each other, plucky bunny Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams of becoming Zootropolis Police Department’s first bunny officer. She graduates top of her class but it’s when she’s stuck on meter duty as a new recruit, she realises how huge the hurdle is that she’s going to have to leap in order to be taken seriously by cockney water buffalo and 1st Precinct Head Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) and her fellow officers. Hopps enlists the help of an unlikely sidekick, fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and finds herself investigating the case of 14 missing mammals.

 

Zootropolis begins somewhat conventionally, an inspiring message for kids that “anyone can become anything” is the main message of optimism that changes as Judy Hopps experiences being a small mammal in a big city. Zootropolis is Disney at its most cunning. An energetic, heartfelt caper comedy for kids layered with relevant satire, clever humour and references that adults will enjoy. It has the running, no so subtly disguised theme of discrimination at its heart but told in the setting of an LA cop drama. With unexpected twists, conspiracies, an unlikely duo and a mystery that hints that it might have a supernatural cause, Zootropolis is more like a fluffy X Files than anything in Disney’s back catalogue.

Zootropolis is a beautifully designed world, vibrant and expansive, each neighbourhood in the city has been given a distinct look and feel. The animation is incredibly detailed and made to feel even more realistic thanks to all the fur that they have had to cope with.

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The voice acting is excellent, Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) makes a relatable hero and expressive lead in Judy Hopps but the entire cast is distinctive, lively, playful and full of character.

Music is a big thing in Zootropolis and appears in sneaky ways. A pop star named Gazelle (Shakira) seems to have a monopoly on celebrity in this mammalian future metropolis and it has an uplifting but thankfully not too catchy soundtrack.

Zootropolis is ridiculously cute yet subtly clever. A heartfelt message wrapped up in fur, fun, comedy and a adorable story Zootropolis is delight children and entertain adults.

Zootropolis is released in UK in 2D, 3D and 3d IMAX cinemas on 25th March 2016.

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