I went to go see Zootopia a couple of hours ago. I don’t consider this a review–just sharing a short post of my thoughts about the film.
Why did I, a 23-year-old college student, go see it?
I love Jason Bateman’s voice. I’ve enjoyed Ginnifer Goodwin’s performance on Once Upon A Time. And the fox and the bunny are just drawn really cute.
But like many other adults, I was surprised by the film and what it deals with. It dealt with heavy topics that plague our society today.
*light spoilers ahead*
It deals with racism. Discrimination. Stereotyping. The injustices that come with these concepts.
And it’s all told by anthropomorphic animals.
The synopsis according to an IMDB user:
From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
I’m not a film critic, so it’s not like I’m basing my thoughts of the film on film theory or anything like that.
I’d just like to plainly say that I enjoyed the film very, very much. It made me laugh but also tear up. And my sister and I withheld girlish squeals because… well, because there are super cute animals!
We caught glimpses of the Zootopia cityscape, including the different districts consisting of a tundra, rainforest, snow-laden world, and a mini-desert–all to accommodate the different species of animal citizens. Of course, they can also choose to live in the central part of Zootopia, the heart of the city.
I believe Disney has outdone itself. This film hit difficult topics so hard. Without giving major spoilers away, one of the issues is discrimination against predators. The animals are aware of their ancient history… that the predators used to hunt and eat their prey.
Of course, now they are civilized–amiable with each other, even… for the most part. Characters in the story still face such discrimination even in modern-day Zootopia.
The lessons certain characters learn are excellent to pass along to children.
But don’t worry–adults will enjoy this film. There are so many references to other films, and how Disney represents these films is so hilarious.
Overall, I found it to be a very enjoyable movie.
The kids in the theater loved it. The adults were laughing just as loudly, since we understood many of the references and humor. There are plenty of gags. The animation is very nicely done–expressions and voice acting thoroughly entertaining.
I really want to see this movie again.