Okay I know what you are thinking…another Disney film. Another box office smash of numbers and what the heck is this movie about animals with clothes on? Yup, that would be “Zootopia”, but not just another Disney film this is a comedy-adventure with an underlying message of soul searching and pulling off the unthinkable. A city where all different mammals of predator vs prey cohabitate. Disney did their research and then dug deep into their imagination caps. They went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and to the country of Africa. They designed a world where they take different animal personalities and bring them into the movie. All the animals are intermingled, but stay in their own type of world. Sort of like the subsections of major cities. Each selection of animal types fit into each character role and personality.
What was amazing about this movie is the scale to be true to life size of the animals. They celebrate what makes each animal different. How the animals would behave and how they would live in that city. How would they design it and that is what makes it unique about this world called Zootopia. With all the camera directions and scenes they are constantly surprising you with how they play the scale as true as they can with the height of a giraffe and how they would walk. How little mice would cross the street with elephants. Developing systems that let all these different sized animals live together.
I love how they made different boroughs for each part of Zootopia and how each one is totally different from the next. It’s designed by climate and environments like a natural ecosystem and it flows together.
With the new technology in movie making each year it gets more and more advanced. I can’t believe how far they have come with the feel and look of the animal characters. You can see the richness of their fur and all the different colors of it. So surreal!
As for the story line we get to go into the mind and life of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin). A bunny investing in the dream of becoming the first bunny police officer and how amazing Zootopia is to her. A bunch of life circumstances are stacked up against her. Even the most good-natured person can be susceptible to putting stereotypes on another person and she needs to see through it to get to her outcomes. Determined to prove herself, she finds the opportunity to crack an unsolved case working with a scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). This case leads them to a hard situation that Zootopia population is being torn apart by unseen forces to turn predators and prey against one another.
I would recommend this film not only because it was a great comedy-adventure movie with an interesting story line but if not only for the amusement of seeing how if animals were really living in a humanesque world what it would look like! I am going to leave you with a quote from the strong willed Judy Hopps and hope it will strike something within you.
“Real life to live it is more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy, we have limitations. We all make mistakes which means hey glass half-full, we all have a lot in common. The more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be.
But we have to try. So no matter what type of animal you are. I implore you to try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It’s with me. It starts with all of us.”
“Zootopia” is released on Disney Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD on June 7th, 2016 and has lots of bonus features you don’t want to miss!
Bonus features include*:
BLU-RAY 3D, BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
- Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world.
- The Origin of an Animal Tale – Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopia.
- Research: A True-Life Adventure – The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia.
- Z.P.D. Forensic Files – Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs.
- Scoretopia – Academy Award®-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
- Deleted Characters
- Deleted Scenes
- “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira
- “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira
- DIGITAL HD EXCLUSIVE:
- International Character Reel – See the variances in news reporters in Zootopia around the world!
*Disclaimer: I was provided this film for the purposes of this review, as always all opinions are my own.