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The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation -- all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.
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There are enough under-the-radar subtleties, rendered with a refreshing lack of smart-aleckiness, to make Zootopia feel current and fresh. It's a modest, unassuming entertainment that's motored by a sly sensibility.
The animation is first rate - fur is rendered so realistically that it could trigger an allergy at 50 paces - but it is the writing that elevates the picture.
The tale of a plucky rabbit and a sly fox, it's also a meditation on human nature, civil society and the politics of stereotyping. And it has great sloth jokes.
Zootopia excels on so many levels that it stands with the finest of the Disney classics.
"Zootopia," like its heroine, is zesty, bright, and breakneck, with chase scenes and well-tuned gags where you half expect songs to be.
There's a lot here for kids to like and nearly as much to keep parents from fidgeting.
The world building is remarkable and full of surprises.
Even without the complexity of its message, Zootopia would be a worthwhile addition to the Disney canon; the characters are great, the world is fascinating and the narrative is top-notch.
Its inspiring and positive message is delivered with infectious humor.
Zootopia is a perfect blend of genres and tones.
Imaginatively fresh and very grown-up.
This is a world that I enjoyed visiting -- and wouldn't mind revisiting sometime in the future.
A little wonder of an animated film that refuses to stick to characters constantly doing slapstick, singing or dancing but instead tells a coherent cop buddy story with a pretty deep underlying meaning. Of course there is comedy and cuteness but the overall plot and the themes are surprisingly serious, which makes the film just as enjoyable for adults as for kids. The animation is gorgeous, especially the initial train ride is a cinematic wonder. A surprising, lovable, sweet and smart adventure for young and old.
I may be the last person on the planet to have finally watched Zootopia, Disney's first quarter hit of the year, and I am very glad that I did. I was expecting something cute with the premise of a plucky rabbit (voiced winningly by Ginnfer Goodwin) joining forces with a wily grifter fox (Jason Bateman) in the big animal metropolis, but what I wasn't expecting was a fully thought out and stupendously imaginative world and a message that is just as thought out and pertinent. The anthropomorphic animal land is filled with colorful locations and plenty of amusing characters. It's highly amusing just to sit back and watch. I knew I was in for something radically different and dare I say more ambitious when there was an N-word approximation joke within the first ten minutes. This was not a moving to be taken lying down. My attention was rewarded with an engaging relationship between the two leads, careful plotting, endlessly clever asides without relying upon an inordinate amount of pop-culture references, and ultimately a noble and relevant message about the power of inclusion, tolerance, and rejecting prejudice. The larger metaphor seems slightly muddied by the late reveal of who is behind the conspiracy to make the animals go feral, but I wouldn't say it undercuts the film's power. The characters charmed me and I was happy that each ecosystem factored into the story in fun and interesting ways. There are plenty of payoffs distributed throughout the movie to make it even more rewarding. Zootopia is a funny, entertaining, heartfelt, and immersive movie with great characters and a world I'd like to explore again. Given its billion-dollar success, I imagine a return trip will be in short order and we should all be thankful. Something this spry and creative needs to be appreciated.
Nate's Grade: A
"Zootopia" is a menagerie of delights with each exhibit seeming more excellently crafted than the last. This is the best Disney animated film since "Beauty and The Beast".
A bustling metropolis of "cute" prey and "aggressive" predators living together in perceived harmony is the setting for an astonishingly smart allegory about the overt prejudices and subconscious biases within humankind that don't rear their ugly heads...until they do. The parallels to our contemporary society are troubling and true. No identifier is left behind, running the gamut from race to gender, from class to ability.
In Zootopia, bunnies are assumed to be dumb, foxes are assumed to be untrustworthy, but first lady-bunny cop Judy Hopps teams up with street shyster Nick Wilde to uncover a government conspiracy against predators, but not before revealing her own privileged "But my best friend is a fox, and he's not aggressive like them" notion that tries to mask censuring the Other by claiming individual exceptionalism.
Overall, lots of great lessons, but one nit I have is that all the animals' names are so specist, you know what I mean? Mayor Lionheart is a lion; Mrs. Otterton is an otter; Gazelle is a gazelle. It's the equivalent of naming people by their races. But it's a cartoon. What're you gonna do? :-P
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