The following is a movie review for the newest Disney film. Beltway Bargain Mom and family were invited to attend a special pre-screening of “Zootopia” last month, and I’m excited to share this with you!
“Zootopia” invites you into a world where anthropomorphic animals rule the earth and live in harmony, both prey and predator alike. Zootopia is the name of the big metropolis that brings together animals of all size and shape in a tech-savvy world — similar to our own modern-day world. The film explores the themes of determination, trust, friendship, and not judging a book by its cover.
The story centers around an ambitious bunny, Judy Hopps, (voiced by Ginnifer Godwin) who has a dream of becoming the first rabbit police officer. She leaves the countryside and her large family (over 200+ siblings!) to chase her dreams in the buzzing city of Zootopia. Once she achieves this goal by successfully passing the police academy, she disappointedly finds herself assigned to the menial task of issuing parking tickets. She longs to do real detective work, and as the newest, enthusiastic member of the Zootopia Police Department, she is able to convince Chief Bogo (voiced by Irdis Elba) to assign her to a missing-mammal case that no one has been able to crack. Chief Bogo allows her to take on the case with one catch: if she can’t solve the case within 48 hours, she must quit the ZPD completely.
Judy meets a variety of animals throughout the movie and befriends a sly fox — and con-artist — Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). He becomes her unlikely sidekick as she initially threatens to turn him into the ZPD for some of his scams and un-filed taxes. Their friendship grows as he helps her find leads in the missing mammal case, and ultimately assists here in uncovering a conspiracy that threatens to wreak havoc on their peaceful city.
Favorite stand-out scenes from the movie included:
- Sloths running — ever so slowly — the DMV, and a comical exchange that happens between the main clerk, Flash, Judy and Nick (Check out the official sloth trailer).
- Nods to other popular films and shows from our own pop culture: The Godfather, Speed, Night At The Museum, and Breaking Bad.
- The big donut chase.
- The pop-star Gazelle (voiced by Shakira) and the humorous Gazelle app that Officer Clawhauser used to transform coworker selfies into Gazell-ified photos.
Both of my children, ages 5 and 9, enjoyed this film. Note, there was a scary scene that made me and one of my kids jump (I startle easily!) and some scenes in this movie are a little dark, however, overall this movie was great and enjoyable for the entire family. There are many powerful themes and messages weaved into the storyline such as the value of hard work and ethics, overcoming prejudice, breaking stereotypes, and realizing that things don’t always turn out exactly as you dreamed.
Disney’s Zootopia is an animated, action adventure film rated PG. It opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. The movie length is 108 minutes.
*I was invited to attend a special, pre-screening event of Disney’s Zootopia for members of the press and their guests. Please note, I am not a movie critic and was not compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own.