Zootopia is as much a fable as a movie. Probably the most fable-y movie I have ever seen. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just be aware of this when you go see Zootopia.
Zootopia is a giant city that now-civilized animals have built. Judy Hopps is a bunny from the country with a dream to become the first rabbit cop in Zootopia. She graduates first in her class and joins the police force, only to become a glorified meter-maid – until a missing otter case comes her way. Judy forces her way onto the case with her connections in the mayor’s office. With the help of Nick Wilde, a grifter fox, she discovers that there is a whole lot more to the case than originally thought. Tied to the disappearance of 14 animals, they find that the animals haven’t disappeared, but “gone savage.”
Zootopia didn’t have any real gut-busting laughs, but there were nearly consistent chuckles throughout. All the characters were likable. Trying to figure out which famous actors gave them voice will tickle your brain and drive you nuts until the credits roll.
I mentioned that Zootopia is a fable. So what was the moral that we were supposed to learn? Stereotypes are bad. They pounded this point home with nearly every character and in every scene. Bunnies are cute and can’t be cops. Foxes are sly and cunning. Predators are vicious animals that should be caged for protection. It felt like getting hit over the head with it. But since this is largely a children’s movie and I’ve always said that “kids is stupid,” they probably need to be beaten over the head with the lesson. The movie isn’t just for kids, though, there was one reference to Breaking Bad, and there were probably other references – I just missed them.
Zootopia is a funny movie fable for everyone. Just wear a helmet so you don’t get hurt with the forced lessons.
IMDB Rating: 8.4