In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
If you have read the Zootopia advance screening contest post, you would know that I thoroughly enjoyed the sloth scene in the trailer below and my expectations for Zootopia were big. If you didn’t read that post, well, now you know how I felt about Zootopia. You can make the case that the trailer makes Zootopia a bit of a kids film, but come on, that sloth scene would certainly be an adult pleaser. Well, if you guessed Zootopia was going to be a kids film, you were right.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with Zootopia being a kids film. After all, the target audience is kids when it comes to these type of animation films. With that being said, Zootopia is a good film. It’s not on par with other Walt Disney Animation Studios films, though. Maybe that’s not a fair statement because I was hoping it would be an even split or close enough between being a kid and adult film. I still prefer Big Hero 6 and Wreck-It Ralph because I felt those films to be closer to that threshold. I will say that the film does have a strong message for adults, specifically parents, but who needs a film to teach you how to be a parent, right? Enough about forcing the idea of Zootopia being a better adult film. Is it on the same level as other recent anthropomorphic films such as Rango, Fantastic Mr. Fox or Ratatouille? Not quite. That still doesn’t mean Zootopia is not good. Those are just some really good films. However, Zootopia brings more relatable issues at hand and issues that are more evident to kids and adults as opposed to the mentioned anthropomorphic films, which is a plus. It reminds me of another Disney film, Inside Out. They created feelings that could be people and there were great messages throughout the film with many relatable issues and to me, that’s a plus in my book. I truly enjoy films that makes things as real as possible and bring up these issues that we all face in our day to day lives.
Animations films continue to surprise me in the insane amount of detail they put into the characters and the environments. No exceptions were made in Zootopia and time and time again, Disney continues to up their level. The story starts off a little slow, but it does pick up and stays at a good pace for the rest of the film. As for the voices, I always enjoy when I recognize a voice or go to IMDB to check out who voiced certain characters and can easily picture them being that type of character. This is the first time where I’ve really thought about it. Maybe it’s just an amazing job that the casting department does or maybe it’s all planned out. I don’t know, but it’s fantastic. Also, most of the characters are extremely likable, which is a huge plus.
What I think will be interesting is to see how The Secret Life of Pets will do. Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions) really gets animation films. I understand Disney has this legacy for years, but Illumination Entertainment takes a more modern approach that I find to target both kids and adults perfectly. Based solely off the trailer, I think The Secret Life of Pets is going to beat Zootopia at the box office and kids will enjoy it more. I could easily be wrong though.
Rating (out of 5):
Put it this way. If you’re a parent taking your kid(s), you’re doing it for them and not yourself. Don’t worry, the kids will have a good time. If you’re on a date or going with a friend, don’t have such high expectations.
Zootopia hits theatres March 4.