Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a very driven and aspirational rabbit who is told in the big city of Zootropolis (or Zootopia I don’t really know) you can be whatever you want to be, and so she becomes the city’s first ever Rabbit police officer. However she soon discovers she is merely a token bunny for the service and is given ticket duty. Desperate to be involved in a real crime case she manages to swindle her way onto a missing animal case. She will soon find out that things are not as simple as they first seem.
Disney animations nowadays really are beginning to knock on Pixar’s door in terms of quality. And Zootopia is probably their best offering yet. However it’s not quite Pixar.
First of all Zootopia manages to be both a massively enjoyable family movie, whilst also containing a terrific microcosm of today’s society and all of its intolerances and prejudices, delivering a poignant message about acceptance. And I love that in a film. The voice cast are all on terrific form here, with Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman sounding for all the world like they are recording in the same room. Idris Elba and Jenny Slate are the notable turns from the supporting cast. The plot is a terrific slice of noir thriller delivered as a comic family caper, and that really takes some skill to pull off as well as Zootopia manages.
However, I’m not as in love with Zootopia as many people appear to be. I do like it, I just think it’s missing quite a few elements that keep it from being anywhere near the quality of something like Toy Story. There are certain comic sequences that I found were completely lost on me, including a sloth scene that everyone appears to find hilarious but I just found irritating. I also found the soundtrack to be a little lacking, often opting to use a popular current song over a score or perhaps a better suited pop song. This appears to be in an attempt to get the younger generation on board, which for me shows that the studio don’t have as much faith in their work as perhaps Pixar do in theirs.
Overall though Zootopia is an incredibly solid and fun family animation film. It’s just not a classic by any means.