Disney are certainly on a high this year. The relentless dream-makers who have been making our childhoods complete have soared with endless hits this year following from the Christmas phenomenon that was Star Wars. Between the return of a galaxy far, far away to the impending Finding Dory movie, no studio has had the great success that Disney have had this year (with the exception of Alice Through the Looking Glass because that was terrible.)
Zootropolis is based on the idea that humans never existed and therefore animals have built cities and become anthropomorphic…. (Though, if we never existed, they wouldn’t be called anthropomorphic, would they?). Anyway, there’s a rabbit cop trying to do her best in order to catch a fox who is slyly trying to escape her. But on their journeys together, they find that there is a much more sinister plot at hand that could threaten to sanctity of their city.
Zootropolis is a greatly imagined and fleshed out (furred out?) story that encompasses a large world of imagination. With gigantic and small characters interacting with each other, the team at Disney have rightly envisioned the scale of the inhabitants within the vibrant city. The kinetic energy of the titular place resonates the nature of different beast living un-wildly together with purpose, love, and friendship, captured in the stunning and colourful look of the film. Enhancing from this, Zootropolis has added spectacular detail to the animal design that makes the anthropomorphic critters look completely real. With each hair design crucially crafted to the last follicle, a lot of passionate artistry went into lovingly developing the animals.
The animal-ation imbues the story with a glorious charm but it’s the themes and tale that are vital here. On the surface, this is a film about a rambunctious bunny who wishes to make it in the big city as a police officer and has the aid of a sly fox equally trying to make waves on the town, though in a much more criminal manne. But within this plot, the writers showcase the prejudice and racism that can happen in the most idyllic of places. The different species don’t peacefully cohabitate with one another and the line between prey and predator is still there no matter how forward thinking an animal is. An echo of the world’s climate at the moment, Zootropolis serves as a revelation of how prejudice can sever and alter a harmonious world. The clear underbelly of hate that demonises placated predators is manipulated by media and politics within this world and soon riots and protests begin to rampage whilst a sinister plot plays puppet-master behind the scenes. Urging the audience to see passed differences, Zootropolis becomes a perfect education for folks unable to see similarities, love, and family within multi-cultures.
Zootropolis is a daring, complex, funny, and entertaining film that is full of quips and a noir-like unfurling crime plot. Ginnifer Godwin and Jason Batemen play opposing creatures who find common ground and their voice work is terrific from the chipper Judy to the wry and sarcastic Nick. They lead a rambunctious cast that includes Jenny Slate, Idris Elba, and J.K. Simmons. A wonderful family film, Zootropolis is a Disney classic with purpose.
ZOOTROPOLIS IS OUT ON DVD & BLU-RAY NOW!