Zootopia is now in theaters everywhere! We had a chance to watch an early screening at Disney Springs last week in Florida. The movie turned out really fun and I’d recommend all families head out to see it this weekend.
Just one quick warning before I share why you should see it. My 5-year-old thought it was a little scary, specifically, there is one long intense chase scene that might scare some younger kids. He loved most of the movie and my 8-year-old loved the entire movie. Both want to see it again this weekend. Even the adults in our group really enjoyed the movie. In fact Zootopia’s opening this weekend with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%! Why is it so amazing? Check out my 7 reasons to see Zootopia.
There is no doubt that Judy Hopps is the lead character and heroine of this story. Her positive can-do attitude is infectious and you will find yourself rooting for her from the very beginning.
Judy Hopps, who believes that in Zootopia, anyone can be anything, becomes the first bunny ever to join the Zootopia Police Department. But she quickly realizes she’ll have to prove herself, even it means teaming up with a con-artist fox to crack her first case.
You’re introduced to Nick’s wily antics early on in the film. And while he does end up partnering with Judy to help her solve a case, I hesitate to delegate him to the role of side-kick. He’s more than that and critical to Judy’s success. His cynical nature is the very opposite of Judy’s “anyone can be anything mantra”. Obviously they butt heads over their opinions but their ability to work together in the end is one of the key messages of the film.
Nick Wilde is a very charming and very sly small-time, con-artist fox with a big mouth and a lot of opinions.
All the characters in Zootopia are great. The character details are really amazing, each character really fits well with their animal and you’ll find yourself laughing at some of their antics. My second favorite character is Office Clawhauser, the friendly officer at the police department’s front desk. He provides some great comic relief.
The scenes in Zootopia are beautiful and super detailed. I really loved the scenes outside, the animators really made this metropolis and all the very distinct surrounding areas come to life.
Comprised of neighborhoods that celebrate different cultures, Zootopia is a city like no other. There’s ritzy Sahara Square for desert animals, Tundratown for the polar bears and moose, the hot and humid Rain Forest District, Little Rodentia for the tiniest mammals, and Bunnyburrow for the millions and millions of bunnies. The downtown area, Savanna Central, is a melting pot where a wide array of mammals from every environment come together.
There are quite a few great messages throughout the film including the main theme that “Anyone can be anything.” Even the film’s original song is titled Try Anything, preformed by Shakira in her role as Gazelle. Kids may just see a fun movie, but it does lend itself for parents to start important conversations after watching the movie about the importance of cooperation, stereotyping, and inclusion.
Adult friendly humor
There are quite a few tv/movie references throughout the film including obvious ones like the Godfather. Most kids won’t get these references but the adults watching it will get a kick out of them. Don’t worry, there is plenty of kid humor too. It’s nice when a film can make both the kids and adults laugh.
My favorite character was definitely Flash, the most awesome sloth on the planet. The scene at the DMV is so funny, I start giggling just thinking about it. Unfortunately, if you’ve seen the trailer then you’ve seen the bulk of his time onscreen. It was still hilarious to watch it again during the movie and there is a fun bonus scene with him towards the end of the movie as well.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.
Go see Zootopia this weekend with the whole family!