5 Stars By Shin Gallon on 2016-04-23
The best Disney film since Lilo and Stitch, and my favorite of 2016
When I went to see this film, I expected it to be good. I expected the usual Disney "talking animal" movie, some fun moments, and pretty animation. What I did not expect was a story that deals with some very uncomfortable truths about our world, brilliantly told in a way that anyone can understand and that are woven into the plot, rather than beating you over the head with the message.
I did not expect such a wonderful, strong, well written female lead. I did not expect the main characters to not have a forced, shoehorned in romantic subplot. I did not expect the best Disney movie since Lilo and Stitch, and easily my favorite since The Lion King. Everything about this movie is wonderful, from the animation to the voices to the music to the story to the messages.
I did not expect to so completely love the main characters, who are so well written and fully realized that when the movie's tearjerker moments hit you they don't feel forced because you really believe these characters. Judy dealing with her latent mistrust of foxes, Nick dealing with society's view of foxes, and how both of these characters overcome their past trauma and grow is fantastic and some of the best character writing I've seen in a major release.
I can't possibly say enough good things about this movie. If I DO have a negative, it's that from now on all animated movies (and most live action ones) will fall short of this film's strengths.
If Frozen is a 8/10, Big Hero 6 is a 9/10, and Wreck-It Ralph is a 10/10, Zootopia is an 11/10
5 Stars By B-man! on 2016-03-12
One of Disney's best films to date!
Great writing, fun and memorable characters, an intriguing mystery, and outstanding animation with incredibly wonderful voice acting all combine together to create one of Disney's best films to date! Highly Recommended! 10/10 stars!
5 Stars By Timothy on 2017-12-05
Her family thinks she would do best at carrot farming
Judy has a big dream of being a police officer at Zootopia. Her family thinks she would do best at carrot farming. She manages to get her friends tickets back, when they were taken by Gideon Gray. Judy Hops enters the academy, training vigorously, determined to make her dream come true. When she does, she leaves her family, very large family, to go to Zootopia. Officer Hops is assigned parking duty for her first task. When crocus bulbs were stolen, Hops goes after and captures the crook. Eventually she is given a two day period to find Emit Otterton, and with Nick Wilde helping, the two have an adventure ahead. But at one point, Hops feels that she makes a mistake that cannot be fixed, so she quit and went home. After learning some valuable information, she is determined to not give in. One of my favourite scenes is when Nick accompanies Judy to the Department of Mammal Vehicles, where we meet Flash. Something so encouraging and uplifting about this beautifully animated program. Very much enjoyed!
5 Stars By MichaelG on 2017-01-16
A very timely film
Zootopia in its most idealistic form is a place where all animals, who are now evolved and can interact just like humans, live together in perfect peace and harmony. So why don't they? With beautiful, detailed animation, jarring plot twists and even some hysterical jokes and movie/T.V. references, this film also carries with it a very important lesson that could not be more timely for both children and adults. It perfectly illustrates, in a very real way, how subtle prejudices and privileges are learned, and can easily "evolve" into downright discrimination. After generations of predators vs. prey, will the citizens of Zootopia, who are so very different from each other, ever be capable of looking past their differences in a time of crisis and distrust?
5 Stars By Al D. on 2017-10-23
Adorable for all ages!!
This movie is adorable. My husband and I liked it more then our five year old the first time through because it does contain subliminal adult humor. Our daughter now ranks it as one of her favorite movies and we all have watched this multiple times which is saying something! The characters are so well done because each have a unique personality and have a bit of depth. There are also a lot of good messages throughout the movie about perseverance and determination.
4 Stars By Phred on 1969-12-31
Besides making a good family movie, Disney has made a world of beautiful animation
Bottom Line First: Highly recommended. Zootopia is family friendly as you would expect from a Disney production. Beyond expectations is some of the finest animations. The landscapes, the detailing the textures are rendered to a degree that make this movie worth watching with the sound off. Plot lines and pacing are per the Disney formula. It is also somewhat sophisticated and therefore more interesting for the older and adult members of the family. This is a movie you and your family will want to see more than once.
If I have a problem with Zootopia is in the mix of humor and danger. I would have preferred a slightly less dramatic plot and more humor. A month after watching the movie one will remember the jokes built around the sloths and maybe one of the visual jokes and not much else.
The message of Zootopia is tolerance. A sympathetic audience is expected to learn that individual talent is more important than stereotypes. Meantime the fox is sly, the bunny is quick and her family is highly reproductive. The fat cop loves doughnuts and politicians cannot be trusted. So stereotyping is bad and stereotypes are good entertainment… sounds confusing. Beside this major cross messaging, I have a quibble about making a Rabbit, Officer Hops our strong female star of Zootopia, function in a world of animals where she is extremely out of scale for the job.
Agreed too much thinking. Zootopia is a fun and beautiful movie
5 Stars By Mark C. Scerpella on 2017-02-21
The animated talking animal movie...redefined!
In animation,the concept of anthropomorphic animals...ones that act human,walk upright,wear clothes,speak English...is certainly nothing new. In fact,it's been around so long,it's practically a standard. But in this 2016 computer-animated feature from Walt Disney Studios,the notion is given a new wrinkle,as it serves as a backdrop to an entertaining tale about conquering xenophobia.
Rural-born rabbit Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) realizes her childhood ambitions of becoming a police officer,but once moving to the mammal-dominated city known as Zootopia,she finds herself on a police force made up of much larger predator animals...and unwillingly in the uniform of a meter maid. Opportunity presents itself as she learns of a missing-persons case (or more accurately,a missing otter),and convinces her superiors to let her take the case. Partnered with an initially unwilling fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman),the pair eventually bond as their search takes them all over the farthest reaches of the city,as they discover in the course of their investigation that they have more in common than they first believed. They also discover that what they thought might be a simple kidnapping is actually much more,something that could affect the entire city.
From start to finish,this is a wildly entertaining movie...the vocal cast also includes Idris Elba,J.K. Simmons,Jenny Slate and a memorable scene including Tommy Chong.
4 Stars By Chuck on 2016-07-14
Great Fun For the Whole Family
4 Stars. Byron Howard [Bolt (2008) and Tangled (2010)] and Rich Moore [Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and director for a number of animated TV shows like The Simpsons and Futurama] team up and bring us a stellar buddy cop movie in the form of animals. Using her brain, the overachieving Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is able to overcome the tasks made for larger animals. She becomes the first rabbit cop in the big city of Zootopia, which is a far cry from the farm where she grew up. To her dismay she becomes a traffic cop, and she learns her first big lesson when she helps out a fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), only to realize that he hustled her. She ends up being at the right moment and time and takes on one of the many missing person cases in Zootopia. Given only 48hrs, she hustles Nick into helping her. They become fast friends and discover why people are going missing. Of course, it’s not all is as it seems, and there are few bumps in the road. There are also some notable actors to help the cast along; Idris Elba, Tommy Chong, and J.K. Simmons. The fun animal humor aside, like the sloths at the DMV, the movie is structured around the classic buddy cop movie, like 48hrs (1982). (Check out my review of 48hrs here). It has the cop and con artist and they have only 48 hours. The movie though is a little more quirky and plotted like Eddie Murphy’s other buddy cop fair, Beverly Hills Cop (1984). It’s also an underdog story, where a small rabbit tries to prove that she can do a job that’s mainly done by lions, rhinos, and larger animals. It’s political as one of the main conflicts is the notion of predators vs. prey. Zootopia is a city where animals all live in “harmony”, but like race and gender in today’s society it’s not all what it seems. It’s also refreshing to have a female heroin that’s not a princess. Not as action packed as the Academy Award winning Big Hero 6 (2014), but Disney still continues to take pages from the Pixar playbook. They’ve created a touching story that deals with larger issues like prejudice and stereotypes. Being fun for all the family, it’s no wonder that it was a box-office hit and the 2nd highest grossing Disney movie outside of Frozen (2013). It’s definitely worth checking out of children and adults of all ages.
5 Stars By Astrid Dars on 2017-03-28
it turned out to be a pretty good movie
I have not watched this until recently.. I had been avoiding it.. but surprise.. it turned out to be a pretty good movie.. Disspearances! Mystery! A Bunny cop??? A trixter Fox??? and I do love the Sloths! Mr Big.. is a hoot. Have some fun.. it is actually a decent film even for grownups.
5 Stars By Miss Daisy on 2016-07-21
I was very doubtful that I would like it. I hasn't seen the previews for it ...
I will admit, when my friend first asked me to watch this movie with her in theaters, I was very doubtful that I would like it. I hasn't seen the previews for it yet and was thinking the whole time, I really don't want to see a movie with animals in a zoo (which is what I assumed was about). I know that disney has produced some great films, I just didn't think this would be one of them.
Let me tell you, within 10 minutes of watching this film, I was totally sold. First of all, the graphics are great and secondly the storyline was drastically different than what I thought it would be. I was instantly captured by the fact that people told Judy she couldn't follow her dreams and why was Nick such a schemer? The more and more I watched, I became attached to their friendship! I love how this is so relatable to real life and how it touched on the fact that just because society says you're suppose to be scared of someone or just because you're different, you cannot find common ground, that it is all a bunch of lies. I think it is such a refreshing message and great themes that work for kids and adults alike. I personally want Judy and Nick to end up together, but that's just me.
I think this is a solid disney movie that will keep you entertained and while you know it will have a good ending, sometimes it is nice to just have a movie that isn't trying to be so deep, you cannot enjoy yourself. Sometimes being a little more predictable and innocent is maybe what we all need every once in awhile from all the things that happen in our daily lives.
I would recommend this to adults and children alike. A great movie to stay in and watch!