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Times of India
An ambitious bunny rabbit named Judy Hopps (Goodwin), a resident of Bunnyburrow, dreams about becoming a police officer in Zootopia - a city populated by a plethora of anthropomorphous animals. Her happy-go-lucky but protective parents Bonnie (Hunt) and Stu (Lake) sweetly try to convince their daughter otherwise. But nothing will come in the way of Hopps' dreams.
While there has been a smattering of animated films out in the last couple of months, few can lay claim to having a lasting, residual feel-good factor to it. Some go over-the-top in terms of colour saturation. Others were just too outlandish and some are crammed full of moralistic messages for children. But thankfully, Zootopia doesn't suffer from any of these wearisome traits.
There are various allegorical references. 'Zootopia' is itself a portmanteau or rather, a blend word of 'zoo' and 'utopia'. So it's a place where animals - both predator and the hunted - can ideally coexist. The civilized predators abandon their savagery and live without threatening the herbivores who incidentally, outnumber the predators ten to one. Keeping the peace is the ZPD, (Zootopia Police Department) headed by Chief Bogo (Elba). No one imagines Hopps to become a 'real' cop, but she does have friends in high places, such as Dawn Bellwether (Slate), the Deputy Mayor of Zootopia, to back her. She and the wily fox Nick Wilde (Bateman) uncover a plot that's aimed to destabilize the peace in Zootopia and turn the animals against one another.
But more than just being wildly entertaining, what will strike you as quite refreshing is the originality of the characters. Also the fact that the voice casting is so spot-on that you can just picture Bateman (terrific here), Elba, Shakira and so on as mouthing their lines in a live-action film rather than in an animated outing. The rendering of the characters by itself is cute without being cloyingly sweet. Take for example Officer Clawhauser (Torrence) who sits at the front desk of the ZPD. And of course, the hilarious Flash (Persi), a three-toed sloth who works in a government department. This one's both intelligent and endearing.
The 108-minute film is the second longest film by Walt Disney Animation Studios after ‘Fantasia’ (1940) which had a run time of 126 minutes.
According to the original script, Nick Wilde (who is seen humiliating the lead character, Judy Hopps) was the main character of the film. The script was then changed in 2014, to emphasize Judy Hopps as the main character.
The idea of ‘Zootopia’ originated from director Byron Howard wanting to make something similar to Disney’s adaptation of Robin Hood. Accordingly, the then lead character, Nick Wilde, was designed similar to that of Robin Hood.
This is the fourth consecutive Disney animation film to feature, Alan Tudyk, who is the voice of Duke Weaseltown. Prior to this, Alan was also part of 'Wreck-It Ralph' (2012), 'Frozen' (2013) and 'Big Hero 6' (2014).
In its 2014 film, 'Big hero 6,' the makers have put up a poster of 'Zootopia' in one of the scenes.
After 'Bambi' (1942), 'Robin Hood' (1973), 'The Lion King' (1994), 'Dinosaur' (2000), and 'Chicken Little' (2005), this is the 6th out of a total of 55 Disney animation films that does not feature a single human character.
Good movie to watch with kids. Easy on the eye, with some story plot to go around. The animation is vey good and pleasing to watch.
I like Flash in this movie the most
Excellent animation movie after The Croods. Perfect mix of imagination and logic. It takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, visions, relationships and loyalty. I liked the way Zootopia was shown as home to each and every animal and mapped onto different areas yet living together. When in Zootopia, anybody can be anything.