‘Zootopia’ Review: A Colourful Noir Detective Story With Dense Comedy


Disney’s “Zootopia” is about the eponymous city where all kinds of animals live together in peace and harmony. There is no existence of a single human being—not even a hair strand.

Being an apt buddy cop film, “Zootopia” contains visually dense and eloquent comedy with a message. It structures itself into a “joke-a-minute” family film, says Artsbham.

The city, with an anxious mixture of cultures and backgrounds, is mainly about how predators and prey live together in harmony. They have advanced through their traditional roles and now reside and work together.

They have evolved from being savages and meek prey to sophisticated anthropomorphs. In the movie, protagonist Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who is a rabbit, wants to become a police officer in the huge city. Coming from Midwest, Judy’s superiors weren’t interested enough to accept her for the job.

In their world, a bunny is incapable of becoming a law enforcement figure. Her superior Chief Bogo (voiced by Idris Elba), cannot trust her for the job as he believes there are more intimidating officers to crack the recent case of predator disappearances.

Judy continues with her job as a meter maid except when she comes across a shrewd fox, Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). However, Judy was taught never to trust a fox, as a fox and a rabbit forever share a tense relationship.

After all the complications, Judy finally partners with Nick. Nick is street smart and because of his connections, Judy takes his help to solve “Zootopia’s” biggest case: Law abiding mammals are going missing.

Chief Bogo is also out of leads, says Screen Rant.

The city government involves the mayor’s office and the DMV. The mayor is a lion whose assistant is a timid lamb, while the DMV workforce is made up of sloths.

The funniest aspect about the film is its hard-boiled noir-style crime story that involves a colourful city and talking animals.

According to Roger Ebert, films for kids normally lack political messages. But internally “Zootopia” carries an intellectual spirit that “discrimination is wrong, but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason.”

“Zootopia” is about recognizing one another’s differences and not giving in to the “politics of fear.”

Dave Hollis, Disney’s EVP of distribution, believes “Zootopia” is the “creative renaissance” that ended the three-week reign by “Deadpool” at the US Box Office, says Financial Review.

The film stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and Shakira. It is directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore.

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