Every now and then, my school schedule and my blogging schedule conflict and I have a difficult decision to make. Just this week, I sent my husband and daughters to watch the latest movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Zootopia”. What is “Zootopia” all about?
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods 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.
Directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”), Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy-adventure “Zootopia” opens in theatres on March 4, 2016.
We had first seen the previews for this movie when we saw “The Good Dinosaur” and my daughters had been looking forward to it ever since. They are very sensitive to ‘scary’ parts and they found a few scenes to be a bit much, but overall they said that they enjoyed it. My husband thought that the movie was very good, and that it touched on many important social issues in a way that can spark easy conversations between parents and children, particularly racism and sexism. The world of Zootopia was so fully created that he feels there could be many future movies set in different parts of it, and as in all Disney movies there were some jokes that were meant for the adults (wait for the Breaking Bad reference)! Judy and Nick had a chemistry that some real-life duos only wish for, and this ‘buddy cop’ movie is sure to do well over the upcoming Spring Break.
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Disclosure: My family attended an early screening of “Zootopia” to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are always my own!