Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia review

written by Souranath Banerjee

A perfect satire on our human world and thankfully, not a single human character in the film!

My Ratings: 4.2/5.

In the history of animated films, most of the protagonists start out as ordinary/funny/good-for-nothing bums but then, along the way comes the moment when they “need to believe in themselves” and zootopia-poster1finally in crisis, they conveniently transform into heroes!

Well, Zootopia is not necessarily an exception but here, the expected hero’s journey is been played from a reverse angle.

Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is a little, cute, ambitious rabbit who is beaming with confidence and zeal from her early childhood, she wants to be the first ever bunny-cop joining the ZPA (Zootopia Police Academy); but then she is constantly being demoralized by her parents, friends, mentors, colleagues – everyone.

After all she is only a tiny rodent in this vast and diverse spectrum of zootopia-poster2anthropomorphic animal-world called the Zootopia.

But Judy is all set to prove everybody wrong, and teaming up with a sly, hustler fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman), she is in the quest of solving one of the most puzzling and dangerous conspiracy in town – the case of the 14 missing mammals!

Large animals like Rhinos, Hippos, Polar bears, Lamas, Elephants, Bisons, Giraffes, Wolves and then, the smaller ones like Shrews, Otters, Beavers, Sheep, Deers, and of course the Rabbits and Foxes – an immense variety of animal characters on display, and with their individual characteristics undoubtedly exaggerated into some pretty hilarious gags.

The best example being the sequence with the Sloths, after all they zootopia-poster9are not the fastest animals on the planet!

Directed by Byron Howard,  Rich Moore and Jared Bush this is one of the most witty, thoroughly entertaining satirical adventure that Disney has ever come up with.

Loaded with spoofs of the typical detective noir films and then the over-the-top Godfather stereotype, but more importantly Zootopia pokes fun of our current socio-political scenario to the fullest.

And then, just when you think it’s all fun and games, our heroic little bunny teaches us an important lesson!

‘Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.’

zootopia-poster6But the only problem (if you even call it a problem) is that most of the jokes, puns and punch lines from Zootopia are meant for a matured audience, far out of reach from a kid’s appreciation level.

But never the less, I am sure the children will adore the flawless animation of their favorite talking-animals, the brilliantly decorative sets and environments and not to forget the soulful Shakira songs.

Grab a ‘pawpsicle’ along with your 3D glasses and enjoy the show.

Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com

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