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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Movie Review- Zootopia

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Raymond S. Persi, tell camel jokes in, Zootopia


Intro

Normally with a film like this, I would do an intro that pertains to either talking animals or the actors involved. But you know what? Me bringing up films like Disney's Robin Hood (1973) or Pixar's Finding Nemo for nothing more than being a connecting reference point, seems like unnecessary filler. So, I will not mention films such as The Lion King or Kung Fu Panda, for I am above such trivial deeds. Y'all deserve so much more from me.


Zootopia


Zootopia is somewhat of a surprise to me. On the outside, it has the look of the typical colorful kid's movie with cute animals in cute clothes. But just below the surface, it is a cleverly written tale about adversity, stereotyping, and discrimination, that could potentially leave children thinking a little more about others, and a little less on what toys will be in their next Happy Meals. It's a kid's movie, so the message isn't super deep or anything, but it does get the point across. What I also liked about this film, is that it doesn't feel like the same old Disney picture. I never found myself comparing it to other movies while watching it. The animation (especially in background movements) is gorgeous, the action is fun, and the conversations are realistic. I really liked it when Idris Elba's (Prometheus) character says to Ginnifer Goodwin's (Walk the Line) Judy Hopps, that this isn't a fairy tale and something else (My memory sucks, but I remember liking it). Maybe Disney has finally grown some balls? What's next? Smoking and the F word in their films? Say it a'int so, Captain Jack.

The list of voice actors for this is long, and since it's my review, I'll pick whomever I want to talk about, dammit! (Na Na) Goodwin's lead role as a little bunny stuck between the close-minded conformities of her bunny society and the prejudiced realities of the big city, shows us how perserverance pays off by not taking no for an answer from much bigger (and intimidating) animals than herself. Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) as Hopps' foxy (see what I did there) partner, delivers the same dry wit that we all love him for. Underrated voice actors like Jenny Slate (Bob's Burgers), John DiMaggio (Adventure Time), and Maurice LaMarche (Animaniacs), once again prove why using these talented performers for voices, is always better than having some big Hollywood celebrity of the moment. A special shout out goes to Nate Torrence (Get Smart 2008) as a lovable desk-riding leopard named Clawhauser that's so gay and happy, that he brought a smile to my face every time he shows up.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Zootopia


The Good- The chase through mouse town, the sloth run DMV, Godfather talk at Mr. Big's mansion, and the panther attack.

The Bad- The whole "misunderstanding and job quitting thing" was sadly predictable and its quick resolution, was very forced.

The Ugly- Shakira's (small and humble breasts) big musical number as Gazelle, reminded me of that blatant over-marketing scene from Christina Aguilera (gotta rub her the right way) in Shark Tale.


Final Thoughts


The story isn't perfect, yet Zootopia is entertaining and fun for everybody. I definitely liked this better than Tangled and Frozen. Those had a warped sense of self worth, where this film feels more genuine. Take the kids and get there early for the Finding Dory trailer. 
Rating- 7 out of 10

Zootopia (2016)

PG | | AnimationActionAdventure | 4 March 2016 (USA)

Directors:

 Byron HowardRich Moore, Jared Bush

Writers:

 Jared Bush (screenplay), Phil Johnston (screenplay) |

Stars:

 Ginnifer GoodwinJason BatemanIdris Elba

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