Zootopia (2016)

PG   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy


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In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.


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2 June 2016 | CinemaClown
The Best Film Of The Year, So Far.
From the studio that brought you Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen & Big Hero 6, Zootopia surfaces as a highly original, incredibly refreshing, thoroughly engaging, surprisingly timely & delightfully subversive beast fable about prejudice & stereotype that not only marks a new creative high for Disney but is arguably the finest film that this legendary animation studio has come up with in their Revival Era, so far.

Set in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, the story of Zootopia takes place in the titular metropolis and follows a bunny cop named Judy Hopps who, despite her par excellent performance in the class, is assigned parking duty by her superior. But when she volunteers to undertake a missing-predator case, she is given 48 hours to solve the mystery or resign, following which she blackmails a sly fox into helping her, and uncovers a sinister conspiracy.

Co-directed by Byron Howard & Rich Moore, the duo put up an intriguing world on the screen that does have a fresh quality but there is still a deep sense of familiarity to it. However, where the two leave a lasting impression is in finding that perfect balance between its consistently gripping storyline & moments of pure hilarity. The writing staff also deserves a mention, for their screenplay brims with numerous pop culture references, parodies many renowned classics & handles its topical themes with care.

The 3D animation is absolutely top-notch, for the images retain its crispness, clarity & vibrancy from beginning to end. The animators put up a vast number of characters on the screen, ranging from the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, yet they are all given a well-defined arc. Cinematography further enhances the overall look n feel of the story with its fluid camera-work, splendid use of colour palette & spot-on lighting. Editing provides just enough screen time to all the relevant characters while moving the plot forward at a blistering pace.

The cast is wisely chosen, and all the actors do a competent job in lending their voice & soul to the mammals they play. Ginnifer Goodwin brings a bubbly side to the new cop in town and confidently plays her role. Jason Bateman plays his part with finesse plus his voice really fits his cynical con artist character. Also, the chemistry between the two is a highlight in itself. Michael Giacchino's ebullient score seamlessly blends in & compliments the narrative while Shakira beautifully wraps everything up with a catchy, uplifting & wonderful song that smartly summarises its themes & message.

On an overall scale, Zootopia finds Disney stepping out of its comfort zone to tackle a bold, ambitious & risky project, and it is one gamble that pays off tremendously well in the studio's favour. Also, its arrival couldn't have been better, considering how its elements of prejudice & stereotypes mirror the racial hostilities present in our very own current social environment. An ingenious blend of sophisticated storytelling, jubilant humour & thought-provoking themes that amazes, entertains & enlightens without ever compromising with the fun factor, Zootopia is a definite delight for viewers of all ages, and is undoubtedly the best film of the year, so far. Strongly recommended.

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Trivia

Idris Elba's 1st Animated film


Quotes

Young Hopps: Fear. Treachery. Bloodlust. Thousands of years ago, these were the forces that ruled our world. A world where prey were scared of predators. And predators had an uncontrollable, biological urge to maim and maul and...
Young Hopps: Blood! Blood! Blood!
Young Hopps: And death.


Goofs

When Judy is standing in the wet cement, right before the apartment scene, you can see that the wet cement around her knees is flattened, although Judy's feet are longer than the holes she is standing in.


Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, Gazelle is seen holding a concert singing Try Everything while the characters dance along with Bellwether and her accompanies angrily watching in jail.


Alternate Versions

In the UK Version, Peter Moosebridge was renamed Moosos Alexander and was voice by Vassos Alexander, this version however did not end up in the UK home release, though "Zootopia" is still replaced with "Zootropolis"


Soundtracks

Try Everything
Performed by
Shakira
Written by Sia (as Sia Furler), Tor Erik Hermansen (as Tor Erik Hermansen) and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen
Produced by Stargate for 45th & 3rd Music LLC
Arranged by Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund
Recorded by Mikkel Storleer Eriksen & Miles Walker for 45th & 3rd Music LLC at Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA & by Mike Anderson at The Hide Out Studios, London
Shakira vocals recorded by Dave Clauss
Mixed by Phil Tan for RiotProof Productions at Ninja Club Studios, Atlanta, GA
Additional & Assistant Engineering by Daniela Rivera
Shakira appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

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Genres

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Family | Mystery

Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,063,401 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$341,268,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,023,791,401

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