Movie Review: Zootopia



Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: Byron Howard | Rich Moore | Jared Bush
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures | Walt Disney Animation Studios
Lead Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin | Jason Bateman | Idris Elba | Jenny Slate
Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Family


Storyline (From IMBd): From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder.


Judy is determined to be the first bunny cop. When she follows her dream and actually becomes the first bunny to graduate from the academy, she finds things are not as she had expected. She is instantly thrown into meter duty, writing tickets for meters that have expired. She goes on a quest to prove herself, her worth, and to fully accomplish her dream. But it’s not as easy as she thought it would be.

I love pretty much anything Disney. I love the storylines and the lessons hidden in these amazingly produced movies. Zootopia is no different. It is about following your dreams and never giving up, no matter how much the world seems to be against you. And my favorite part about this is that it shows no matter how small you are, you can still reach for big dreams. I think in today’s world it’s important for kids to know that even they can achieve their dreams and make a difference in the world.

I thought this was a cute and enjoyable movie. I laughed so much, though it doesn’t take much to make me laugh. I also got a kick out of Tommy Chong playing Yax…a Yak that sits at the front desk of a naturalist retreat. Of course, this is a kids movie, but we all know that Yax has been hitting the natural herbs he possibly grows in his basement. Honestly, what else would you expect with Chong voicing the hippie Yak?

Favorite Part: It was an overall enjoyable movie, but my favorite part may have been any of the parts with Mr. Big. He is an arctic shrew mob boss who threatens to freeze all of his enemies. He was just a fun little character.

Least Favorite Part: Possibly the beginning with the bully issue. It kind of ticked me off that Gideon, who is a fox, just slashes Judy’s cheek and nothing was done by anyone. Maybe I am a little too sensitive to the bullying issue, but I just felt like there should have been some kind of reprimand for injuring another schoolmate.

Closing thoughts: If your kids are bugging you to watch this movie, please sit down with them and watch it. It is a really good movie. It’s funny and can possibly open up discussions on many topics. If you are an adult with no reason to watch this other than pure curiosity…do it! I live in a house with three other adults. We enjoyed the movie and one of the other three is really hard to please when it comes to animated movies.

Have you seen this movie? If so, what were your thoughts?


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