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Zootopia

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Judy Hopps is Zootopia’s first ever rabbit police officer, and she wants to change the world (as many fictional protagonists do). But Judy finds it hard to have an impact amongst her bigger and more intimidating colleagues, and she gets assigned to menial parking duty. She meets a smooth-talking con-artist by the name of Nick Wilde and soon both Judy and Nick find themselves entangled in the midst of a mystery of missing Zootopia citizens…

The Good…

  • The story is strong. It’s well-written and carries a message about diversity and discrimination without being overly preachy.
  • Plenty of humour – both visual and verbal. I thought the gag of lemmings just following the crowd was hilarious. And the hamsters getting stuck in the chute because one took a little too long to get out. And the way everything is built to accommodate animals of vastly different sizes. I really liked the verbal jokes that were in-jokes referring to other Disney movies – foremost among them being the “Duke Weaselton” character, a reference to the Duke of Wesselton in Frozen. (I watched it in the morning and the crowd was mostly kids. No one else laughed at some of the jokes, including the Duke Weaselton one, which was a bit awkward for me because I laughed out loud and then realised no one else was laughing…)
  • Characters that are interesting and compelling. And the voice cast is really good. I particularly liked the voice of Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).

The Bad…

  • Well, the real villain became obvious about midway through. That’s not really a “bad” thing but it’s the worst thing I can think to say about this movie.

And Other Stuff.

  • I don’t remember the soundtrack at all. But it didn’t annoy me either so I should call that decent. Subtle enough to enhance the story as it goes along without intruding on it.
  • The environment design was fun. Not mindblowing or groundbreaking, but there was certainly a lot of thought put into it and it looks like the designers had fun. Parts of it reminded me of Meet the Robinsons, the environment design of which I also enjoyed looking at. I’ve noticed that these idealised futuristic environment designs often incorporate a mixture of art deco influences and 1950s styles. I like it, but I’m just curious as to why that seems to be the case.
  • It may be just that I watched The Godfather so recently, but Mr. Big and his daughter were really entertaining. The character of Mr. Big was so clearly a nod to the titular character in The Godfather that I couldn’t help at least grinning every time he showed up.

Overall rating: ★★★★½

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