A bunny cop has to work with a con-artist fox to solve a case of missing mammals.
A bright, big city. Animals, large and small. Predator and prey, living in harmony. Judy Hopps has come a long way from carrot farming to police investigations. Everything and everyone seems to push her down, the new atmosphere, the not so comfy apartment, the assignment she didn’t expect, but this bunny just doesn’t give up. As Judy says about the local bully, “He was right about one thing, I don’t know when to quit.”
The story of Zootopia comes to life because it's believable. It depicts a world that isn’t so perfect after all. It offers beautiful insights: Everyone makes mistakes. It’s okay to fail. Never give up. The movie deals with themes that many animated movies struggle to convey - stereotypes, failure and bullying.
Judy faces a lot of pressure from her boss, Chief Bogo, who is determined to make things hard for her. He gives her a case that is unsolvable. Well, almost. With Judy around, tomorrow is always another day. This optimistic motto drives her character throughout the film.
Another beloved character is Nick. A sly fox. He does what he’s best at, hustling and getting away with it just fine. As the movie progresses, we see the different shades of his personality. He was bullied in his childhood and gave up on his dreams of becoming a scout. Nick is a complicated person. But underneath all his taunting and street-smart jokes, he is a friendly yet mischievous fox.
I don’t know when to quit.
Zootopia is a surprisingly impressive take on the “typical” world of talking animals. It revolves around the theme that anyone can be anything. And both Judy and Nick do more than prove that point.
Zootopia’s awesome animation gives it that edge. The movie has well developed characters and shifts effortlessly from one part of the story to the next. It retains its sense of humour without being self conscious. “Try everything”, a phenomenal song recorded by Shakira, captures the essence of the movie. Zootopia puts amazing concepts and amazing characters together.
It pays a classic tribute to Godfather featuring Mister Big, a tiny arctic shrew. But he is not the only endearing character. Judy, Nick, Flash, Judy’s parents, Chief Bogo and even Officer Clawhauser warm our hearts.
Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen the film!
The artful Bellwether, an often victimised sheep turns out to be the villain, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She behaves like a simple, bumbling assistant who is constantly overshadowed by the Mayor, Lionheart. But towards the end of the movie she reveals her true motives in her sweet but chilling voice.
Animation movies don’t usually have these twists that come up on an unsuspecting audience. Something much more sinister than the ordinary Disney villain, Bellwether seemed to be Judy’s true friend but was quite the opposite. No one saw it coming!
Zootopia won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It explores the never-give-up attitude of Judy, overcoming stereotypes in society and looking at the brighter side of things. It appeals to people of all ages. A must watch not just for every Disney fan, but for any animation movie lover.