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Friday, May 31, 2019

Movie Review: Zootopia (2016)

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For my last movie review this May (I don't know why I have suddenly wanted to review mysteries), I am going to do another of Disney's recent films, and by recent I mean in the 2000's. I was very skeptical about this one when it came out, but when I finally watched it I loved it. Enjoy reading my review!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

Zootopia (2016):
(aka Zootropolis in some places)
"No one tells me what I can or can't be."
Judy Hopps has always wanted to be a police officer. When she finally joins the Zootopia Police Department, she is disappointed because no one will take her seriously because she is bunny! She knows that she can be helpful if they will only let her. She volunteers to take a missing mammal case that the ZPD hasn't solved in weeks. After convincing sly fox Nick Wilde to help her, they go all over Zootopia following leads. Will they find the missing otter, or will this case turn out to be much bigger than they could have imagined?
"Ma'am, I have a fake badge, I would never impede your pretend investigation."
Genre: Comedy, Mystery.
Length: approx. 106 minutes.
Costumes: 7, I mean, it is animated and they are animals, so nothing fantastic. There are a few scenes where some of the animals aren't wearing clothing.
Script: 8, they do take the name of the Lord in vain once or twice. They put a really hilarious joke in there with this line: "Life isn't some cartoon musical where you sing a song and all your insipid dreams magically come true, so let it go."
As you probably all know, "Let it Go" is the name of a song in the movie Frozen.
Directed by: Byron Howard & Rich Moore.
Written by: Jared Bush, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad, Phil Johnston, & Jennifer Lee.
Starring (the voices of):
Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hopps. "I'm not going to write 100 tickets...I'm going to write 200 tickets! Before noon!"
Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde.
Idris Elba as Chief Bogo.
Nate Torrence as Officer Benjamin Clawhauser.
Jenny Slate as Dawn Bellwether. "And I sent it, and it is done so I did do that."
Shakira as Gazelle.
Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Hopps.
Don Lake as Stu Hopps.
J. K. Simmons as Leodore Lionheart.
Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Otterton.
Tommy Chong as Yax.
Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton.
Raymond S. Persi as Flash.
Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Big.
Phil Johnston as Gideon Grey.
Jesse Corti as Manchas.
Leah Latham as Fru Fru.
Della Saba voices a younger Judy Hopps.
Rich Moore as Doug. "Doug is the opposite of friendly...he's unfriendly." (Sorry, I just really wanted to say that.)
Animation: 8, (here comes the rant) you all know that I'm not a fan of digital animation, but it is okay.
Music: 8, the song "Try Everything" is great!
Music by: Michael Giacchino.
Quotes: 9:
"Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half-full, we all have a lot in common."
Oscars won: Best Animated Feature Film.
At one point, there is a moose news reporter on the ZNN (Zootopia New Network). They used this in versions for the United States, Italy, France, Canada, Russia, the UK, and Mexico. But, in other countries they used local animals. For example, there is a koala (Australia and New Zealand), a jaguar (Brazil), a tanuki (Japan), and a giant panda (China). Pretty cool, right?
Easter eggs: I'm not the best at spotting them, but I definitely saw one pointing to The Hunchback of Notre Dame. There are also references to other movies, like The Godfather.
Storyline: 9, there is some crude humor, but that's it!
"It's called a hustle, sweetheart."
Good For: Any mystery lover, any Disney fan.
Age Range: Disney movies are for everyone! There are some intense moments, but I can't imagine that it would be too much for anyone.
Overall Score: 8!
Bonus thoughts:
Now, to follow some advice:
"You wanna look smart, answer their question with your own question, then answer that question."
Do I like this movie? Yes, yes I do.
But, why?
I love the different messages of unity ("We cannot let fear divide us."), humility ("I'm not a hero."), and perseverance ("I like trying, actually."). Judy is so optimistic, it is catching! It also encourages each and everyone of us to: "Try to make the world a better place."

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you all had a fantastic May, and that your June is just as wonderful! Have you seen this movie? Tell me what you think!



  1. Such a cute movie! I don't like the follow-your-heart-to-the-bitter-end theme--"You wanna be an elephant? You go ahead and be an elephant!"--but Nick and Judy are so endearing. I just love them. :)

    1. Yeah, that bit is a little over the top. But, I love how it says that when we achieve our dreams, we aren't perfect. How Judy admits that she was wrong. Oh, their charcters are awesome! :)

  2. Love this movie! It has such a good mystery! The story is good as well!


    1. I would never have seen it all coming! I love those kinds of mysteries. :)


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