An­i­mal Magic

SFX - - Reviews - James White

re­leased 25 July 2016 | PG | Blu-ray 3d/Blu-ray/dVd/ down­load Di­rec­tors By­ron Howard, rich Moore Cast Gin­nifer Good­win, ja­son Bate­man, Idris elba, Nate Tor­rence

The win­ning for­mula of re­cent Dis­ney an­i­mated movies con­tin­ues with Zootropolis. While it’s es­sen­tially a buddy com­edy about a rab­bit cop (Gin­nifer Good­win’s Judy Hopps) and a con man fox (Ja­son Bate­man’s Nick Wilde), the film has a lot more on its mind.

There are smart sub­texts about racism and po­lice be­hav­iour, and how tough it is for peo­ple to live to­gether. But every­thing is de­liv­ered with panache and joy, in­clud­ing imag­i­na­tive de­signs, clever gags, a story that wends its way through cop drama and noir to slap­stick and back again, and ju­bi­lant vo­cal per­for­mances that al­ways serve the film.

Hopps and Wilde are an en­dear­ing duo, and their world is con­sis­tently im­pres­sive with its many lay­ers of de­tail. How many other an­i­mated an­i­mal ad­ven­tures do you know that also in­clude a spot-on riff on Break­ing Bad?

Ex­tras Sig­nif­i­cant changes were made quite late in the day: seven not fully-fin­ished deleted scenes (18 min­utes, with in­tro­duc­tions) shed some light on this, as does a three-minute piece on deleted char­ac­ters. You also get: a three-part, 20-minute round­table with pro­duc­tion staff; short pieces on re­search, the story, the score and Easter Eggs (27 min­utes); a mu­sic video.

Alan Tudyk voices Duke Weasel­ton. His Frozen char­ac­ter’s name, the Duke of We­sel­ton, was of­ten mis­pro­nounced.

Un­usual things were hap­pen­ing in­side the fish­net stock­ing.

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