More than just kids fluff
ZOOTOPIA ( PG)
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore Starring: The voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, J. K. Simmons Verdict: Bunny changes everything “I came here to make the world a better place,” says the fluffy little heroine of Zootopia. “But I think I broke it.”
There is no need for Officer Judy Hopps ( voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) to be so hard on herself. After all, she is the first rabbit patrol cop in history.
More importantly, she is the popular face of a wonderful animated movie that will make cinemas a better place in the weeks ahead.
There is nothing about Zootopia in need of fixing. This very impressive, suitable for all ages comedyadventure is funny, inventive, thought- provoking and magnificently illustrated throughout.
A lively and universally accessible story is set in an idealised, humanfree future where animals of all species have learned to live as one.
In a bustling metropolis such as the city of Zootopia, species of all shapes and sizes - remarkably, a strict observance of scale is just one of the movie’s many winning factors – live in neighbourhoods and work at jobs that perfectly fit their place in nature. Crime and misbehaviour is still a factor in this new world, however. Which is why Zootopia needs a police force. Until Judy bounced along, a bunny had never made it into uniform.
Though she starts off confined to merely writing parking tickets, Judy rapidly rises through the ranks when she sets about solving 14 missingmammal cases with the reluctant support of her buffalo boss, Police Chief Bogo ( Idris Elba).
With the equally reluctant aid of a wily, wise- cracking, street- hustling fox named Nick Wilde ( Jason Bateman), Judy goes on to uncover a vast conspiracy that threatens to divide Zootopian society across long- abandoned instinctive lines.
Once upon a time, all animals were either prey or predators. A return to that time would be a calamity from which this world would never recover.
Though the plotting of Zootopia can be interpreted ( and learned from) on a number of levels, its appeal to children and adults alike is as straightforward as it gets.
From a distance, it might well seem like just another one of those talkingcreature features which have been flooding the cartoon market since the days of Shrek and Madagascar.
However, there is both a depth and dazzling creativity to Zootopia that keeps coming to the fore. It is not quite on the same exalted level as last year’s brilliant Pixar offering Inside Out, but it is a clear cut above most animated titles in recent years.
Now showing Village Cinemas