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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES - Leigh Paatsch

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

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