Release Date: 2016

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy.

Rating: PG (“scenes of mild threat” alongside “comic implied nudity” – BBFC)

In my humble opinion, I give this film a thumbs up.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios and the creators of Frozen and Big Hero 6, Zootopia is an animation you shouldn’t miss. A sophisticated message without losing any of the fun for the entire family. Voices by Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Tommy Chong, and others.

My Canadian friends will smile knowing that the moose reporter’s voice is no other than Peter Mansbridge, anchor of The National news on CBC Television.

What is the story?

The story unfolds in a world of animals who get along with each other, no matter their size or who they are, predator or prey. Anyone can be anything they want, except... We follow a country-bunny, Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), who dreams of being a police officer but is ridiculed for it.

When she passes the academy tests and is transferred to the big city, the first ever bunny on the force, her parents warn her to beware of foxes.

Although Judy wants to prove she’s not just a “dumb bunny”, arriving at the station, the sergeant assigns her to “meter maid”, which she isn’t too happy about. But she pays attention to her surroundings and hears about four missing animals. Judy eventually gets a missing person case herself, aided in the investigation by Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a sly fox.

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In time, she realizes how she was prejudiced against the fox and comes to trust him and befriends him.

So, to give the plot away, a “prey” has a political agenda of hatred. A secret experiment has allowed predators to revert to their feral urges and they are “released” in the city. On the surface, it looks like predators are to be feared, that one can never trust them not to revert to their “natural” instincts. Everyone fears them.

Bottom Line

State-of-the-art animation, beautiful colors, always entertaining, never a dull moment, Zootopia even uses Shakira for the theme song. A delight for all. Really funny even as it carries its message of love and diversity, trust and tolerance instead of prejudice and fear.

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