Zootropolis (think Metropolis only with animals) is an animated film that will appeal to young children. The story revolves around Judy Hopps, a small bunny with big dreams, who becomes a cop in the vast city of Zootropolis. Parents, too, will enjoy some laughs. More than just a cute Disney tale, the film features an unlikely police duo (Judy and her foxy partner, Nick Wilde), who uncover a smear campaign on the city’s animals of prey. The intricacies evident in the plot will satisfy an older audience.
Judy comes from a typical rabbit family (she has something like 270 brothers and sisters) with very conservative parents who have always been in the carrot-farming business (Judy has an “Apple” Mac lookalike with a bitten carrot on the cover!). To her parents’ horror Judy (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) doesn’t want to follow in her parents’ footsteps. She graduates top of her police academy class and starts work alongside huge animals like the buffalo boss, Chief Bogo (the voice of Idris Elba). Because of her ridiculously small stature Judy is assigned to parking duty, while the other “cops” are sent to find 14 missing mammals. By chance, and some ingenuity, Judy and Nick (a crooked fox voiced by Jason Bateman) discover all of the missing creatures and uncover a sinister plot at the same time.
Popular Disney themes are present in this feature: look for the good in yourself, be the best you can be, we’re all equal, and so on. But the shenanigans of the baddies and the talented sleuthing of clever cops make the film interesting and fun.
Enjoy Zootropolis. The film opens at Ster Kinekor Theatres in South Africa on Friday 4 March 2016.