“Zootopia” was pretty solid. I don’t know why I keep expecting Disney Animation to falter. Their recent string of hits suggests that they’re learning from Pixar and other companies under the Disney umbrella. Ginnifer Goodwin is amazing as Officer Judy, who just wants to be the best possible cop. After meeting Nick and Finnick, Judy starts to realize that the world might not be perfect. What she does is let blind allegiance to the Law blind her to common sense and she gets involved in various acts of blind aggression.
The film dares to structure around Judy realizing that power and authority are easily manipulated to allow certain people to stay atop the food chain. While Jason Bateman does stellar work as Nick the Fox, it’s really up to Ginnifer Goodwin to carry the film. A few writers have commented on the film’s similarities to “48 Hours”, but I feel that’s a superficial read. What I’m seeing here is something far more primal. Pardon the pun.
“Zootopia” uses systemic racism and class oriented issues to make an argument for the primal nature of the animal citizens. While the opening play goes a long way to explaining the world built in the film, there’s a nagging suspicion that the animals want to return back to their natural status quo. It’s that willingness to fight their base nature and be something better that speaks to the movie’s strengths. Well, that and Finnick. Finnick is awesome.
- 1 hour and 48 minutes
- Plenty of sequel setups