Genre: Animation / Action & Adventure / Comedy
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy Hopps), Jason Bateman (Nick Wilde), Idris Elba (Chief Bogo), Jenny Slate (Assistant Mayor Bell), Nate Torrence (Benjamin Clawhauser), Bonnie Hunt (Bonnie Hopps), Shakira (Gazelle)
Written by: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
O. M. Good-ness!
Zoo(ooo)topia is the dreamland where all types of animals live in perfect peace and harmony! Zootopia is the modern metropolis, colourful, glamorous city all inspired by the city of New York. It is the city where ‘anyone can be anything’ or everyone ‘tries everything’; a city where all respect each other’s differences; the genuinely beautiful world of dynamics, vibrancy, love, friendship, and generosity.
One of the most beautifully drafted animation movies I have seen until now!
From the manufacturers of Frozen, Tangled, and Bolt, Zootopia brings to you a fun-filled, quirky yet inspiring tale of a young Judy Hopps [who tends to be the first bunny cop(sy)]! An idealist police bunny is zealous and wants to make the world a better place. In the process of pursuing her childhood dream, she journeys from the farmlands of Bunnyburrow, where her parents want her to grow carrots(!), to the gleaming city of Zooptopia, where the steaming-hot performer Gazelle could give all the popstars (or the item girls in India including Malaika Arora Khan) a massive competition.
And here happens the friendship of the lifetime between the con artist fox (who is yet dumb) and a novice bunny (who is as sly as a fox) who come together to search the fourteen missing predators and solve the mystery. The story unfolds at a rapid pace letting you enjoy a roller-coaster ride of ecstasy and snuffles, belief and doubts, courage and fear, and love, friendship and separations.
Kudos to the makers of the movie who successfully launches a world which is picture-perfect for both the children and the adults! With their well-structured plot, excellent animated storytelling, flawlessly timed comic moments, frivolous silliness, spot-on voice casting, and meticulous building of the vivacious city, the movie deserves all the applause and claim. The movie deserves to be called the best of the year until now.
Some very special moments between the two dear friends Judy and Nick where they share deepest secrets or confess their sins in full extent; between the tough Police Chief Bogo and fanatical Judy where they argue in favour of or against the fact that a bunny can be a resilient cop; and between the parents of the sunny-natured rabbit (grown up) kid and the kid himself where parents are overjoyed on knowing that their dear child got the post of a meter-maid, which is not a scary job, add the emotional weightage to the flick.
However, the best about the movie is the fact that it speaks of the socially relevant issues, especially in the times when the world needs a reminder of a message of refusing intolerance and embracing multiculturalism with an open heart. It talks of the conflicts like ‘fear has all the power in the world‘ and challenging the fear for the sake of the feared. It talks of the aspirations (the moments when Judy steps in Zooptopia for the first time are awesome-the expressions of awe on her face are beautifully shot), and failures and of ‘not giving up; giving in till we reach the end’.
I and everyone (the hall was chock-full even at eleven in the night!) just lovedddd the movie for unpredicted whipthroughs and smart humour (the scene at the Department of Motor Vehicles where sloths work behind the counter and talk very, very, very slowly are completely hilarious-I loved charming Flash who types the ticket number glacially yet overspeeds his car!).I loved the movie for its adorable and fascinating, mellowed characters (like Mr Big). I loved the movie for its context that contradicts the popular Fox and the Rabbit fable and that gets inspired from The Fox and the Grapes moral story.
Flawless direction, motivating dialogues, and a soulful song sung by Shakira at the end of the movie makes it a MUST MUST (one wasn’t enough) watch for all.