by: Dallas Thompson
On Friday, March 4th, 2016 - Walt Disney Pictures released their latest animated film 'Zootopia'. Zootopia is about Judy Hopps, a bunny that wants to become an officer and Nick Wilde, a scam-artist. Together the two must work together to solve the mystery of where Mr. Otterton has gone.
In most of the film's advertisements, the main thing that has been shown has made the film seem like a comedy. While it is pretty funny at several points, it is not as comedic as some of Disney's other movies, or even as I expected.
Going into the film, I expected a lot of laughs but had no idea what the story was. As I watched, it became apparent to me that I had the wrong expectations for this film - in a good way! This film had a very well-planned story and it kept me engaged the entire time.
As it turns out, this movie has you on the edge of your seat most of the time. It has you questioning the direction it is heading in several times and surprised me, especially towards the end. Several things in the film struck me as different, and quite honestly I had a hard time putting my finger on what it was. As I was reading through a review on The Mickey Mindset by Mitchell Stein, I thought he said it perfectly: "it [Zootopia] is by far their bravest to date. Zootopia isn’t afraid to delve deep into topics of sexism and racism, using prejudices as “predator” animals as an instance of stereotypes within our actual modern society."
The topics and messages this film gives and what it leaves you thinking about is a huge win, and is something I would love to see more of in future Disney films to come.
If you have seen any of the trailers, you know about the scene involving the sloth at the DMV. If not, don't watch the trailer! It gives away what may be one of my favorite scenes in the movie and definitely one of the most comical. The comedy in this film is intended for the whole family - some for kids, and also some for the older audience.
One thing that I would like to mention - I saw the film at a 3D screening on Monday night. In my opinion, I do not think that 3D is necessary to enjoy this film, but if you are a fan of the 3D technology, it does not hinder your enjoyment of the film in the slightest.
RATING: 4/5 STARS
SEE IN THEATERS OR WAIT UNTIL HOME RELEASE?: SEE IN THEATERS!