CAST: [Voices] Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Tommy Chong, Ginnifer Goodwin, JK Simmons, Nate Torrence,
Shakira, Don Lake, Bonnie Hunt, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, Raymond Persi
DIRECTION: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
DURATION: 1 hour 50 minutes
MUSIC: Andrea Datzman
While there has been a smattering of animated films out in the last couple of months, few can lay claim to having a lasting, residual feel-good factor to it. Some go over-the-top in terms of colour saturation. Others were just too outlandish and some are crammed full of moralistic messages for children. But thankfully, Zootopia doesn’t suffer from any of these wearisome traits. There are various allegorical references. ‘Zootopia’ is itself a portmanteau or rather, a blend word of ‘zoo’ and ‘utopia’. So it’s a place where animals – both predator and the hunted – can ideally coexist. The civilized predators abandon their savagery and live without threatening the herbivores who incidentally, outnumber the predators ten to one. Keeping the peace is the ZPD, (Zootopia Police Department) headed by Chief Bogo (Elba). No one imagines Hopps to become a ‘real’ cop, but she does have friends in high places, such as Dawn Bellwether (Slate), the Deputy Mayor of Zootopia, to back her. She and the wily fox Nick Wilde (Bateman) uncover a plot that’s aimed to destabilize the peace in Zootopia and turn the animals against one another. But more than just being wildly entertaining, what will strike you as quite refreshing is the originality of the characters. This one’s both intelligent and endearing.