Facts/Reception: Zootopia was released on March 4, 2016, and grossed over 1 billion dollars at the box office. Not only has Zootopia garnered economic success, it has also garnered critical success. Zootopia has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered one of the best animated films in recent years.
Summary/Plot: Zootopia is a growing mammal metropolis where various animals live together and thrive. When the protagonist Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how hard enforcing laws can be. Judy begins to see that there are many divisions in the animal city. When animals start to go missing around the city it is up to Judy and her wily fox friend, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. 8.5/10
Animation: Zootopia’s animation is spectacular. Although some critics have complained about the similarities between Nick Wilde and Robin Hood, I personally believe two red foxes are going to have similarities. The CGI in this film is very detailed. To put this into perspective, one giraffe in this film has 9 million CGI hairs on his body. That is 100 times more than Rapunzel’s hair in Tangled. Zootopia was excellently crafted and detailed from start to finish. 9.0/10
Characterization: Judy Hopps, the strong female protagonist, is voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin. Her character arc deeply aligns with the overall message of this film. Nick Wilde is voiced by Jason Bateman and quickly becomes an endearing character. The chemistry between these two characters drives the success of this film. 8.0/10
Conclusion: Zootopia is a great animated Disney film. It has generated critical success for all the right reasons. This truly is a movie with an excellent message and story. Is the message at times overly pushed on the viewers as critics have said? Possibly, but do the fantastic elements far out way the complaints? I would say yes.
Final Score: 8.5/10