Kernsensus Review: Zootopia

For me, Disney movies have become very hit or miss. In recent years, the company has been digging from the classics and making remakes that aren’t necessarily bad, they just don’t scratch the itch of the original movies. I enjoyed 2015’s Big Hero 6, as well as Inside Out, but I thought Frozen was a highly marketed movie without the deep-rooted storyline that Disney is known for. I could go on about my history of a love-hate relationship with their movies, but this is a review for their newest movie, not a rant on how I want the feel of the classics back.

Zootopia is definitely a hit. I thought it was Disney’s finest work in years and it came out at the right time. The movie takes place in a world where humans don’t exist, only animals that have evolved to take on everyday tasks, from the businessmen hamsters, to the newest edition to the Zootopia police force, Officer Hopps, a female rabbit. The story follows Officer Hopps as she teams up with a fox that happens to be a con-artist as they work together to try and solve a conspiracy.

On the surface, Zootopia is a movie about a rabbit and a fox, but it is so much more than that. Rather quickly, it switches from a cutesy movie about animals running the world and more about stereotypes and battling sexism and discrimination. It’s a huge step from the original Disney movies that featured more stereotypes than imaginable, I’m looking directly at you Peter Pan, Dumbo, Aristocats, the Jungle Book, must I go on? If haven’t seen them recently, go check them out, my how things have changed.

It’s a feel good movie about fitting in, accepting being different and it has something for everybody. Disney knows how to include children as well as adults into their movies. They have jokes in the movie with everything from nudism to Breaking Bad. Even if you’re not one for animated movies, it’s definitely not one to miss.

I will watch anything with Idris Elba in it; even if he’s animated his voice is amazing. Elba from Luther, J.K. Simmons from Whiplash, Jason Bateman from Arrested Development, Ginnifer Goodwin from Robot Chicken, Shakira, it’s Shakira, Alan Tudyk from Firefly, and… Tommy Chong? …from Cheech & Chong? It’s an odd arrangement indeed for a Disney movie, but it’s brilliant.

I give Zootopia a 9.5/10. It is currently in theaters and runs 108 minutes. You can view the trailer here.

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