Last night, my family and I went to see the much-hyped movie, Zootopia. We were all excited about going to see it. Everything we have seen and read beforehand suggested that this was a fantastic movie. Rotten Tomatoes had the critic review at one-hundred percent.
My family actually had the opportunity to watch an extended preview last month in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The extended preview left us in awe. The scenery was breathtaking; the storyline interesting; the characters adorable. We knew we wanted to see this movie.
Because of a previous commitment, we couldn’t see the movie until 9:40. That is late for our youngest son. He is usually in bed by 9:00. I had him take a “nap” earlier so he could stay up later. That nap consisted of him laying on the couch for 15 minutes, and then jumping around excitedly because we were going to see ZOOTOPIA.
THE PLOT: The furry, lovable, adorable bunny, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) has always dreamed of becoming a police officer. BUT no bunny has ever become a police officer. Her family are farmers that live in the little town of Bunnyburrow. She works hard, achieves her dream, graduates at the top of her class, and is off to the metropolis, Zootopia. Zootopia is a utopia where all mammals live together in harmony – predator and prey alike. Mammals have evolved and no longer are carnivores. Much to her chagrin, she is assigned the duty of traffic cop. Her first day she surpasses expectations, but knows she can do more if she is allowed. During one mundane shift, she meets the sly fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). After he cons her, she manipulates him into working with her to find a missing otter who is one of a number of missing mammals. Together Judy and Nick face danger, travel throughout Zootopia, meet underworld characters, and learn that stereotypes can be overcome.
The scenery, the characters, the storyline – it all excites, entertains, inspires, and causes you to want to keep watching. Judy is energetic, lovable, and determined. There are wonderful messages in this film – work hard and you can achieve your dreams; sometimes your dreams don’t turn out to be exactly what you had hoped for; there is good and bad in every species (race); don’t judge based on appearances.