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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published April 12th 2016
You can be anything you want to be
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Judy Hopps is a trier and even she has come from a family of risk averse carrot farmers, she aspires to greater things. Judy wants to be a police officer. There's just one problem: Judy is a bunny and no bunny has ever been a police officer. Despite this hard work and determination get her a place on the force of Zootropolis Police Department and she is raring to go. Unfortunately no one has any faith in her abilities. A bunny police officer? You've got to be joking, right?

But Officer Hopps won't let prejudice stand in her way, and she is willing to put her job on the line to prove she has what it takes. With just forty-eight hours to solve a missing mammal case, Judy must use her cunning to recruit the sly fox, Nick Wilde into helping find Mr. Otteron. But along the way, this unlikely pair discover that Zootropolis is not the harmoniously evolved city it's made out to be.

Just like all of Disney's best films, their 55th animated feature is full of laughs, full of heart, and full of poignancy. It avoids being sentimental and preachy, but at the same time promotes a very healthy and current message about acceptance. Zootropolis is a true family film that every generation will enjoy. There are lots of in-jokes for adults to have a laugh at, from mobile apps to bootleg Disney films and references to The Godfather. There is even a cameo appearance by pop singer, Shakira.

The animation is outstanding; Disney has always had an aptitude for anthropomorphic animals, but they really surpassed themselves this time. The characters' movements combine naturalistic animal behaviour with human characteristics, which creates a surreal realism as well as lots of humour. Stand out moments include a laughing sloth, fluidic otter, scurrying weasel, and Officer Hopps's adorable waffly nose.

Zootropolis contains a balanced mix of action versus character and is full of wit. Whether or not you have kids, it is a film you don't want to miss.
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Your Comment
great review.
yes, the movie was fantastic.
BUT, i hate to be picky, the movie is called
loved the movie, cant wait for the DVD, so we can do outdoor movie night. :)
thanks again for your review.
by dargo (score: 1|82) 1281 days ago
I only saw it yesterday. I didn't realise they renamed the film for the UK market!
Is the word "Zootopia" affiliated with something else well known in the UK?
by Adrian Kmita (score: 2|160) 1278 days ago
I now want to see this movie!
by Jeni Wilson (score: 3|1849) 1282 days ago
Good review Bryony. A most enjoyable film for adults and children alike.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1234 days ago
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