As if it is possible for Disney movies to get any better, they keep do! Zootopia is one of those kinds of movies that you can keep watching over and over again and never get tired of, which is pretty much the standard with many Disney movies. This story takes place in a very modern city, but it is the “tail” of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a cute little bunny from Bunnyburrow, one child of over two hundred children of Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) and Stu (Don Lake) Hopps, that want to be a police officer in the city of Zootopia. The country folk of Bunnyburrow think she will fail, and should be a carrot farmer like her parents, but she is determined to prove them all wrong. A while later, she is off to the police academy, training in all kinds of climates and terrain. All the other recruits are large predators or bigger herbivores like rhinos or hippos, but Judy uses her bunny gifts and dexterity to rise above her problems and soon graduates at the head of the class.
Now she is the newest critter on the force of Zootopia. Zootopia is a city filled with all kinds of mammalian creatures, from mice to elephants. It is divided into several zones by climate and terrain. A desert area, a savanna section, a tundra, a rain forest, the city center, and a tiny development for small rodents, just to name a few. The city center is where Judy works. Her first contact with the police force is receptionist Clawhauser (Nate Torrence) an overly excited, joyful leopard that loves doughnuts a little too much. Her boss is Chief Bogo (Idris Elba), a cape buffalo who is about as stoic as can be. Soon, the cute little bunny finds herself in the safest beat cop job there is, a meter maid, and whoa! Is she ever disappointed. She makes the best of it, using her quick rabbit senses to help her along. This seems like a blessing before lunchtime, but some bad times are on the way, and they come in the form of a fast-talking crafty red fox, Nick Wilde, (Jason Bateman) running a “pawp-cicle” hustle.
This little scam is nothing compared to a big missing predators case that has the police department in a dead end, and they seem almost apathetic to do anything about it. When a otter shows up in tears asking about her missing husband, the Chief is about to send Judy hopping back to Bunnyburrow, when she says she’ll take the case. She’s got twenty-four hours to find out where all the animals are and what has happened to them. Soon Judy finds she’ll have to turn to that sly fox to help her out, and the missing animals case leads up to a surprise ending with a huge finale by the local pop star, Gazelle (Shakira). You will see many kinds of animals here, from rain forest wild cats and howling timber wolves to tiny voles and lemmings. Sloths even run the DMV! and you thought the human DMVs were slow!
This is classic Pixar, and it seems every movie they make just get better than the last one. This is a no-miss, multi-viewer, and to own it on Blu-ray is must! Go check out Zooptopia right now!
I give this film a Musing review of