This film is absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. One might think that they are in store for a usual buddy flick, but one would be wrong.
From the studio that brought to the the world films like "Tangled" "Wreck It Ralph" "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6" comes "Zootopia."
"Zootopia" begins with a little girl rabbit, Judy Hopps, dreaming of growing up to be a cop for the ZPD, Zootopia Police Department. Moving forward, we find Judy working towards doing just that. We find her hard at work training and failing. However Judy never gives up, she works harder than anyone in her police academy class to 'try' (a major theme in the movie - try, never give up). Judy ends up graduating valedictorian and is placed with the ZPD at ZPD headquarters in the center of Zootopia.
In the world of Zootopia, mammals have created a topia (meaning place) where mammals live in coexistence. There are many different ecosystems within the city; allowing for many types of creatures to live within the metroplex. Weather predator or prey, the primal instincts have disappeared and the two 'types' of creatures now live in harmony.
That is until creatures go missing, in particular, an otter named Emmet. Judy Hopps, discriminated against for being the first rabbit and only girl on the ZPD, is stuck on parking duty as a meter-maid. There she meets Nick Wilde, a sly fox, partially conducting a fraudulent scheme to sell popsycles to the rodent population. While trying to figure out a way to bring down Nick's operation, she stumbles upon a weasel robbing a flower shop. She ends up catching the weasel, but does so after causing havoc in the miniature mice section of town.
Needless to say she was reprimanded because she left her post as meeter-maid and broke a direct order. After hearing Emmet's wife pleading with the chief to find her missing husband, Judy strikes a deal with the chief for 48 hrs to solve the case. If she fails to achieve her goal, she turns in her badge.
The chief gives her the case file, but her only lead coincidently leads her back to Nick Wilde. She blackmails the fox to help her by proving his crime of tax abatement. He reluctantly goes along. The two of them quickly begin to piece together an elaborate puzzle of twists and turns. Will they find Emmet in time? Will Judy prove her usefulness as Zootopia's first bunny cop? Will Nick Wilde end his sly ways? I will not spoil it for you.
This film is incredible! This is the best film from Walt Disney Animation Studios since the "Lion King." This film, in my book, is this year's front runner for the next Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.
Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are going to be an instantaneous hit among the animation faithful. Let's face it, "Zootopia" has already earned its place alongside the studio's classics, and deservingly so.
"Zootopia" also deserves to be at least nominated, and I would argue win, in the Best Production Design category at the next Oscars as well. The city elements are so stunning and so impressive from a world building prospective, that I wish that the story would pause for awhile so that I could walk around in the movie world and explore. I urge Disney, I beg of Disney to make this a UI/world in a video game so that I can do just that; explore.
The writing is superb! The innovative and creative plot; dealing with very mature thematic eliminates, almost freakishly taylor made for the social/political happenings of today, are exceptional! Racism, sexism, drugs, weapons, and consent are all matters dealt with in this 'family' film. These themes are handled with care, with such beauty that this film is truly a game changer in the Animation Industry. A perfect film for kids to see in the ever changing social/political climate of the day. A+/5/5 stars!
The blu-ray associated with the film is great too. Great special features, I wanted more behind the scenes content, but nevertheless, its a great blu-ray release. A must buy!