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Zootopia (2016)


Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde at the DMV in “Zootopia”

The first few months of the year are normally not the best time for movies to be released, especially animated movies. Most of the time, they are bad. The one exception used to be The Lego Movie, but now it is joined by another: Zootopia.

Despite being a little long (the second longest Disney animated film after Fantasia) and having a story that is the basic one used for kids (you can be anything if you work at it), it is still a delight of a movie that will have adults laughing as much as the kids are (maybe even more).

Zootopia is the main destination set in the mind of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a bunny who longs to be a police officer, despite the “advice” of her parents (Bonnie Hunt and Dan Lake). As in every Disney film, there are a lot of characters to meet. Idris Elba is Chief Bogo, Tommy Chong (!) is Yax, and J.K. Simmons as Mayor Lioheart. The main character that Judy meets is a fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), who is more than he seems.

Eventually, Judy is pulled into a cespool of crime, making the audience brought into worlds of imagination (it is meant to be plural). What is discovered I will leave to you, except to say there are a bundle of easter eggs and pop cultural references you may want to see it a second time.

Parents, the movie is ok for you kids, as well as the kid in you.

I have not even mentioned the DMV scene, but I will end by saying you may never find a better DMV scene in any other movie.

Overall: Four Stars ****

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