Movie Review – ‘Zootropolis’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Over the Christmas holidays in 2021, I saw the Disney film ‘Zootropolis’ on BBC One. I didn’t see it from beginning to end, but I managed to see most of the film when I was having my lunch on the day it was shown on TV. Lately, I’ve seen the complete film of ‘Zootropolis’ on Disney+, which is great. 🙂

I’ve enjoyed ‘Zootropolis’. This is a Disney film I had in mind to see on Disney+ after seeing it promoted in an episode of ‘The Muppets’ 2015-16 series. It’s taken me a while to get around to seeing it, but I’m happy I’ve seen the film! It presents an intriguing world of animals coexisting with each other.

In the film, an unlikely partnership takes place between a rabbit police officer – Officer Hopps – and a red fox con artist – Nick Wilde – in the anthropomorphic city of Zootropolis. They both uncover a criminal conspiracy involving the disappearance of predators. These predators have gone rabid wild.

I like how the story plays out in terms of Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde uncovering who’s behind the disappearance of predators and causing them to go rabid. There’s distrust between predators and non-predators for a while, but Hopps and Wilde are determined to prove their animal society wrong.

The humour featured in this film is also enjoyable. I like how the film explores Judy’s character and her determination to be a police officer in Zootropolis despite being a small rabbit. It’s also good how Nick is developed as a character and how he and Judy work together to solve a particular crime.

Judy Hopps is voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin whilst Nick Wilde is voiced by Jason Bateman. There’s also Chief Bogo, the buffalo police chief, who’s voiced by Idris Elba. I’ve come across Idris Elba a number of times in films, such as the first three ‘Thor’ films, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and 2021’s ‘The Suicide Squad’.

There’s also Dawn Bellwether, who is the sheep assistant mayor of Zootropolis, voiced by Jenny Slate. Mayor Lionheart, who is the mayor of Zootropolis, is voiced by J. K. Simmons. It was a treat to hear J. K. Simmons’ voice in this, as he played J. Jonah Jameson in the original ‘Spider-Man’ film trilogy. 🙂

There’s Benjamin Clawhauser, the cheetah desk sergeant in Zootropolis, voiced by Nate Torrence. There are also Judy Hopps’ parents, including Bonnie (voiced by Bonnie Hunt, who I’ve seen and heard a number of times in films like the first two ‘Beethoven’ films) and Stu (voiced by Don Lake).

Yax, a laid-back domestic yak who owns a naturist club, is voiced by Tommy Chong. Mrs. Otterton, who’s concerned for her husband Emmitt, is voiced by Octavia Spencer (who was in ‘The Shape of Water’). And Duke Weaselton, who is a small-time least weasel crook, is voiced by Alan Tudyk.

Shakira (who’s a famous singer in real-life) voices Gazelle, an actual gazelle who is a famous pop star in Zootropolis. One of my favourite scenes featured in the film is when Judy and Nick ask help from Flash the sloth (voiced by Raymond S. Persi) at the DMV (which is the Department of Mammal Vehicles).

It was so funny when Flash was being so slow to speak and so slow in getting what Judy wanted sorted in solving the crime case that she and Nick were working on. That scene in particular was featured in a trailer I saw of the movie back in 2016, which was when it was released at cinemas. It’s a pretty good comedic scene.

There’s also Mr. Big, an Arctic shrew crime boss (voiced by Maurice LaMarche); Gideon Grey, a red fox from Judy’s home of Bunnyburrow (voiced by Phil Johnston, one of the film’s writers); Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., an elephant ice cream parlour owner (voiced by John DiMaggio); and Dr. Madge Honey Badger, a honey badger scientist who helps Major Lionheart (voiced by Kate Lowes).

I’m glad I’ve seen ‘Zootropolis’ in full on Disney+. This was a fun film to check out. I’m glad it has a compelling story; engaging characters and enjoyable humour. It’s rare that I see these recent Disney films, which are mostly computer-generated, but I’m pleased this one did well in terms of story and characters.

By the way, Kristen Bell, who voiced Princess Anna in ‘Frozen’ and ‘Frozen II’, voices Priscilla, a sloth who works with Flash at the DMV.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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