With laughs and cute animals, Zootopia is possibly Disney’s best film yet [Review]

Ariel Conant |

Latest Articles

Meet Magawa, a seven-year-old rat who’s a real-life hero

How can I tell the difference between the flu and Covid-19?

Teenage climate change activist stages environmental protest on Arctic ice floe

Number of forced marriages in Hong Kong's ethnic minority community increases due to Covid-19

Talking Points: Is it too soon to resume face-to-face lessons?

Judy Hopps always dreamed of being a police officer. She wanted to stop crime and help make the world a better place. There was only one thing holding her back - Judy Hopps is a bunny.

In the world of Zootopia, Disney’s latest animated film, all the animals live together in relative harmony. But every species is still expected to stick to what they’re good at. Bunnies make great carrot farmers and sheep make excellent assistants, following the orders of their bosses. But the big jobs are left to the bigger animals - and that includes police work. Judy (voiced by Ginnfer Goodwin) is up against huge odds if she wants to make it as the city’s first bunny cop.

And what Judy finds even more challenging than the obstacle of her size is the mountain of stereotyping from the other animals around her. As she struggles to prove herself, she must also confront her own prejudices when she’s forced to seek the help of con-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).

Zootopia is one of Disney’s most clever and engaging animated movies yet. The jokes and quips come fast and easily, making the audience laugh while the film tackles some pretty big themes of racism, prejudice, stereotyping and more. But while the issues addressed in Zootopia are pretty heavy, the film never feels that way. It gets the message across without ever being preachy, and is engaging and fun from beginning to end.

On top of just being an overall fun film, Zootopia is filled to overflowing with inside jokes and references to pop-culture, current trends and of course other Disney films. Every scene has an Easter egg of some sort, or a subtle joke, pun or visual gag. The twists, turns and antics of the plot make for a great movie on their own, but it’s all these little extras thrown in that make you really sit up and pay attention all through the film.