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Zootopia review: This one is joining the ranks of Up, WALL.E, Toy Story

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Zootopia
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba
Rating: 4/5

Has it ever happened to you that your parents ask you what movie is running this week and you suggest oh there is this really good animated movie out now, you should check that out ? A frown inevitably follows these words and your dad dismisses it, saying No, that s for kids, suggest a movie for grown-ups. Well, now is the time to push him to the theatre and make him watch this because he s totally going to thank you later. Zootopia is a brilliant new movie set in a world where man doesn t exist but the animals have evolved like man has in the real world. From furry bunnies to mighty bulls, every animal walks on two feet, wears clothes and runs the world. They all live in peace and with an agreement to not hurt each other. The predators and prey all have equal opportunities to succeed in life and though a few hiccups may arise, it is nothing they can t deal with.

Zootopia Review: This One Is Joining The Ranks Of Up, WALL.E, Toy Story

Nick is voiced by Jason Bateman and Judy is voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin. (YouTube)

Our window into this world is Judy, a little she-bunny, Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) who always dreamt of becoming a police officer. However, everyone seems to think her dream is too far-fetched. How can a cute (which is a politically incorrect term to address them with) and frail rabbit punch goons and fight crimes? Well, she does become an officer but to prove herself to her seniors, she has to crack a case of missing persons in just two days and helping her out is a popsicle-hustling fox, Nick (Jason Bateman).

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This duo of natural prey and predator become the best of friends, trying to find the truth behind it all and in the process, we experience with them a lot of thrill, lung-popping laughter and at the end, an introspective question that you would not expect to come as a by-product of a Disney-animated movie.

Zootopia Review: This One Is Joining The Ranks Of Up, WALL.E, Toy Story

Judy must prove herself to her seniors to be taken seriously. (YouTube)

You question yourself if you have ever harshly judged someone, categorised them for something that has never been in their control? Why does the wolf always have to be the big bad wolf while the lamb is always meek/gentle/innocent . Once they have evolved, they have all put their savage past behind them. Why can t we, as humans also put this generalisation and categorisation behind us? Why does one race have to be mighty, scary and fearful while one is thought of as meek, docile and timid? In Zootopia, these generalisations come across the path of our two protagonists and while one gives in to the pressure and becomes what the world expects him to be, a cunning, sly fox challenges the logic and proves them wrong by becoming the first bunny police officer of Zootopia. From what all you have read so far, it may seem like a heavy, serious movie with a moral lesson at the end but it is not (at least it is not just that). It is loaded with innumerable scenes that will leave you in splits. Watch out for these: Sloths running a government office, a hilarious commentary on the way humans in government offices seem to work at times.

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