Review #3: A Cornucopia of Morals

Zootopia

Directed by: Byron Howard and Rich Moore
Released: March 2016

Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.

April 9th, 2017 10:02 IST

[Before I start, I would like to point out that this is the first time I’m reviewing and animated movie. I haven’t been too much of a fan of animated movies. After watching Zootopia, I’m glad my view changed. Now I know that animated movies can be just as deep and thought provoking]

One of Disney’s finest; Zootopia is a treat not just for children but for adults as well. The overall theme is directed to a young audience but the subtly woven minor details are directed to the more mature audience. On the face of it, seems like any other normal story with an exposition, a conflict and then a resolution. It could be classified as a simple “children’s movie”. What really catches the eye is how brilliantly the workaday story has been executed and its ability to create a resounding effect in the audience, regardless of their age group. The entire movie revolves around two characters of stark nature teaming up to save the day. It shows us that humans, being civil in nature, mustn’t concentrate on our differences but must unite to fight for a greater cause. Anti social elements only bring out how different people are and we must rise above what they want us to hate. On the face of it, the movie is just a regular story about an insignificant rabbit wanting to do good in the wide unforgiving world. But on a deeper level, it is so much more than that. It is about trusting people and believing that not everyone is bad. This concept needs to be introduced to the people of this day and age where hate crimes and extremism are common.

There are many hilarious moments and subtle hints to other movies and pop culture. The references to Breaking Bad and The Godfather were the ones I enjoyed the most. The movie also hints at subtle stereotypes such as the “fat cop with the doughnut” and the “DMV is so slow”. What I love about the movie is how intricately such minor subtleties have been interwoven. One more thing that caught my attention were the names of the animals; which were word-plays on their natures and names in real life. For example, the main characters, a rabbit and a fox, are named Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde respectively.

The cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba and many many more. It received a great deal of critical acclaim and was nominated for a total of 53 awards, of which it won 29, one of which being The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year 2016.


MY OVERALL TAKE AND FINAL OPINION

All in all, this movie is a must watch, regardless of the fact whether you’re a bored adult or an overly enthusiastic child. The story covers most aspects of story telling while still being able to hold the attention of the viewer. It will leave a good taste in your mouth and still might grind your gears about how society is nowadays. That being said, it won’t have the same effect when you watch it again.

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