Flash Movie Review: Zootopia

One would think we have gone beyond stereotypes; but I still get “that look” in people’s faces when in conversation, if it comes up, I mention my primary doctor is a woman. That look could be made up by a furled brow, downturned lips, maybe one side of the upper lip rising up in a sneer or even rolling eyes; it is so strange to me. When did it become the norm for someone to foist their prejudices onto someone else? Through my life I have been the victim from a variety of biases. There was a person who wanted to know if I celebrated Thanksgiving. When I said yes and asked why they asked, the person told me she did not know if people from my religion celebrated the holiday. I had to tell her Thanksgiving was an American holiday not a religious one. Possibly I mentioned before how one of my elementary teachers told me I would not amount to anything if I decided to pursue writing as a career. Discrimination was and still is a cancerous attribute in humankind. The thing that scares me the most is seeing those individuals who are proud of their prejudices. Granted you tend to know exactly what to expect from someone who does not cover up their biases. However, there is a completely different level that has more subtly to it. Now it occurs to me if you are starting to wonder if this animated movie is as serious as tonight’s topic the answer is yes; but it is mixed inside of a fun, action adventure film.    JUDY Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk the Line, Once Upon a Time-TV), was the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force. Her boss Chief Bogo, voiced by Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Thor franchise), took one look at her and decided she could only issue parking tickets. The only way Judy could prove herself was to take on a dangerous case that she had to solve in 2 days time or lose her job. I was so surprised by this picture; it took me a short time to realize there was an intelligent, inclusive script that still provided fun and excitement. If one expects singing and dancing in this animated movie they will be disappointed since there was none. However, all ages will find enjoyment in watching this film. As for the actors chosen to voice the characters, it was brilliant casting by the movie studio. With Jenny Slate (Obvious Child, Bob’s Burgers-TV) as Bellwether and Jason Bateman (The Gift, This is Where I Leave You) as Nick Wilde, I have to say Jason was outstanding. He and his character were literally the same, that is how good he was in the role. So to finish up, this movie has an important message that everyone should take the opportunity to see and have fun doing it. Do not be surprised if you come out being more diligent in celebrating the differences in all of us.


3 1/2 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 7, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Oh wow, this looks like a great animated movie! I’m chuckling about the person who wondered why you celebrated Thanksgiving. I’ll put this on my list to watch, thanks!

  2. This is a great, amazing, funny, technically outstanding movie: an intrigating detective story

  3. This is a great, amazing, funny, technically outstanding movie: an intriguing detective story 😀
    And the sloth character Flash is superbe!

  4. When I saw the first trailer for this movie I thought it looked a bit limp. The more recent trailer, however, had me thinking it was worth seeing. It’s Spring break soon so I might be persuaded to take my gang to see this.

  5. I’m not normally tempted by animation, but after the success of films like Inside Out having important and meaningful messages for kids, I’ve been seeking out kids films more and more before they have the originality and creativity that the sequel/remake/adaptation mad adult film market has been severely lacking.
    I hadn’t been convinced by initial trailers of Zootopia using the sloths to stereotype slow customer service, but I’m a lot more interested now. Great review.
    Oh and even as a British person I know Thanksgiving isn’t a religious holiday; your story gave me a great chuckle.

    • I am glad you got a chuckle, thanks for telling me. This film was a surprise for me; it really is worth seeing because it offered so much more than what one sees in the trailers. If you see it I would enjoy hearing your thoughts of it. Thanks again.

  6. We went to see this movie last weekend and all six of us loved it. I thought the weighty, important, potent themes were handled deftly and that the message worked for both adults and children. The kids and we had a great discussion on the drive home about the relationship between the movie and current affairs. The characters were really engaging and the odd couple / buddy movie trope was fun. There were some great set pieces and supporting characters too.

    • That is awesome to hear and I love hearing this film started a dialog among the family. I tell people this is an important movie and your comments confirm the reasons why. Thank you again for taking the time to share your comments.

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