By Amy - AV

June 17, 2016

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Zootopia, a soon-to-be Disney classic, is a beautifully animated comedy-adventure about a world where animals live in harmony, with predators putting aside their carnivorous instincts and prey living peacefully among them.  The movie tells the story of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who leaves life as a rural carrot farmer and travels to the big city (Zootopia) to pursue her dream of being the first bunny police officer at the ZPD.  Judy works hard to be able to join the force only to be treated poorly by the commander because she’s a bunny.   She’s put on meter duty but soon finds herself teaming up with a sly fox (Jason Bateman) to stop the mysterious disappearance of some of the city’s carnivores.  The humor will appeal to everyone from young children to teens to adults, but this movie is also full of messages.  There are references to current social issues including racism and stereotyping.  Many of these references may go over younger children’s heads but will definitely resonate with teens and adults.   I thought this was a really great movie; it was funny, action-packed, and had a meaningful storyline. Parents should be aware that there are a few sequences that might be a bit scary to some kids.  

Overall Rating:  A+

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