ZOOTOPIA

PG
Walt Disney Animated Studio’s does it again with “Zootopia” an animated film for the whole family. Adults and older kids will enjoy the story and the little ones will love the cute little animated animals scurrying across the screen, especially Judy Hopps the star of the film (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin). They are adorable.

“Zootopia” is a city like no other. It is comprised of only animals. “Zootopia” is a melting pot where animals have learned to live together but it is not without its stereotypical assumptions, prejudices and basic racism.

“Zootopia” is a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. There has never been a bunny cop until Judy Hopps decides to be the first rabbit to leave the carrot farm and join the police force. Hopps discovers that being the first bunny on a police force, she has to deal with predator animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case of the missing Emmitt Otterton and six other mammals, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

I particularly loved the scene with the sloths which drove Judy Hopps crazy. I shared her pain. This is the trailer that should draw people to the movie in droves.

The screenplay was written by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston. The story was by Jared Bush, Phil Johnston, Rich Moore, Jennifer Lee and Byron Howard. At first, I thought the story line would be difficult for the little ones to follow, this is a typical buddy-cop drama but, there was lots of laughter throughout in the theater throughout the film. The younger set seemed to really enjoy the film.

The film was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore and co-directed by Jared Bush.

The colors of the animation were rich and beautiful. I saw it in IMAX but I don’t think you have to pay extra to enjoy this film.

Grab your kids or grandkids or a neighbor’s kid and rush to see this fun film. If you don’t have kids or grandkids, go alone. No one cares if you go without children. It is a fun movie.
“Zootopia” opens Friday at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and Daugherty Theatres Jerseyville Stadium Theatre.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com