Zootopia DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

The Review
Disney has spent many decades making some of the most amazing family films. From basic animation from the fifties through to the complex computer generated styles that we have now, Disney keep bringing movies that resonate with all ages and all types of people along the way. Zootopia takes the usual story of the youngster who has a dream to become something different and a stack of people who don’t believe it could happen.

We took our niece and nephew to see this and they loved it as did the grown-ups. Like last year’s Inside Out, this is another clever tale that combines clever characters with great comedic moments, while wrapping it in a story that you actually enjoy and find compelling.  There are plenty of moments to connect with us, the viewers, while still entertaining with great gusto.

One of the key elements to the success of this film is the variety of awesome characters. This means that there is going to be someone in the cast that will stand out to each person watching. For me it was the central role of Judy Hopps (Goodwin), the clever bunny who longs to be a cop. Her story of trying hard to achieve want you want regardless of what people away is kind of cool and inspiring. While Nick the Fox (Bateman) connected with my niece and nephew, perhaps it was his flawed nature and yet the hope that he can rise above his own self-interest to help those around him in need. That tale of redemption is a lot more interesting to our kids than we would have expected.

 It is interesting to find out that the film originally was focused around the character of Nick the Fox but in early tests, audiences connected more with Judy the Bunny and so the story was re-written to have a central focus on her with Nick playing more of a secondary role. Oh and by the way Nick Wilde's design is heavily based on the Title Character Disney's Robin Hood from way back in the year of my birth 1973.

Of course the great cast doesn’t stop there and it is full to overflowing with brilliant voice talent and enthralling personalities. Throw in Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, Shakira and J.K. Simmons, this is brilliant. One of the funny cameos that sneaks into the film is Duke Weaselton and is voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also voiced the Duke of Weselton (often mispronounced Weaseltown) in Frozen. Humorously, Judy mispronounces Duke's last name as "Weselton" in this movie, so keep an eye out for it.
The Verdict
This is a delightful film that is full to the brim with good story, funny moments and characters you love. A must-see these holidays and potentially a must have for the DVD collection.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 29th June 2016
Rating: PG – Contains some scenes may scare very young children
Duration: 108 minutes 
Genre:  Animated
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, Shakira and J.K. Simmons
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

The Extras
There is a poster for Zootopia in Big Hero 6 (2014) when Baymax and Hiro fly under the train tracks.

It was November 2014 when the production team decided to change the story to emphasize Judy Hopps as the main character rather than Nick Wilde. To help with the difficulties of the late sudden change, Rich Moore was hired as a director alongside Byron Howard and Jared Bush.

The pirated DVDs that Duke Weaselton is selling are movies with wordplays to other Walt Disney Animation Studio features. Examples are "Pig Hero 6", ("Big Hero 6"), "Wrangled" ("Tangled"), "Wreck-It Rhino" ("Wreck-It Ralph"), "Meowana" (the upcoming "Moana"), "Giraffic" (the upcoming "Gigantic"), and "Floatzen 2" (the upcoming "Frozen 2").