A quick glance and Zootopia may come off as your typical fuckmylifenotthisbullshitagain animation film. A movie where cute little creatures do what cute little creatures do best – tell fart jokes that causes kids, pre-pubescent teens and losers to be stuck in an endless loop of “aww shoooo cuuutteeee.” Moments like these would make me wish I could clone myself a thousand times, stand outside every McDonald’s and plant three bullets right through the head of every motherfucker who buys a Happy Meal only to throw away the God damn MEAL. Some might consider this murder, I call it community service. But if life has taught me one valuable lesson, it is that the hot blondie with double Ds can be a genius too.
Not saying this movie doesn’t have “cuteness” to it. It does, but the cuteness is merely a medium used for the movie to deliver its actual message: Stop being an ignoramus conservative sack of shit. Don’t vote for Donald Trump. We have a cute bunny from Bunnyburrow, who I am pretty sure is either suffering from ADHD or is a closet Red Bull addict. With a big heart and even bigger dreams, she aspires to move to Zootopia (a land where both prey and predator are seen as equals, living together in harmony), be the first bunny cop in the world and make a difference.
Her redneck parents want her to be a carrot farmer because it’s a safe job and when she convinces them otherwise, her dad buys her a fox repellent spray. Sound familiar? It’s the kinda shit most people of our generation face. Many parents be like, “You must get a safe and secure job. Doctor, lawyer, engineer, accountant,” OR “If you see someone of a different skin colour, proceed with caution.” Zootopia says screw that. Chase your dreams, don’t be racist and prove your parents wrong.
It isn’t just the message but the overall delivery of it all. Zootopia may be rated U, but no way in hell is this just a movie for kids. Merely 15 minutes into this movie, there is a subtle but ingenious joke revolving around the phrase “fucking like rabbits,” and I immediately knew Zootopia will probably make it onto my non-existent Top 10 Animation Films of All Time list. There is also a joke on sloths working in a government department and a throwback to The Godfather.
Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush and written by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston, Zootopia is an animation movie that isn’t just about being entertaining during its runtime, but one where people can actually sit down and dissect its genius after. The Lego Movie and Inside Out come to mind. Not often do I get to watch two new movies with fantastically written scripts in such a short period. This year, there are already three – The Big Short, Deadpool and Zootopia – and it’s only February!
Rarely do I talk about the chemistry between characters in animation movies, but there is just something special about the pairing of Ginnifer Goodwin’s Judy Hopps and Jason Bateman’s Nick Wilde. They’re great, playing off each other with perfect comic timing. The relationship between Hopps and Wilde is so dynamic, it makes their interactions such a fun experience. The rest of the characters are all basic stereotypes, but that’s the whole point. It works, it’s funny.
So, is Zootopia THE BEST SHIT EVER? Does it reach the level of classics like Inside Out, The Incredibles and Toy Story? Nope. It just doesn’t sit right with me when a movie purposely goes in the *INSERT RANDOM PLOT TWIST HERE* direction, in a cheap attempt to make people go, “Oooh. I did not see that coming.” One, I totally saw that coming, though I was desperately hoping the writers don’t go down that path. Two, it doesn’t make sense. It’s just a twist for the sake of a twist. Three, who gives a shit? I don’t. Facepalm!
Another problem with Zootopia is the same issue I had watching Deadpool. The supposedly emotional aspects of this movie falls flat. Luckily, just like Deadpool, the movie doesn’t dwell too long on these “emotional” moments and instead gets right back to the frenetic fast paced comedy that it is.
Problems aside, Zootopia is in many ways a satire that asks all the right questions in a comedic manner. It’s the kinda movie that would give liberals an orgasm all while flashing a giant middle finger to narrow-minded morons. Interesting thing is, while Zootopia may be intelligent on so many levels, it isn’t too complex to cause kids and casual moviegoers to turn away. It is, in many ways, still a fun, adventurous animation movie fit for the entire family.
Oh, and there’s also an awesome song by a gazelle (Shakira) right at the end, because why not?