I don't know what it is about me and anthropomorphic animals. Maybe it's because I grew up watching old cartoons, particularly Tom and Jerry. That could be one of the reasons that I expected more potential out of "Zootopia" rather than "Moana", with both of these films coming out the same year. In fact, many people expected "Moana" to be an instant classic and "Zootopia" just to be a simple animated comedy with nothing groundbreaking in it. Boy, were we all surprised when it turned out that "Zootopia" was actually smarter and groundbreaking than we realized. It's one of Disney Animation's best films in the past few years, especially considering how they've had a huge revival and have been turning out some great movies in the past decade.
In a world of anthropomorphic animals, a rabbit named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams of becoming a police officer in the city of Zootopia. However, everybody doubts she can make it to the ranks. Her parents, in particular, want her just to be a simple carrot farmer. But, she decides to prove herself and finally makes it into the ranks. Things, however, don't turn out well for her when the police chief doubts her potential and makes her a meter maid. She hates the job, of course, and wants to do something that helps the city. So, she decides to try to solve a case in which many mammals disappeared throughout the city. The chief makes a deal with her though. She has to solve the case in seventy-two hours or she'll lose her badge. So, it is up to her and a witness fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to solve the case.
One of the things that really caught my attention with "Zootopia" was the animation of the film. It's just gigantic. The city is incredibly detailed. It's a city that animals could have built and live in, and the technology they use is ingenious. And the characters are also ingenious as well. They all have relatable backstories, have likable personalities and aren't perfect. That's what great characters in movies should have. Judy isn't always happy-go-lucky and Nick isn't always sarcastic. They go through all the emotions. They can get scared, angry, shocked, disgusted and even surprised as good movie characters go through. The story is brilliant as well. It's moral focus mainly on stereotypes which us something you don't usually see in movies. In fact, it's mainly making fun of the stereotypes, like what comedies have been doing since movies have been made. That is just brilliant.
"Zootopia" is just a great movie. It takes the idea of anthropomorphic animals living in a city and gives something fresh and new, something similar to "Inside Out" in my opinion. I do mean it when I say it's one of Disney's best-animated movies in years. It is really that good. It's definitely a must watch and I'm sure like a lot of other people, you'll really enjoy it.