“Zootopia” Review: Not Just a Story About Animals Wearing Clothes

Zootopia Judy Hopps

Zootopia Judy Hopps

Zootopia Review: Not just a Story about Animals Wearing Clothes

You’ve probably heard that Disney has released a new family movie about animals who walk, talk, and live like humans. In true Disney form this is not just another movie about animals wearing clothes. My son and I were invited to a screening of Zootopia before it hit theaters and now I’m letting you in on the movie’s plot and message.

Zootopia on the surface is a family friendly movie about a bunny named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) who has big dreams. Judy wants to be a police officer in the big city of Zootopia, where all the animals have evolved into coexisting despite their differences. Zootopia is a modern city where predators and prey live in harmony together.

When Judy arrives in Zootopia she meets a sly (surprise) fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) who “hustles” for a living. She is determined to put her police badge to work and catch him in the act of breaking the law, until she is handed a bigger mystery. Judy has 48 hours to solve a missing mammal case.

Sounds like a great movie for the kids, right?

Judy Hopps arrival in Zootopia is where the movie gets really interesting. From an artistic point of view I was struck by the immense creative thought put into the details of the city of Zootopia. I can only compare the details in the movie to those you see when riding an attraction at a Disney theme park. The city of Zootopia is divided into habitats for the different animals that live there, though the animals themselves go between habitats freely. Ice berg people movers and piped in tropical rain are just a couple of the creative details movie goers see in the city of Zootopia.



Unfortunately, even in the evolved city of Zootopia, not all animals are treated equally. This is where some very adult world situations come in to play. Stereotypes, segregation (elephants only ice cream shop) and corrupt city leaders are all part of the plot. Kids will understand that the animals are being treated unfairly based on how they look, and adults will understand the deeper significance.

In what could be a very serious mystery movie for kids about missing mammals, a sly fox, and the bunny that saves the day, Disney somehow made it all a little more light-hearted and entertaining. I left the movie thinking about how Zootopia relates to our own world, so the message definitely wasn’t lost in the mix. And my son? He can’t stop talking about the pint sized community built for hamsters and the hilarity of the sloth named Flash.

Zootopia Rated PG

Runtime 1 hour and 48 minutes

Opens March 4, 2016

This is a guest  film review by Rebecca West who blogs at CraftCreateCalm.com. She’s a contributor for Mamarazzi Knows Best.


  1. Cara says:

    Sounds like a cute movie! Thanks for the honest review, may have to go check this out with my family!

  2. My son and I saw the trailer in the theatre and thought it would be the perfect family movie. We hope to see it soon.

  3. Stacy says:

    That movie is going to be so cute and a good roll model for little girls

  4. I cannot wait to see this. I was a Disney a vouple weeks ago and thye were showing previews. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Willow says:

    This sounds like a great movie for kids! I’ll recommend this to my sister, who has two little ones who love animals.

  6. I can’t wait to watch this. I’m glad I have an 8-year-old who I can take to the movies. What am I going to do when he gets older? 🙁

  7. Kari says:

    This looks adorable! I can’t wait to watch it!

  8. Can’t wait to see this one! Many kids movies are painful to watch but I suspect I’ll like Zootopia.

  9. Rachel says:

    I caught a screening of it earlier this week. It’s so cute!

  10. Mimi Rose says:

    I’m not usually a huge fan of kids movies but since I first saw the trailer for Zootopia I knew it would be a movie I would like. I had no idea it tackled some deeper topics as well as being outright hilarious, good for Disney – can’t wait to see it!

  11. I don’t have children but I love cartoon films lol this looks adorable to me! It does sound like it might be just the right film for everything happening in the news to make kids understand it a bit. It’s unlikely I’ll see it at the theatre but I will see it. Thanks for sharing your review.

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