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Monday, December 5, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

A female rabbit (Ginnifer Goodwin) has ambitions to be the first bunny in the Zootopia police department. She achieves her dream but as the larger animals on the police force don't take her seriously, she must prove herself. When a major case of 14 missing mammals presents itself, she has her chance to prove her mettle. From the Walt Disney studios, this isn't hand drawn animation but computer generated animation but it's still quite sweet and charming. Its obvious parallels to human racism and stereotyping is quite in your face but that's the whole point of the film, isn't it? Life lessons in the form of fables go as far back as Aesop and this colorful adventure continues the tradition. Both children and adults should find much to enjoy in this colorful example of state of the art animation. It doesn't really break any new ground either in animation or storytelling so its universal praise seems a bit much but one can't deny it's a treat. With the voices of Jason Bateman (a fox), Idris Elba (a buffalo), J.K. Simmons (a lion), Octavia Spencer (an otter), Bonnie Hunt (a rabbit), Shakira (a gazelle), Jenny Slate (a sheep)  and Nate Torrence (a cheetah). 

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