Another wonderful Disney family animation feature from Pixar.
Zootopia, Blu-ray (2016)
Directors: Bryon Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Voice-overs: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
Studio: Walt Disney Studios (6/7/16)
Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 widescreen, 1080p HD color
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Extras: “Zoology: The Roundtables,” “The Origin of an Animal Tale,” “Research: A True-Life Adventure,” “Z.P.D. Forensic Files,” Deleted characters, Deleted scenes, More…
Length: 108 min.
The Pixar crew had a challenging job with this one. Not only is the big city of Zootopia populated entirely by animals, but the animals are clothed and walking on two feet on top of it. The animators began with a research trip on a photo safari to Africa to see the real animals in action. The predators are kept in check in Zootopia by a special collar they all wear which imparts pain if they try to attack and eat other animals, which fits into part of the plot of the film.
The main character is a cute little bunny, Judy Hopps, who wants above all to be a policewoman. She ends up partnering with a scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, who helps her solve a case and eventually also joins the force. Much is made of Judy’s understandable mistrust of foxes and Nick’s problem with society’s view of foxes. The characters of the various animals are all hilarious (reptiles are eliminated), with the best probably being the entire staff of the DMV, which are sloths. One, named Flash, returns at the end of the film being arrested for driving 200 miles per hour. The story line is also full of wonderful truths about our world, unlike many family animated features.