Zootropolis review – Disney’s animated odd couple has a perfect chemistry

A rabbit and a fox team up to solve crime in an entertaining anthropomorphic adventure for children and parents alike

This very funny, and very likable holiday treat from Walt Disney Animation Studios was partly inspired by co-director Bryon Howard’s love of Disney’s 1973 Robin Hood, which replaced familiar human characters with talking animal counterparts. Zootropolis (or Zootopia, as it is called in America) takes place largely in a city designed and populated by all creatures great and small, from tiny rodents to towering giraffes. Into this bustling environment comes rookie cop Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), the first rabbit on the force, determined to prove that she’s much more than a “dumb bunny”. Consigned to parking patrol, Judy picks up the scent of a missing mammal case, and manages to corral sly fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) into aiding her investigation.

The ensuing drama is nominally a tale of predators succumbing to their animal instincts while frightened prey fear their neighbours. In fact, it’s a delightfully well-orchestrated parable about trust and tolerance verses panic and prejudice. An encouragingly upbeat celebration of love and diversity in times of hate and uncertainty.

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