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CLIPS MOVIE REVIEW
by Roger Tennis

ZOOTOPIA

ZOOTOPIA movie

 

 

RATED PG (some thematic elements, rude humor and action)

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes
DIRECTORS:
Byron Howard
Rich Moore
Jared Bush

STARS (voices):
Ginnifer Goodwin - Judy Hopps
Jason Bateman - Nick Wilde
Idris Elba - Chief Bogo
J.K. Simmons - Mayor Lionheart
Jenny Slate - Bellwether
Alan Tudyk - Duke Weaselton
Octavia Spencer - Mrs. Otterton
Tommy Chong - Yax
Maurice LaMarche - Mr. Big
Kristen Bell - Priscilla
Shakira - Gazelle

SYNOPSIS:
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, itís a melting pot where animals from every environment live togetheróa place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isnít so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery. - Walt Disney Pictures

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
This bright, creative and hilarious animated romp has Pixar written all over it, yet it's actually Walt Disney Animation Studios in the driver's seat. Here's a nod to detective tales that's filled with heart and soul and enough gags to require repeat viewings to take them all in - like the DMV with sloths as employees. The missing person case is easy to solve, but the fun is in reaching the conclusion. A stellar voice cast brings the critters to life. Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman are absolutely fabulous as the oddly matched bunny and fox. Also outstanding is Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Big, an arctic shrew who sounds and acts like godfather Don Corleone. Shakira, as a gazelle pop star, lends her vocals to the film's song "Try Everything". Speaking of music, composer Michael Giacchino furnishes a lighthearted score that compliments the story. With a plot that moves along at a brisk pace, there's plenty to please both young and old. Some life lessons are gently weaved in, but none are preachy. While the standard 3D is provided, it's not needed here. Visually spectacular is the only way to describe this vibrant painting come to life. The cagey and delightful "Zootopia" is creature comfort in every way.

 

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