Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the 2016 animated movie, Zootopia, featuring a stellar voice cast including Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, and Jenny Slate.
I really enjoyed this movie and was glad I was able to catch it on Netflix recently. It follows a bunny, Judy (Goodwin) who becomes a cop and must work with a deceptive fox, Nick (Bateman) to solve a mysterious case in the city of Zootopia.
The plot is basically a classic buddy cop movie with animals, but the topics they get into about prejudice, stereotypes, and bias is powerful and cunning since it is under the guise of cute animated animals. It is movies like this and Big Hero Six for example that I would want to show my future children since they're fun but have a positive message. It's better than simple princess tales, which is the typical Disney fare. I appreciate Disney going for something like this, especially in addition to their current slate of Marvel movies and shows that also are fun, and explore different topics like PTSD (Jessica Jones) or life on the streets of Harlem (Luke Cage).
Zootopia isn't a perfect movie for me by any means. Some of the jokes fall flat and it felt like it ran a little long, but I highly recommend it as something that reminds us movies can be both fun and have an important, positive message.