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Zootopia is on the heavy-handed side of its message however it’s a good one that would be beneficial to kids (and their parents for that matter). The animation is fantastic and the humor mostly works as does the voice talent involved.

 

 

Zootopia
(2016)

Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Family
Disney | PG – 108 min. – $39.99 | June 7, 2016

Date Published: 06/10/2016 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Byron Howard and Rich Moore
Writer(s): Byron Howard & Rich Moore & Jared Bush & Jim Reardon & Josie Trinidad & Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee (story), Jared Bush & Phil Johnston (screenplay)
Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, Shakira
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Music Video
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 43.6 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


THE MOVIE — 4.0/5


Plot Synopsis: Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps (GINNIFER GOODWIN), the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case – even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (JASON BATEMAN) to solve the mystery of numerous animals who have gone missing. The two must work together, and through their differences, as the case takes them to the underground crime syndicate, ran by Mr. Big and even to the top, Mayor Lionheart (J.K. SIMMONS) who may be involved in some sort of cover-up.

Quick Hit Review: Zootopia is a fun and even topical family adventure that features some amazing voice talents headed by Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon a Time”) and Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”) who probably features the best on-screen animated chemistry as both actually give great (voice) performances. The supporting cast doesn’t disappoint from Bonnie Hunt as the assistant to the mayor and J.K. Simmons as the mayor himself. Beyond the voice cast, the writing is top notch and if I didn’t know otherwise, this could’ve been a Pixar movie given the emotional aspects, as such it’s easily one of Disney’s Animation Studios better animated movies to come down the pike in quite a while.

This is the type of movie the entire family will enjoy as young kids will find the message to be well done while the adults will appreciate some of the in-jokes, even a reference to, of all  things, “Breaking Bad”. Although I don’t think it’s the masterpiece compared to some, it’s still worth buying.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.25/5


This release comes with an embossed slip cover. Inside is a code for the Digital Copy and a standard DVD Copy.

Research: A True Life Adventure (9:58; HD) – The filmmakers research the various animals used in the movie including visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Origin of an Animal Tale (9:15; HD) looks at how the story was developed and includes some early animation concept work.

Zoology: The Roundtables (18:23; HD) is a roundtable discussion with various members of the technical team as they talk about the characters, environment and animation. Includes intros by Ginnifer Goodwin.

Scoretopia (4:59; HD) examines the music used as composed by Michael Giacchino.

Z.P.D. Forensics Files (3:23; HD) is a profile featurette on the Easter Eggs strewn throughout the film including hidden Mickeys.

Rounding things out is the Music Video (3:21; HD) for “Try Everything” by Shakira, Deleted Characters (3:16; HD) and some Deleted Scenes (28:03; HD).

 


VIDEO – 5.0/5


Disney releases Zootopia onto Blu-ray presented in its original 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and given a beautiful 1080p high-definition transfer. As one would expect, the colors are absolutely vibrant and has that nice pop off the screen. Detail is sharp and there were no major flaws like artifacts or aliasing making for a gorgeous looking picture.

AUDIO – 5.0/5


Not to be outdone, the disc comes with a strong DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track which offers crisp and clean dialogue levels throughout while the more action-oriented scenes, and there are quite a few, gives off nice depth. The various music, including Shakira’s song toward the end, resonates fairly well.

 


OVERALL – 4.25/5


Overall, Zootopia is on the heavy-handed side of its message however it’s a good one that would be beneficial to kids (and their parents for that matter). The animation is fantastic and the humor mostly works as does the voice talent involved. This Blu-ray released by Disney offers excellent video/audio transfers and a decent enough selection of bonus material.

 

 

 

 

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