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By Howard McQuitter II

***** (PG)

“Zootopia” is a Walt Disney Studios creation that’s colorful, imaginative and full of life that adults as well as children can enjoy immensely.

The three directors Bryon Howard (“Tangled”,”Bolt”), Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”, “The Simpsons”) and Jared Bush (“Part-Time Hero”, “Big Hero 6”) created terrific storytelling starting with the heroine Judy Hopps (voice by Ginnifer Goodwin), a bunny from a rustic community who is determined to hit the big city called Zootopia and become a cop. When she arrives to the place where all types of animals cross paths, she’s relegated (“covert” sexism) to being just a ticket maid by her chief of police. There’s never been a bunny cop which is made clear by her boss who’s a lion and he’s been the head over hippopotami, lions, tigers, etc. While she’s giving tickets on vehicles, she sees a fox named Nick Wilde (voice by Jason Bateman) who appears initially suspicious, but looks can be deceiving–well, in this case, sort of. They become friends–partners in fighting crime and solving a mystery–in turn Judy insists she’s ready to be a real cop and prove her naysayers wrong.

I’ll say no more than to convey “Zootopia” depicts how important inclusion, self-worth, determination, integrity and bravery are in our lives without being too Preachy.

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy Hopps), Jason Bateman (Nick Wilde), Jenny Slate(Mayor Bellwether), Nate Torrence (Benjamin Clawhauser), Idris Elba (Chief Bogo), Bonnie Hunt (Bonnie Hopps), Don Lake (Stu Hopps), J.K. Simmons (Mayor Leodore Lionheart), Tommy Chong (Yax theYak), Octavia Spencer (Mrs. Otterton), Alan Tudyk (Duke Weaselton), Shakira (Gazelle),Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister (Finnick), Rich Moore (Doug), Kristen Bell (Priscilla), Byron Howard (Bucky Oryx-Antlerson), Leah Latham (Fru Fru), Jesse Corti (Mr. Manchas), Gita Reddy (Nangi), Maurice, LaMarche (Mr. Big), Phil Johnston (Gideon Grey), John DiMaggio (Jerry Jumbeaux), Katie Lowes (Badger Doctor), Mark Rhino Smith (Officer Mc Horn). Running time: 108 minutes.

 

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