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Zootropolis review: Animal attraction to Disney cracker

By Damon Smith

Published 25/03/2016

Furry friends: Zootropolis
Furry friends: Zootropolis

Creatures great and small live in perfect harmony in Byron Howard and Rich Moore's anthropomorphic animated feature that continues Disney's winning streak under the creative leadership of John Lasseter.

Zootropolis is a beautifully crafted parable that elegantly combines a noir detective thriller, buddy cop comedy and coming-of-age story with the studio's trademark visual splendour.

It's a tour de force of uproarious laughter and tears, accompanied by a gorgeous genre-melding orchestral score from Michael Giacchino that tugs the heartstrings.

Screenwriters Jared Bush and Phil Johnston engineer plentiful hairpin twists and turns, mining comedy from mammalian traits, while underscoring each bravura set piece with valuable life lessons.

Bunnyburrow carrot farmer Stu Hopps (voiced by Don Lake) and wife Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) try to dissuade their daughter Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) from pursuing her dream of becoming the first serving rabbit police officer in Zootropolis. Undeterred, Judy is initially assigned to traffic duty by Chief Bogo (Idris Elba), who doubts her abilities.

In order to prove her worth, the new cop on the block vows to solve the case of a missing resident.

With the clock ticking, Judy gathers evidence from concerned wife Mrs Otterton (Octavia Spencer) and implores a con artist fox called Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to help her break the case.

Zootropolis is 108 minutes of unadulterated joy, rendered in exquisitely detailed animation.

Hop to it - Zootropolis is the bunny's whiskers.

Four stars

Belfast Telegraph

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