So, if you’ve seen one cartoon movie, you’ve probably seen them all, right? Well maybe, but the issue with Zootopia is that it is far more in line with cartoon movies laced with adult themes versus just another cartoon good guy on an adventure to find the missing something or to face a battle against the cartoon bad guy. Granted, Zootopia has those, but the movie is far more wrapped up with issues of social diversity, inherent problems of institutional racism, societal tension, organized crime, and personal life success despite the odds or demands for social conformity.
Zootopia starts off with a main character, a rabbit, in a world of personalized animals that act in every aspect like humans. This rabbit wants to be a police officer. However, the typical animal police officer has the physical size of a house, not the makeup of a bowling bag. That means it’s highly unlikely that our main character is going to succeed very long beyond being just a meter maid cop versus a real beat officer, but that’s where the story starts to take off. And if one is paying attention during the movie, Zootopia really shows off some amazing animation work, as the entire community in this make-believe world actually involves multiple living zones. All of these sub-worlds have nuances and features specific to certain types of animals, which actually takes a lot of thought to put together. When you think about it, watching the story, your eye will catch dozens of little details that make sense building the bigger story in the form of environments. That is probably one of the most attractive features of the movie, even though it involves background details.
Zootopia has a somewhat predictable core story, which gives the movie the potential to be lost in the crowd. However, the creativity of the back story makes this movie stand apart and worth seeing anyways.