After “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6” made a big hit, Disney fans have been waiting anxiously for the next film, and at last Disney has met all the expectations, “Zootopia” was released on February 17, 2016 in Korea. The directors of this film were Byron Howard, well-known for “Tangled and “Bolt,” and Rich Moore, famous for “Wreck-It Ralph.” Byron Howard and Rich Moore are one of the most optimistic and creative creators in Disney studios. The combination of Howard’s touching storytelling and Moore’s unique directing present both fun and life lessons to people. The audience is reacting enthusiastically.
“Zootopia” is a compound word of “Zoo” and “Utopia.” This movie takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals. Animals walk around on two legs, and they live lives like people. They have jobs, they have their own houses, and they communicate with each other. The main character Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, is a rabbit who joined the police force of the mammal metropolis of Zootopia. She had always dreamed of being part of the police force, though others did not expect that she was actually going to be one. After she completes all of her hard training, she gets into the Zootopia Police Department. Unlike Judy’s wish, she is assigned to parking duty.
Judy decides to help Mrs. Otterton find her husband, which is out of her boundaries. She almost gets terminated, but she makes a deal: she will resign if she cannot solve the serial disappearance case in 48 hours. She meets another main character Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman, who is a small fox and a con artist. Judy finds out how Nick earns his money and that he never paid tax. So, she blackmails him into helping her case.
Judy and Nick figure out that the owner of the car that was missing from the yoga center Mr. Otterton often visited was Mr. Big, the crime boss. Fortunately, Judy had saved his daughter’s life earlier, so they get some information from him. Mr. Big tells them that Mr. Otterton acted like a wild animal and attacked his driver. So they go and look for Mr. Big’s driver and get attacked by the driver, who has gone wild. The animals that act strange go missing, and so does the driver.
Later on, they discover where the driver was taken, and at that place, they find other animals, especially carnivores who went missing. Mayor Leodore Lionheart gets arrested for locking them up. Judy makes an improper statement at a press interview, and from then on, carnivore animals and herbivore animals do not get along well.
Judy quits her job and leaves Zootopia. At her family’s farm, she finds out about night howlers, which can turn even rabbits into vicious animals. Judy apologizes to Nick and decides to solve the case together. They realize that the thief that Judy caught a long time ago was stealing the seeds of the night howlers. They figure out that Deputy Bellwhether was behind the incident, and that she was trying to make the carnivores wild. Later, they discover the antidote for the seed, and the animals finally come back to normal life. The animation ends with Nick becoming the very first fox police.
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rich Moore, the director of “Zootopia,” said “So maybe in the world of Zootopia it should be that sometimes they are cliché, sometimes they aren’t. That gives us that gray that better reflects our world.” In just two weeks of its release, more than a million people have watched this piece in Korea. It has parts that audiences can laugh and sympathize. Furthermore, during the whole movie, you can enjoy the thrilling chase. It seems that the animation will have much more audience since the reviews are positive. Enjoy the exciting journey with Judy and Nick.
BY Jean Kwon’19