Hooray! Zootopia is now playing in theaters everywhere TODAY Friday March 4th. Zootopia is a must see flick the entire family will adore. Classy Mommy thinks Disney hit a home run with Zootopia and this family movie will appeal to ALL ages and generations.
Zootopia is funny, exciting, and the animation is stellar. Disney created the perfect movie with just the right balance of hilarious moments, inside jokes for parents, strong characters who solve a suspenseful mystery, and some deep themes that will resonate with both young and old audience members.
Bonus: Shakira sings theme song, “Try Everything” and it is fantastic, upbeat and very catchy! You’ll be leaving the theater singing “Try Everything” and will want to immediately download the tune!
I can’t rave enough about Zootopia! I screened this movie in advance 2x – once alone and again with my children and husband.
I don’t want to give it all away — who wants spoilers? No one! But here’s some top level highlights on the story – and you can read all my Zootopia interviews with the cast and directors for more inside scoop.
What’s Zootopia All About
The protagonist, Judy Hopps, a little bunny who fulfills her big dream of becoming the 1st ever police officer in Zootopia is adorable and fearless. I mean most cops are usually GIANT predators like Wildebeests and Rhinos or Hippos! She believes that “ANYONE can be ANYTHING”. What a great message to share with our children!
A seemingly unlikely friendship and team forms between Judy Hopps and a predator fox, Nick Wilde as this conniving sly character helps Judy solve a mystery to save all of Zootopia from falling into chaos. (Nicke is played by Jason Bateman – love him!!!!)
Nick comes on board reluctantly at first to help Judy save her beloved job by proving her skills as a police officer. The two team up to ultimately stop the crisis in Zootopia that is causing “predator” animals to go savage and is causing a rift and horrific discrimination between the prey & predator animals of Zootopia. Deep themes under all that huh?
So yes, watching them save the day is VERY suspenseful and exciting for all ages!
Take a Peek at the Zootopia Trailer
What the Kids will Love about Zootopia
Well, I think the kids will love EVERYTHING about Zootopia. My kids, ages 8 & 10, absolutely LOVED Zootopia. They raved about the adorable animals and they thought the mystery and story was very exciting. The brilliant animals of all sizes – from giant giraffes to itsy bitsy hamsters and rodents create a colorful tapestry of color and size. Seeing all these animal anthromorphized is incredible for kids too – who doesn’t love little animals wearing clothing and chatting about?
Hidden Zootopia Jokes for the Parents
Disney movies are so amazing as they manage to simultaneously please the littlest audience members but include important themes with deeper meaning and all kinds of hidden jokes for us adults. Genius! Zootopia has quite a few brilliant hidden “Disney” Easter eggs in the movie along with some awesome jokes and references that only older audience members will appreciate. Look out for all the allusions to “The Godfather” and a fabulous joke that fans of the TV show “Breaking Bad” will appreciate and find hilarious.
And let’s not forget a scene where the sloths run the DMV……. it will exemplify just how much we all DISDAIN that process! Ha!
ZOOTOPIA opens in theatres everywhere on March 4th!
Thanks to Walt Disney Animation Studios for inviting me to attend the Zootopia press junket and covering my travel expenses. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.