*Well it looks like Disney has gone and done it again! What with all the promotion leading up to its upcoming, new animated film with morals, many of the human kind were skeptical.
How serious, after all, could a animated flick co-starring a bunny rabbit named Officer Judy Hoffs be?
But “ZooTopia,” the animated film with lots of heart, (and a few big stars including the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and Shakira) delivered — topping the box office at $73.7 million in North American theaters alone.
That’s already nearly half of what it cost to make the film, which is expected to be a big attraction through Easter.
The comedy-adventure, scripted by Jared Bush was directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“The Simpsons”) and is full of metaphoric life-lessons that humans will easily recognize: Racism, sexism, stereotypes, self-esteem issues, arrogance, you name it — this film touches on it; while at the same time, staying true to Disney’s signature family-oriented fun.
How DO they do that!?
At the heart of the story is a determined, big-eyed, little bunny named “Judy Hoffs” (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who wants to be a real police officer when she grows up. But her parents, (it goes without saying that they are rabbits too, right?) gently and sweetly try to dissuade her — telling her to basically, “just settle” with being a carrot farmer… like they did.
“Judy, there has never been a bunny police officer,” her mother, “Mrs. Otterton” (voiced by Octavia Spencer) and father tell her with drooping, sad eyes.
“Well, I guess I will have to be the first!” Judy responds, in what we soon learn is her natural-born perky.
Judy Hoffs’ life becomes entangled with a cast of hilarious characters (some of the animals showed up at the El Capitan Theater just before the film’s showing thanks to The Wildlife Learning Center along with Judy Hoffs and her co-star in a LIVE presentation). A scam-artist red fox named “Nick Wilde” (Judy’s co-star, voiced by Jason Bateman); a severly unhappy, and humongous “rhino” who goes by the name “Chief Bogo” (voiced by Idris Elba) and a host of others including “Lola” a comical “sloth,” pigs and hippos, a pair of arrogant giraffes and more.
All of this wrapped in a catchy theme song sung by a beautiful rock star Gazelle — actually named “Gazelle” (and voiced by the fabulous ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer, Shikira).
This smart little film, which takes place in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia, where animals of every persuasion live, opened in theatres nationwide on March 4. The same weekend as Tina Fey’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “London Has Fallen,” “Deadpool” and “Gods of Egypt.”
And the little animated film beat them all!
Watch an interview with Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy Hoffs) and Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) as they speak with King5.com about the film.