This spoiler-free review of Zootopia is for Fandango Family as part of my Fandango Family Ambassadorship.
Here it is folks, our spoiler-free review of Zootopia!
Wondering if your kids are old enough to see Zootopia? Our kids loved it. The family next to us loved it. Sebby, my oldest, has Autism, taking him to movies is always a risk, we never know what’s going to be a hit or what’s going to be a “I want to leave the movie theater right now!” Sebby is already asking me to take him to see it again. (Which means Disney/Pixar, you’ve nailed it.)
If you ever want to see an ordinary bunny become some bunny with whole lot of work and determination, you’ll want to see Zootopia.
Moviegoers: Mom, 40; Dad, 44; Sebby 8 (Autism) Quincy 5, Edison (almost 3)
Our family faves: Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars 4, 5, 6, 7 and all things Cars and Planes.
Our fave movies for grown-ups: Deadpool, Shawshank Redemption, and nearly all James Bond
What’s the story: Zootiopia is set in the The modern mammal metropolis and is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, – it’s one big city with animals from everywhere, living together. Whether you are the biggest elephant or the smallest shrew, you can be anything your dream of.
Our heroine, Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, the first bunny on a police force in Zootopia, she learns that things aren’t always easy and it takes hard work to get ahead. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick to solve a mystery. And what a mystery it is – it ends up being a big lesson both for Judy, Nick, but all of us!
What parents may like about this movie: There are lots of great references to more adult content, while still being appropriate for children. My favorite, is the obvious take on the Godfather, and there are others, you’ll just have to look and listen for them.
Parents will also like the positive messaging, and how Zootopia addresses important aocial issues like bullying, racism, stereotyping, friendship and more.
What kids will like: There are so many animals in Zootopia, and Judy Hopps is just adorable (don’t call her cute. Trust me.) They’ll love the music too, my daughter was clapping along!
Concerns: Be prepared for some eye hiding if you have sensitive children. There are some growling scenes, but unlike many other Disney movies, no beloved characters die. No mamas or papas. I think this is important to know.
Positive themes: Perhaps the strongest message in Zootopia is the element of following your dreams no matter what people tell you. Other lessons addressed are not judging people based on assumptions, but taking the time to know who they are first. 5/5
Violence/scare factor: There are definitely dark moments in Zootopia. Some younger children may show fear during some of the scenes where the animals are more wild. At several points, both Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are in danger, which may also upset the younger viewers. 2/5
Sex/Romance: There is no real romance in Zootopia. 0/5
Bad language: While there wasn’t any foul language used, there were implications of it. I only point this out because I know in some instances people are still uncomfortable with this. 1/5