Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore & Jared Bush (2016)
Spring an Easter surprise on your kids with this arresting animated tale of a crime busting bunny.
It’s a joyously bright eyed and bushy tailed adventure with a Disney heroine quite like no other.
Gone are the doll figured fairytale Princesss of old and replaced with a smart, sharp and agile doe who’s easily the equal to any buck. Or any other creature.
A small town rabbit with big time dreams, Judy Hopps goes against her cautious parents advice and enrols at Police academy before heading off to the soaring skyscrapers of Zootropolis.
It’s where animals of every stripe and hue live in mostly civilised harmony with none of that anti social eating of each other.
When Hopps’ reluctant chief gives her forty eight hours to crack the case of a missing Otter, it leads to the discovery of a plot to unleash the animal nature of every predator in the city.
She teams up with Nick Wilde, a streetwise Fox who opens her eyes to the challenges of living and working in the big city.
Far from being the dumb cute bunny she’s patronised as, Hopps is brave, hard working, and determined to be the best.
Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman are inspired casting and bring sparky humour, chemistry and the slightest hint of romance.
Idris Elba plays Chief Bogo, the buffalo chief of Police and offers a brilliantly concise and funny critique of Disney’s irritating mega smash Frozen.
J.K. Simmons plays the Lionheart the Mayor and singer Shakira is Gazelle, a famous beauty and singer of forgettable songs.
Being filled with charming invention make the laboured riffs on The Godfather and TV’s Breaking Bad all the more disappointing.
The script twists time and scale to comic effect and there’s a blue flower nod to the work of Philip K. Dick, which may well be a first for a mouse house movie.
Of course underpinning all the fun is a typical Disney message of universal tolerance and understanding, but don’t let that stop you having a thumper of a good time.