We focus in on the story of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a bunny rabbit who moves from her family farm and country town to the city of Zootopia, where she will become the first ever bunny cop. Because she's a bunny, and because bunnies aren't normally cops, she's put in charge of parking, but this works in her favour as it leads her to a missing persons case, where predator animals have started going savage and disappearing. With 48 hours to complete the case, her job on the line and all of the police force doubting her abilities, Judy enlists the help of a local fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a sly hustler who's the only lead in the case. It's a race against the clock as she must figure out where the animals are going and what's making them turn savage, or else she'll have to quit her job and give up on her dreams forever.
Thematically deep, but also bouncy and colourful, Zootopia is a joyful watch with plenty of laughs. The character designs, as with all Disney movies, are wonderful, suiting the style and tone of the film, as well as creating a vibrant and well thought out world. I never want animations to look 100% photorealistic, and so the style of Zootopia is about as great as I'd want it to be. It's a fun movie and while a small fraction of the jokes hit as well as they could've, the ones that do work well, and add in a few pop culture references here and there and you've got a hit on your hands. Bravo, Disney. Bravo.
What Disney are great at doing is creating iconic characters, and with Zootopia, they've done it once again. The supporting cast are far and in-between, some working really well, such as Idris Elba's police captain and Nate Torrence's receptionist, and some working not so well, such as J.K. Simmons' underused mayor who has about three minutes of screen time all up. It's the main characters, however, who make this film as good as it is. They're developed and emotionally investing, and their stories touched my heart, moving me in more ways than one. I didn't expect to, but I absolutely adored Jason Bateman's character in this film. His backstory and character arc is truly something.
To sum up, Zootopia is a family friendly film about talking animals that's thematically deeper and more adult than you'd expect it to be, full of laughs and touching moments. It's an entertaining movie with a little something for everyone, and the sloth scene is my favourite thing ever.