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On March 4, 2016, Walt Disney Pictures released a new film called Zootopia. It’s a movie about a world of animals living in a montropolis called Zootopia. The movie has plenty of different names as well. In China, it’s Crazy Animal City, in the UK, it’s Zootropolis, and in Germany, it’s Zoomania.

The movie may just appear to be about animals, but it’s so much more than that. The movie follows a bunny named Judy whose one dream in life is to become a cop and work in Zootopia. For 15 years everyone tells her that she can’t do it, but she doesn’t let anybody else’s opinions affect her, and she puts herself through cop school and fulfills her dream. But even when she gets the job, nobody thinks she can do it. She’s left to be a meter maid where she ends up meeting a fox named Nick. At first, the two do not get along at all, but when animals begin to act out in the land of Zootopia, they join forces and become friends. This movie is a good reflection of following your dreams and making friends along the way.

The two main characters in the movie are Judy and Nick. Judy is played by Ginnifer Goodwin who is commonly known for her roles as Gigi Phillips in He’s Just Not That Into You and Snow White on ABC’s fantasy series Once Upon a Time. Nick is played by Jason Bateman who is known for his roles as Mark Loring in Juno and Henry Weston in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Some other characters would be the head chief, played by Idris Elba, the assistant mayor, played by Jenny Slate, and popstar Gazelle, who is played by Shakira.

The movie has gotten many positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes the film got a 98% rating based on 197 reviews. One statement was, “The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that’s as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation – all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.”

In my opinion, the movie was very well put together. I thought that they picked the right cast, they had the right plot line, and they gave good-meaning to one little children’s movie. Zootopia kept me laughing, and because I am a sucker for movies, I did cry (but they were tears of joy). Overall, I was satisfied, and it’s safe to say that the day the movie comes out on DVD, I’ll be at the store to buy it.

Zootopia is a great movie, it’s perfect for date nights, a night out with the family and/or friends, and honestly, it’s a movie that you could even watch alone. Go see it in your local theater while you still can.