Review: ‘Zootopia’ shows us that you should never judge a book by its cover

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It is a tale as old as time. Once again Disney has made a successful movie, not only financially but also in telling a story. It starts off with Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she dreams of being the first bunny cop, despite what everyone else thinks. She meets Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) who is blackmailed into helping her solve a case of a missing animal.

The story focuses on a big problem that we have in today’s world, prejudices against ourselves and against others. Judy and Nick connect over their differences and their similarities. They bond together for their need to prove that they are more than what everyone sees them as. The jokes are perfect for adults and may at times go over little one’s heads (see DMV scene). It does touch on the thing that we love the most about Disney movies. It uses humor and subtlety to prove that we all have things to learn in life.

Disney loves to tell stories. And they love to have stories that not only we can relate to, but that can teach us something. While this movie isn’t as deep as Inside Out was, it does touch on a theme that we all can relate to. We grow up in a world where prejudice is strong and can come out without a second thought. It’s important to take away that message when you watch this movie but also take away that theme that Disney believes the most in. Always follow your dreams.

For the full review, you can go here.

What do you think of the movie?

New Trailer Review Week of 12/9

There was a lot of big trailers coming out this week. We get first looks at some sci-fi movies that will be ultimately competing against one another for the fans of the sci-fi movies. 2014 will hope to get back to where animated movies should be, and that’s something that both parents and kids can enjoy and this year, they might be able to do that.

The biggest trailers come from the Legend of Hercules as we get to first look at the origin story from of the beloved gods; and The Amazing Spider-man 2 as we get some more footage from the upcoming sequel anda closer look at the 2 villains in the movie.

Bad Words
Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney
Out: Limited Release 3/21/14

Jason Bateman stars and directs this movie about a man who is able to get into 8th grade spelling bees on a technicality. It looks like a crude and sarcastic kind of movie so if you like these kinds of movies, then this might be worth the watch.

Jupiter Ascending
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum
Out: 7/25/14

This is a new kind of sci-fi movie. There wasn’t much of the story explained in the trailer so it looks very confusing and weird. Not really for me, but the fact that it stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis it should draw in a crowd.

Starring: Aaron Johnson-Taylor, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Out: 5/16/14

It’s a modern take on a story that has been told time and time again. It really doesn’t look any different then the last few that have been made and at this point peaks nothing of my interest to go and see it. What will help this movie is the fact it’s a classic tale so it’s got a strong fan base for it at the box office.

Edge of Tomorrow
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Out: 6/6/14

The movie seems a lot like Source Code where Tom Cruise’s character keeps coming back to the same point during a battle to try and stop it. Source Code was a very intresting story because it was different, but this one might fall short for the fact that it’s a 2nd of it’s kind. It what looks like a long list of sci-fi movies coming out in 2014, I’m not sure this one will have enough to draw in a crowd.

The Legend of Hercules Trailer #1
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins
Out: 7/10

This movie is an origin story from the Immortals and it’s about Hercules, one of the more well-known gods. Kellan Lutz tries his hand at leading a movie and from the surface, it looks like he might succeed. It has a lot of the action and drama that we have seen from the Immortals that I think that if this movie is successful, it could lead for a series of new origin movies about Greek gods to come out.

Rio 2 Trailer #2
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Amandla Stenberg
Out: 4/11

In the sequel to the smash hit, the birds of Rio return and go to the Amazon in an attempt to find Jewel’s family. The full cast is back and there are a couple of new characters, which include Bruno Mars as Jewel’s ex-boyfriend who obviously makes Blu jealous. The movie looks like it will have the laughs that we saw from the first movie, and with the colors beautiful colors and songs, it should be a nice movie for children and parents.

The Amazing Spider-man International Trailer
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Out: 5/3

The official first look was released the first week of December, but this trailer offered some new footage. Unlike the first trailer, this one had more footage about Electro and Rhino and not so much about the Green Goblin. This one is a little more comforting as I had thought that it might be too much about the Green Goblin and not enough about the other two. But it looks good so far. There are some light moments, like we see at the end, and it’s going to really help make the movie that much better.

The Nut Job Trailer #2
Starring: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser
Out: 1/17

Squirrels are certainly a different kind of animal that hasn’t really been brought to the big screen for little kids and this one might do the job. It has a good story line that can offer a lot of opportunities for comedy and from what the trailer offered so far, they do deliver. It should be a good movie for parents to take their kids to in what is usually a slow month at the box office.