I've got to say, of all the fiction Disney has translated into other films (Hamlet for the Lion King, various fairy tales, and so on), I never expected them to make Eddie Murphy and Another Nick Nolte's 48 Hours into a film about talking animals. It's a movie which is insightful about prejudice, doesn't really have to say about racism, and is entirely entertaining throughout.
Zootopia has the premise of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a rabbit from the sticks who wants to become a police officer more than anything. Unfortunately, in this world, only predators and really large herbivores are police officers. Judy proceeds to overcome her challenges as a small animal by being fast as well as determined, only to be made a meter maid by the prejudiced water buffalo Police Chief Bogo (Idris Elba). Events introduce her to small-time hustler Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) who she dragoons into investigating a kidnapped otter which brings her into a conspiracy that threatens to tear the city apart in species violence.
|I love the two leads. They have great chemistry.|
It's not quite as good at talking about racism. Racism being different from prejudice in that it's more systematic and ingrained into the system. Predators and prey don't have any real dominate position over one another. The majority of the populace are prey while the predators are a bullied minority, except when they're in power. You could make an argument the lion mayor is one for a newly risen black leader but I think that misses the point.
That isn't this movie.
|Some of my relatives!|
The Lord of the Rings is applicable to discussing World War 2 but not actually about World War 2. Metaphor is when one thing stands for another else on a one-to-one level. George Orwell's Animal Farm is a metaphor for the rise of Stalin in the Soviet Union. Napoleon is a stand-in for Stalin and you can follow a one-to-one course from the beginning
to the end.
|Shakira has a minor role which is....kind of unexpected.|
In conclusion, Zootopia is an enjoyable movie even if it's not the best thing ever written. There's a lot of really imaginative and entertaining things on screen 80% of the time and even when there's not, there's usually something at least enjoyable.