As the Best Disney Film in Decades, “Zootopia” Celebrates Achievement and Rejects Atavistic Determinism

Disney animated films have received quite the focus here on Plot and Theme, but I have never actually had the opportunity to review one while it was in theatres.  Fortunately, Zootopia has provided just such an opportunity.  Even better:  it might be the best Disney film since The Lion King.  The film is structured as a kind of film noir with anthropomorphic mammals living in a metropolis designed to cater to their specific environmental needs.  In this world, we learn not only the importance of determination, ability, and friendship – but also the seductive evils of prejudice and the proper response to it.  Zootopia excels by balancing these complex themes and allowing them to play out in an imaginative world, a feat which would stymie most any film.

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