The Beginner’s Guide To Zootropolis

Everything you need to know before Zootropolis comes out tomorrow.

Did you mean Zootopia?
No, I did not but I am talking about the same film. What’s called Zootopia in the US has been given the title Zootropolis for its UK release. I’m not entirely sure why but things like this happen all the time, for example, The Avengers was released in the UK as Avengers Assemble (a title that I never heard used – even by the cinema staff).

Alrighty, so what is Zootopia/Zootropolis?
Zootropolis is the latest Walt Disney Animation Studios film. If you thought it was weird how specific I just was, that’s because I was trying to subtly remind you that this isn’t a Pixar film.

What’s it about?
Well the film isn’t out yet in the UK and I’ve been avoiding spoilers to a level that you could describe as religious but here’s the official synopsis:

“In the animal city of [Zootropolis], a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. [Zootropolis’] top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.”

Talking animals…?
Hey, if you’re reading this then you’re seriously considering watching a film aimed at eight year olds so maybe don’t be so judgmental. Besides, I don’t think you can really ever be too old for a Disney film – as you get older you just recognise jokes that you didn’t get as a kid. If you liked Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, this film is co-directed by the directors of those films.

Fair enough, who’s voicing the animals?
The cast for this film is great, I’m just going to list some names and you can get all excited about it: Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, SHAKIRA.

Is it worth sitting in a cinema of chatty children to watch?
Well, that’s always a dilemma but I’m going to say yes. The film came out earlier this month in the US and all I have heard are good things. Besides that’s where I’ll be tomorrow morning so: moral support! (Or you could wait until tomorrow night when a review will go up and decide then)

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