As my roommate and I passed the movie posters for “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Deadpool,” and “Hail, Caesar!” we found ourselves questioning why on Earth two college kids were about to pay money to watch a children’s movie titled “Zootopia.”
However, within a few minutes of the furry odyssey, we understood what all the hype was about. The world of “Zootopia” came to life before our eyes with groundbreaking, detailed animation of a vivid, bustling metropolis that exploded off the screen.
The endearing characters in “Zootopia” are the stars of the show, weaving charm, wit, and a little bit of humor into every scene. The voices of Jason Bateman, Octavia Spencer, J.K. Simmons, Idris Elba, and—yep—Shakira, only skim the list of the film’s hilariously brilliant all-star lineup.
The most pleasantly surprising aspect of “Zootopia” is its humor. The movie is filled with witty one-liners geared toward an older crowd, fitting, considering the majority of our theater was comprised of kid-free adults who chose to spend their Friday night watching the perils of talking animals.
What is most impressive about “Zootopia” is its rare ability to catapult the audience on a heartfelt journey into a stunning, one-of-a-kind world reminiscent of classics like “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo.” It’s no wonder that the film is maintaining an impressive 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and is climbing box-office sales exponentially.
We left the theater with the fuzzy, feel-good warmth every great family movie instills and Shakira’s dangerously catchy feature song, “Try Everything,” permanently stuck in our heads.