There is so much more to this film than a simple story, with a constant stream of visual humour and a script that never ceases to amaze, with sarcasm and wit playing a big part in the successful formula. Who would have thought that the head of the ‘mob’ is played by a tiny shrew and his henchmen are polar bears and that is what keeps you doubling over with laughter. We have never laughed so much and so often in a long while and the story is as entertaining for adults as it is for children. At its core it is a buddy movie where the buddies are natural enemies by definition and the fact that they don’t get a long is what gives funny fodder for the story and gags.
Also included in the voice cast are Idris Elba as Judy’s no-nonsense cape buffalo boss Chief Bogo, Jenny Slate as Assistant Mayor Bellwether, Nate Torrence as charming cheetah Clawhauser, and Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake as Judy’s anxious, but supportive parents. Some other surprises are Tommy Chong as Yax the Yak, J.K. Simmons as Mayor Lionheart, Octavia Spencer as the distraught Mrs. Otterton and Shakira as Zootopia’s biggest international pop star, Gazelle.
One scene involving sloths is simply hilarious and what a crazy diversion in the plot line, yet it is the perfect foil to the lead characters haplessness at that point in the story. There is authenticity in each character and animal world depiction, as well as lots of fun and adventure. You will be captivated by this latest addition to the pantheon of great animation that is sure to lead the pack for years to come.