Or is it Zootopia? Not since the Top Cat/Boss Cat alternate animated moniker shenanigans of the 1970s have I been so confused by a movie title. I’m sure Disney had their reasons, but title problems aside, the good news is Zooropa, sorry, that’s a U2 album, is a lot of fun. It looks beautiful as you’d expect from the Mouse stable, but the reason this works is the story has more meat on its bones than a butcher’s dog.
There’s none of those formulaic licks from the Madagascar or Ice Age movies, trying to outrun things while finding home. Instead it’s a mystery involving random acts of savagery in the eponymous metropolis.
The other bonus is the vocal cast. No A list star names to sell the film. No Jack Black in bold type on the poster when it should be 1,000 animators who did all the hard work. Instead the film is the star, though the vocal cast is spot on, especially Idris Elba’s gruff police boss/bison.
Though a gag involving a sloth drags, intentionally so, it does set up one of the best gags of the movie later on.
It’s not the best offering from Disney in recent years, but plenty of nods to Breaking Bad, Frozen and The Godfather keep the grown ups happy while the kids will love it. One ankle biter bouncing up and down to the closing song on the front row was proof enough that the key demographic was satisfied. As for the thirty and fortysomethings a few rows back? Job done also.