Is it good? Yes. Is it great? Yes. If you haven't seen it yet, do you care right now? Surprisingly, yes, because unlike with Force Awakens I was actually able to watch the damn thing before everyone and their goldfish had heard everything about it so many times that they could write out a printed script for you.
Anyway, onto the movie. You see, one thing they did with this movie that Frozen tried(failed, might I add) to do is it was its own sequel in the movie, and both halves were long enough that at the end of the first one you might even think the movie is over, that Luke got his medal, he's had his adventure, good job, roll credits. Well that's one thing about this movie. Most movies I watch in theaters, I've not heard a thing about(A recent example of this would be Star Wars. Just kidding, thank you entire internet for ruining this, whole fucking movie for me.) but unlike Star Wars, this one was no exception. Luckily the public seems to be pretty good at hiding ANIMATED Disney films' entire plots and twists from escaping from their faces.
But anyway, this isn't a rant on how Star Wars was ruined for me. What I'm getting at is that it doesn't give you the entire movie in the first 20 minutes. It actually saves its secrets a bit while passing you enough that if you look close enough, you can tell this stuff on your own. Now, I won't lie, I did figure out the big twist at the end of the first half, and many could see it much earlier, I'm sure, but other than that it only gives you enough that the nitpickers that don't know how to enjoy movies anymore can spot them from earlier on, but leaves just enough out that everyday moviegoers and even casual cynics and self-absorbed plot spoilers like myself might even end up sitting in a trance and just enjoying the film.
In fact, I did just that! This film is great! Go see it if you haven't, seriously! I've heard they wanted Nick to be the main character and Judy be the second, but uhh no. Maybe 4 years ago when they were spitballing it, but clearly the ads showing him at the front of everything is to keep people from guessing at first that Judy is the main character. Now, that isn't a spoiler in my eyes because 30 seconds in the movie tells you she's the main character if you couldn't tell from the ads already. Now, she is a great, strong character. And even though some might say Nick takes the movie away, no he doesn't, I'd call it an even partnership. Even when it seems like he's taking charge and has all the good ideas, she grabs him by the scruff and says "Hold it right there, bud, I know how to do this better than you do!" and he is perfectly fine with that. His backstory ends up being fairly similar to Judy's, except his has the opposite outcome entirely. But that's what makes them a good odd couple at first. That doesn't mean they get to be a bad odd couple, it means they gradually become more like each other. Not all at once, not in a way that made you see them breaking character or that made it look like the writers didn't know how to do that and make them stay them, it was done really well. The character development is great, and though there is one point where she has to save his life, he quickly returns the favor and the change from this scene is clear, but it isn't exaggerated. He trusts her more and sees her as more of a friend, instead of just jumping into "You saved our lives, we are eternally grateful" (Another example being Finley, the flying monkey bellboy from Oz the Great and Powerful). There is one side character whose impression of her changes fairly drastically in a short span of time, but that change is very logical to the story and character.
(NO major spoilers ahead) The story of this movie is about a bunny who becomes the first bunny cop on the Zootopia police force and, being 5% the average size of the average cop on this force, is looked at with the thought of "That little bunny's gonna get eaten alive in there", as seen in the preview of her walking up to the front desk on her first day, and there is a moment where she stops what would normally be seen as a relatively large crime until it shows what "actually happened" there, and she is reprimanded. Later on, a larger case is brought to her attention by someone very personally involved in it, and she goes against the chief by quickly claiming to the person that she will tackle the case herself. This nearly costs her her job due to insubordination, until a friend in a high place secures the job for her. This is what starts everything important that happens in the movie, and is a turning point in the movie. By that I mean this is less than 20 minutes in and already to go any further, I would be majorly spoiling the movie. You wouldn't be able to figure out what happens, but you would be pissed at me for telling you, I'll tell you that much. That's how well they placed the secrets of the film in smaller places and how well they turned every scene into an important piece of the puzzle.
The moral of the story is quite a surprise in itself. But in a way, it also isn't. Now, I'm not going to tell you what it is, as it's a rather large component of the second half, but it revolves around some characters not thinking things through.
Now for the part Disney has the most fun with: EASTER EGGS! Now, there are a few that smack you in the face, a few that are more subtle, and a few that require a fair memory of previous Disney movies. Here are a few things referenced in the film: Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Shakira(the pop singer), just to name very few of them that are not as difficult to figure out. The placing of the easter eggs is well done to fit the mood, story, and what they're referencing. These are always the parts that make you laugh, because you must be so fucking clever to kno- because, when properly done, they take you out of your immersion for a moment without removing you from the movie itself. If you ask me, every single reference I spotted fits into the category of properly done.
Now, onto the flaws.
Judy is fine with one villain dying at one point, and even though it is almost even somewhat plausible in the situation, it just isn't if you add into this the fact that it totally breaks away from her personality and actions earlier in the movie.
That's it. That's all I remember being wrong with this movie aside from 7 or 8 Cinemasins-level piddly-ass things and stuff that, even though I remember them, don't include anything that singularly stands out as affecting my rating very heavily.
And that's why this movie is my highest-rated movie in YEARS. LITERALLY YEARS. The (now 2nd) best movie I've seen in the last 3 years got, in my mind, about a 92%. That movie on top was Captain America:Winter Soldier. That was a great movie! Honestly, who the hell didn't see that movie? The number is smaller than the same list for Age of Ultron, same thing will happen in the relationship between Civil War and Avengers Infinity War, if you ask me. (Those also being by Disney, might I add.)
Thought it would be Star Wars? Well, the movie being spoiled aside, my entire review for that movie would look 90% like a review of A New Hope, so that one sits in 3rd for me. And no, Mad Max isn't in 2nd for me, that movie is overrated because it looked good. Good for you, ya look good. Now impress me for real this time!
Anyway, my rating for Zootopia is a solid 97%. Hell, it was even good enough for me to do a full review of it. Know what movies I've done an actual review for in the last 3 years? Of course you don't! Because:
A. I've only done it once
B. It was nearly a full 3 years ago
C. Nobody read that
D. I GOT IT ALL 3 WRONG AND DIDN'T NOTICE IT UNTIL MY SECOND WATCH
But aside from that one time, this is the only one. Anyway, thanks for reading, hope I didn't ramble on too much.
Listening to: Some final area/boss track I'm making
Watching: Umm... nothing, actually.
Playing: FL Studio 12
Drinking: It's like this Orange and Sprite-mix shit.