Parents' Guide to

Zootopia

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Charming buddy-animal story promotes teamwork, perseverance.

Movie PG 2016 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 186 parent reviews

age 6+

Not for little kids

I watched with 6 and 8- year- olds, and they liked it. I don’t have little ones watch PG movies until bigger kids watch. This is one of those that I won’t have my littler kids see until they’re older unless they can handle the jump out scenes and the rabid animals. My bigger kids know about Rabies, and that scene was a little unnerving to them. Overall, it was an okay movie. I didn’t mind the minor swearing so much because the kids hear it in school and know not to say it. But adults and parents should try to understand that PG movies aren’t necessarily for small kids. Just because it’s a Disney cartoon, doesn’t mean it’s a feel good movie. This is one of those. This is not a sweet, cute little story about bunnies and foxes. There’s crime, violence and a lot of action. It’s like a big kid action movie. This movie certainly is not a classic in my opinion, but it wasn’t terrible. Just know that tiny kids might not enjoy it.
age 8+

I love this movie!

As of now, I'm watching this movie with my 11yo! I think it's okay, though it has some violence ans scary imagery, other than that, it's okay for kids! (8+ should be fine i guess)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (186 ):
Kids say (314 ):

Clever and heartwarming, this animated adventure is equal parts buddy-cop comedy, fish-out-of-water tale, and whodunit mystery. With its vibrant visuals and simple but evocative storyline, Zootopia is a talking-animal pic worth watching with the whole family. Judy and Nick's repartee is reminiscent of classic screwball comedies, and the plot's twists are a throwback to noir films in which the culprit is never who you think. Although the trailer gives away one of the movie's funniest scenes -- when Judy and Nick go into a DMV run entirely by sloths moving slower than molasses -- there are plenty more laughs and memorable bits to make both kids and grown-ups laugh.

And the voice casting is spot on: Goodwin is wonderful as the constantly energetic, optimistic Judy -- who may have gotten into the police academy thanks to the mayor's "mammal inclusion program" but who goes on to prove that even a cute bunny has what it takes to take down bad guys -- while Bateman has the ideal cynical voice to portray the hilariously jaded Nick, who's a fast-talking charmer with a knack for knowing everything he can about Zootopia's movers and shakers. Elba's robust baritone is perfectly paired with the brusque water buffalo police chief. Other supporting characters include veteran voice actor Maurice LaMarche doing an excellent Marlon Brando impression to play tuxedoed crime boss Mr. Big, and Tommy Chong as a "naturalist" life coach yak. And then there's Shakira's pop star Gazelle, who sings a catchy theme song that captures the spirit of the movie: "Try Everything." In other words, be who you want to be, not who others expect you to be.

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