In the last three years, we've "wrecked it," "let it go," and met the world's favorite inflatable health care specialist. Disney Animation, without a doubt has been on a streak, and with another film, Zootopia, coming out shortly, let's see if said streak continues. For a little background, here's the trailer and official synopsis.
From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
So...let's get started.
Talking Animals; It's Worked Before
Pretty much every Disney animation movie has some sort of non-human, talking creature; and mostly, they're animals. The Jungle Book, The Lion King, Mulan, the list goes on. For Disney Animation, verbalized animals has been shown to be a winning formula. So with that in mind, there's a high chance Zooptopia will at least nail that aspect.
Mature Audience References:
In Wreck-It-Ralph, many of the arcade games were real games from the '80s that struck a chord with older audiences, and certainly that "size doesn't matter" joke in Frozen made kids confused as to why their parents were laughing. And the opening scene of Big Hero 6 showed some Vegas-worthy hustling play out. If Zootopia is to succeed, it's got to resonate with the "mature" folks as well. Using reference from some of the TV spots and trailers, it's been made apparent apparent that could be the case (i.e. the DMV employees are all sloths.)
Capture The Hearts:
Disney movies are often commended for being very touching in at least several instances throughout their duration. Zootopia may have the comedy working in its favor, but if it's to be put on par with its Disney Animation predecessors from 2012-present, there's got to be a touching element to it. Wreck-It-Ralph's premise of bad guys wanting to be heroes, Frozen's presence of sisterly love, and Big Hero 6's scene concerning moving on after a beloved's passing on were all elements that certainly are partially responsible for their critic and fan acclamation. If Zootopia can be touching as well as comedic, that certainly can help develop positive response.