My daughters get very excited about some of the perks afforded by having a blogger mommy. When it comes to “free stuff”, they also know that they have a responsibility to share their honest reviews so they can help other families.

That said, we were treated to an advance screening of Disney’s new movie, Zootopia, last week…and as “media” I had to swear that I would hold my review until the official release date – which is today!

Here’s the premise of Zootopia, straight from Disney:

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

And now, the official reviews!

Olivia (age nine):

“I enjoyed Zootopia. I found it really funny – and I particularly liked the fox, Nick. There was a lot of action. There were a lot of surprises, things that you didn’t expect to happen. I found some parts a bit scary.”

Eva (age seven):

“It was very funny and I liked a lot of the details they showed. I liked that it didn’t go too fast because it gave me time to understand what was going on and figure out the jokes. My favourite part was near the end but I can’t tell it or it will ruin the surprise. I liked Nick the fox the best because he was so funny. There were lots of scary parts too though like when an animal was chasing another animal or another time an animal had blood and you knew it was attacked.”

Kate (age…well, what does age matter really?):

This would be one of my favourite modern-day Disney movies. I loved the determination of Officer Judy, and Disney always comes through with humour for the adults as well. I was surprised that both girls were bothered by the animal chase scenes (especially since my nine year old loves the Star Wars movies and reads book series with much more frightening material) but there was something very realistic about seeing animals get hurt that didn’t sit well with them. Other than that, we all loved the film, and I would definitely recommend it to other families.


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