2016 #25 – Zootopia (dir. Byron Howard, Rich Moore)

“Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.” – Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps in Zootopia.

Zootopia (2016)
Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, Shakira
Written By: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad
Running Time: 108 minutes (1 hour, 48 minutes)
Genre(s): Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

The 2010s have been a fantastic decade for Disney animated films – Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6 and Frozen are all great movies. I haven’t seen Moana yet (will get on that very soon!), but I can safely say that Zootopia is yet another good film to add to that collection.

Zootopia tells the story of Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a rabbit who partners up with fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) as they solve the mystery behind the disappearance of predator animals living within Zootopia.

Judy’s story is one of overcoming adversity due to the expectations and societal prejudices of others. She dreams of being an officer from a young age, but is told by many that what she wants cannot be done since rabbits are not meant to be police officers. The parallels to real life race and class relations are clear and I must say, the film handles these themes wonderfully.

The divide between predators and prey, the internal prejudices people may or may not recognize within themselves, the workplace discrimination, the role of mass media – this film covers a lot of issues that are more relevant than ever in today’s society. And it does so in a way that is both family friendly and honest.

Zootopia is the perfect type of film to work as a gateway towards important conversations that can be had with children, teaching them about both the good and not-so-good parts of the world we all live in.

There’s a lot more that can be said about Zootopia as well – the comedic elements are wonderful, the animation is beautiful and so detailed and Goodwin and Bateman do a great job at providing the chemistry needed to sell the “buddy cop” relationship between Judy and Nick. Sure, the film is a bit predictable in some parts (it was pretty obvious to me who the culprit behind the disappearances was), but overall this film just works for me and the message behind it is one I respect and admire wholeheartedly. 4/5.

2016 Personal Ballot (updates are in bold)

Best Picture
The Handmaiden
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water

Best Director
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Park Chan-wook – The Handmaiden
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water

Best Actor in a Leading Role
1. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
2. Denzel Washington – Fences
3. Joel Edgerton – Loving
4. Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
5. Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1. Natalie Portman – Jackie
2. Krisha Fairchild – Krisha
3. Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
4. Emma Stone – La La Land
5. Kim Min-hee – The Handmaiden

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
André Holland – Moonlight
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
5. Ben Foster – Hell or High Water

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Viola Davis – Fences
2. Lupita Nyong’o – Queen of Katwe
3. Janelle Monaé – Hidden Figures
4. Lucy Boynton – Sing Street
5. Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay
1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
2. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
3. Jackie – Noah Oppenheim
4. Sing Street – Simon Carmody, John Carney
5. Zootopia – Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung
3. Fences – August Wilson
4. Loving – Jeff Nichols
5. Krisha – Trey Edward Shults

Best Film Ensemble
1. Moonlight – Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monaé, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali
Hell or High Water – Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Katy Mixon, Margaret Bowman
3. Fences – Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney
4. Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monaé, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge
5. The Handmaiden – Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, Moon So-ri

Best Original Score
1. La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
3. The Handmaiden – Cho Young-wuk
4. Jackie – Mica Levi
5. Loving – David Wingo

Best Original Song
La La Land – “Audition” by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Gary Clark
3. La La Land – “City of Stars” by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
4. Sing Street – “To Find You” by Gary Clark
La La Land – “Another Day of Sun” by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Best Production Design
1. The Handmaiden – Ryu Seong-hie
2. Jackie – Véronique Melery, Jean Rabasse
3. Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena
4. La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock

Best Cinematography
1. La La Land – Linus Sandgren
2. Moonlight – James Laxton
3. Jackie – Stéphane Fontaine
4. The Handmaiden – Chung Chung-hoon
5. Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Deadpool – Bill Corso
2. Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Christopher Nelson
3. Hacksaw Ridge – Shane Thomas, Larry Van Duynhoven
4. Sing Street – Barbara Conway, Sandra Kelly
5. The Handmaiden – Song Jong-hee

Best Costume Design
1. The Handmaiden – Jo Sang-gyeong
2. Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
3. Sing Street – Tiziana Corvisieri
4. Queen of Katwe – Mobolaji Dawodu
5. La La Land – Mary Zophres

Best Film Editing
1. Moonlight – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
2. La La Land – Tom Cross
3. The Handmaiden – Kim Jae-bum, Kim Sang-bum
4. Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
5. Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert

Best Visual Effects
1. The Jungle Book
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
4. Hacksaw Ridge
5. Deadpool

2016 Ranked (updates are in bold)

1. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
The Handmaiden (dir. Park Chan-wook)
La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)
Manchester by the Sea (dir. Kenneth Lonergan)
Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
Jackie (dir. Pablo Larraín)
Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)
9. The Jungle Book (dir. Jon Favreau)
10. Fences (dir. Denzel Washington)
11. Zootopia (dir. Byron Howard, Rich Moore)
12. Krisha (dir. Trey Edward Shults)
13. Queen of Katwe (dir. Mira Nair)
14. Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi)
15. Deadpool (dir. Tim Miller)
16. Finding Dory (dir. Andrew Stanton)
17. Hello, My Name Is Doris (dir. Michael Showalter)
18. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (dir. David Yates)
19. Christine (dir. Antonio Campos)
20. Hacksaw Ridge (dir. Mel Gibson)
21. Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross)
22. Passengers (dir. Morten Tyldum)
23. Sausage Party (dir. Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon)
24. The Girl on the Train (dir. Tate Taylor)
25. Suicide Squad (dir. David Ayer)


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