Entertainment·MOVIE REVIEW

Zootopia a surprisingly sophisticated analogy about race relations

With Zootopia, the studio behind Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King presents a new talking-animals tale — with a twist.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman voice lead roles

Studio behind Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King presents a new tale about talking animals — with a twist, says CBC's Eli Glasner 1:44

With Zootopia, the studio behind Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King presents a new talking-animals tale — with a twist.

In the bustling, incredibly detailed metropolis of the title, animals of all species mix and mingle. But beneath the puns and anthropomorphic antics, Disney is exploring a story about race relations.

Zootopia, which centres on an animal metropolis' first-ever bunny officer and a scam-artist fox, is a surprisingly sophisticated analogy for race relations, says Eli Glasner. (Walt Disney Animation Studios )

It's surprisingly sophisticated, finding new ways to get us to look past stereotypes, says CBC's Eli Glasner. Too bad the movie's conclusion isn't as inventive. 

Watch the video above for Glasner's complete review.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars

About the Author

Eli Glasner

Entertainment reporter and film critic

Eli Glasner is a national entertainment reporter and film critic for CBC News. Each Friday he reviews films on CBC News Network as well as appearing on CBC radio programs coast to coast. Covering culture has taken him from the northern tip of Moosonee, Ont. to the Oscars red carpet.


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