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Jun 082016

photo for Zootopia “Zootopia” is Disney’s latest smash animated comedy adventure (more than $1 billion worldwide boxoffice) that is a delight for the kiddies and — despite a little too much silly cuteness — won’t bore parents who have to go along for the ride. The story takes place in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia, a city where all animals — giant bears, moose, lions and elephants — co-exist — with sheep, deer, rabbits, and pigs, and follows a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox who must work together to uncover a conspiracy by unseen forces determined to use fear to take control of the city. It’s all pretty innocuous and won’t stand the test of time against such modern Disney “message” classics like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” but the anthropomorphic cityscapes and situations are still fun to behold.Vitals: Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore. Stars: Voices of Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Alan Tudyk, Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, Jenny Slate, J.K. Simmons, Shakira, Octavia Spencer. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 108 min., Animated Family, Box office gross: $318.022 million, Disney. Extras: “Scoretopia,” in which Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his music score; “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira. Blu-ray adds “Zoology: The Roundtables” in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more; “The Origin of an Animal Tale” feature-length documentary; “Research: A True-Life Adventure” documenting the filmmakers travels around the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia; “Z.P.D. Forensic Files”: Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs; “Deleted Characters” in which directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut; deleted scenes. 3 stars

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