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Have you seen Disney’s new film Zootopia yet? It opened in theaters on March 4th, 2016. I took my daughter (my son was sick) to see it in a Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime. If you’ve never been to a Dolby Cinema, you are missing out. Between the reserved seating and reclining seats, it’s the only way I’ll watch a movie with a toddler in tow! The sound is amazing in these theaters and the seats rumble and vibrate during action scenes. It’s the coolest way to watch a movie and many of the locations are playing Zootopia opening weekend (scroll down for the list)! Keep on reading for my Zootopia review (no spoilers) and what age it’s appropriate for.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods 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 optimistic 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. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.
ZOOTOPIA COLORING PAGES
After you watch the movie, you can keep the fun going at home with these Zootopia coloring pages! Click on the image and you can grab all the character sheets to print at home.
Like the synopsis stated, Zootopia’s main character is a bright eyed and bushy tailed country bunny who chases her dreams to the big city. I love that this movie isn’t an immediate happy ever after. As I’m sure we can all attest to, life is down right messy. There are curve balls thrown at us and those dreams aren’t just handed to us on a silver platter. We have to work for them and pick ourselves back up and keep going. It’s a great message for kids and I especially love this part for high schoolers, getting ready to chase their dreams and decide their paths.
This movie also had an underlying theme of bullying or rather, inclusivity and acceptance of differences. Another great message for children, but maybe something to talk about on the way to the theater or something to prep for if your child has experienced bullying. It was a great opportunity to talk about being inclusive of others despite their differences with my 5 year old after we attended a pre-screening. We talked about the differences between his friends at school and how those differences make them special and unique. I love that Disney movies always present such wonderful teaching moments.
So, what all my mom friends want to know…what age is a good age for this PG movie? Having taken both my 5 year old and my 2 year old, who are drastically different children, I’d say that it depends on your child. There are a few parts in the movie where some of the animals look a little scary and some of the action scenes might be slightly frightening. My very sensitive 5 year old found some of the scenes scary, whereas my 2 year old was unfazed. I recommend that if you have a highly sensitive or imaginative child, maybe screen the movie first. As an adult, the movie had just the right amount of adult humor to make it entertaining (loved the Breaking Bad reference). It got two EARS up from me!
Here is a list of all participating Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations playing Zootopia on opening week:
AMC Desert Ridge 18
AMC North Point Mall 12
AMC Hawthorn 12
AMC Garden State 16
AMC NewPark 12
AMC Burbank 16
AMC Century City 15
AMC Deerbrook 24
AMC Willowbrook 24
AMC BarryWoods 24
AMC Hampton Town Centre 24
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