On the surface Zootopia is a bright and delightful comedy about a cute, foot-thumping little bunny who won’t give up. She overcomes the biggest of bunny trail roadblocks to become exactly what she believes she was meant to be, while making lots of unlikely friends along the way. In other words, she stays true to herself and is kind to others. That’s as old-school a Disney theme as you’re gonna find.
But this good-vs-evil tale is more than surface sweet. For the grown-ups it proffers a surprisingly hard-boiled (at least from a cartoon perspective) detective story, featuring a cop and her confidential informant who endure each other and wade together through the mobbed-up underworld of shrews, polar bears and wolves, all in hopes of saving a city from a horrible and despicable wrong.