“Zootopia”

Colorful but slow to earn your attention this new Disney piece is cliche -ridden and  a tad didactic. Parents score high and so does following your dream, respecting diversity, and  learning to hustle. Life is complicated, and drugs can turn you rabid.

The deranged predator and meek prey storyline is not logical, and the  animal stereotypes are  mocked while they are upheld. On the positive side, the sloths are hysterical as Department Of Motor Vehicle employees.  My favorite line, for some reason, was “Did you steal a traffic cone?”

The entrepreneurial fox is both chastised and lauded for his frozen paw popsicles. The reselling of the stick holders as “red wood” can be seen as recycling or scamming.  Nick Wilde as con fox is cynical, but learns from the young bunny over their adventure. The animation is top notch. The chase scenes are fast and fun. Some of the details are precious. I loved the elephant trunk  as ice cream scooper, though the scoop was cited for health reasons. And the howlers were cool.

This is a film that models goal setting like issuing 200 parking tickets before noon. The five-year- old I viewed “Zootopia” with found a few scenes scary. Chief Bogo as bully bull was frightful in the way he kept our new recruit Judy Hopps ” handcuffed”.

The hidden messages using fear and distrust to control outcomes is timely. But this animated pic is way overrated in my view.