It’s a classic buddy cop flick with added fuzziness. It’s Disney’s Zootopia, and we love it. But how does it scrub up on 4K Ultra HD? Should you hop right to and grab it, or maybe get around to it one day in classic sloth-style?
The story: A tale of following your dreams and celebrating difference, Judy Hopps is a rabbit with dreams of leaving her rural home of Bunnyburrow for the big city of Zootopia. Why? Well, she aims to become the first ever bunny cop! She graduates at the top of her class, but her big bully buffalo boss, Chief Bogo, just gives her cruddy assignments like parking duty. On one of these shifts Judy runs into a shifty fox named Nick Wilde – and little does she realise at the time that he’ll be her secret weapon in solving a case that she manages to land. Bogo gives Judy just 48 hours to solve a missing person mystery. If she does, she proves herself. But if she fails, she has to resign. At first it seems a simple task, but Judy and Nick soon uncover a conspiracy of enormous proportions…
“Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So, let it go.”
The 4K disc: Zootopia looked absolutely stunning on standard Blu-ray, so we weren’t expecting big things from this upscaled 2K transfer. We’re happy to admit that we were kind of wrong. With all the fur flying about there’s a noticeable improvement in detail that pleasantly surprised us, while the HDR brings added life to the presentation without ever going too far. Daylight scenes look as natural as it gets for computerised animation, while darker scenes don’t lose detail in a crush of blackness.
The Atmos mix included here is really, really impressive. Sounding plenty fine at normal listening levels (unlike some Disney mixes in the format that need a decent nudge), those who’ve invested in height speakers are going to love this one. These channels offer up everything from subtle ambience that makes things sound generally more expansive, right through to bolstering the occasional songs that pop up and bringing more oomph to big action outbreaks. The DOOF of the movie’s songs that’s thrown at the subwoofer never disappoints either, nor do the various preadtor growls that permeate proceedings. Great stuff!
This is a single 4K disc release with no extras at all.
Release date: November 13, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
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