Disney’s newest animated film, “Zootopia,” currently holds a score of 100 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. A perfect score may not sound extraordinary, but when it is based on more than 75 reviews, that’s actually “pretty rare.”
“[More than 75] reviews at 100 percent is very unusual,” Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity told TheWrap. “‘Zootopia’ could be on that road to breaking records.”
According to Atchity, the current record holders on the site are “Toy Story 2” (163 reviews, 100 percent), “Man on Wire” (154 reviews, 100 percent), “Finding Nemo” (251 reviews, 98 percent) and “Inside Out” (304 reviews, 98 percent).
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Shakira, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer and Jenna Slate, “Zootopia” takes place in a city full of animals where a fugitive con-artist fox (Bateman) and a bunny cop (Goodwin) band together to uncover a conspiracy.
Calling it “the whole package” and “one of the greatest Disney animated movies the company has ever produced,” critics have applauded “Zootopia” for taking on important social issues while mixing them with humorous pop culture references, making the film suitable for both kids and adults.
Chances are that the film’s score will drop due to its subject matter, but Atchity says that it will stay at 98 percent or 99 percent in the long run.
“The movie has something to say, and that may leave some critics questioning the movie,” he said. “I’d be really surprised if no one takes the negative side.”
Other movies that were at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes briefly were “Inside Out” (now at 98 percent), “Shaun the Sheep” (now at 99 percent) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (now at 97 percent), which declined when it hit 30 or 40 reviews.
What’s more, “Zootopia” will be certified “fresh” at some point on Thursday. Rotten Tomatoes classifies a film as “fresh” when at least 80 reviews combine to produce a positive score of at least 75 percent. Five of those reviews need to come from top critics.
“Zootopia” opens Friday.