Best animated movie of the year: 'Moana' or 'Zootopia'? | The Tylt
It was a huge year for animated films. But there were two Disney films that stood above the rest—"Moana" and "Zootopia." The recently-released "Moana" is #1 at the box-office. The film has been praised for its non-traditional female protagonist, diversity in storytelling, and an amazing songbook by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. "Zootopia" is also critically acclaimed, socially-conscious and one of the top-grossing films of the year. But which is 2016's best? Vote below! 🎥
Best animated movie of the year: 'Moana' or 'Zootopia'?
It's the end of the year! And throughout December, we're facing-off the best songs, albums, movies, TV shows, comic books, video games, sports, pro athletes and entertainers of 2016. The "Best of 2016" is chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who and what from 2016 won the year in each category.
"Finding Dory" might have been the biggest animated box office success. But "Moana" and "Zootopia" are original films that brought something new and special to the Disney animated legacy. Both animated features are also HUGE box office successes. "Finding Dory" made only a tiny bit more than "Zootopia," and critics have been raving about the #1 movie in the country, "Moana." Sorry Dory fans, but "Zootopia" and "Moana" are the best animated features this year, but alas, you can only choose only one!
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"Moana" is currently #1 at the U.S. box office, and has 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The universally lauded film tells the story of Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian village chief who is chosen by the ocean to save her people from an ancient curse. She goes on an adventure to find Maui in the hopes of reversing a curse the Polynesian demigod accidentally caused a millennia ago.
"Moana" has all the makings of a classic Disney adventure, but the animated musical brings something fresh to the studio's princess formula. Heck, the film even pokes fun at the princess formula. Beyond that, critics and fans alike have praised the film for bringing more diversity to the Disney princess lineup and for not giving Moana a love interest.
Furthermore, "Moana" is visually stunning and a joy for the ears. The acclaimed music and soundtrack was produced by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manual Miranda. Ultimately, "Moana" won 2016 towards the year's end by bringing something fresh to a long-standing Disney formula.
The animated film tells the story of anthropomorphic prey and predators living in Zootopia. A rookie bunny cop and a con-artist fox work together to uncover a conspiracy in which predators "go savage." All the while, the idea of Zootopia and animals of all kinds living in peace and harmony unravels.
"Zootopia" is an animated film with a social conscious—teaching kids about the contrast of ignorance and tolerance. Hence, it's an animated film adults will enjoy. Disney is on a roll with its animated features, but "Zootopia" had all year to prove how it's the best. Critics consider the film an Oscar lock for a Best Animated Film nomination and the frontrunner for the award.