Rated PG

Best for 8 and older

Releasing June 7, Disney’s “Zootopia” follows adorable Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin of “Once Upon a Time”), an ambitious little bunny from Bunnyburrow with a dream of someday being a police officer — never mind that a bunny has never been a police officer before. Judy is determined, and once she’s old enough, she earns her badge and learns the hard way that the other cops don’t take her seriously. While she’s on meter maid duty, she crosses paths with Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman), a sly con artist fox who knows how to pull off the perfect hustle, even on Judy. When Judy gets a chance to solve the mystery of 14 missing mammals to prove she’s every bit as capable as the other cops on the force, the odds are against her so she turns to Nick for help. You see, in Zootopia, predators and prey animals coexist side by side in harmony, but when that status is threatened, Judy and Nick have to work together to keep Zootopia’s harmonious society from reverting back to savage times.

Disney’s “Zootopia” is a movie kids will undoubtedly enjoy — because, hello, talking animals — and hopefully learn a few lessons from. Parents, meanwhile, will either love or hate its overarching social message, but they’ll get kick out of the pop culture references and amusing buddy cop story regardless.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it.

What’s good: Its main message is that anyone can be anything, but it has many positive lessons. Kids can also learn the difference between predators and prey animals.

What’s bad: There are some scenes with wild animals that might scare very young or sensitive kids. There are also car chases, animals threatened with violence and scenes of peril.


“Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood”

Not Rated

Best for 5 and older

The first team-up between Lego and Scooby-Doo has arrived in the silly but entertaining “Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood.” Shaggy and Scooby are tired of being live bait and swear off Scooby Snacks, which leads them to accidentally win a hamburger-eating contest because they’re so hungry. The prize is a trip to visit an old film studio in Hollywood famous for classic monster movies, and wouldn’t you know it, the Scooby gang arrives right when the monsters the studio is known for start coming to life and scaring away tourists. It’s up to Scooby and his friends to solve the mystery before the studio goes out of business due to the haunting.

Kids who love Lego or Scooby-Doo will enjoy this new story, which isn’t very scary and aims only to entertain. It’s fun to see these familiar characters in Lego form.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it.

What’s good: As always, Scooby and his friends promote teamwork to achieve a goal.

What’s bad: There are some dark and shadowy sets and monsters, but they’re tame compared to previous Scooby films.


“Walt Before Mickey”

Rated PG

Best for 12 and older

“Walt Before Mickey” is the true story of Walt Disney, beginning with flashbacks to his childhood and leading up to his greatest creation, Mickey Mouse. As a child in Kansas, Walt’s father discouraged his imagination and love of drawing. Walt’s friendship with his brother, Roy, helps him overcome many obstacles as the two grow older. The movie mostly shows Walt as a young man trying to follow his dream of being an animator while living in poverty and facing one business obstacle after another. He and Roy eventually become business partners and establish one of the world’s greatest film studios together.

A live action film, “Walt Before Mickey” is an inspiring tale that will encourage young viewers never to give up on their dreams.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it.

What’s good: It’s a mostly clean movie about a real-life person who achieved greatness by never giving up. Walt’s positive relationship with his brother is inspiring.

What’s bad: Many scenes in the 1920s show people smoking, and Walt utters mild profanity once. He also faces times of hardship that might be difficult to watch.

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