If You Loved ‘Zootopia’, Read These Comics Next
Zootopia is currently rocking theaters around the world with its mix of charming animal comedy, classic buddy movie tropes, and a level of rich social allegory not usually seen in a big-budget Disney Animation feature.
If you loved Zootopia and want to read comics with similar smart humor and all-ages appeal, the medium has a rich history of funny animal comics going right the way back to the genesis of the newspaper comic strip; Jimmy Swinnerton’s Mr. Jack, about a caddish young tiger, debuted all the way back in 1890. We’re currently enjoying a new golden age for all-ages comics, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best books available today for you to check out if Zootopia left you hungry for more.
March Grand Prix: The Fast and the Furriest
March Grand Prix follows the racing adventures of a hare named March who seeks to be the greatest driver in the world, in spite of the effort of the ruthless Lyca the Fox . Along the way, he gets into adventures off the racetrack thanks to his family, who try to be supportive, but always seem to get him into sticky situations.
Packed with bright colors, clean lines and an adorable cast of animals, March Grand Prix is a delightful series about family, teamwork, and going really fast.
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is one of the most ambitious pieces of work with a Disney property in any medium. Based on the work of the legendary Carl Barks, Don Rosa built a coherent timeline for Scrooge McDuck, from his birth in 19th century Glasgow right through to his re-connection with nephew Donald on Christmas 1947.
Along the way, Scrooge travels to the United States, Africa, Australia and beyond as he makes his millions and becomes the duck we know and love. A coming of age story with few peers, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is an all-time classic of the medium.
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Every night, the animals at Stratford Zoo sneak out of their enclosures and put on a midnight revue featuring the works of William Shakespeare in this delightful series by Ian Lendler & Zack Giallongo.
The first volume features “The Scottish Play” MacBeth, and is a great way to get people of all ages involved with the works of The Bard, and the story within a story aspect is a fun twist on a well-known tale.
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152
Mouse Guard isn’t a funny animal comic, but like Zootopia, it is an incredibly well told story that uses anthropomorphic animals to say something very real about our own world, and younger readers will find its world engrossing.
Mouse Guard takes place after a great war, and tells the story of a group of soldiers who choose to keep their vow to protect the people after the war ends. The Mouse Guard keeps their village safe from whatever threats come their way, and strive to maintain the freedom of their vulnerable population.
Herobear and the Kid
Herobear and the Kid tells the story of Tyler, a ten-year-old who inherits a stuffed bear and a broken pocket watch following the passing of his grandfather, and his life is turned upside-down when the bear comes to life as Herobear, protector of the world, and Tyler’s new best friend.
While it draws obvious comparisons to Calvin & Hobbes, Herobear and the Kid is its own wonderful story about moving to a new town, coping with grief, and fighting space monsters with your superpowered polar bear best friend.