zootopia trailer

The Walt Disney Company was built on the backs of talking animals, so the existence of a movie like Zootopia was inevitable. Why settle for a talking mouse and a talking duck and their small circle of friends when you can have an entire city populated by talking animals, each of them ready to line store shelves in huggable plush form?

And while the merchandising opportunities for Zootopia seem enormous (you just know Disney is already looking for ways to squeeze these characters into their theme parks and Disney Infinity and what-have-you), the movie itself looks clever and cute. A new preview has arrived, offering a look at a single scene from the movie and it’s charming stuff. Walt Disney Animation Studios has been on a roll recently with Frozen and Big Hero 6, both of which took home Academy Awards, so no pressure, Zootopia.

Watch the new Zootopia trailer after the jump.

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Michael Giacchino

Over the last few years it seems John Lasseter has been able to emulate many of the elements that have made Pixar a success and bring Walt Disney Animation back to its glory. With Walt Disney Animation’s next feature film Zootopia, they will be borrowing composer Michael Giacchino.

Giacchino broke out huge when Brad Bird brought him to Pixar for The Incredibles — I know I’ve been a fan of the man’s music beginning at that point. The composer has since worked on a number of Pixar’s features including Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and Inside Out as well as nine Pixar animated short films. This is actually not the first time Giacchino has worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he composed the music on the great 2007 Goofy short film How to Hook Up Your Home Theater at time when Lasseter was trying to emulate Pixar’s short films over at Disney Animation.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Michael Giacchino Zootopia score.

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Zootopia - Bellwether

Zootopia is filling up. Disney has announced the full cast of its 2016 animated feature, set in a sprawling metropolis populated by non-human mammals. Joining previously announced leads Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin will be Idris ElbaJ.K. SimmonsOctavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and more. Oh, and Alan Tudyk will drop by for a role that references his Frozen character.

Get the Zootopia full cast, and see the first photos of their characters, after the jump.  Read More »

Zootopia logo

Disney’s Zootopia is set in a sort of animal paradise, where creatures of all kinds co-exist in habitat neighborhoods like Sahara Square and Tundratown. But the first Zootopia poster suggests it’ll also be heaven on Earth for human moviegoers who happen to adore animal-themed wordplay. See the Zootopia poster after the jump. Read More »

Shakira in Zootopia

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia, directed by Rich Moore and Byron Howard, was the first film to get a presentation during the animation panel at the D23 Expo today, with John Lassetere explaining “one of the things I’ve always loved about Disney Animation is talking animal movies,” with Mr. Toad being a favorite character. So, “what if we made one now; what if we made one for today’s audience?”

The idea came to life as a cop buddy comedy (think 48 Hours, but with talking animals) that unites a rabbit and a fox. Part of that idea will be brought to life by Shakira, who voices Gazelle, “Zootopia’s biggest pop star.” She’ll also provide the new song ‘Try Everything’ for the film.

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D23 Expo 2015 Schedule

Disney continues to announce their plans for D23 Expo 2015,  which will take place August 14th to 16th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. The latest batch of announcements include the Disney Animation and Pixar’s presentations and some immersive experiences.

The announcements include: a joint Pixar and Disney animation presentation which will include looks at The Good Dinosaur, Finding DoryZootopia and Moana, a stand-alone behind the scenes look at Zootopia presentation, an Aladdin retrospective titled “The Making of a Classic”, a behind the scenes panel focusing on Walt Disney Animation short films, Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!, a screening of the short documentary The Tunes Behind the Toons followed by a Q&A, and some information about Disney Animation’s presence on the show floor which also includes a Frozen Album signing.

Find out details on all of the newly announced D23 Expo 2015 Animation presentations, after the jump.

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The premise of Disney Animation’s Zootopia isn’t terribly hard to follow. It’s set in a sprawling metropolis built, run, and populated by non-human animals. But just in case you’re still confused, the first Zootopia teaser trailer lays it all out for you in winning, adorable fashion. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

ZOOTOPIA (Working Title)

Much like Pixar took off last year, Disney Animation is taking off this year. After a nice string of hits including the all-time animated champion, Frozen, Disney Animation isn’t releasing a film in 2015 but will be back in 2016. Their next movie is called Zootopia, a film they revealed at the D23 Expo back in 2013 set in a massive animal metropolis. It’ll be released on March 4, 2016, features the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin and though we’ve seen some concept art (like above) the first official look at the film’s main characters is now online. Check it out below. Read More »

ZOOTOPIA (Working Title)

Exactly one year from today, we’ll be sitting down for the opening weekend of Zootopia, the next big-screen adventure from Disney Animation. To celebrate that fact, the studio has revealed a new bit of Zootopia concept art showing off the story’s unique setting.

As promised, it looks kind of like a natural habitat “if you squint.” Basically, it’s the city an animal might build if they could design their own. Check out the Zootopia concept art after the jump. Read More »