Zootopia Documentary

Disney’s Zootopia is already one of the most successful films of the year. The film has raked in over $786 million worldwide and it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t gone to see it yet, you’re missing out on one of Disney’s best animated films. Personally, I even think it’s better than Frozen, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6.

If you’ve already seen Zootopia, then you might want to check out a fantastic 45-minute documentary that takes you behind the scenes, showing how the movie evolved during the two years of production that a team from Fusion spent at Walt Disney Animation studios. It’s a thorough and fascinating look at how an animated movie is made and how Zootopia changed during that process.

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Zootopia - Clawhauser

Unlike their Star Wars or Marvel movies, Disney’s animated features don’t fit into a single shared universe. They do, however, very often reference each other, via sneaky little Easter eggs. Even their latest, Zootopia, gets in on the fun, despite taking place in a universe where human beings don’t actually exist. We told you about one of Zootopia‘s many Easter eggs back before the film even hit theaters, and now that it’s actually out, several more have been discovered. Below, check out some of the Zootopia Easter eggs you might have missed.  Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 357 – Zootopia

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DavidDevindra, and Jeff discuss the Gaspar Noe’s Love, the new season of House of Cards, and how Fuller House resembles nothing at all. Be sure to read up on the singular awfulness of Fuller House, how the story in Zootopia came from character, and Devin Faraci’s review of Zootopia, 

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Zootopia - The Big Donut

If you haven’t already, please read my interview with Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore where they talk about how the latest Disney Animation Studios film evolved from an idea about a James Bond spoof with talking animals.

Today I bring you the other interview that I conducted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, co-writer and co-director Jared Bush and co-writer Phil Johnston. I touch some of the same ground in this interview, talking about the evolution of this story over the development, but we get a lot of new details about some of the material that didn’t make the final film. I also talk to them about some of the clever gags and Easter eggs in the movie, and much more.
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Zootopia - Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (2)

Earlier this week we told you how Zootopia was going to be a different movie, originally following Jason Bateman’s character Nick Wilde and featuring an more-in-your-face message. Well you might be surprised that the original idea for Zootopia was a James Bond parody featuring talking animals. How the that idea evolve into whats now on the screen? Read my exclusive interview with directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore and discover how a story like this evolves within the Disney Animation Studios creative process.

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Zootopia - Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde (1)

When Disney Animation Studios began work on Zootopia, they didn’t know the film would pack the sophisticated social political message thats being praised by critics. In fact, they didn’t even know that the Ginnifer Goodwin-voiced bunny character Judy Hopps would be the main character — Jason Bateman‘s fox character Nick Wilde was originally supposed be be the lead. Learn why the lead characters in Disney’s 55th animated feature were swapped very late in the process, find out how the message in Zootopia came from a research trip to Africa and hear the filmmakers explain why it comes from the place of character and story, not politics.
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Zootopia doesn’t hit theaters stateside until later this week, but you’ve probably seen a chunk of the film’s funniest scene. The scene tested so well worldwide that Disney Animation decided to make it the focal point of some of the trailers and TV spots. Of course, I’m talking about the sequence where Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde need to visit the DMV to run a plate, i.e., the sloth scene. But what you might not know is that Frozen star Kristen Bell provides the voice of Priscilla, one of the sloths. Her entire performance can be seen in the trailer — it’s all of two words. Learn how Bell got cast in this small but choice Zootopia role after the jump.
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Zootopia Posters

The early buzz on Zootopia is that in addition to some fine family comedy, it also packs some surprisingly poignant social commentary and a powerful message that everyone can probably take something away from when the credits roll. And of course, there will also be endless animal puns in Disney’s comedy that imagines a world where animals live like humans.

Now the puns are in full swing again with the latest marketing push from Disney, using the Academy Awards this weekend as inspiration to make some new parody posters of the nominees, along with a new TV spot. Check out the new Zootopia posters and TV spot below. Read More »

Zootopia - Tundra Town

Disney Animation features don’t officially share a single universe, even if we get the occasional wackadoodle theory explaining how they could. But the animators do love sneaking in references to previous Disney films. Like the time Tangled‘s Rapunzel dropped by Frozen‘s Arendelle, or the time Wreck-It Ralph‘s Saitine made an appearance in Big Hero 6.

Usually, these little details slip out after the movie’s actually opened, as fans pore over the imagery and share what they’ve seen. But in the case of Zootopia, a new batch of images has already revealed one adorable Frozen Easter egg. Find out where — and see a whole bunch of new Zootopia stills, after the jump.  Read More »