ZOOTOPIA

Talking animals are nothing new in the world of Disney animated features, but Zootopia takes them to a whole new level by presenting an entire city built, populated, and run by mammals. There are hamster businessmen, shrew mobsters, and a lion mayor. Our protagonists are a fox con artist (voiced by Jason Bateman) and a rabbit police officer (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin). And they all have one thing in common: they really, really love making animal puns.

A new Zootopia clip addresses the very literal “elephant in the room,” while another offers a peek at “Zoogle,” the animal version of Google. There’s also one more Zootopia trailer that offers a better look at Nick’s (Bateman) scamming ways. Check it all out after the jump.  Read More »

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Right now, I imagine everyone at the Disney lot, based in Burbank, California, is currently swimming in money, eating nothing but money, and dressed to the nines in money, because they damn well should be. With the ongoing success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the studio ended 2015 on a high note — a note that’ll keep playing well into 2016.

A potentially fantastic year for the studio is far from over. Disney is releasing a handful of promising films this year. See a few new pics from their future projects, including ZootopiaThe Jungle BookAlice Through the Looking Glass, and Queen of Katwe, after the jump.

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ZOOTOPIA

It’s New Year’s Eve in our world, but it’s Zoo Year’s Eve in Zootopia. Or so the Disney marketing team keeps insisting. In any case, what this means is that we’ve got a brand-new Zootopia trailer for you to enjoy on this day, the last of 2015, featuring a brand-new song by Shakira (or as she’s known in Zootopia, “Gazelle”). Watch the Zootopia trailer and check out new Zootopia images, after the jump.  Read More »

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Like everyone else in the known universe, the citizens of Zootopia are putting together their “best of 2015” lists. But because they live in a city founded, run, and populated entirely by animals, their favorite movies don’t include titles like Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Ex Machina or Straight Outta Compton. Instead, they’re fans of Star Wars: The Furce AwakensStraight Otter Zootopia, and Ex Yakina.

It’s an obvious gag, but it’s pretty cute. And it’s a nice lighthearted change of pace from all the arguments currently breaking out over the recent SAG and Golden Globe nominations, and all the arguments that will soon be breaking out over the PGAs, the DGAs, the Oscars, and so on and so forth for the next three months. See the new Zootopia posters after the jump.  Read More »

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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 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 »

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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 »

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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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