Disney provided me with a trip to Los Angeles in exchange for my coverage of this and other movie releases. No other compensation is given. All opinions, experiences, memories and character crushes are 100% my own.
I have been so lucky this past year to spend some time with a few of the people who created Zootopia. This movie didn’t happen over night. Hours and hours (and hours) of research went into the making of this Zootopia world and I am so happy to have watched it succeed at the box office.
I am so thankful for the time that I have spent in LA meeting with and interviewing the awesome team behind this film. I was able to sketch a Judy Hopps with Art Director Cory Loftis and I also had the chance to sketch Clawhauser with Directory Byron Howard. Then there was my sloooooooow interview with Flash and Raymond Persi. My sit down interview with animators Renato dos Anjos and Chad Sellers was a great peek into the research that went into this movie and my interview with producer Clark Spencer along with directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard confirmed for me that there is a reason that this wonderful world of Zootopia is already so loved and collected.
We also had the chance to spend some time in the recording studio at Disneytoon studios. I LOVE this part, and always enjoy seeing the process and reminding myself of just how easy it isn’t! Paul McGrath, a Dialogue Mixer at Walt Disney Animation Studios guided us through the process and helped us create some pretty amazing recordings. I love how mine turned out, and trust me – it has VERY little to do with me and a lot to do with Paul.
Here you can see the result of my attempt at voicing Fru Fru the adorable little arctic shrew:
ZOOTOPIA is available on Blu-ray and DVD TODAY!
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.