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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.
And then of course their was that time that I jumped on the Zootopia subway because it couldn’t be too much more crazy than the world that I live in now:
From the tiniest of animals to the largest, this movie is packed full of personality and detail and all of the countless hours of research that went into it paid off. I love how believable this animal world becomes. So many strong personalities that the world is already in love with and so many solutions to just how a world like this would work. Most of all, I love the ways that these characters put aside their differences to co-exist and that in the end, this movie has a strong message about friendship, teamwork and believing in yourself.
What I love about this film
What I love most about this film is the obvious: the animals. I LOVE animals, and seeing them all come to life. But what I love even more are all of the little things that pull this movie together. The story line, the relationships, and the animal personalities. The message. This movie has a wonderful message that is great for kids and adults alike.
Who is this movie for?
This movie is rated PG and is great for the entire family! There are a few exciting moments, but nothing too scary, and what I love about this film is that while there are a few moments that make you jump out of your seat, things recover quickly. My kids are crazy about this film and it’s characters!
One of our favorite things about Disney movies are the bonus features and Zootopia doesn’t disappoint! Our favorite of the bonus features is the Try Everything music video by Shakira (LOVE this song!!) but other bonus features include:
- Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
- The Origin of an Animal Tale – Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopia and the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
- Research: A True-Life Adventure – The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia. They reflect on the importance of research and how a deep dive into animal behavior at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and a deep immersion into animal society on the African savanna shaped and inspired the characters of Zootopiaand changed the filmmakers’ lives forever.
- Z.P.D. Forensic Files – Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs. Every city has its hidden gems, especially when it has been created by the filmmakers of Disney Animation who love nothing more than sprinkling hidden references to some of Disney’s greatest animated features throughout the story.
- Scoretopia – Academy Award®-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
- Deleted Characters – Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut.
- Deleted Scenes:
- Alternate Opening – Young Judy Hopps rescues a fellow classmate and realizes she can reach beyond a life in carrot farming to a future in law enforcement.
- Wild Times! Pitch – Nick desperately pitches the bankers of Zootopia on funding Wild Times!, an amusement park made exclusively for the predators of Zootopiaand a sure-fire, money-making scheme for Nick and his friends.
- Alternate Homesick Hopps – After a frustrating first day on the force, Judy has a conversation with her parents. See how this scene changed from a heartfelt conversation with her parents to tough love when her parents discover their daughter is only a meter maid and not a “real cop.”
- Detective Work – Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
- Alternate Jumbo Pop – In this early version of the story where Nick was the main character, the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level.
- Hopps’ Apartment – When Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping.
- The Taming Party – In this emotional clip from an early version of “Zootopia,” Judy attends her first “taming party” and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
- “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira
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.
Remember! ZOOTOPIA will be available on Blu-ray and DVD June 7th! You can pre-order on Amazon here.
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