Zootopia is a buddy adventure that pairs trouble-making fox Nick Wilde with by-the-book rookie cop rabbit Judy Hopps, as voiced by Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), respectively. The film was co-directed by Disney Animation vets Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and is the first Disney animated movie with an all-animal cast – recalling such famous 20th century Disney titles as Robin Hood – since Walt Disney Feature Animation changed to Walt Disney Animation Studios back in 2006.
The upcoming film follows Nick and Judy as they must solve a case together over the span of 48 hours, leading the pair to encounter many a fellow animal (some less trustworthy than others) over the course of their investigation. Naturally, Disney was able to assemble a noteworthy cast of voice actors for Zootopia, and now we have fresh images (as well as details) to pair with the movie’s various cast members.
Zootopia, as revealed by USA Today, follows Judy as she is forced to work alongside Nick when it turns out the latter has information that will help to find the missing husband of one Mrs. Otterton, as voiced by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer). You can check out a picture of Mrs. Otterton below (be warned: there are many more animal name puns on the way), followed by additional images and character/cast details for the film:
Zootopia Police Department Chief Bogo is voiced by Idris Elba (Luther, Pacific Rim) and Howard says the character evolved once Elba accepted the role (in addition to taking on Elba’s own native accent):
“Bogo started out pretty straight, this tough boss. We thought, perfect, Idris is a dramatic character. But Idris is so funny —people would be surprised how funny. It was like, ‘We have to get some of this in the movie.’ So Chief Bogo has this goofiness under the surface.”
The Zootopia voice role is one of three upcoming voice roles for Elba; he also voices Shere Khan in director Jon Favreau’s live-action/CGI The Jungle Book and has a supporting voice role in Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory (both of which open in theaters in 2016).
Zootopia Mayor Leodore Lionheart is voiced by Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and is described as “noble” and “commanding,” but also a “typical politician [who’s] full of himself and blustery,” by Howard. The character also coined the Zootopia city mantra “In Zootopia, anyone can be anything.”
Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) is Zootopia Assistant Mayor Bellwether, the “harried, put-upon assistant” to Mayor Lionheart, who is nonetheless described by Moore as “a very sweet sheep.”
Nate Torrence (Star vs. The Forces of Evil) is Benjamin Clawhauser, the Zootopia Police Department’s kindly receptionist – a fellow who loves donuts and pop stars.
Tommy Lister (The Fifth Element, The Dark Knight) is Finnick, a diminutive fox and resident of Zootopia. Moore notes that the 6-foot-5 Lister’s “huge, booming voice” sounds all the funnier coming out of the tiny animated fox character.
Disney story artist Raymond Persi is Flash, the fastest-moving sloth at Zootopia’s DMV. Persi’s original voice test work for the character was so good that Moore and Howard ultimately chose to keep it in the final movie.
Bonnie Hunt (Toy Story 3) and Don Lake (Hunt’s longtime collaborator on movies like Return to Me and The Bonnie Hunt Show) are Bonnie and Stu Hopps, Judy’s parents and a longtime-married carrot farmer couple who have 275 rabbit children.
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Con Man) is Duke Weaselton, a small-time crook who figures into the plot of Zootopia. The character is named as a shout-out to the villain Tudyk voiced in Disney’s Frozen. Of course, Tudyk previously voiced the characters King Candy (in Wreck-It Ralph) and Alistair Krei (in Big Hero 6); he will also be lending his voice to Disney/Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur and the other 2016 Disney animated feature film, Moana.
Tommy Chong (Up in Smoke) is Yax the Yak, the front desk receptionist at a Zen retreat center in Zootopia, and a character described by Moore as “an emotional life coach.”
Zootopia opens in U.S. theaters on March 4th, 2016.
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