The first of Disney‘s three films slated for 2016, Zootropolis (Zootopia US) sees the studio reunite with the animal kingdom once again in a new animated adventure.
Walt Disney Studios is known for setting the standard when it comes to modern day filmmaking and it’s partnership with Pixar is a prime example of its eye for talent. However, Disney itself has proven it is more than capable of putting out high quality animated tales of its own following more recent successes such as Tangled (2010) and Bolt (2008), and it seems we can expect further in-house titles that give Pixar a run for it’s money.
With Zootropolis it looks to be business as usual with seemingly stunning animated visuals, vibrant characters and an immersive soundscape. However the film looks to present a more diverse narrative with a bold female central character who, while being a rabbit is small in size, is not the ‘damsel in distress’ but rather is reflective of a real person with real goals and a willingness to work hard and see her job is done to the best of her ability. Operating as a newly recruited police officer inside a kind of mammal metropolis, where wildlife wear clothes and live in a very relatable human way, Juddy Hopps (Ginnifer Godwin) finds evidence to an ongoing case which results in her crossing paths with a fittingly cunning fox (Jason Bateman) who happens to have connections within and around the city, and so the two embark on a thrilling adventure.
The trailer showcases the brilliance of the creative spirit at the mouse-house with characters that tend to reflect their natural tendencies, as animals, but at the same time are often struggling to try and herd off the stereotypes placed upon them.
With an an all star cast of voices including Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Alan Tudyk, Bonnie Hunt, Octavia Spencer and of course the aforementioned Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin, the film combines talented actors with visionary directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph); you don’t get much more capable hands than these.
Are you looking forward to Zootropolis?
Will it be another Disney Great?
Zootropolis opens in UK cinemas March 25th.