Monday, October 26, 2015

Zootopia Info

The crew at Walt Disney Animation Studios (Tujunga Avenue) might be wrapping up the animal movie ue out next year, but Diz Co. is just now rolling out new pictures and a cast list, to wit:

... Opening on March 4, the pic focuses on the melting pot of Zootopia, where animals from every environment live together in such habitat neighborhoods such as ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown. ...

Idris Elba as Chief Bogo, head of the Zootopia Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootopia’s first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos.

J.K. Simmons as Mayor Leodore Lionheart, the noble leader of Zootopia, who coined the city’s mantra that Judy Hopps lives by: “In Zootopia, anyone can be anything.”

Zootopia Clawhauser Nate Torrence as the Zootopia Police Department’s most charming cheetah, Benjamin Clawhauser. He loves two things: pop star Gazelle and donuts. From his reception desk, he greets everyone with a warm smile and a helpful paw—covered in sprinkles.

Jenny Slate as Assistant MAYOR Bellwether, a sweet sheep with a little voice and a lot of wool, who constantly finds herself under foot of the larger-than-life Mayor Lionheart.

Tommy Chong as Yax the Yak, the most enlightened, laid-back bovine in Zootopia. When Judy Hopps is on a case, Yax is full of revealing insights. ...

The pic has been relatively low on the radar, overshadowed by Pixar's two 2015 releases.

But Disney staffers inform me that Zootopia is funny, and the clips and cycles that I've seen on various flat screen as the epic wends its way to completion sure as hell look amusing.

And certainly the Mouse has been on a roll, animation-wise, so why wouldn't the picture do well?


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