Filmmakers conceived and built the vast and detailed world of Zootopia, populating it with 64 different species of animals that retain what makes each animal so amazing in the real world—but these animals talk and wear pants.
“The team spent 18 months just researching animals,” says producer Clark Spencer.
“We met with animal experts from all over the world, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. We traveled 9,000 miles to Kenya, Africa, for a two-week deep dive into animal personality and behavior. We wanted each species of animal to be real, to feel authentic and to be based on their real-world behavior.”
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” is directed by Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Moore (“WreckIt Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), and produced by Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”). Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”) is co-director/co-writer. The screenplay is by Bush and Phil Johnston (“Wreck-It Ralph”). John Lasseter is executive producer. Michael Giacchino (“Jurassic World,” Oscar®-winner for Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out”) composed the score; the film also features the all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by Grammy®- winning singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Grammy winner Shakira. Rated PG, “Zootopia” opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.
Did you Know?
Artists were inspired by Mufasa from Disney’s classic film “The Lion King” when creating the look of Mayor Lionheart.
Clawhauser may not share a real cheetah’s svelte shape, but he does sport the animal’s iconic tear marks—markings that run from the inside corners of his eyes down to the outside edges of his mouth.