Like Nothing You've Seen Be-Fur

 

"In Zootopia, anyone can be anything." That's the city slogan of the metropolis that's literally gone beast mode. Here you can find all sorts of furry creatures big and small—mammals who reside in neighborhoods such as the freezing Tundratown and the classy Sahara Square. Make no mistake: They're no wild things.

 

These anthropomorphic characters behave like humans (they walk on two legs, wear clothes, and even use modern technology), have human jobs, and try to solve very human problems. They're also starring in Zootopia, a computer-animated comedy-adventure movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It zeroes in on two citizens working on opposite sides of the law: Judy Hopps, a rabbit who's a rookie cop, and Nick Wilde, a fox who's a seasoned scam artist. They team up to solve a case—and they must do so in 48 hours. Getting along with each other is the least of their (very human) concerns. Zootopia is directed by Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-it Ralph, The Simpsons) and co-directed by Jared Bush (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero). It opens in local cinemas on March 3.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

In the UK, the title has been changed to Zootropolis, reports entertainment magazine Empire. A Disney rep says, "We decided to change the title… to merely allow the film to have a unique title that works for UK audiences." Good to know: Everything else remains the same.

 

FANTASTIC BEASTS

Meet the citizens of Zootopia!

 

 

Judy Hopps

IN REAL LIFE: Rabbit

This spunky bunny is the first of her kind to ever join the Zootopia Police Department, so she tries to rise (or jump, rather) to the occasion and solve a mysterious case.

 

 

Nick Wilde

IN REAL LIFE: Red fox

Nick is a small-time con artist with a big mouth who gets outfoxed by Judy Hopps but ends up helping her crack a case.

 

Chief Bogo

IN REAL LIFE: Cape buffalo

Welcoming the first ever bunny police officer to the squad is a tough challenge for the head of the Zootopia Police Department.

 

 

Mayor Leodore Lionheart

IN REAL LIFE: Lion

The king of the jungle is actually the mayor of the metro. He's also larger than life and full of himself.

 

 

Officer Clawhauser

IN REAL LIFE: Cheetah

This chubby cheetah cop mans the reception at Zootopia PD and greets everyone with a sweet and literally sugarcoated smile.

 

 

Assistant Mayor Bellwether

IN REAL LIFE: Sheep

Meek and mild as a lamb, Mayor Lionheart's assistant is one busy bee, straining under the weight of her workload.

 

 

 

Yax

IN REAL LIFE: Yak

He may not look the part, but Yax is wise and enlightened, and shares some words of wisdom with Judy Hopps as she tries to solve a case.

 

 

Mrs. Otterton

IN REAL LIFE: Otter

Mr. Otterton has disappeared, so his wife asks Judy to help her find her beloved husband.

 

 

Bonnie & Stu Hopps

When Judy moves from her small town to the big city, her loving parents worry: Can their daughter trust anyone in Zootopia?

 

 

 

Duke Weaselton

IN REAL LIFE: Weasel

Don't trust him—he's a small but terrible crook.

 

 

Finnick

IN REAL LIFE: Fennec fox

This little guy has some serious baggage, so getting along with him can be quite challenging.

 

 

Flash

IN REAL LIFE: Sloth

This slow-moving mammal is quite a fast worker. He's employed at the Department of Mammal Vehicles.

 

 

AS REAL AS IT GETS

Know how Zootopia's characters came to life! The artists behind Zootopia took great pains to make every character as realistic as possible – at least in the way they look.

 

 

When artists realized that real rabbits actually have a split upper lip, they decided to forego authenticity in this case and kept Judy's lip all together

 

 

 

In an effort to bolster the animal-feel, artists added bits of debris—hay, leaves, sticks—in the coats of animals like the big sheep and Yax the Yak.

 

 

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.

 

Artists crafted six unique outfits for Assistant Mayor Bellwether. The chosen fabric, naturally, was wool. Her outfits include a houndstooth dress, a blazer and a little bell in honor of her moniker. She also has an orange dress with a scissor pattern that represents shears. (Did you notice how she looks like the lambs in the old Disney films "Make Mine Music" and "Melody Time"?)

 

 

WHO PLAYED WHO?

Get to know the famous stars behind the voices of the furry citizens of Zootopia.

 

Nick Wilde - voiced by Jason Bateman

The charming con artist fox is voiced by the equally alluring star, Jason Bateman. Recognized as a talented actor, director, and producer, Jason has starred in TV sitcoms and films such as "Arrested Development" and "Hancock".

 

Judy Hopps - voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin

The feisty lady officer of the Zootopia Police department has the charm and energy similar to its voice actress Ginnifer Goodwin. Before lending her voice to Officer Judy, Ginnifer is already known for her roles in the movie "Mona Lisa Smile" and TV show "Once Upon A Time".

 

Gazelle - voiced by Shakira

In a city where you can be anything you want, Gazelle definitely earned the limelight. That's why it's no surprise that the beautiful pop songstress in Zootopia is voiced by the award-winning singer in real life, Shakira. The Colombian singer is known for her hit singles "Whenever, Wherever" and "Hips don't Lie".

 

CHECK OUT THESE EXCLUSIVE SCENES FROM ZOOTOPIA!
(Photo credit: "Walt Disney Studios.")

 

 

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