Three new theatrical trailers for Walt Disney Animation Studios's first 2016 feature, Zootopia, have debuted over the past month to exciting audience acclaim. The March 4th, 2016 release, following up Disney Animation's Academy Award winning features Big Hero 6 and Frozen, and continuing the exciting new Resurgence Era with Wreck-it Ralph, Tangled, and The Princess and The Frog, Zootopia looks to brilliantly introduce audiences to a whole new world of humanoid animals living in their own bustling world inhabited by hippos, hedgehogs and every mammal species in between. Check out two domestic theatrical trailers and one Japanese International trailer for Disney's Zootopia after the break!
Domestic Theatrical Trailers:
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure 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”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.
Japanese International Trailer:
Before audiences were introduced to the first of these three new trailers back in November, I, like many others, saw Zootopia would be much like what Disney's Wreck-it Ralph and Big Hero 6 were: more or less the B movies of Walt Disney Animation Studios' lineup consisting of the fairytale musical A movies (Tangled, Frozen, and November 2016's Moana). And while saying this might seem a bit strange especially considering the critical, financial, and award winning success of Wreck-it Ralph And Big Hero 6, those two films resoundingly feel more like Pixar films than Disney films, specifically because they entertain male leads (note: this is not a complaint but merely an observation). But Zootopia is different. It's not an animated fairytale musical like what Moana will be but it's not a male centric Pixar-esque action comedy like Ralph or Hero. Zootopia is a beautiful combination of the two. It stars a female lead in an incredibly exciting, wondrous world, combining the very best of the two sides of Walt Disney Animation Studios' coin. The vibrant, exotic world coupled with a main hero that doesn't pander to any specific audience I believe is a fantastic new step for the studio. Don't get me wrong; I love Ralph and Hero just as much if not more so than Tangled and Frozen. All I'm saying is that Zootopia looks to blend the two styles perfectly and launch Disney Animation further into more world building, fun and accessible characters, and of course a compelling and emotional story.
I also want to add that just as Zootopia looks like an exciting new adventure in an incredibly creative world, the timeliness of the story I believe is something significant to point out. One of the many exciting aspects of the film that I learned this past summer at the D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim, CA was that Zootopia looks to explore the timely issues that face modern society, specifically hostility between differing racial groups. As explored through different species living in close quarters within the city, Zootopia excitingly will explore the very issues that modern society is facing today. Specifically, our main heroin Judy Hopps, an up-and-coming ZPD Police Officer is challenged with hostility by the physically larger and stronger officers in her division. Who better to trust with such timely issues as the Mouse House whose been doing this for nearly a century.
Disney's Zootopia thunders into theaters on March 4th, 2016!
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