Let’s not beat around the bush – Disney is going to be hard pressed to top Big Hero 6. I realise that’s a very temperamental, caught-up-in-the-moment opinion that abandons all scope of modern Hollywood, but it’s gonna be tricky. It would be easy to buffer Big Hero 6 and their next film of equal quality with a steaming pile of animation, but it looks like they’re going all out with their next project Zootropolis. Formerly Zootopia, the project is the first example of a fully anthropomorphised animated film – all walking talking animals, not a human in sight – in which the animals are living it up in a developed world. After some bits and pieces of artwork, Empire News reports we’ve now got a solid look at the two main characters. Check them out below:
So the chap on the left is Nick Wilde, a crafty con artist fox voiced by Jason Bateman. Next to him is Judy, a plucky ambitious do-gooding rabbit voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin. It’s not tricky to see how these two characters are going to get tousled up in one another’s business, but it’ll be interesting to see the eventual team up.
On Nick Wilde, Bateman said “He’s a crafty, sarcastic schemer, and that I’ve been doing in parts since I was 12,” Bateman tells the paper about his character. “I foolishly said, ‘What kind of voice do you guys want me to do?’ And they just looked at me like I was an idiot and said, ‘Just do what you do. Just talk.’”
Goodwin is quick to defend her own character’s naivite: “People have said that to her all her life. She’s a little sensitive about that. She gets hoppity emotionally,” Goodwin says. “People mistake kindness for naiveté or stupidity, and she is a good girl through and through. But she’s not a dumb bunny.”
Zootropolis is co-directed by Tangled helmer Byron Howard and Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore, and will be out in theatres March next year. Looking forward to see what other characters rear their adorable heads.