zootopia_teaser zootopia_teaser
DisneyFeature Film

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Teaser Has Arrived

And we’ve got our first look at the animation in Disney’s next feature Zootopia slated for release on March 4, 2016:

Here’s the synopsis for the comedy-adventure film, 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):

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 (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) 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 (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

  • starss

    I’m not entirely sure why they chose to only feature mammals. I suppose it’s to give the film a more grounded tone.

    • GoofyGotKilos

      Maybe reptiles are the bad guys?

    • Tim Tran

      You know, like how there are countries made entire of only Chinese or Caucasians? Its like a regional thing I guess.

  • cesar

    loved it

  • Michel Gagne

    Good character animation and design. Nicely done. It will be interesting to see how people who are critical of “Furries” will react to this one, because let’s face it, this is as furry as it gets.

    • Mario Bros

      They just showed a teaser, and there’s already porn of it.

    • Harrison

      Just go read the YouTube comments, they’re already saying how furry it is.

  • Aaron

    Robin Hood character designs meets Busy Town? I like how the premise is explained like we’re dopey executives being sold a new way justify anthropomorphic animal characters. Seems pretty lazy.

  • Peter Shakes

    Wtf, they announce it as if they invented talking animals movies, is that their big idea for the film???

    • Denis Bouyer

      You don’t understand, it’s never seen be-fur. BE-FUR !

  • GoofyGotKilos

    I’ve never seen anthropomorphic animals in an animation before, this is going to be incredible!

    • Steven Bowser

      haha I think you said it better than anyone. It is an unusual teaser, but it still looks adorable and fun. :P

  • Hey Now

    AHH, the Furries!! THINK OF THE FURRIES!!!

  • barbara

    Yes Disney, explain anthropomorphism to us like you just invented it, pretending like the last ninety years of cartoons never happened.

    • Mickey Mouse

      • barbara

        Otto Messmer.

    • Samuel Mann

      like with the french illustrator Grandville who largely inspired Disney at first sight…or just like La Fontaine…so like 200 years ago…not so new indeed.

  • Matt

    I like to think they’re explaining what anthropomorphism is to certain audience members who may have never heard of the word… I don’t know.

    Still looks good.

    • Steven Bowser

      It’s kindof like the “The Good Dinosaur” teaser, where they explain their strange premise early on so people aren’t as confused when the film comes out.

      But yea, it seems a little unusual to me too.

      • Ravlic

        Because no-one’s done dinosaurs+cavemen before.

        • Steven Bowser

          It’s still an oddball premise though. It’s an alternate reality where something that happened never happened so everything from then on is different.

          I don’t know what the movie will be like, but I’m assuming that that premise is important to the story.

    • Geekfox

      Probably to move away with the term “funny animals”, which is too broad or too silly… or too old.

  • aquapyro

    So excited. I know some people have compared the look to DreamWorks but there is a visual difference.

  • Already anticipating for this film! I do hope they deliver story wise, and if so, it’ll be a fun feature to see.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    This actually looks like a lot of fun. The fox’s voice is perfect. Also, I laughed a bit too hard at the “They do not go to work nude. Thank you. Almost.” especially when the fox pauses to zip his fly.

  • Vanessa Flores

    I wanna see this film, but… this is awful… Whatever happened to show, don’t tell? I mean… seriously? Never seen BE-FUR?? I’m cringing… It’s like Disney wants to forget about all their other films featuring animals. Just… just no. I was hoping for something better, but it’s just exposition. :P

  • George Comerci

    This looks better than I thought it would. My curiousity is piqued.

  • Ravlic

    The designs are really neat, but I can’t get over how the whole trailer is acting as if the idea of humanoid animals is something unique. Like, you made Robin Hood. People aren’t going to be like “whaaa a bipedal fox in human clothing?”. I’d be more surprised if humans did happen but were treated as just another animal species. Nevertheless I’m looking forward to this movie.

    Also “be-fur” is horrible. Disney you should be ashamed of yourself.

  • ThatGuy

    Looks like they are TRYING to call their film a “furry” film by using the word anthropomorphic. That may or may not pan out for them. Especially since furry art is associated with porn and debauchery. *hides furry porn stash*

  • ThatGuy

    So you know, there’s already furry porn of these character. Someone showed me. GO FURRY FANDOM! RUIN EVERYTHING! Hehehehe

  • Axolotl

    At least that fox’s horrible smirky ‘tude face is matched with equally obnoxious behavior.

  • Umm…..No.

    Whats with all the ‘Furry’ comparisons? Have there never been anthropomorphic talking animals in clothes movies before the ‘Furry’ freaks were around? Fairly certain when ‘Steamboat Willie’ came out, no ‘Furry’ comparisons were made.

  • Steven Bowser

    This looks adorable, and reminds me of Disney’s “Robin Hood”.

    I hope and trust that they can find some unique hook to the story that can make it more than the predictable synopsis makes it sound like. The whole “fish out of water/buddy cop” scenario seems a little genaric, but I have no doubt that there will be more to the story than that.

    And I have no doubt that it will be as adorable and funny as the teaser is. Great work, guys.

  • optimist

    Sweet animation!

  • Michael Arcidiacono

    It reminds me to Blacksad, the comic.

  • Robin Hood was one of my favorite childhood films, so watching this made me wonder if it would look just as good in 2D animation. Still it all looks appealing here. It’s hard not to think of Fantastic Mr. Fox with the main character also being a fox with the stereotypical personality given to most fox characters in stories it seems. March of next year feels like ages away, but I am intrigued.

    • starss

      Klaus’ short being released just a week ago also adds to this idea- wouldn’t it be great if it DID look like the style of Klaus?? You can see the concept art behind these designs, and I bet they looked just like that short!

  • otterhead

    Looks fantastic.
    Also, there’s otters.
    So, win.

  • Riley Taskman

    Cute, but that’s about it. Hopefully I’ll like it more than Wreck-It Ralph.

  • tom bancroft

    LOVE it so so much! Jason Bateman is perfect for this! (Though I wish we could have seen the foxes’ mouth move to SOME of the dialogue just to see how that looked with Bateman’s voice). Sorry “Good Dinosaur”, you just got schooled.

  • Inkan1969

    The fox is always the scam artist…

    • Tim Tran

      coz thats a fox’s characteristic: sly and cunning.

      • Inkan1969

        That’s why I really Tod from “The Fox and the Hound”. Tod is also sly in his own way, but that doesn’t feel like his dominant personality trait. He’s a hero character, not a villain or an anti-hero which is what a sly character normally is.

      • Capital_7

        Vulpine profiling.

  • elliot Lobell

    regardless of everyone criticizing the trailer for explaining anthropomorphism, and yes obviously cartoons have anthropomorphized since the beginning of film, it definitely looks original and far different than anything Disney’s done (at least within recent memory), tonally speaking.

    • starss

      You never know. There are people who DON’T know what anthropomorphic means!

  • LubitschTouch

    Just remember how terrible the original teasers were for Frozen and Big Hero 6. I just come to expect at this point that I won’t know how good anything Disney Animation is going to make is until like 4 advertisements in.

  • popyea

    The tagline is ironic (maybe intentionally) but this looks great. The fox’s design is excellent I think. Very distinctive, despite anthro fox’s being heavily a tread concept.

  • Strong Enough

    Disney version of true detective?

  • mechasus

    I really like how different this trailer looks, feels, and sounds from pretty much any other trailer out there with its simpler tone and explaining voiceover, but this movie seriously has to do a better job convincing us it’s not another Chicken Little. One of the problems of that movie were incessant animal-related visual gags that Grandma could have come up with that were hogging up (no pun intended) more than their share of screen time. So far, the movie looks to be a bit more creative than that by way of the synopsis, thankfully.

  • William Bradford

    Haha I have the same feeling everyone’s stated: Antrhopomorphic animals representing types of people doesn’t need explaining. It seems especially unforetunate since having such a familiar natural enemy dynamic as a fox and a rabbit wouldn’t feel tired IF they hadn’t felt the need to point it out. Had they just shown it, EVERYONE WOULD GET IT.

    However however, I want to add I am not overly put off by this, as I think their only reason for going this way with the teaser is because they didn’t want to show off the plot too much (hence teasing) so even if the exposition is unnecessary, it does nonetheless tease the film without giving too much away.

  • CG Animator

    Lol wow what a bunch of negative Nancies. But this is Cartoon Brew, so what did I expect?

    Once again people are judging a movie by its teaser trailer. People did it with Tangled and Wreck it Ralph, and they did it with Frozen and Big Hero too. Circle of life I guess!

    Though it will be rather satisfying seeing all the naysayers proven wrong when the movie comes out and it’s a huge hit with critical acclaim. As usual.

    • Me

      It’s a trailer, you’re supposed to judge it. It’s the movie’s sale pitch.

  • starss

    Disney KNOWS it’s being incredibly redundant. Yes, kids are among the film’s demographic, but so are adults, and they know that the kids may LEARN something about creativity, while the adults will see it as being delightfully tongue-in-cheek! But oh that’s right I forgot, you cannot READ things that are tongue-in-cheek on the Internet, just like sarcasm, and the ability to stop an argument! MY MISTAKE!!!

  • Harrison

    I hate how in the YouTube comments, everyone keeps calling this a furry movie. Don’t they know that Disney has done this before? Well either way, I’m enjoying the concept and looking forward to seeing it.

  • Harrison

    With the creative force they have backing it up, it would be pretty hard for them to mess it up.

  • Capital_7

    It’s Busytown, but with racism. Got it.

  • CTM

    This movie doesn’t appear to have any draw beyond being a feature film made for furries.

  • Steven Bowser

    Also, just from an animation perspective, I just wanted to point out how cool it is that every animal walks the way their real-life animal counterpart would, but with two legs. It’s so funny seeing giraffes gallop around and sloths walk so slowly. I also like the way the bunny’s nose quivers when she sniffs for the fox. Amazing touches.

    • Ravlic

      Yesyes, this was amazing! Like the gazelles leaping around and the giraffe doing that totally-giraffe-like run. Those animations are great.

  • KW

    I bet you a million dollars the elephant couple is going to be a loving couple that loves to bicker with each other

  • Yeah I was just referencing the most famous Disney character because this was talking about a Disney movie, but I know.

  • I feel like they just didn’t know what else to do with the trailer, or are leaving the story ambiguous because it is being “worked with” a bit? Dunno.

  • Bill Batz

    so if this was set in the human world, it would be a guy that works in an office that battles a meter maid or traffic cop?

  • Harrison

    They’re treating it that way because they didn’t really mention that when they say that humans never existed, they also mean that our basic architecture didn’t either. So in Zootopia, the buildings, roads, houses, and neighborhoods are all designed to be functional specifically for animals by animals. I actually can’t think of another film that has done that before.

  • Eliza Gilliam

    I noticed something amazing in the new Disney Zootopia trailer! As a lover of all things elephants, I caught a reference to Disney’s 1960 “Goliath” film. They perfectly recreated Goliath II (a pinkish baby elephant) in 3D!

    Also, for anyone interested in seeing recycled Disney animation, both Goliath and Dumbo share a similar scene between baby elephants and mom elephant!

    What do you think?

  • aurum

    Furry films in the U.S. have been uncommon for a while now. With the association of pubescent awakening and internet peculiarities, furries (particularly canid furries) have been something of a joke for at least a decade. A few producers admit to disliking portfolios that contain furries. I see nothing wrong with Disney trying to go at it with a new angle. Not to mention, this angle allows them to explain that each of these characters retain animal senses, which can make audiences wonder how the characters are going to work off each other.

    • That is certainly the advantage we have here. How they could make it work with the different senses each species has.

  • CTM

    Oh, talking animals are fine. Millions of cartoons have talking animals… But they don’t let that alone sell the film. The fact that Disney is promoting “animals that walk around like people” as some sort of new unique thing to me either says they’re idiots and don’t remember the past 90 years or they’re trying to pander to furries.