So one thing I really love about going on a Disney Press trip is when we get to meet with the animation department. I love learning how these movies are made. On this trip I interviewed Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, and Producer Clark Spencer. Coming up with the story for Zootopia really excited John Lasseter and with the help of the “story trust” they came up with something everyone enjoys. The Story Trust includes a timeless story, must be entertaining, have great humor and deep emotion and stands up to the high standards of Walt Disney.
Character creation was created according to scale. They decided to make all the animals anthropomorphic so they lined up a small animal the mouse all the way to the tall giraffe and they created a world that would be suitable for all of them. The mouse actually became their “ruler” so to speak. The animation on this is really great when you think of all the details they put into this. So size is one thing, but then think of how an animal movies they captured that even though they walk around on two legs. They also focused on the hair of each animal. They did a lot of animal research. For example a Polar Bear doesn’t have white hair, it’s clear and only looks white because it reflects the snow. The research for the “big city” took the animators to an expert on the evolution of New York City and the development of Chinatown and Little Italy.
Zootopia arrives in theaters March 4th, 2016!
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