The Disney Animation Studio panel announced that they were going to release a project called Zootopia. From Tangled director Bryan Howard and writer Jared Bush, the film will focus on a long forgotten animation trope: animals acting like humans. In Zootopia, these characters are like humans, dress like humans, but take on the characteristics of their animal roots. For instance, a wildabeast is dumb, while a fox is smart, and a rabbit is fast, and so on and so forth. The film will take on a buddy action flick with a fox like character with a rabbit. Hit the jump for more.

So far the plot of the film will involve the conflict of two kinds of animals: “flat teeth” vs s”harp teeth.” Flat teeth are herbivores, and the sharp teeth are carnivores. Nick Wilde, a fox, and Lt. Judy Hopps, a rabbit, begin as natural enemies who evolve into friends by the end of the story.

During the panel, we learn that each animals’ habit will represent a major city of some sort. This will give the animated film a realistic feel to it and give the animals more of a humanistic qualities. What seperates this film from very other animated animal film is that these animals would have built their own structures. It’s basically a modern world as if built by animals.

So bullet trains look take the shape of the body of a rabbit, icy mountains are actually massive ski resorts, and palm trees are beach-esque getaways. All of it will have to work in the realm of the animal world.

For instance, a cat would not want to be in Little Rodencha, which is an area specifically built for rodents.

It’s a bit too early to tell how audiences will react to this film, but judging by their applause to stills and production art, it may go over well with them.

By Michael Lee

Michael Lee has an English and Communications degree from Concordia University Irvine. He is a fan of films that are comic-book adaptations and dry witty comedies.

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