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Disney announces Blu-ray details for Zootopia

30 April 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Walt Disney Pictures has announced details of the home entertainment release for Zootopia (Zootropolis in the UK), the blockbuster comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film will hit Blu-ray and DVD in the States on June 7th, although the UK date is yet to be announced.

See Also: Order Zootopia via Amazon Us or Amazon UK

Bonus features include*:

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD:

Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation. The Origin »

- Gary Collinson

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Watership Down: John Boyega and more join Netflix series

28 April 2016 12:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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John Boyega, James McAvoy and Sir Ben Kingsley will star in Netflix’s Watership Down series...

Richard Adams’ classic rabbit-based novel Watership Down is being adapted into animated form once again. This time, Netflix and the BBC have teamed up to create a four-part CGI-led miniseries, and have assembled an impressive voice cast to fill the manifold furry roles.

James McAvoy will play the heroic Hazel, while Ben Kingsley brings the frightful General Woundwort to life. Nicholas Hoult is Fiver, John Boyega is Bigwig, Gemma Arterton is Clover, Miles Jupp is Blackberry, Freddie Fox is Captain Holly, Olivia Colman is Strawberry and Anne-Marie Duff is Hyzenthlay.

Tom Bidwell of writing-the-excellent-series-My Mad Fat Diary fame is the one penning the scripts, and Fantastic Mr Fox’s Pete Dodd is handling the animation. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s a synopsis...

“Set in England’s Downs, »

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Disney Release Zootropolis ‘Easter Eggs’ Photo Gallery – Did you Spot them?

7 April 2016 5:25 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Zootropolis is smashing records all over the place and deservedly so as it’s fantastic. You can see our 4* review of the movie here. The movie has now grossed over $800m globally and features a voice cast which includes Idris Elba, Jason BatemanJ.K. Simmons Octavia Spencer and Shakira.  It’s directed by  Byron Howard & Rich Moore and if you

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- David Sztypuljak

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‘Zootopia’ Tops $800 Million in Worldwide Box Office

5 April 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney has announced that “Zootopia” will cross the $800 million mark in worldwide box office grosses on Tuesday.

The animated comedy reached $276.7 million domestically and $523 million internationally as of Monday.

Disney noted that “Zootopia” is the second highest grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios release of all time in its original release after “Frozen,” and the third-biggest overall after “Frozen” and “The Lion King.” It’s also Disney’s sixth-biggest animated release of all time and the industry’s fifth-biggest original animated film ever.

Zootopia” has received a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the second-biggest industry release in Russia and has grossed $222 million in the booming Chinese market.

Zootopia” was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and features the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and Shakira. Goodwin plays a rabbit police officer who teams »

- Dave McNary

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Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) movie review: creature feature

24 March 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Marvelous. A bouncy comedy mystery adventure parable in a fantasy world meticulously and cleverly conceived and gorgeously realized. I adore this movie. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly loving Disney these days

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

One of the things I really loved about Madagascar was the unspoken metaphor about city living that underpinned it: that cities are civilizing. That cities are places that even out the differences between us and somehow allow us to coexist in relative harmony. I mean, look: Madagascar’s heroes were a lion and a zebra, predator and prey in the wild but best of friends within the cultivated confines of the urban jungle who wouldn’t even dream of cannibalism… until, pointedly and yet still only in passing, they are removed from the civilizing influence of city life.

And now someone has gone »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Interview: Rich Moore and Byron Howard for ‘Zootropolis’

24 March 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Finally hitting U.K. cinemas this week is the superb Walt Disney animation Zootropolis. We saw the film a little while back and well in love with it immediately. The feature is directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, and we caught up with them when they visited London a little while ago to talk about their film.

The film’s humour isn’t childish – it’s more juvenile and even for adults. Was this always the intention?

Byron Howard: It started that way because we were doing a movie about a contemporary world. A lot of the humour that we find as adults making the film comes from these parallels that we find with our own reality. The sloth thing is a good example. It’s not necessarily something that a kid would get because they probably haven’t been to the Dmv, but every adult on the planet gets it. »

- Paul Heath

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Exclusive Interview: Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore on Disney’s latest, Zootropolis

22 March 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As one of Disney’s best features in years, we celebrate the release of the wickedly funny and remarkably pertinent animation Zootropolis (or Zootopia, if you’re reading from the States) by meeting the two co-directors, Byron Howard and Rich Moore. You can watch our video interview below, where the pair discuss where this idea first originated

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- Stefan Pape

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Zootropolis: Rich Moore and Byron Howard interview

22 March 2016 8:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The directors of Zootropolis on the big, late change to their film, how 1/24th of a second matters, and Jason Statham

Zootropolis finally makes its bow in UK cinemas this weekend, and it’s been well worth the wait. It continues an astonishing run from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with its directors, Rich Moore (Rm) and Byron Howard (Bh), to chat about the film.

Here’s how it went…

Can you take us mere mortals inside a Walt Disney Animation Studios pitch meeting, where a project like this begins? Where you take four or five ideas to John Lasseter? Is it as brutal as it sounds?

Bh: He’s not as brutal as you might think!

Rm: John’s mom was an art teacher. So John really has that talent of picking out something nice about everything that someone does. »

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Movie Review – Zootropolis (2016)

21 March 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zootopia, 2016.

Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush.

Featuring the voice talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Octavia Spencer, Tommy Chong, Alan Tudyk, Maurice Lamarche, J.K. Simmons, and Shakira.

Synopsis:

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

I keep falling in love with animated anthropomorphic bunnies. Babs Bunny in Space Jam, the rabbit in the Cadbury’s advert, and now Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) from Zootropolis. It’s a pure, romantic love. Nothing sexual (yet). The weird thing is, I never got the appeal of Hugh Hefner’s ‘Playboy Bunnies’. The whole costume-on-a-human stuff comes off a bit creepy. They’ve gotta be a full animated, anthropomorphic bunny or I’m out.

Anyway.

Zootropolis is really good. It’s a film about »

- Oli Davis

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‘Zootopia’ Crossing $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

18 March 2016 9:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Zootopia” will sprint past the $500 million mark globally on Friday after three weeks in theaters.

The animated comedy has grossed $164 million domestically in its first two weeks as it’s dominated moviegoing in the U.S. “Zooptopia” may retain its top spot heading into its third weekend in the U.S., despite the launch of Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.”

The film has taken in $327 million internationally and is already Disney’s biggest animated release ever in China, Russia and Thailand. The China total is $134.8 million, followed by $24.3 million in France, $22.2 million in Russia, $15.9 million in Germany, $15.5 million in Korea and $14.4 million in Mexico.

Zootopia” opened Thursday in Australia and Brazil. Major markets still to come include the U.K. on March 25 and Japan on April 23.

Zootopia” is the second most successful release of 2016 following Fox’s “Deadpool,” which has grossed $331 million domestically and another $379 million overseas. »

- Dave McNary

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Zootropolis review: “Disney’s best animated effort for years…”

18 March 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Zootropolis review: One of Disney’s best films for many years. Zootropolis review

Zootropolis review by Paul Heath. Disney load up their gun and fire their first animated film of the year. Strangely for the animation studio side of the massive Disney empire, excluding anything from Pixar, they are choosing to release two movies this year. Later we’ll get the Moana, the Hawaii-set adventure, but first, here’s Zootropolis, an original tale that is going by different names across the planet (it’s being referred to as Zootopia in the Us).

The story revolves around the character of Judy Hopps, an energetic bunny from the suburbs who is intent on moving to the bright lights of Zootropolis to become a police officer. There are many hurdles in her way, and the budding cop must overcome them all to become the first rabbit to join the police force. With the »

- Paul Heath

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Zootopia Fans Keep Asking The Director These 5 Questions, So He Answered Them

15 March 2016 7:42 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Two weekends in, and Zootopia is still the biggest movie in the world. It created a whole new world for its characters to exist in. While much of the city of Zootopia seemed fully realized, it still left fans with a handful of questions about how it all worked. Now, we have a few more answers. One of Zootopia.s directors, Byron Howard, took to Twitter to answer five popular questions about the movie as well as about larger aspects of the world he helped create. Let.s dig a little deeper into Zootopia.   What.s Nicholas P. Wilde.s Middle Name? Answer: Piberius. An homage to James Tiberius Kirk. At a couple points in the film, we see Nick Wilde.s full name listed as Nicholas P. Wilde. If the thing you.ve been dying to know is what P stands for, you probably didn.t guess the answer. »

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Critic's Notebook: Why 'Zootopia' Is an Accidental Anti-Trump Allegory

14 March 2016 5:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Back in 2013, when Walt Disney Animation Studios was developing a feature about a society of anthropomorphic animals who learn to overcome their baser instincts and live together in relative harmony, the creative talents behind the film certainly couldn’t have envisioned the wildly unpredictable, three-ring free-for-all that would be the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. But Zootopia turned out to be timelier than anticipated.  While the film, directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, effectively couches its intended message of diversity and tolerance within a menagerie of entertaining characters and vibrant, candy-colored backdrops, there are startling

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- Michael Rechtshaffen

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Box Office: 'Zootopia' Stays on Top and a Not-So Perfect Opening for 'The Perfect Match'

13 March 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

For a second week in a row, "Zootopia" claims the top spot at the box office, adding another hefty $50 million to its gross, for a total of $142.6 million to date. The Buena Vista 3D computer-animated buddy-action comedy produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, is the 55th Disney animated feature film, and was directed by the duo of Byron Howard and Rich Moore, starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and ShakiraIdris Elba voices a character named Chief Bogo, described as a Cape buffalo who is the chief of the Zootopia Police Department. And »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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‘Zootopia’ Bunny-Hopping To $100M+ In China; Sets Single-Day Animation Record

12 March 2016 10:32 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Tomorrow, on its 10th day of release in China, Disney charmer Zootopia will cross $100M. The Middle Kingdom gross through today sits at $89M. With second-weekend takings that are far outstripping last frame’s debut, the Byron Howard/Rich Moore-directed tale of an earnest bunny cop and a con artist fox who team to uncover a conspiracy has become the biggest-ever Disney animated film in the market. That pushes it past Big Hero 6 which was the previous champ at $83.5M. No… »

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‘Zootopia’ Sprints Past $300 Million at Worldwide Box Office

11 March 2016 10:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s animated hit “Zootopia” is sprinting past a pair of box office milestones Friday, crossing the $100 million mark in the U.S. and $300 million worldwide.

The film is expected to win its second weekend at the U.S. box with at least $40 million against a quartet of new releases including “10 Cloverfield Lane” and “The Brothers Grimsby.” It earned $3.9 million on Thursday to conclude its first week with $92.6 million.

Zootopia’s” launch weekend of $75 million marked the biggest three-day Walt Disney Animation Studios opening of all time.

On the foreign front, “Zootopia” generated Disney’s largest animated debuts in Russia, China and Belgium, and the top Disney Animation debuts in France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Poland and India. It’s also become Disney’s highest-grossing animated release of all time in Russia and Thailand.

Zootopia,” which opened in several international markets three weeks ago, took in $8.7 million on Thursday to »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office Democracy: Zootopia

10 March 2016 3:30 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I’m sure everyone has the movie they watched almost every day when they were little. Mine was Ghostbusters and I’ve been wondering how much that was because I liked the movie (I still do) or because my parents had so much influence at that point in my life that they could essentially force me to like whatever they wanted. Maybe kids don’t work like that, but if they do I hope I can make mine like a movie like Zootopia. If I’m going to watch a movie untold hundreds of times out of a love-fueled obligation I hope it’s something as sweet, funny, and complex as Zootopia. If my future child instead prefers the work of Adam Sandler I hear you can abandon a kid at a fire station, no questions asked.

It’s tempting to say Zootopia is a non-traditional Disney effort but perhaps that’s not accurate anymore. »

- Arthur Tebbel

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What The Zootopia Theme Park Ride Should Look Like, According To The Cast

8 March 2016 6:53 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Here.s how you know that your Walt Disney movie has made it to the big time: They create a roller coaster at a Disney park in your honor. Past Disney classics, from Snow White and Seven Dwarfs to Dumbo, have rides dedicated to their stories. Recent hits from the Pixar Animation Studio also have earned Disney Park attractions. Zootopia doesn.t have a ride yet, but after pulling in a record-breaking haul over the weekend, the park operators at Disney.s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida might want to start planning a fan-friendly event. So when I sat down with the directors and cast at a Zootopia press day, I asked them what they.d want the ride to entail, and they gave great answers! Check them out below:   I love the reaction of Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, who genuinely seem like they are thinking, for »

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‘Zootopia': 5 Secrets Behind Disney’s Record-Breaking Romp

7 March 2016 6:01 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Zootopia” blew up the box office with a $75.1 million debut this weekend, the best-ever opening for Disney Animation and the latest sign that the Mouse House’s in-house unit now packs the same powerful box office and creative punch as its sibling, Pixar Animation. The big showing for “Zootopia” — which was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore and voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer and Shakira, among others — was the best March opening ever for an animated film. And it’s all the more impressive since this was the rare animated feature that wasn’t based. »

- Todd Cunningham and Beatrice Verhoeven

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Zootopia Writers Talk About Early Unused Concepts and More [Interview]

7 March 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you haven’t already, please read my interview with Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore where they talk about how the latest Disney Animation Studios film evolved from an idea about a James Bond spoof with talking animals. Today I bring you the other interview that I conducted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Zootopia […]

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- Peter Sciretta

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