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David Campbell - David
Koalabell (Cameo) (Australia/
New Zealand only)
Story/Directors - Byron Howard
and Rich Moore
Story/Screenplay - Phil Johnston
Story - Josie Trinidad, Jim
Reardon & Jennifer Lee
Executive Producer - John Lasseter
Producer - Clark Spencer
Production Designer - David Goetz
Co-Production Designer - Dan Cooper
Character Designer - Shiyoon Kim
Character Designer/Art Director: Characters - Cory Loftis
Head of Animation - Renato Dos Anjos
Co-Head of Animation - Tony Smeed
Animation Supervisiors - Nathan Engelhardt,
Jennifer Hager, Robert Huth,
Kira Lehtomaki and Chad Sellers
Head of Effects - Cesar Velazquez
Visual Effects Supervisor - Scott Kersavage
Film Editors - Fabienne Rawley
and Jeremy Milton
Music - Michael Giacchino
Given in recent years, the renewal of the Disney animation department reaching its peak since the largely infamous FROZEN grossed a billion at the box office. Though it's been years since the craze of that landmark movie ended and two years after BIG HERO 6 (click here). The studio has unveiled its 55th feature and latest production ZOOTOPIA - it's a different spin to the animal kingdom. This animated feature has a Midas touch and it brought complexity to the story and characters. I've been noticing the liberties of inspiration that it has taken from Disney's early movie and cult classic ROBIN HOOD. It tacklesthe hot button issues of real life society like prejudice and police bias that are often integrated into an anthropomorphic world of CGI. Disney is clever at grafting these messages into entertaining stories with a high standard of quality animation. It must mean that ZOOTOPIA is now a better movie than FROZEN and a breadwinner of the animation unit of the house of the mouse.
ZOOTOPIA had a wide range of celebrity voice talents with many well known actors selected for major parts. One of the best is Ginnifer Goodwin who voices the officer with a cottontail - Judy Hopps and is the kid-friendly version of the character seen in HOT FUZZ (click here) except without the self confidence. I wasn't sure about her previous work in ONCE UPON A TIME, but her contribution to this film as the voice of Judy in ZOOTOPIA was excellent. Jason Bateman was sophisticated and witty in voicing the sly fox - Nick Wilde. We would have related to his character's background more if his character was more prominent in the story and it'd be closer to the film's original vision. Idris Elba was known to many Marvel fans as Hemdall when he lends his booming distinctive voice as Chief Bogo, head of police - similar to his role as another authoritative figure in PACIFIC RIM (click here).
I would hope to see ZOOTOPIA again if it is available in other formats, it may be the best Disney animated feature releasedsince THE LION KING (click here). Audiences of all ages will enjoy viewing the unforgettable world of ZOOTOPIA and understand its message.