Last fall, a group of journalists were invited to sit down to talk to the creative team behind Disney’s upcoming film Zootopia. The film is an animated play of the buddy cop genre that pairs a naive bunny with a con artist fox. That sort of predator and prey dynamic would really help make the buddy cop feel more fun to watch.
We’ve already posted reports on the design and functionality of how Zootopia could exist in real life, and our sit down with directors Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and Bryon Howard (Bolt, Tangled). But we also got to learn about what goes into a Disney script. Below is our chat with co-director Jared Bush, screenwriter Phil Johnston, story lead Mark Smith, and editor Fabienne Rawley. During out sit down with them we learned about the importance of story boarding, how much a story can evolve before a scene gets animated, and how many iterations of a scene from film can get done before they decide on one.
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