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‘Zootopia’: How To Create A Fun-Filled Animal Metropolis For The Modern World
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Disney is bringing back the animated talking animal movie in a big way that you have never seen “be-fur.” Zootopia will bring a whole new meaning to the term Animal Kingdom, that’s because in this world, there are no humans, and the city of Zootopia was built by the animals themselves. While there are some modern day designed buildings, other neighborhoods and sectors of the city are inspired by the various climates like Sarhara Square, Tundra Town, and the Rain Forest District.

Geeks of Doom was invited to join a group of journalists to sit down and talk with the various creative members of the team that helped put Disney’s latest film together. We’ve already talked about how the screenplay gets put together, and will post our sit down with the film’s directors Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and Bryon Howard (Tangled, Bolt). But before we get to that, we present to you our talk with art director Matthias Lechner, who has been with the project for over three years and whose past credits include Escape From Planet Earth and Space Chimps; and Lance Summers, head of environment look development, whose past credits include Frozen. Check out how these two designed a believable animal world that was created by animals.

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Disney’s ‘Zootopia’: Making A Movie That’s Never Been Seen “Be-Fur”
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Disney’s upcoming animated Zootopia is a buddy cop comedy that sees the return of talking animals. But it is something unlike anything you have seen before. That’s because this film will feature anthropomorphic, bipedal animal characters in a modern world with no humans.

But directors Bryon Howard (Tangled, Bolt), co-director Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and producer Clark Spencer (Lilo and Stitch, Winnie The Pooh) didn’t just set out to make another generic talking animal film. They wanted to give Disney fans and audiences of all ages something substantial, something a person could believe in if a place like Zootopia actually existed.

So they set off to do research on almost everything from the way an animal moves all the way down to the individual strands of fur on their body. And when you combine that with a great story, and the classic Disney tradition, you get the makings of a film that is not only entertaining, but has the potential to be great.

Earlier this Fall, Geeks Of Doom was part of a group of journalists who were invited to see how a film like Zootopia comes together, the amount of research that is put into the film to design the look and feel of the characters and their surroundings, and what it takes to get the story just right. Below you will get to see what we learned about the 2016 film, the tour that we took on their temporary campus while the original animation studio underwent renovations, and much more.

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‘Zootopia’ Trailer: Even Animals Hate Waiting At The DMV
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Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming film Zootopia from directors Bryon Howard (Bolt, Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph). The film is a play on the buddy cop genre that pits two mismatched characters together. So Disney took a spin on that, and paired a con artist fox named Nick Wilde and a rookie cop rabbit named Judy Hopps together. Normally these two would be predator and prey, but as you can see, Disney really wanted to have some fun with it. And like most buddy cop genre films, our characters have a very limited amount of time to solve a crime before either one of them suffers some sort of consequence whether its them losing their job or going to jail.

You may think the whole talking animal animated movies are played out, but believe me, Zootopia looks funny. And so far it hasn’t been disappointing, so give it a chance.

While Disney calls this a trailer, it is really a clip, and one that you might have seen if you have attended D23. Check it out below.

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Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Poster Teases Animal City’s Times Square
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Disney’s Zootopia brings back anthropomorphic characters for an all new adventure. The film will put a twist on the buddy cop genre by pairing two characters — the sly con artist fox Nick Wilde and by-the-book rabbit cop Judy Hopps, who are normally associated as predator and prey — together to help solve a huge mystery taking place in the titular city of Zootopia.

The anthropomorphic metropolis is home to areas like Sahara Square, which was built for desert animals; Tundra Town, a snowy and cold structures for cold animals; the humid Rainforest District; and The Bunny District, home to millions of rabbits living in bunny-shaped houses, with an ever-growing population. Now Disney has released a brand new poster giving us an idea of how their world isn’t that much different from our own. Check out the full poster below.

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D23 Expo 2015: ‘Zootopia’ Introduces Us To A World Of Anamorphic Disney Fun
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Disney's Zootopia Gazelle voiced by Shakira

Walt Disney Animation Studios opened up their panel on Friday at the D23 Expo with Zootopia, the anamorphic film that brings back talking animals to the Disney animation studios, but with a buddy cop twist.
Disney Animation’s Zootopia is set in a sprawling metropolis built, run, and populated by non-human animals. We’ve already got a hint at what is to come from the film, but no real story.

For Zootopia, directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard went to the Animal Kingdom theme park at Disney World in Orlando, FL, to do research, and and were sent to Kenya to get a real sense of animal movement and their behavior in a natural environment. They soon developed an idea of how these animals would move without thumbs or hands. For instance, if a camel were to walk on hind legs, it would be more of a wonky walking stance due to their leg structure. And for an elephant to grab a scoop of ice cream, they would roll it using their trunks.

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‘Zootopia’ Trailer: Jason Bateman Explains Disney’s Animal Buddy Cop Comedy
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Following a string of animated hits, Disney will be doing something that “you’ve never seen be-fur.” Zootopia is their latest animated film that likens to the great buddy cop comedies of the past, but with that Disney Animation twist.

Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) plays a sly con artist fox in the movie, while Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time) plays a bunny police officer assigned to arrest him. If you are wondering how a film like this will look, Disney has released the first teaser for the film, in which Bateman’s character explains how the various animals in Zootopia co-exist. Check out the trailer below.

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Disney Releases New ‘Zootopia’ Concept Art
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Disney Zootopia Concept Art

Disney Animation won’t be releasing any projects this year, but they are currently hard at work getting ready for the release of Zootopia. The film comes from directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), and co-director Jared Bush (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero).

The movie gives the idea of modern crime an animalistic and animated twist. We saw a small tease of the film’s progress at the last D23 Expo, and now new concept art has been unveiled that gives us a better picture of the setting. Hit the jump for more.

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Disney In Depth: Blu-ray Review: Wreck-It Ralph
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Wreck-It Ralph
4-Disc 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital l 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD l DVD
Directed by Rich Moore
Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Ed O’Neill, Dennis Haysbert
Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Get your head in the game. Disney’s best video game is not one you can play, but rather one you watch, as Wreck-It Ralph jazzes up the screen with pure fun and affection. Now the giant hit movie arrives on Blu-ray shelves. Press start for this Disney In Depth Blu-ray review of Wreck-It Ralph.

The bad guy doesn’t want to be a bad guy. Have we seen this plot before? Maybe to some respect, but Ralph takes this concept to a most pioneering level where puns and references a plenty do not interfere with sophisticated storytelling. Supposedly-villainous Ralph just wants some appreciation, so he ventures outside his ’80s-era game to prove his worth. He attains that value via unexpected means, meets some crazy folks along the way, and realizes his potential in who he has always been.

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Disney In Depth: Book Review: The Art Of Wreck-It Ralph
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Releasing your video game controllers and picking up a book hasn’t been easier since the release of Chronicle Books’ recent coffee-table beauty The Art of Wreck-It Ralph. It’s game on to explore this eye-catching, mind-blowing, and precisely-designed volume of exquisite artwork!

Disney’s attractive attention to detail carries through in this work from Chronicle Books. The Wreck-It Ralph touch literally permeates through each of the thick, glossy 160 pages. To the book’s benefit, the filmmakers behind the groundbreaking action-adventure flick serve as its writers. Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter lends a kind, thoughtful preface to director Rich Moore’s reflective foreword. Jennifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph co-writer, and Maggie Malone, director of development at Walt Disney Animation Studios, seamlessly translate all of the fascinating film content to each portion of their co-authored book.

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Trailer: Insert Many Coins For Amazing Disney Fun
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Wreck-It Ralph

There’s film adaptation of video games, then there’s Wreck-It Ralph. Rather than go the traditional route of adapting video game franchises, director Rich Moore went with a completely original story that would feature a villain of a video game who wants to break away from his programming and become a hero. So far we’ve gotten a teaser trailer and a 10-minute sneak peek at Comic-Con, now we’ve got a new full-length theatrical trailer that’s full of action, comedy, and heart.

Watch the trailer here below.

The trailer is pretty fantastic any way you look at it. There are just so many comedic jabs at the video games we all know and love, and then it just hits you with some heartfelt moments that can bring a tear to your eye.

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