While Disney Animation Studios has been responsible for some Disney's most classic and iconic cartoons to the magic of the recent 3-D animation masterpieces, today we get our first look at the studio's next major project: ZOOTOPIA! The story takes place in a world of mammals, ranging from goats who eat everything in sight to, well, the main character of the story who seems to be a pinpointed as quite the trouble-making fox. I'll let the trailer speak for itself:
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.
While this very first look isn't all that much to go on, considering it's Disney Animation Studios (not to be confused with Pixar, which operates as a separate entity under Disney). Don't believe me? Let's take a look at the last 5 Disney Animation Studios films, and then I'll let you decide for yourself if the team can keep its all-star winning streak of 3D movies, or if this will be the end of the line.
Big Hero 6
Superhero animations have been achieved in features such as Megamind, but Big Hero 6 was the first to successfully conquer the challenge of an ensemble of heroes since Pixar's The Incredibles more than a decade ago. With emotional attachments to the characters as strong as any Pixar movie (Ellie from Up, we're all looking at you!), they practically had people petitioning for a sequel within the first month of the movie's release.
Big Hero 6 is currently the 84th highest grossing film in history worldwide.
If someone in your life hasn't ruined a song from Frozen by over-singing those tunes unceasingly, there is a chance you don't live on planet Earth. Frozen swept the nation at the tail end of 2013, and essentially conquered the rest of 2014 with it. The 3-D animated musical was so successful that the movie is looking to be Disney's first princess sequel not to be released directly to DVD (if I'm not mistaken, none of the sequels have ever been theater releases).
Frozen is currently the 7th highest grossing film in history worldwide.
This movie brought in some of the most classic video game characters and villains, including Sonic, Mario, and tons more. Not only did they manage to pull of such a feat, but also brought in and inter-mingled the new with the old to create a revolutionary new world of cross-platform communications between game characters.
Wreck-It Ralph is currently the 155th highest grossing film in history worldwide.
If there is any movie I hear more praises sung about than the rest, it would be Tangled. I never thought I'd ever get emotional over a Disney princess movie. But it happened, and there is no reversing it. One of the coolest parts about Frozen that circled the internet was the cameo from Rapunzel and Eugene Fitzherbert at Elsa's coronation. Imagine, if only Frozen 2 was a crossover with Tangled! We can dream, can't we?
Tangled is currently the 101st highest grossing film in history worldwide.