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Amalia Mangiafico

If you haven't heard already, Moviepilot sent me out to Walt Disney World for the press junket of Zootopia. And it was AMAZING. If you want to read about my wild adventure, be sure to check out my previous article.

I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with directors and voices of the film to discuss the movie, characters and so much more.

Directors Byron Howard And Rich Moore

When I sat with the directors of Zootopia, Byron Howard and Rich Moore, I first asked what inspired them to create this film. Howard told me that it's been a long time since there's been a Disney film about a world full of animals where no humans exist. They went to Disney legend John Lasseter and pitched their idea, to which he responded, "I will fully support any film that features animals running around in tiny clothes." And that's how it all began.

However, it was their goal to make this film unlike any other Disney animal film. This required months and months of research to help make the animals in Zootopia become so detailed and realistic.

After I watched this film, I was able to take away so many positive messages, so I asked the directors what they hope audiences can take away from this film. Howard said that he hopes audiences will not only be entertained, but grow with the characters as they develop. The lead characters Nick and Judy are so fully realized as to be believable. Most of all, Howard hopes that audiences will not only be entertained, but be left feeling hopeful and have a connection with the film and to the characters.

Lastly, I got an awesome compliment on my carrot pen that Judy also has in the film. I couldn't take notes with just any regular pen, right?

Jason Bateman

Next, I interviewed Jason Bateman and we had a grand old time!

First, I had to know what his daughter's reactions were when they found out that he was cast in a Disney animated film. His nine-year-old was somewhat understanding of the news, but as the posters and trailers came out she was able to better wrap her head around it. She saw the film and loved it; Bateman told me that she's now going to see it with all her friends.

In Zootopia, Bateman plays the voice of sneaky sly fox Nick Wilde. Since there are approximately 8.7 million species of animals in the world, I wanted to know, if he could be any animal, what he would be and why. After some deep thinking, Bateman decided he would pick a giraffe because they can reach things other animals can't, they don't seem to worry about much, and they have cool spots. Wasn't expecting that because that was my answer!

Ginnifer Goodwin

Last but not least, I got to sit down and chat with the lovely Ginnifer Goodwin.

We first talked about her fiercely optimistic character Judy Hopps.

Judy is a country girl with big dreams and determination. She's a great character and role model, and Goodwin loves that about her.

Goodwin then shared that when she first began working on the character, she came up with different animated voices for Judy. Howard and Moore kindly affirmed that they want her to just be herself. Goodwin thinks that she's very similar to her character; however, she believes that Judy is much more fearless. Judy's motto in the film is that "anyone can be anything," and that's something that Goodwin hopes audiences can take away from the film.

Further on in the interview, I had asked Goodwin what it was like working with Howard and Moore. Her face lit up as she told me how magical they are, how much fun they had and that her most cherished memories were from the studio. She mentioned that they'd goofed off so much, she doesn't even know how they were able to make a movie out of it.

It was such a blast being able to talk to the cast and crew of Zootopia! It's an amazing movie you don't want to miss out on.

'Zootopia' is out in theaters everywhere today!


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