It was a good and bad year for Disney in 2015 as their two films in cooperation with Pixar were hit and miss. Most agree that Inside Out was one of the best films of the year, with some saying it was their best film ever, but The Good Dinosaur is considered to be kind of a flop. There will be three computer-animated films from Disney in 2016, and it will begin with Zootopia. This is what is known about the film's Release Date, Cast, and News, as right now, there are a lot of doubts about whether Zootopia will be another success for the Mouse House.
The trailer for Zootopia (or as it is known in the UK, Zootropolis) looks pretty decent, and it can be viewed below. There was a previous trailer that simply introduced the audience to an anthropomorphic world. That is, a world where animals have human characteristics.
Very little of the plot was revealed on the first trailer, but it seemed to focus on a fox as the main character, who is caught by a rabbit police officer. The new trailer shows that the two of them are working together in some kind of cop/con partnership that is pretty common in films. Jason Bateman plays the sly fox Nick Wilde while Ginnifer Goodwin plays Judy Hopps the rabbit cop.
The two of them get into a lot of antics, meeting lots of literally colorful characters, in a world that looks like a pretty modern city, and well-animated one at that. The film has no shortage of voice talent and side characters, which is starting to be a staple for Disney animated films. The cast list includes Shakira, J.K.Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Alan Tudyk, Raymond Persi, and much more.
Disney has had a lot of hits with its computer-animated films done outside of Pixar, such as Wreck-it Ralph and Frozen. The issue with this film is it feels like it is something that Disney has done before. In 2005, Disney released one of their CG films outside of Pixar with Chicken Little, which is considered to be a failure for the studio. Like Zootopia, Chicken Little also showed the audience to an anthropomorphic world where animals acted like humans, and yet would still have certain animal instincts. From what is seen on the trailer, practically all of the humor of Zootopia is based on this type of gag, which means that it could get old, very fast.
In short, the one-joke gags in Zootopia could mean that this film might not be the next success for Disney. Yet the proof is in the pudding for this one, and audiences will be the true judge once the film gets its release date on March 4, 2016.
This is not the only computer animated film that Disney animators will bring to audiences, as Moana, the story of an adventure in Hawaii, to be released on November 23, 2016. Also in the mix is Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, due out on June 17, 2016.