When it comes to March 2016, Disney’s release schedule may be concentrated on the superhero face-off that is Captain America: Civil War, but there is another project releasing from the other end of the movie spectrum. That is, Byron Howard and Rich Moore’s upcoming animation, Zootopia.
Also slated for debut in March of next year, the company’s all-new adventure imagines a world completely devoid of humans, allowing anthropomorphic animals to establish their own animal kingdoms, overseeing a lush version of planet Earth that exists in a state of harmony.
It’s not all butterflies and rainbows for Nick Wilde, however. Jason Bateman’s sly, quick-witted fox soon finds his life upended when he is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, forcing him to exit the titular metropolis and go out on the run. He’ll be pursued by Ginnifer Goodwin’s wonderfully named bunny enforcer, Judy Hops, though the pair soon partner up when they discover they have a common enemy.
Outside of today’s new-fangled poster and some concept art, Disney has left it to our imagination to dream up the vision that Howard and Moore have crafted for Zootopia. Given that the pair have previously worked on the likes of Wreck-It Ralph and The Simpsons, we have every faith in their creativity, and it’s understood Jared Bush will be lending a hand as co-director.
Zootopia will welcome you to the urban jungle come March 4, 2016.
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 (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) 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 (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.