Looking ahead to 2016's family-friendly adventures? Then you won't want to miss delightful Disney extravaganza Zootropolis, due for release on 25th March. Here's what you need to know...
It's got a brilliant premise
Love animals? Then you're sure to love Zootropolis, as it's set in an incredible world populated entirely by them. The story takes place in the eponymous, sprawling city, one populated by every mammal under the sun, and revolves around endearing, wide-eyed rabbit Judy Hopps who has come to the big city from the country in order to serve in the police department. She's determined to solve the case of a missing otter but in order to discover what happened, she must pair up with wily fox and con artist Nick Wilde.
Together, they must travel the city including spots such as Sahara Square and Tundratown – already we're getting a vivid impression of how seriously imaginative and fun this sounds. After all, who wouldn't want to live in a city filled with their favourite animals?
The voice cast is amazing
Voicing our plucky hero Judy is actress Ginnifer Goodwin who has gathered a huge fanbase with her role as Snow White on TV sensation Once Upon a Time. And voicing Judy's foxy sidekick Nick is Arrested Development star Jason Bateman whose hilariously dry delivery promises to be a perfect fit for this animated bonanza.
Backing them up is a who's who of incredible A-list talent including Luther actor Idris Elba as cape buffalo and Zootropolis police chief Bogo; Whiplash Oscar winner J.K. Simmons as Leodore Lionheart, the Mayor of the city; and pop sensation Shakira as Gazelle. You can guess what sort of animal she is.
It hearkens back to some old classics
Not just an experience for the young 'uns, the tone of Zootropolis is also set to appeal to older viewers, too. In a recent interview with Collider, directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard explained that the movie is influenced by legendary Hollywood director Frank Capra, the man responsible for heartwarming, emotional classics like It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, both starring the esteemed James Stewart. It turns out that our central character Judy owes a lot to the latter...
"We looked at a lot of Capra films," Howard explains, "and we loved the fact that, in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart has got such a clear core belief of what Washington, America and life should be all about. That’s really challenging when he’s surrounded by cynical people, all around him, who are just pelting him with reality and saying, 'No, it’s not this way, at all'... I think that’s what great about Judy. She’s very powerful, she’s very strong and determined, and she’s very smart."
It's Disney – enough said, surely?
Disney have been on a roll recently so it's impossible not to get excited about their latest CGI outing. In the last few years they've hit us with box office bonanza Frozen, the family fantasy responsible for turning 'Let It Go' into one of the studio's biggest musical hits, and Oscar-winning Marvel crossover Big Hero 6.
And that's not all. Don't forget about hysterically funny Rapunzel story Tangled (featuring the best comedy horse in living memory) and hugely imaginative arcade game adventure Wreck-It Ralph. All of these movies demonstrated that magical Disney combination of humour, tears and eye-popping animation, and Zootropolis promises to deliver the same.
Check out the trailer below and tell us who your spirit animal is @Cineworld.