Thursday, December 8, 2016

An Audio Remake of Zootopia (by Garrett Neal)

Imagine, for a moment, you were asked to do all the sound design for a scene in a movie.  How would you go about it?  How would you take a scene, completely devoid of audio, and make it feel like you're hearing something really happening in front of you?

That was the assignment given to Garrett Neal, who is currently studying Sound Design at his university.  He took the scene from Zootopia where Nick and Judy discover Doug's Lab, and had to redo all the natural sounds (not including the music).  He had to record his own foley effects and remake the voice acting.

In the end, it's a rather impressive reminder of just how much work goes into making a movie- especially an animated one, where there are no physical objects making any noise.  Excellent work, Garrett!  You can tell your professor you got an A from ZNN on this assignment!

Give it a listen for yourself after the break!


  1. You can definitely tell things were changed; voices aside, little details like the noise of the metal bucket, Doug turning the valve on the chemistry flask, etc. were all just a little off. But, an impressive attempt at redoing the soundscape, not an easy thing.

  2. Intersting for sure! I have to say, Doug's voice here makes the movie version sound a little... bland? While it wouldn't exactly be what I'd imagine an 'unfriendly ram' to sound like, it's not too far off.

    1. Doug was played by Rich Moore, who is not an actor, but he did a passable job. :3

    2. Personally, I'd say the movie version was good because it was a misleading kind of voice; if you heard him on the streets, you'd probably think a somewhat slow-minded, average ram with a penchant for unhealthy foods rather than expert chemist and sniper. His drawling, nonchalant tone was his own best disguise.

  3. Well this is a nice surprise, thanks for featuring this! it was definitely fun to do.