On March 4, 2016, coinciding with Zootopia’s wide release in theaters in the United States, Google
held a talk as part of its Talks at Google series featuring a discussion among
members of the film’s crew, including directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore,
producer Clark Spencer and four of the voice actors: Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy
Hopps), Katie Lowes (Madge Honey Badger), Tommy Chong (Yax) and Nate Torrence
article on March 31, later that month), so hey – as the two-year anniversary of
the film’s original release approaches (or is here, if you’re from certain
areas of Europe – hi, European Zootopians!), let’s dive into this nearly
one-hour video, which recently made the rounds yet again on the Internet.
process of Zootopia, from its
earliest incarnation to the final product. Yes, a lot of what you’ll see and/or
hear is similar (if not ad nauseam) to what members of the crew, particularly
Howard and Moore, have stated in other interviews, but the Google (Zoogle?)
talk threads these discussions into one longer-form presentation rather than
bite-sized articles, with the added bonus of being able to skip around if one
so chooses. Nifty, eh?
if you haven’t already!
changes made on the film’s original plot. “You realize the most important thing
is telling a great story,” Spencer says. “And so definitely in that moment, you
think to yourself, ‘Are we really going to be able to turn this around?’ But
what we try to do — and we do it a lot in animation — is we very quickly make
a new version of that film. And I always feel like we have the other version
sitting on a shelf over here; let’s go experiment, because we need to know for
sure whether this is the right idea or not.
weeks, you could just see this was the right way to go. You really fell in love
with Ginnifer’s character right away. You were rooting for that character,
which is the thing we were struggling with with Nick’s character, because he’s
a cynical kind of a character. It was really easy to get on to Judy’s side, and
it just felt like it was the right thing.”
Photos ad for the film (“Zoogle Photos”) is shown, followed by photos from the
film’s official premiere taken via different vantage points depending on the
animal snapping the pic.
between the voice cast and its crew in a tangible (see: on-camera) way and
allows some of the cast whose voices and opinions about the film don’t get to
be heard as often (like Chong and Lowes) a chance to shine.
note especially for fans who would like to see the story continued in some
Howard says. “The dog and the girl are happy on the farm together, and it’s
sort of buttoned up nice and clean, and you can walk away and that story exists
in that little envelope. [Zootopia]
was built with so much potential. … There’s so much potential of where you
could go with the world, and even the things we were talking about earlier,
things we couldn’t include that are so much fun and so compelling that when you
mention them to people, people go, “Oh my god, that would be great!’”
would love to come back to this world sometime.”
video was released on the day of the film’s U.S. release, before it had even
reached the majority of its eventual fandom. If the film’s creators were
hopeful about returning to the world even then, not knowing it would eventually
become a billion-dollar success at the box office, the ensuing triumphs are
unlikely to hinder that yearning to revisit the world of Zootopia.