Ginnifer Goodwin on ‘Zootopia’ and the Film’s Emotional Punch

     March 2, 2016

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The past few years Disney Animation has been on a roll releasing films like Wreck-it-Ralph, Big Hero 6, Frozen, and Tangled. Their newest film, Zootopia, continues their great streak. If you haven’t seen any of the trailers, Zootopia is about a detective named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) who has to partner up with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) to solve her first big case. Helmed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), the film is loaded with plenty of jokes for adults, Easter eggs, and it’s also a fantastic family film. I absolutely recommend checking it out this weekend when it opens in theaters. Zootopia also features the voices of Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Don LakeAlan Tudyk, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Raymond Persi, Katie Lowes, Jesse Corti, and John DiMaggio.

At the recent Disneyworld press junket for the film, I got to talk with Ginnifer Goodwin. She talked about the story changes during the development, her reaction to the finished film, the film’s emotional punch and the Easter eggs. Check out what she had to say below.


Ginnifer Goodwin:

  • Was the story always going to be a buddy cop movie?
  • What was her reaction to the finished film?
  • Talks about the film’s emotional punch.
  • Talks about the Easter eggs in the film.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Zootopia:

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. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.


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