It’s been a year and a half since Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Zootopia at the D23 convention and gave us our very first look at the film’s main character, Nick Wilde the fox, but now we’ve got a better sense of where he comes from thanks to a new piece of concept art featuring the animal city of Zootopia.
Tangled director Byron Howard is at the helm of this one which centers on Nick Wilde, a fox who’s forced to go on the run after being framed for a crime that he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s best cop, the bunny Lt. Judy Hops, is out to track him down, but when they both wind up targets of this conspiracy, they’ve got no choice but to forget that they’re natural enemies, team up and work together.
Back at D23 in 2013, we learned that all of this action goes down in Zootopia, a place where humans never existed. Animals set up their own civilized city that accommodates all different species. It’s divided into multiple different areas including Tundratown with Polar Bear karaoke bars and icy massage parlors, a more tropical location called Sahara Square, Little Rodentia, the Rainforest District and Burrow Burrough, which is home to millions of bunnies and dubbed the “cutest part of town.”
You can check out the different environments in the new Zootopia concept art below. The film is due in theaters on March 4, 2016.
Here’s the official synopsis for Zootopia:
In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.