First off, congrats to Zootopia for going over the ONE BILLION DOLLAR MARK, making it the 4th most successful animated movie and the 2nd most successful original movie. EVER. These things are no coincidence – Zootopia is one of the best animated feature films to come out in a long time. Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps are now fixtures in Disneyana and now that the DVD/Blu-ray are officially available everywhere, they will be even more loved.
Although I have seen Zootopia in the theaters (several times actually), I was super excited to get the DVD/Blu-ray. Why? Well, of course so I can play it anywhere (I even loaded it onto my kids’ ipads using the Disney Anywhere app). But also the BONUS material!
Zootopia Blu-ray Bonus Features
- Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
- The Origin of an Animal Tale – Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopiaand the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
- Research: A True-Life Adventure – The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia. They reflect on the importance of research and how a deep dive into animal behavior at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and a deep immersion into animal society on the African savanna shaped and inspired the characters of Zootopia and changed the filmmakers’ lives forever.
- Z.P.D. Forensic Files – Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs. Every city has its hidden gems, especially when it has been created by the filmmakers of Disney Animation who love nothing more than sprinkling hidden references to some of Disney’s greatest animated features throughout the story.
- Scoretopia – Academy Award-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
- Deleted Characters – Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut.
- Deleted Scenes:
- Alternate Opening – Young Judy Hopps rescues a fellow classmate and realizes she can reach beyond a life in carrot farming to a future in law enforcement.
- Wild Times! Pitch – Nick desperately pitches the bankers of Zootopia on funding Wild Times!, an amusement park made exclusively for the predators of Zootopia and a sure-fire, money-making scheme for Nick and his friends.
- Alternate Homesick Hopps – After a frustrating first day on the force, Judy has a conversation with her parents. See how this scene changed from a heartfelt conversation with her parents to tough love when her parents discover their daughter is only a meter maid and not a “real cop.”
- Detective Work – Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
- Alternate Jumbo Pop – In this early version of the story where Nick was the main character, the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level.
- Hopps’ Apartment – When Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping.
- The Taming Party – In this emotional clip from an early version of “Zootopia,” Judy attends her first “taming party” and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
- “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira
When I was in Los Angeles earlier this month as well as last year I touched upon some of these with the film makers. One of the coolest things was the making of the city of Zootopia, which was divided into quadrants, and each quadrant was carefully designed to work with the others, like Tundratown being right next to Sahara Square. The reason? Tundratown is a cold and snowy community and Sahara Square is hot, hot, hot. The air conditioners blasting Tundratown have an exhaust that shoots into Sahara Square to make it hot. On the other side of Tundratown is the Rainforest District, receiving all of that melted ice to stay wet, as a rainforest should. Neat, huh? You can access ALL of my Zootopia coverage here!
Be sure to head over to wherever DVDs are sold and look for what I am sure will be a huge display. Don’t want to run out? Order it from Amazon!