In a new Zootopia clip released by Disney, Idris Elba’s Chief Bogo, a buffalo, addresses the elephant in the room. As it turns out, that happens to be the birthday of Francine the elephant. This is the kind of lighthearted, pun-tastic sense of humor we’ll find in the animated Disney film that brings to life a society of anthropomorphic animals.
What the sneak peek also shows is the plight of officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who’s a small animal living and working in a big animal’s world. The optimistic bunny wants to prove herself, but it’s easier said than done when you have to stand on your chair just to be seen.
Watch the new clip below.
Elba is one member of this star-studded voice cast, which includes J.K. Simmons as Mayor Leodore Lionheart, funny gal Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) as a sheep and assistant mayor, and Octavia Spencer as the otter Mrs. Otterton.
In this world, the world of Zootropolis, animals have gained the maneuverability and intellect of humans and created a city that caters to all manner of wild-turned-civilized life. At the center of it all is Hopps, who partners up with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) to solve a case. Previous footage of the film further teased the script’s comedic chops in revealing a trip to the D.M.V. If the hellhole wasn’t frustrating enough, the film added sloths into the mix.
Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) co-directed Zootopia, which hits theaters on March 4th.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis 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 rookie 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.