New ‘Zootopia’ Trailer Pulls Out the ‘Godfather’ Reference

     December 31, 2015


Disney has released a new trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s new film Zootopia. The film takes place in the sprawling metropolis of Zootopia, which is inhabited by a plethora of different mammals all living together in semi-harmony. The story kicks into gear when a rookie bunny cop (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) must team up with a fast-talking scam-artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) to crack a major case.

The film’s previous trailer revealed a pretty ingenious gag involving sloths who work at the DMV, which is not topped by this more traditional trailer—although it does feature a pretty solid Godfather joke. The movie does continue to look pretty swell, though, and I particularly like the flavoring of the characters, filling out the world with very distinct personalities for each type of animal. Tangled’s Byron Howard and Wreck-It Ralph helmer Rich Moore teamed up to co-direct this picture, so there’s certainly formidable talent behind the scenes, and the movie also marks composer Michael Giacchino’s Walt Disney Animation debut—whlie a mainstay at Pixar, Giacchino had yet to score anything for Disney Animation proper.

Check out the new trailer below followed by some new images, and for a more extensive rundown, click here for 20 things to know about the movie. The film 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, John DiMaggio. Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4th.


Image via Disney


Image via Disney


Image via Disney


Image via Disney

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 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. 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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