We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film, Zootopia, which takes place in a world where anthropomorphic animals from every environment live together, and today we get to meet many of the characters we’ll encounter in the film! “We had so much fun casting this film,” says director Byron Howard. “Zootopia features such a large and diverse range of characters—one of our biggest casts ever for a Disney Animation film. We needed talented actors who could help bring these animals to life.” Director Rich Moore agrees saying, “Everyone in this incredible cast is bringing something special, something unexpected to their characters, which really takes our story to a whole new level.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’re not going to try. Let’s get right to the characters that originally debuted earlier today in USA Today.
Idris Elba (BBC’s Luther) provides the voice of Cheif Bogo, head of the Zootopia Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootopia’s first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos.
J.K. Simmons (Juno, Oscar winner for Whiplash) lends his voice to Mayor Leodore Lionheart, the noble leader of Zootopia, who coined the city’s mantra that Judy Hopps lives by: “In Zootopia, anyone can be anything.”
Nate Torrence (Fox’s Weird Loners) lends his voice to the Zootopia Police Department’s most charming cheetah, Benjamin Clawhauser. Clawhauser loves two things: pop star Gazelle and donuts. From his reception desk, he greets everyone with a warm smile and a helpful paw—covered in sprinkles.
Jenny Slate (Marcel the Shell) provides the voice of Assistant Mayor Bellwether, a sweet sheep with a little voice and a lot of wool, who constantly finds herself under foot of the larger-than-life Mayor Lionheart.
Tommy Chong (That ’70s Show) lends his iconic voice to Yax the Yak, the most enlightened, laid-back bovine in Zootopia. When Judy Hopps is on a case, Yax is full of revealing insights.
Octavia Spencer (Oscar winner for The Help) voices Mrs. Otterton, a desperate otter who turns to Officer Judy Hopps for help in solving her husband’s mysterious disappearance.
Bonnie and Stu Hopps
Bonnie Hunt (Return to Me) provides the voice of Bonnie Hopps, mother of Judy—and her 275 brothers and sisters. Mrs. Hopps loves and supports her daughter, but is a hare nervous about Judy moving to Zootopia to become a big-city police officer. Don Lake (Dumb and Dumber To) voices Judy’s father, Stu Hopps, a carrot farmer from Bunnyburrow. Along with Mrs. Hopps, he is worried about Judy moving to Zootopia and the untrustworthy big-city mammals who live there—especially foxes.
Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) returns to Disney Animation’s recording studio for his fourth feature in a row as the voice of Duke Weaselton, a small-time weasel crook with a big-time weasel mouth, who tries to give Judy the slip during a police chase.
Tommy “Tiny” Lister (The Fifth Element) voices Finnick, a fennec fox with a big chip on his adorable shoulder.
Raymond Persi (Wreck-It Ralph) voices Flash, the fastest sloth working at the DMV—the Department of Mammal Vehicles.
And we’ve already met the unlikely team at the heart of the film, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman respectively:
Did anyone else catch the name of Alan Tudyk’s character? Seems familiar, right? Zootopia opens in theaters March 4, 2016.