Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Zootopia, bringing the record-breaking animated comic-adventure to DVD and Blu-Ray Disc in June.
The progressive mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every habitat live side by side and “anyone can be anything.” But when new rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives in town she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of tough, hulking animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack an unsolved, challenging case even if it means working with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. But the case leads these two unlikely partners to an uneasy conclusion that Zootopia’s “evolved” society is being pulled apart by unseen forces determined to use fear to take control of the city by turning predators and prey against each other.
The DVD version of the release will be a bit anemic, offering only Scoretopia and the Shakira Music Video as bonus materials.
The Blu-Ray version, on the other hand, will be stuffed to the brim with extras, such as Zoology: The Roundtables, in which 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.
In 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 Zootopia and the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
Next up is Research: A True-Life Adventure showing how 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.
Then there is Z.P.D. Forensic Files, challenging you to 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.
In Scoretopia, Academy Awardฎ-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.
Also included is Deleted Characters, where directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of “Zootopia” who did not make the final cut.
A series of Deleted Scenes is also included on the release, such as an Alternate Opening in which 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 in which 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. Other deleted scenes include Alternate Homesick Hopps, showing how, 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 in which Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
More deleted scenes include Alternate Jumbo Pop, an early version of the story where Nick was the main character, in which the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level, Hopps’ Apartment showing when Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping, and The Taming Party, an emotional clip from an early version of “Zootopia,” in which Judy attends her first “taming party” and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
Naturally, the Blu-Ray also includes the “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira.
“Zootopia” will be in stores on June 7 for $39.99 on Blu-Ray 3D, 39.99 on Blu-Ray Disc and $29.99 on DVD.