We talked with the Director & Cast of Disney’s Zootopia+ Series

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We talked with the Director & Cast of Disney’s Zootopia+ Series

The world of Zootopia is back thanks to the new series “Zootopia+” that arrived on Disney+ this week. 

“Zootopia+” heads back to the fast-paced mammal metropolis of Zootopia in a short-form series that dives deeper into the lives of some of the Oscar®-winning feature film’s most intriguing residents, including Fru Fru, the fashion-forward arctic shrew; ZPD dispatcher Clawhauser, the sweet-toothed cheetah; and Flash, the smiling sloth who’s full of surprises. The series is directed by Josie Trinidad (Co-Head of Story, “Zootopia”; Head of Story, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”) and Trent Correy (Director, “Once Upon a Snowman” and “Drop”), and produced by Nathan Curtis (Associate Producer, “Encanto” and “Raya and the Last Dragon”). 

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The set of shorts take audiences into different places within the Zootopia universe to offer a look at the lives of various characters from the 2016 film that make up the larger world they live in. But while there are plenty of familiar faces in Zootopia+, there are some characters from the film that don’t appear in the series and now, directors Josie Trinidad, Trent Correy, and Nathan Curtis are addressing the characters that they didn’t get to use for Zootopia+.

“We kept trying to find a space for Finnick and it just never… we had him in a couple of scenes here and there and it never panned out,” Correy said. “That’s what jumps to my head.”

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Six years after the original film everyone loved, the mammals are back in Zootopia+. These six short stories aren’t a sequel to Zootopia nor do they focus on Judy Hopps or Nick Wilde. This miniseries shows off the world of Zootopia through the eyes and ears of fan-favorite side characters. And what is even more fun, is the fact that all of them fit neatly within the original story.

During our interview, the trio discusses how they came up with the show’s unique premise, playing around with different genres, the long-awaited return of Flash, and what they love about working at Disney Animation. We also learn why it was a priority that each of the six episodes was completely different from the rest, exploring new sides of Zootopia in the process.

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Related: New Fuzzy Zootopia Loungefly Backpack Spotted At Walt Disney World!

Episodes debuting Nov. 9 include:

1.       Hopp on Board – When Judy boards the train from Bunny Burrow to Zootopia to begin her life as the big city’s first bunny cop, Stu and Bonnie’s youngest daughter, Molly, hitches a ride atop the train, forcing the down-to-earth duo out of their comfort zone and into an action-packed rescue mission.

2.       The Real Rodents of Little Rodentia – Newly engaged, Fru Fru kicks off wedding planning with enthusiasm and flourish—at least until her scene-stealing cousin Tru Tru arrives to assume the role of Shrew of Honor. A battle for the spotlight ensues until a close call with a giant donut reveals that for better or worse, no one knows you better than family.

3.       Duke the Musical – After being wrangled and arrested in a giant donut—compliments of Officer Judy Hopps—clever criminal weasel Duke reevaluates his life, pondering where he went wrong—in song. In a musical aptly staged in his own mind, Duke contemplates how to go from a small time crook to the Big Time!

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4.       The Godfather of the Bride – A touching tale about the powerful arctic shrew known as Mr. Big revisits Fru Fru’s big day when he delivers a revelatory father-of-the-bride speech. Taking guests back in time to his days as Mr. Small, a new immigrant to Zootopia, he imparts the wisdom he gained then about the importance of friends, family and community. 

5.       So You Think You Can Prance – ZPD dispatcher Clawhauser persuades his boss, Chief Bogo, to audition for “So You Think You Can Prance.” The stakes are high as the ultimate prize is a dream-come-true opportunity to dance on stage with megastar pop sensation Gazelle.

6.   Dinner Rush – As super server Sam urgently tries to finish her restaurant shift to make a once-in-a-lifetime Gazelle concert, Flash and Priscilla show up at the last minute with hopes of a once-in-a-lifetime dinner. 

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We certainly enjoyed watching the Zootopia+ series on Disney+ and hope our fans check out the show this weekend! If you watched the cartoon shorts, then tell us what you thought of Zootopia+ in the comments!

Related: New Trailer and Images for Disney+ Original Series Zootopia+

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