Later this month guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be able to explore a new exhibit that delves into some of the behind-the-scenes research that went into the production of Disney’s upcoming comedic adventure “Zootopia.”
The ‘Zootopia’ exhibit will be located inside Conservation Station at Rifiki’s Planet Watch and opens January 29th. Beginning this week, you can catch a special sneak preview of scenes from “Zootopia” at some of the Disney parks. The sneak peak opens today as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and opens tomorrow at the Bug’s Life Theater in Disney California Adventure.
The process to making every film released from Walt Disney Animation Studios begins with research. The “Zootopia” filmmakers spent 18 months studying animals and their habitats in order to create the rich and engaging modern mammal metropolis of the movie. They didn’t need to go far to study animals. Their first stop was to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where they worked closely with the park’s team of animal care professionals.
“Research is such an important part of every animated film we make at Disney, and for ‘Zootopia’ our research began at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to meet with some of the best animal experts in the world,” said Clark Spencer, the producer of “Zootopia.” “Everything that we learned about animal behaviors, personalities and movement our artists incorporated into the world of ‘Zootopia,’ and to now be able to share those discoveries and influences with the guests at the park is truly a full circle moment.”
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” 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 in 3D.
Who else is excited to see “Zootopia”? Will you be visiting the exhibit before you see the movie?
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