What would it look like if last year’s movies were released in Zootopia? The filmmakers of the Oscar-nominated animated title shared their visual spoofs of some of 2016’s titles with The Hollywood Reporter exclusively. Directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard, as well as screenwriter Jared Bush, created them with Oh My Disney.
Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Zootopia was the big winner at the 44th annual Annie Awards, winning six categories including best animated feature and best directing for helmers Byron Howard and Rich Moore.
'Zootopia' wins for animated feature; TV award winners included 'Stranger Things,' 'Atlanta,' 'The Voice,' 'Making a Murderer,' 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'
Is 2016 the greatest year ever for animated movies? Zootopia isn’t just one of the best animated movies of 2016 — it’s one of the best movies, period. The bigger studios had several strong movies making for stiff competition on Oscar night.
Regardless of your political persuasion, 2016 was a year of tumult and uncertainty. At least the movies gave us an occasional break from the headlines. Feel-good animated films triumphed at the box office this year, with Finding Dory at No. 1, while superheroes found a darker groove (the hard-R comedy Deadpool, the villain-driven Suicide Squad) and familiar franchises — Harry Potter, Star Wars — put down new roots. Before we toast the arrival of 2017, here’s a list of the biggest box-office winners and losers of 2016.
The American Film Institute has picked its 10 best movies and TV shows of the year. The titles, presented in alphabetical order, are works AFI’s juries have determined advance the art of the moving image, enhance the cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists and make a mark on American society. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI is giving a special award to O.J.: Made in America, a nearly eight-hour-long documentary that aired on TV, raising questions about whether it qualifies for best documentary Oscar consideration as it’s picked up best doc nominations and awards.
Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Zootopia leads the feature nominees for the 44th annual Annie Awards with 11 nominations, followed by Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings with 10 noms. But the full list of nominations for the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s annual awards competition also underscored the strength of several indie films in this year’s awards race.
If you’re worried about that moment at your Thanksgiving dinner when you go around the table and say what you’re thankful for, never fear. Let’s look to the cinema for inspiration: the characters from 2016 movies who have had the most reasons to be thankful.
In another blow for Lionsgate, YA film adaptation The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1 opened to a disappointing $29.1 million from 3,740 theaters at the North American box office — a 44 percent decline from the last title in the Divergent series. Allegiant, reuniting stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James, is also soft internationally, grossing $22 million from 77 markets this weekend for a foreign total of $53.5 and global cume of $82.50 million.
After two weeks of release, Zootopia, the critically acclaimed story of a plucky rabbit policewoman, has earned $142.6 million stateside. In its second weekend, Zootopia only dropped 33% — an impressive show of endurance at a time when major releases routinely see their grosses cut in half after a big opening. Despite the continued strength of the animated juggernaut, Paramount and Bad Robot’s 10 Cloverfield Lane was able to connect with audiences, earning $25.2 million from 3,391 locations. Related: ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ Provides the First Truly Oscar-Worthy Performance of 2016 Paramount Vice-Chairman Rob Moore credited Bad Robot chief J.J. Abrams with coming up with the twisty thriller while he was in production on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Idris Elba has made a career of playing authority figures, straddling both sides of the law in roles as cops (Luther), drug kingpins (The Wire), and warlords (Beasts of No Nation). It made him a natural choice to voice Chief Bogo, the large and stern water buffalo who is the head of police in Disney’s Zootopia (out on Friday). “The character’s just a very uptight dude,” Elba told Yahoo Movies last week, noting that the character’s secret fondness for pop music added to the challenge.
In Zootopia, Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman voice an animal odd couple, forced together by unusual circumstances to solve a crime in their bio-diverse metropolis. Rookie bunny cop Judy Hopps and con artist fox Nick Wilde run into an array of obstacles during their quest, but none is as dangerous as their run-in with “the most feared crime boss in Tundratown,” Mr. Big. Watch the exclusive clip above for new insight into why Mr. Big is after them: Nick sold him an expensive rug made of a “skunk….’s butt.” No wonder Big’s Polar Bear flunkies snatched him up.
Disney’s history is chock-full of talking animals, but the Mouse House has never had a batch of anthropomorphized critters quite like the one in the studio’s upcoming film Zootopia. A new trailer for the animated feature from directors Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and Byron Howard (Tangled) hit the internet on Monday, giving us another glimpse at the movie’s alternative animal kingdom. The film stars Jason Bateman as a wise-ass fox named who gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and Ginnifer Goodwin as a conscientious rabbit police officer hot on his tail. The hard-charging bunny doesn’t much like Nick, but circumstances eventually force her to reluctantly team up with the silver-tongued fox.
You’re familiar with the expression, “It’s a jungle out there?” Well, in the upcoming Disney animated feature, Zootopia, “out there” happens to be “right here.” Opening in March 2016, the movie imagines an alternate universe where humans never existed. To depict a realistic animal civilization, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore tell Yahoo Movies that they traveled to Africa to observe species in their real natural habitat. Among the many mammals who call Zootopia home is rabbit cop, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who has to buddy up with a smooth-talking fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to solve a big case.
“Let It Go” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez are on board to write songs, plus more news from Disney's D23 fan event.
With Inside Out one of the most warmly received films here in Cannes, Disney and Pixar rode the wave of good will this morning during a two-hour presentation of upcoming titles from both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.