“Zootopia” Movie Review and Interview with Environment Looks Supervisor Lance Summers

Disney’s latest film “Zootopia” encourages us to embrace our differences and try everything! 

This upbeat animated adventure is full of animal puns, visions of a metropolitan utopia where all species can live in harmony, and a voice cast of A-List talent. This roster includes Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, and Jenny Slate. With this cast comes a potent tale of a bunny named Judy Hopps who moves to the big city of Zootopia to pursue her dream of joining the Zootopia Police Department as an officer. Although she has a rough start, she finally gets the chance to show her talent when given the opportunity to pursue leads on an open case of missing mammals in city. However, the catch is she only has 48 hours to crack the case, or she loses her badge. In a crunch for time she seeks the help of a witness that she met previously, the clever and slick Nick Fox, and blackmails him into helping her speed up the process. What ensues is a wild adventure filled with twists, turns, and plenty of memorable characters.

The animation and characters are top notch, as usual, but this film brings you more than just stunning visuals. The story really pulls at the core of prejudice and intolerance that happen in diverse and non-diverse parts of the world. It encourages you to really seek to understand people who are different then you and accept everyone because being different is what makes the world interesting.

Before the movie premiered, I had the chance to interview Lance Summers. He’s the Environment Look Supervisor for this film and has worked on previous Disney films such as “Tangled,” “Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Frozen,” and “Big Hero 6.” In this interview we discussed “Zootopia” and the variety of districts of the city that are presented and how they were created. Listen to it below!

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Thanks so much to Lance Summers for taking time to sit with me and chat about Disney. Also, thanks to Moroch and Coog Radio for the opportunity to meet with him and see the film. “Zootopia” hits theaters tomorrow March 4th!

 

By Trent Lira

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