VOICE CAST: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk, Idris Elba
DIRECTOR: Byron Howard Jared Bush Rich Moore
In the mammal city of Zootopia, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), a fast-talking con artist fox and top cop rabbit, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), realise even natural enemies can become buddies. In order to solve the mystery of a missing otter, Judy is forced to team up with an on-the-run Nick, when they become implicated in a conspiracy.
In its 92-year history, Walt Disney Animation Studios has created a long and storied legacy of talking-animal films – from Mickey Mouse’s debut short ‘Steamboat Willie’ to ‘Bambi’, ‘Dumbo’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘The Lion King’. WDAS returns to the wild with the feature film ‘Zootropolis’. “We all grew up watching the great Disney animal films – we were immersed in those worlds,” says director Byron Howard. “My favorite childhood film was ‘Robin Hood,’ and we wanted to honour that legacy, but in a new and different way that dives even deeper. We started by asking, ‘What would a mammal metropolis look like if it were designed by animals?’ The idea was incredibly exciting to us.”
Comprised of neighbourhoods that celebrate different cultures, Zootropolis is a city like no other. There’s ritzy Sahara Square for desert animals, Tundratown for the polar bears and moose, the hot and humid Rain Forest District, Little Rodentia for the tiniest mammals, and Bunnyburrow for the millions and millions of bunnies. The downtown area, Savanna Central, is a melting pot where a wide array of mammals from every environment come together.
Zootropolis is a place where no matter what you are – from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew – you can be anything. But when rookie officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.
Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with Nick Wilde – a fast-talking, scam-artist fox – to solve a mystery.
“At its core, ‘Zootropolis’ is a buddy movie,” says co-director Rich Moore. “Judy and Nick – a rabbit and a fox – are natural enemies by definition. So these characters don’t exactly get along at first. They come to the relationship with ideas about each other – beliefs that aren’t informed or accurate.”
According to Howard, the fact that the buddies don’t get along fuels the film’s comedy. “Judy is the eternal optimist who believes anyone can be anything – it’s the city’s motto, after all,” he says. “Nick is the complete opposite.
He’s a cynic. He believes we are what we are. So we put this country bumpkin who’s full of vim and vigor in the middle of the big city alongside Nick – the realist – and he gets to have a lot of fun messing with her. But she has a few tricks up her sleeve.”
Cast: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
DIRECTOR: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Michael Stone, an author that specializes in customer service, is a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people. His low sensitivity to excitement, and his lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive life on his own perspective.
But, when he went on a business trip, he met a stranger – an extraordinary stranger, which slowly became a cure for his negative view on life that possibly will change his mundane life.
This stop-motion animated film is strictly not for kids, with its slow pace, adult themes, constant language, and strong sexual content. The target audience is adult moviegoers with a taste for more art-minded and unusual fare.
FILM: LONDON HAS FALLEN
CAST: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Charlotte Riley
DIRECTOR: Babak Najafi
After the British Prime Minister’s mysterious death, a terrifying plot to assassinate the world’s most powerful leaders is uncovered at his funeral in London.
Now faced with a terrifying vision of the future, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a formidable Secret Service operative and a British MI6 agent.
FILM: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
CAST: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Lena Headey
DIRECTOR: Burr Steers
Written and directed by Burr Steers (‘Igby Goes Down’, ‘Charlie St Cloud’), and based on the best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s classic novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England. The land is overrun with the undead, upending genteel Victorian mores and turning the bucolic English countryside into a war zone.
No one is safe and friends can instantly turn into ravenous and wild foes. Enter feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), a master of martial arts and weaponry, independent, clear-eyed and strong-willed.
The deadly circumstances of the day force her into an alliance with Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), a handsome but arrogant gentleman whom she dislikes intensely, but has grudging respect for his prodigious skills as a zombie killer. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace.
A call from actress Natalie Portman started the ball rolling on bringing ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Zombies to the big screen. “We’ve known each other for a number of years,” notes producer Allison Shearmur, “and she said, ‘You have to read this book, it’s called ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’.’”
Shearmur wasn’t yet aware of the phenomenon Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel was to become. “I thought she was joking,” she laughs.
But the book soon picked up strong reviews and became a publishing sensation, finding a comfortable spot on the New York Times bestseller list where it would remain for several months. Finally, Shearmur picked up a copy. “Natalie was absolutely right about it,” Shearmur now admits. “Seth Grahame-Smith is a very clever man, and he knew the source material back to front. The book resonated with so many people because it doesn’t change ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and it allows you to love it in a different way. It introduces this story to an entirely new generation.”