We ventured out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a cold Sunday afternoon to take in a few of the new sights at the park. Up first for us was the special sneak preview of “Zootopia” currently being shown inside One Man’s Dream theater.
Here’s the plot synopsis:
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—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 (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) 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 a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.
Keep an eye out for a cast member with a basket of fun paper Fox and Bunny ears. We got a pair and wore them around the park. Eventually the fell apart, but not before we got a lot of strange looks, which is the point, of course.
With the WDW Radio theater (aka “Sounds Dangerous” theater ) currently showing Star Wars “Path of the Jedi” as part of the “Star Wars Awakens” experiences, One Man’s Dream’s “Walt Disney Theater” has become the new preview location. It’s a nice big screen, but the floor isn’t raked at all. So you have to choose your seat carefully to make sure the tall bus doesn’t come and sit in front of you (as happened to us).
The preview is introduced by co-directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard. You then see a series of clips from the film that ends with the trailer. You’re introduced to Judy Hopps via a police training montage sequence, then get a tour of Zootopia itself (along with its various climate zones), her first day on the job begins, and we see almost all of a chase scene where Officer Hopps exuberantly pursues a bad guy. Finally we meet Nicke Wilde, the wily fox Hopps co-opts to help her in her cause.
If you want to remain spoiler free, you may want to avoid seeing this preview. I felt after seeing it that I’ve seen a good chunk of the film, which you have as it clocks in at nearly 10 minutes.
The good news is that I was left more excited than ever to see the whole film. It hops into theaters on March 4, 2016.