Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed the roster of voice talent tapped to help bring a voice, snort and a roar to the animal residents of the modern-day mammal metropolis of â€œZootopia,â€ which opens in theaters March 4, 2016. â€œWe had so much fun casting this film,â€ said director Byron Howard. â€œâ€˜Zootopiaâ€™ features such a large and diverse range of charactersâ€”one of our biggest casts ever for a Disney Animation film. We needed talented actors who could help bring these animals to life.â€
Adds director Rich Moore, â€œEveryone in this incredible cast is bringing something special, something unexpected to their characters, which really takes our story to a whole new level.â€
Joining Ginnifer Goodwin, who provides the voice of Zootopiaâ€™s first bunny officer Judy Hopps; Jason Bateman, who lends his voice to con-artist fox Nick Wilde; and Shakira, who voices international superstar Gazelle, are the following members of the â€œZootopiaâ€ voice cast.
â€¢ Idris Elba (Netflixâ€™s â€œBeasts of No Nation,â€ BBCâ€™s â€œLutherâ€) provides the voice of CHIEF BOGO, head of the Zootopia Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootopiaâ€™s first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos.
â€¢ J.K. Simmons (â€œJuno,â€ OscarÂ® winner for â€œWhiplashâ€) lends his voice to MAYOR LEODORE LIONHEART, the noble leader of Zootopia, who coined the cityâ€™s mantra that Judy Hopps lives by: â€œIn Zootopia, anyone can be anything.â€
â€¢ Nate Torrence (HBOâ€™s â€œHello Ladies,â€ Foxâ€™s â€œWeird Lonersâ€) lends his voice to the Zootopia Police Departmentâ€™s most charming cheetah, BENJAMIN CLAWHAUSER. Clawhauser loves two things: pop star Gazelle and donuts. From his reception desk, he greets everyone with a warm smile and a helpful pawâ€”covered in sprinkles.
â€¢ Jenny Slate (â€œObvious Child,â€ â€œMarcel the Shellâ€) provides the voice of ASSISTANT MAYOR BELLWETHER, a sweet sheep with a little voice and a lot of wool, who constantly finds herself under foot of the larger-than-life Mayor Lionheart.
â€¢ Tommy Chong (â€œUp in Smoke,â€ â€œThat â€™70s Showâ€) lends his iconic voice to YAX THE YAK, the most enlightened, laid-back bovine in Zootopia. When Judy Hopps is on a case, Yax is full of revealing insights.
â€¢ Octavia Spencer (â€œInsurgent,â€ OscarÂ® winner for â€œThe Helpâ€) voices MRS. OTTERTON, a desperate otter who turns to Officer Judy Hopps for help in solving her husbandâ€™s mysterious disappearance.
â€¢ Bonnie Hunt (â€œReturn to Me,â€ â€œJerry Maguireâ€) provides the voice of BONNIE HOPPS, mother of Judyâ€”and her 275 brothers and sisters. Mrs. Hopps loves and supports her daughter, but is a hare nervous about Judy moving to Zootopia to become a big-city police officer.
â€¢ Don Lake (â€œDumb and Dumber To,â€ â€œThe Bonnie Hunt Showâ€) voices Judyâ€™s father, STU HOPPS, a carrot farmer from Bunnyburrow. Along with Mrs. Hopps, he is worried about Judy moving to Zootopia and the untrustworthy big-city mammals who live thereâ€”especially foxes.
â€¢ Alan Tudyk (â€œRogue One: A Star Wars Story,â€ â€œTrumboâ€) returns to Disney Animationâ€™s recording studio for his fourth feature in a row as the voice of DUKE WEASELTON, a small-time weasel crook with a big-time weasel mouth, who tries to give Judy the slip during a police chase.
â€¢ Tommy â€œTinyâ€ Lister (â€œFriday,â€ â€œThe Fifth Elementâ€) voices FINNICK, a fennec fox with a big chip on his adorable shoulder.
â€¢ Raymond Persi (â€œWreck-It Ralph,â€ WDAS story artist) voices FLASH, the fastest sloth working at the DMVâ€”the Department of Mammal Vehicles.