|Art by Byron Howard|
|The panelists prepare to present at Gallery Nucleus.|
No photos were allowed during the presentation.
In creating Zootopia, much thought was put into incorporating environmental influences in order to make the city look believable and not just simply a city for animals. There were various city adaptations to the different sizes of animals, including cars and entry ways, and each had to be thought up. Furthermore, a great deal of thought and development went into the different environments of the city. The team even consulted a NASA engineer who advised them that putting the Tundra Town and Sahara Square sectors of Zootopia next to each other would create super storms. "We ignored that," Mathias Lechner cheekily remarked during the presentation with much laughter from the audience. The other intriguing thing of the design of the city was the fact that everything had purpose with the most impressive example being the the trees in the Rainforest District. If you look closely during the scenes that take place in that area, you will notice that there are trees made up of pipes. These trees expelled steam from their canopies to maintain the environment and the trees even contained sprinklers which produced the rain for the animals. Next time you watch the film, pay attention to the environments and you will appreciate all the functional details that the crew placed.
|This scene went through quite a few changes.|
|Story is a constantly moving target, |
thus many scenes and characters unfortunately
do not make it in to the final film.
Art by Byron Howard.
The artists did a great deal of research in developing their animal characters, including viewing multiple reference videos, reviewing pencil tests from previous Disney films in the archives (including most predominantly Robin Hood), and even taking a life changing trip to the nature preserves in Africa. They primarily noted how the different animals moved and utilized these movements when they made the animals walk on two feet. The crew didn't want the animals to simply be furry humans walking on two feet, and thus they used what they learned in order to differentiate them and make them unique.
|The wait for the signing was well worth it.|
Thanks for the signatures and drawings!