Norm from Tested took a trip to Disney Animation Studios to talk up the storytelling and technology of this week’s Big Hero 6, and for the tech and animation geeks out there, these videos are worth checking out.
If you think the numbers are impressive in they systems that made this movie, wait six month and see what the studio produces next. As technology improves, and audience (and producer) expectations grow, so will the demands on computer technology to produce something that looks very real, but not so much so that throws everything in to the Uncanny Valley. In the interview, Andy Hendrickson, Disney Animation Studios Chief of Technology Officer, mentions their next movie features a lot of hair. The movie he is referencing just might be Zootopia.
Byron Howard (Bolt, Tangled) is directing a comedy adventure film with a working title Zootopia. The film, written by Jared Bush, is scheduled for release on March 4, 2016. It tells a story about a fast-talking fox, named Nick Wilde, who lives in an animal city of Zootopia, divided in neighbourhoods like Tundratown, Sahara Square, Little Rodenta, and Burrowborough. Wilde “goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, named Lt. Judy Hops, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.” Jason Bateman was reportedly in talks to voice a character in the film. According to Howard, Zootopia will be different from other animal anthropomorphic films, where animals either live in the natural world or in the human world. The concept, where animals live in a modern world designed by animals, was well received by John Lasseter, who lifted Howard “in the air like a baby Simba,” when he proposed the idea for the film.