‘Clawhauser’ Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card To Be Released At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park next Friday, September 2nd, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans can pick up a special treat – this year’s event-exclusive game card which will feature Clawhauser from “Zootopia.”

Why Clawhauser? Because he loves sweets, particularly donuts! On Halloween he enjoys sharing the delicious, ring-shaped delights with the trick-or-treaters who come to his door. Merlin the Magician was so impressed with the cheetah’s generosity, that he created a spell in his honor, “Clawhauser’s Tricky Treat.” When a sorcerer casts this spell, dozens of magical donuts appear! But spell-casters must be wary: careless use might result in an explosion of rainbow sprinkles!

New to the game? Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests join Merlin’s quest to defeat Disney Villains who are scheming to take over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use maps to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, and visit magic portals where they use spell cards to fight back against a villain’s plan. The journey begins at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up everything you need to play.

This special event card will be distributed separately (and in addition to) the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs you’re given at this location. Guests must register to play with their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

‘Zootopia’ Zooms Past $1Billion Worldwide

Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, becoming the second film of 2016 to achieve the milestone after fellow Disney title Captain America: Civil War.

Zootopia is only the fourth animated title in history to reach $1 billion after Disney Animation’s Frozen ($1.277 billion), Illumination Entertainment’s Minions ($1.159 billion) and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion), not accounting for inflation.

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Zootopia, has grossed $337.2 million domestically and $662.8 million internationally.

Disney now boasts 11 of the 26 films that are members of the elite billion-dollar club.

Zootopia Animated Magic Shot Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like Sahara Square and the Rainforest District, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where anyone can be anything.

While this city is entirely populated by animals, Disney PhotoPass Service has the perfect opportunity “fur” humans to join in on the Zootopia fun when visiting Walt Disney World Resort!

Get this Animated Magic Shot featuring Nick Wilde by visiting a Disney PhotoPass Photographer at the entrance to Magic Kingdom Park or on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

All guests can view Animated Magic Shots in their accounts before they expire, but you must have an active Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day entitlement to download and share them online.

 

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Opens Big With $73.7 Million Debut

Disney’s “Zootopia” scored the fourth biggest March opening, debuting to $73.7 million over the weekend.

The animated story about a rabbit who joins the police force outstripped “Frozen,” the 2012 blockbuster that bowed to $67.4 million. With no major family film opening until “The Jungle Book” lands on April 15, “Zootopia” is well positioned to be the defacto choice for moviegoers with children for the next month. Disney did not release a budget, but most animated films cost in excess of $100 million. “Zootopia” screened in 3,827 locations.

“There’s an absence of competition,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “We are set up to have a big, big run.”

Overseas, where “Zootopia” has been playing for three weeks, the film added another $63.4 million to its haul, pushing its global total to $232.5 million. The film continues a sterling comeback run for Disney Animation, which had reached a creative and commercial nadir in the early aughts with the likes of “Home on the Range” and “Treasure Planet.” Since Pixar’s Ed Catmull and John Lasseter took the reins following Disney’s 2006 acquisition of their company, the animation arm has roared back to life, fielding hits such as “Frozen,” “Tangled,” and “Wreck It Ralph,” and winning Oscars.

“They brought a focus on quality,” said Hollis. “They recognize that quality is the best business plan.”

‘Zootopia’ Could Score $75M Weekend After Mammoth $19.5M Friday

With all of the talk about prime release dates and would-be blockbuster seasons, there is a long and healthy history of animated features kicking proverbial box office butt in the first few months of the year. We’ve got The LEGO Movie, the first two Ice Age movies, Rio and Rio 2Rango, and a bunch of DreamWorks Animation movies scattered around this general area (Monsters v AliensThe CroodsHow to Train Your Dragon) over the years. Due to happenstance or circumstance, Walt Disney hasn’t released an in-house major-league toon in this spot since Meet the Robinsons way back in 2007. And now, with basically every other animation distribution channel having its way with the pre-summer season, it’s time for the Mouse House to kick a little butt here too. Enter Zootopia, which may well be the fairest of them all.

Bolstered by clever marketing campaign (including viral posters that spoofed popular and Oscar-nominated 2015 releases), near-perfect reviews, and the good fortune of having an uncommonly crowd-pleasing trailer play on nearly every single theatrical print of Star Wars: The Force AwakensZootopia kicked off the month with a terrific $19.469 million Friday. The Friday figure includes $1.7m worth of Thursday previews, which is a record for a non-Pixar  Walt Disney animated feature. The hard Friday number is merely the second best in this relative calendar point for an animated film. It trails only Ice Age 2 ($21m back in 2006) and is ahead of Monsters v Aliens ($16.7m in 2009), The Lorax ($17.5m in 2012), and The Lego Movie ($17m in 2014) regarding animated openings for this period.

Now, where Zootopia ends up over the weekend is merely a point of math. Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio 2 were a bit frontloaded, earning 3.1x their Friday figures while The Lorax  snagged just over 4x its Friday figuresas kid-driven matinee business exploded over Saturday and Sunday. So expect a weekend between $60 million and $78m, with the happy medium being $67.5m. Disney would love to best the $67.5m Fri-Sun opening weekend of Frozen (biggest Fri-Sun for a Disney toon), to say nothing of the $69m debut haul of The LEGO Movie or the $70m opening of The Lorax. Inflation notwithstanding, if they can hit $70.5m, they will have topped all but Monsters University ($82m), Inside Out ($90m), and Toy Story 3 ($110m) among Pixar openings.

If the Ginnifer Goodwin/Jason Bateman/Idris Elba animated film noir/race relations parable tops the $62.7 million debut of Inception, it’ll be among the ten biggest debuts for an original movie of all time. If it tops $70.5m, it’ll be the third largest behind Avatar ($77m) and Inside Out ($90m). Concerning animation, a $68m debut puts it 16th on the list of all-time animated debuts while a $70.5m debut puts it ninth and a $75m debut edges The Simpsons ($74m) for eighth place. So there’s a lot of wiggle room depending on that multiplier.

Either way, this is a fantastic opening for a terrific movie and a huge win for art and commerce. I wish the picture weren’t as painfully timely as it happens to be, but that won’t hurt its reception or its bottom line. Oh, and it crossed $100 million worldwide on Friday (including $12.3m in its first two days in China), so it’s got that going for it too.

From Forbes

 

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from ‘Zootopia’ Are on the Way to Disney Parks

People from all over the world love coming to Disney Parks, and soon two of Zootopia’s most famous residents will be paying us a visit! Beginning this spring, Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps will be swinging by the Disneyland Resort, where you’ll find them on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney California Adventure park. And when Judy and Nick stop by Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, these party animals will be joining our other guests in the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

In Disney’s hysterical comedy-adventure “Zootopia,” rookie rabbit Police Officer Judy Hopps is forced to team up with fast-talking con-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack a mysterious case affecting the citizens of their modern mammal metropolis.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” opens in theaters in 3D this Friday, March 4, and be sure to look for Nick and Judy in Disney Parks later this spring.

D23 Members to Have a Wild Time with Zootopia in Chicago

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OVERVIEW
Following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, all D23 Members are invited to see Zootopia the day before its release! Afterward, a limited number of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will have the opportunity to join us for the “D23 Dessertopia” complimentary reception.

DETAILS
Screening will begin at 2 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Check-in will begin at 1:30 p.m.; please do not arrive before 1:30 p.m. The “D23 Dessertopia” reception will begin for Gold and Gold Family Members at 4 p.m., following the screening.

Complimentary tickets will become available on Friday, February 5, at 10 a.m. PT. Please check back here for reservation details.

A reservation is required for each portion of this complimentary opportunity. There are a limited number of spaces available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets.

Join us for a special preview of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming comedy-adventure, Zootopia. Following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, all D23 Members are invited to see the film the day before its release! 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.

Afterward, a limited number of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will have the opportunity to join us for the “D23 Dessertopia” complimentary reception. This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Disney fans!

Stay tuned for details on an exclusive D23 Event the following day in celebration of Walt Disney’s birthplace. Space is very limited – more details forthcoming.

Zootopia opens across the country March 4, 2016.

New ‘Zootopia’ Exhibit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Shows Real-World Research was Involved

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In Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll soon be able to explore a new exhibit that delves into some of the behind-the-scenes research that went into the production of Disney’s upcoming comedic adventure “Zootopia.”

At Walt Disney Animation Studios, the journey in making every film begins with research. In order to create the rich and engaging modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia and its wide variety of animal inhabitants, the filmmakers spent 18 months studying animals and their habitats. Their very first stop was Disney’s Animal Kingdom in March 2014, where they worked closely with the park’s team of animal care professionals.

“Research is such an important part of every animated film we make at Disney, and for ‘Zootopia’ our research began at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to meet with some of the best animal experts in the world,” said Clark Spencer, the Oscar®-nominated producer of “Zootopia.” “Everything that we learned about animal behaviors, personalities and movement our artists incorporated into the world of ‘Zootopia,’ and to now be able to share those discoveries and influences with the guests at the park is truly a full circle moment.”

The ‘Zootopia’ exhibit opens January 29 inside Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Beginning this week, you can also catch our special sneak preview of scenes from “Zootopia,” giving you an advance look at several clips from the upcoming film. The sneak peek opens as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, January 21, and comes to the Bug’s Life Theater at Disney California Adventurepark this Friday, January 22.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4 in 3D.

Zootopia Voice Cast Announced!

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We have to wait just a couple more months for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ next big adventure, Zootopia—but today’s exciting news is sure to tide us over! Joining previously announced voice cast members Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), and Grammy® winner Shakira are a slew of most excellent additions including Oscar® winners Octavia Spencer (The Help) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash); Luther star Idris Elba; comedy legend Tommy Chong; Alan Tudyk (Firefly), providing a voice for his fourth Disney animated film; Marcel the Shell creator Jenny Slate; and character-actors-extraordinaire Bonnie Hunt (Cars) and Don Lake (Best in Show).

Directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), Zootopia takes place in a modern mammal metropolis—where animals from every environment live together. It’s a place where, no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie cop Judy Hopps (voice of 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 fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voice of Bateman) to solve the mystery. Look for Zootopia in theaters this March!