It's one of the most-viewed pieces of development art that's been shown for ZOOTOPIA, but the reason is that it's a very important one - a size chart, a lineup of sorts, that gives the team an idea of just where Hopps and Nick Wilde (a fox voiced by Jason Bateman) fit size-wise into their world. For each character, it had to be decided not only what their overall look would be, but how they would emote and show expression, how their hair or fur would move (new software was created just for that), and how clothing would hang or rest on each.
So how does Judy Hopps take shape? She needs to have balance between "cute and edgy," and ahead of the film's release, Loftis gave 25 writers a shot at following his lead and putting pencil to paper... which he makes look effortless. Mine looks okay (I think)...
But in the end, it's the work of the talented artists like Loftis that have given real personality to folks like Officer Clawhauser and the crew... citizens (and cops!) of many different shapes and sizes.
I won't be quitting my writing gig for a job in animation any time soon.
About ZOOTOPIA: 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. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure 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, 2016. Get tickets now via Fandango.