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.
Chief Bogo heads up the Zootopia Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 pounds of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootopia’s first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos. “He considers Judy to be a token bunny that he’s forced to work with, so he decides to give her parking duty,” says director Byron Howard.
Idris Elba provides the voice of Chief Bogo. “It was an opportunity to do a comedy,” says Elba. “The script is really funny, the story is inventive and Chief Bogo is a tough guy who runs his police department with an iron fist.”
“We wanted him to use his Londoner accent,” adds Spencer, “and we discovered that while he’s known for playing tough guys, Idris is really funny. He has a way of saying the words in a way that we can’t imagine anybody else in the role.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy-adventure “Zootopia” is now playing in theaters.