During the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, George Lucas revealed his inspiration for the annoying and clumsy Gungan character, Jar Jar Binks.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how much of an influence Disney has had on me,” Lucas told fans at Disney’s D23 expo. “I will say one secret that nobody knows; not many people realize that Goofy was the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks. I know that you will look at him differently now. It’s pretty obvious, actually, but, um, I love Goofy and I love Jar Jar.”
Grammy-winning international singer Shakira will be voicing Gazelle, the biggest pop star in ‘Zootopia.’ She will also sing the original song “Try Everything,” written by Sia and songwriting duo Stargate.
It’s an uncanny resemblance.
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 optimistic 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” is 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”).
‘Zootopia’ opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.
That’s a wrap for Josh Gad (LeFou) on the set of Disney’s live-action musical adaptation of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Gad shared a photo from the set on Instagram this past week confirming that he finished filming his scenes. The photo shows Gad embracing co-star Luke Evans (Gaston) on the snowy steps of Beast’s castle.
That’s a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans”
Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.
According to Disney, “The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic.”
Directed by Bill Condon. Produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films. Script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Steve Chbosky.
Starring: Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evan as the boorishly handsome Gaston, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Josh Gad as LeFou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ hits theaters on March 17, 2017.