By the time the first teaser was released for Zootopia, Jason Bateman has already been cast as the sly con artist fox Nick Wilde, and Ginnifer Goodwin as the by-the-book rookie police officer Judy Hopps. During the animation portion of this year’s D23 Expo, it was announced that Shakira would be voicing Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia.
Now with about five months left until the release of Disney’s latest anthropomorphic film, the studio has announced the newest voice talent to sign on. From Academy Award winners like J.K. Simmons and Octavia Spencer to the the hilarious Alan Tudyk and Tommy Chong. Find out who they will be playing, and who else will be joining the cast here below.
In addition to returning stars including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi, some new names are being announced for Pixar’s highly anticipated Monsters, Inc. prequel, Monsters University.
New voices who will join in on the fun this time around include geek god Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Slither), Bonnie Hunt (Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile), and John Krasinski (The Office, Away We Go).
Fillion will voice Johnny Worthington (seen above with the horns), the president of the Roar Omega Roar fraternity, while Krasinski will be a super star scarer at Monsters, Inc. and Hunt will voice a young Mike Wazowski’s grade school teacher.
Cars 2 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D | 2-Disc Blu-ray | DVD
DIRECTED BY: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
WRITTEN BY: Ben Queen
STARRING: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, John Turturo, Bonnie Hunt, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2011
I love Pixar movies. And I don’t just mean that loosely; I mean I truly and honestly LOVE Pixar movies. From that first wide-eyed viewing of Toy Story back in 1995 to today, they’ve released some of the best (and some of my own personal favorite) movies of all time.
Even my least favorite Pixar movie—2006’s Cars—is a movie I still very much enjoy, despite the fact that I went in thinking I wouldn’t be a fan (shame on me for thinking such things about a Pixar flick). That’s just how good they are. And so you can imagine my and many, many others’ surprise when a veritable landslide of negative feedback started flowing in upon the release of their latest feature, Cars 2.
Could it be so? Could there really be a…bad *gulps* Pixar movie? Or was this just a case of constant perfection leading people to go out of their way to seek out imperfections and declare failure no matter how good or bad the actual film was?
It feels like it has been a week since any news that didn’t involve Disney has come out. The Mouse House recently held their D23 Expo and a flood of announcements were made, including some new information on the highly anticipated sequels Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.
Toy Story 3 basically just made a bunch of casting announcements. /Film picked up on some Tweets from director Lee Unkrich and Disney that revealed that John Morris, the boy who voiced Andy in Toy Story and Toy Story 2, has been cast once again in the role, which now sees Andy as an 18-year-old young man. Also added to the cast is a great collection of names, some of which are Pixar veterans. Lending their voices once again will be Bonnie Hunt (A Bug’s Life/Cars/Monsters Inc., Jerry Maguire) and Jeff Garlin (Wall-E, Curb Your Enthusiasm); while new to the Pixar dance is Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) and Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz), who will apparently be playing someone named Mr. Pricklepants.