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‘Zootopia’ Interview: John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche

Disney’s Zootopia is now on Blu-ray and DVD, and we chatted with veteran actors John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche about their Zootopia animal characters, previous voice work, and how John wants to be a polar bear that sounds like Barry White in Zootopia 2.

Zootopia is set in a metropolitan city of the same name, where anthropomorphic animals (think animals in clothes) live side by side, prey next to predator. Fighting against stereotypes, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first bunny officer in the Zootopia Police Department, and partners with a clever fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack her first case. The film is the highest grossing animated film of 2016 and crossed the $1 billion mark this month, and it’s no surprise: The film has heart, humor, and the most entertaining (and possibly accurate) DMV scene you will ever see on screen.

LaMarche voices Mr. Big, an arctic shrew crime boss and DiMaggio plays Jerry Jumbeaux, Jr., the elephant owner of an ice cream parlor that caters to large mammals. Both characters have gigantic names and personalities, though only one of the two has the stature to match. The stellar voice cast also includes J.K. Simmons, Idris Elba, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, and Shakira.

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Say hello to my little friend.
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This Jumbeaux’s no dumbo.

Get your paws on a copy of the Blu-ray, which includes these special features:

  • Zoology: The Roundtables
  • The Origin of an Animal Tale
  • Research: A True-Life Adventure
  • Z.P.D. Forensic Files
  • Scoretopia
  • Deleted Characters
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira

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Lesley Chen

Lesley Chen is an Entertainment Editor at Fandom. Her past work experience includes Fox Home Entertainment and Old Navy, where unfortunately, she was not a supermodelquin wrangler. She loves non-scary movies, characters that throw shade, binge-watching TV shows, and candy... in no particular order.

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