The San Francisco Chronicle ran this article on Ginny and her new film Zootopia.
When Ginnifer Goodwin says she loves Disney, believe her. “I’m a Disney freak. A Disneyphile,” she says.
Unlike most kids who fell under the Disney spell watching “The Little Mermaid” or any other Disney animated film over and over, Goodwin ended up as a Disney princess of sorts. Since 2011 she has played Snow White on “Once Upon a Time,” ABC’s contemporary take on Disney fairy tales.
Goodwin took her princesshood so seriously, in fact, that she married Josh Dallas, the actor who plays her Prince Charming on the show. The couple wed in 2014 and have one son, Oliver, who turns 2 in May, and another arriving in about three months.
Before then, Goodwin gets to cross off another item on her Disney bucket list: giving voice to a lead character in a Disney animated film.
In “Zootopia,” the latest from a reinvigorated Disney Animation after hits like “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6,” Goodwin plays Judy Hopps, an adorable little bunny rabbit who becomes the first of her species to serve on the police force in Zootopia, a mega-city where predator and prey live side by side in relative peace. It’s a true urban jungle, where animals of vastly different sizes (from mouse to elephant) wear clothes, drive cars and, in Judy’s case, fight crimes involving prejudice and fear mongering.
More than a cartoon with a message, “Zootopia” is a full-on allegory about race, and the fact that its protagonist is a heroic police officer gives it added weight.
“From the beginning, the movie was always about prey and predators trying to live together,” Goodwin says from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she shoots “Once Upon a Time.” “There was an early version of the script that was even more extreme, but the writers trusted their audience to go there without making things so black and white.
‘How we choose’
“This is a story about life and how we choose to live it. It was always grounded in something comical and relatable. You don’t feel the wallop coming. One of the things I’ve always loved about Disney is that they represent the pinnacle of storytelling. You really feel that here.”
Originally, the lead character was a fox named Nick Wilde voiced by Jason Bateman. Nick has chosen to play into the stereotype of a “shifty fox” and lives his life on the hustle. Judy Hopps was more of a sidekick, but then, about a year ago, directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush decided Judy would make a stronger connection with the audience and Nick would be her sidekick.
“I didn’t realize until I saw the movie that my favorite thing about Judy is her feminist bent,” Goodwin says. “I was so relieved to see a movie where the lead female doesn’t have to have masculine qualities to be the hero. I was not expecting that. We record so many different versions of the scenes I wasn’t quite sure how they would sew her all together. There were some versions where I was trying to imagine a female John Wayne or maybe an Angelina Jolie.”
Judy leaves a bucolic farming community and a family with hundreds of brothers and sisters to find herself working doubly hard to fulfill her dream of becoming a police officer. No one believes a “dumb” bunny has what it takes, but of course, she proves them wrong.
“Judy is flawed but not jaded in any way,” Goodwin says. “She’s not a tomboy. She’s not tough as nails. She’s a sweet, kind, good girl who’s the action hero. She’s doing it on her own terms.”
Goodwin and Bateman make an entertaining pair, and the movie ends with the possibility of more adventures for Judy and Nick. That would make Goodwin happy.
“I would be delighted to spend the next 20 years making shorts and TV shows with these characters,” she says. “I keep asking the team when we start the sequel. I get very excited thinking about what kind of ‘Zootopia’ ride they could build in the Disney parks. I definitely don’t think we’ve seen the last of Nick and Judy.”
Chad Jones is a freelance writer in San Francisco who blogs at www.theaterdogs.net.
Zootopia (PG) opens Friday, March 4, at Bay Area theaters.
Ginnifer & Josh walked the red carpet for the premiere of her new film Zootopia last night. Ginnifer looked radiant as she showed off her baby bumb in a floor-length silk gown by Etro which she accented with H Stern jewelry, and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.
Variety shares the words Jason Bateman shared on His & Ginny’s new film Zootopia.
A little rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those gathered at Wednesday’s premiere of Disney’s “Zootopia,” held at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre. Costumed walk-around characters like bunny officer Judy Hopps (played in the film by Ginnifer Goodwin) and con-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) greeted stars on the tent-covered and sopping wet red carpet, where “Barbershop: The Next Cut” actress Garcelle Beauvais was one of the first to arrive, with several kids in tow, all of whom soaked in the scenery, which included a replica cardboard train station with functional seats and windows.
“When you have kids, these are like the only films we get to see,” joked Bateman of “Zootopia,” which focuses on a world in which animals of all kinds live together in peace and harmony — until the mysterious disappearance of 14 formerly-predatory animals threatens the utopia-like city.
Bateman hailed “The positive and incredibly timely and current message of the film,” which presents themes about respecting one another’s differences and debunking preexisting notions of what certain people — or animals, in the case of the movie — are like.
“Zootopia” stars Jenny Slate, Shakira and Kristen Bell were also at the premiere, along with directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, writer-director Jared Bush and executive John Lasseter.
The animal-populated film inspired young thesps like “Modern Family” regular Aubrey Anderson-Emmons — “I’m a huge animal lover,” she said. “I just love snakes” — and Sophie Reynolds, star of Disney XD’s “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything.”
“I’m a huge animal lover and I don’t have any at this time, but I really, really want a dog,” said Reynolds.
Madeleine Curry, who voices a sheep and baby hippo in the film, responded to the film’s message of believing in oneself.
“You can do whatever you want in life, so long as you believe it,” said Curry.
Following the film, guests were treated to an after-party at the Annex at Hollywood & Highland, the highlights of which were carrot-themed buffet tables, a decorate-your-own donut and baseball hat station, a “Zootopia” driver license photo booth and the big hit of the night: two foxes, a sloth and a bunny rabbit brought in by the Sylmar-based Wildlife Learning Center.
Once Upon a Time actress Ginnifer Goodwin and her costar husband, Josh Dallas, aren’t exempt from toddler-shaming when they travel with their 20-month-old, Oliver.
“People will look at us and they’ll roll their eyes when we go on an airplane,” the actress told Us Weekly on Wednesday, February 17, at the L.A. premiere of her new animated Disney film, Zootopia. “We’re like, just wait. We’ve got a pretty cool kid.”
The pregnant star — clad in a printed Etro maxi — admitted she was thinking of her son while she walked the red carpet with Kristen Bell, Katie Lowes and Shakira. “He’s amazing,” she gushed. “I miss him right this second.”
Goodwin, who is having a baby boy, also said she’s been feeling tired. “Someone just told me that being pregnant is like, you put your body through what it is to run a marathon every day,” she told Us. “That made me feel a little better about being winded while chasing a 2-year-old around!”
Luckily, the 37-year-old has the support of “super dad” Dallas, 37.
“He does at least 50 percent of all the parenting, and I really don’t know how people do it when they don’t have a partner who’s not supportive,” she revealed. “It’s so hard. It’s beautiful. But it’s hard!”
Ginnifer Goodwin joked with ET that she sometimes forgets she’s has a baby bump — but not when she’s wearing stilettos!
“It’s just being pregnant in heels is like a whole thing!” the 37-year-old actress quipped while at the Hollywood premiere of Zootopia on Wednesday night. “Like, center of gravity is very, very different!”
Goodwin arrived on the red carpet with her husband and Once Upon a Time co-star, Josh Dallas, and admitted that she’s not quite ready for her second child. The couple welcomed their son, Oliver Finlay Dallas, in May 2014.
“It’s terrible! We keep forgetting that we’re pregnant — my husband and I both,” she said. “I’ll lean up against something and I’m like, ‘Oh there’s a belly there!'”
Goodwin also revealed that she’s expecting a boy, but has yet to decide on a name. “We’re trying on different things. It’s hard because we are having a boy and we blew it,” she joked. “I mean, not blew it, but Oliver to us is like the best name on the planet. So, how do we follow Oliver with another name that’s just as stunning?”
In Zootopia, Goodwin is the voice of heroine, Judy Hopps, but admits that her son, Oliver isn’t quite at the age to understand that his mother is portraying the animated character. “I don’t think he’s old enough to connect the dots. But he was given a handful of Zootopia toys by our filmmakers, and he really is attached to them in this kind of strange, foreshadowing way,” she shared. “I mean, he doesn’t understand, even though we’ve said mommy plays this character.”
Goodwin is hoping kids that do see the movie are empowered by Judy Hopps as much as she was when portraying the character. “I think I am as optimistic and idealistic as Judy Hobbes. I chose a career where …everything is against an actress going into this business and I’m not crazy skinny and I don’t look like a lot of actresses,” she explained. “My path could have gone a very different way. I’ve been extremely lucky!”
Zootopia hits theaters March 4.
People.com shares how Ginny has shared that she hopes to instill in Oliver her love of Disney.
Ginnifer Goodwin loves getting lost in a good fairy tale and including her family in the fun.
The actress’ occupation as a Disney princess on TV’s Once Upon a Time has added a few storybook-like elements to her life: the introduction to her husband and costar Josh Dallas and enhanced the actress’ overall appreciation for the Mouse House (Once Upon a Time is produced by ABC, a Disney company), which she says has also rubbed off on her 21-month-old son Oliver.
“We’ve gone to [Disneyland] probably a bit more than is healthy,” Goodwin, 37, reveals in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three.
“Oliver loves, loves, loves it. I have a video of him having a dance jam with Pluto and Donald. He cries when we take him away from the characters instead of what most toddlers do, which is cry when the characters come to them.”
Goodwin, who is pregnant with the couple’s second son, says motherhood has brought out a newfound appreciation for the lessons and cautionary tales within most Disney stories.
“I have a couple deep, dark fears about childrearing, like they won’t love Disneyland because I’ll oversaturate them,” she says.
“I also fear that they will say things to me like, ‘Mom, I don’t know why you think you sound like that bunny. You’re not Judy.’ ” (Goodwin lends her voice as Judy in the upcoming animated film Zootopia.)
The spring issue of Disney twenty-three is published by the official Disney fan club D23 and will be available to D23 Gold Members.
Variety gives us our first review of Zootopia.
Disney offers a decades-later correction to ‘Song of the South,’ in which rabbits and foxes have a chance to live together in relative harmony.
From the company that brought you the utopian simplicity of “It’s a Small World” comes a place where mammals of all shapes, sizes and dietary preferences not only live in harmony, but also are encouraged to be whatever they want — a revisionist animal kingdom in which lions and lambs lay down the mayoral law together, and a cuddly-wuddly bunny can grow up to become the city’s top cop. Welcome to “Zootopia,” where differences of race and species serve no obstacle to either acceptance or achievement. It is, in short, a city that only the Mouse House could imagine, and one that lends itself surprisingly well to a classic L.A.-style detective story, a la “The Big Lebowski” or “Inherent Vice,” yielding an adult-friendly whodunit with a chipper “you can do it!” message for the cubs.
Opening in several European countries weeks ahead of its March 4 domestic release, “Zootopia” is full of motormouthed characters and American culture in-jokes — no surprise, considering it was directed by Byron Howard, whose girl-power “Tangled” kicked off the recent Disney revival, and “The Simpsons” vet Rich Moore, who co-helmed “Wreck-It Ralph.” But that should pose little obstacle to its worldwide appeal, boosted by some of the most huggable Disney characters since “Lilo & Stitch.”
While her 225 bunny brothers and sisters are content to stay on the farm, aspirational rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) shows an early aptitude for conflict management, stepping in when a schoolyard bully hassles her classmates. Not so surprisingly, the offender happens to be a fox, though Judy doesn’t give in to such species typing, insisting that jerks come in all shapes and sizes. So, too, do heroes, and despite the limitations of her tiny scale, Judy enlists in the Zootopia police academy, struggling at first before outwitting her larger rivals.
Graduating at the top of her class, Judy packs her bags for a job in the big city — which is like a cross between one of those shiny 21st-century Dubai complexes featuring indoor skiing and surfing, and a new Disney theme-park adjunct, complete with climate-specific subdivisions like Tundratown and Sahara Square. “There’s far too much to take in here,” as the opening scene of “The Lion King” promises (a movie whose stunning African savannah was downright simplistic compared with the world “Zootopia” has to establish), and Howard and Moore struggle to make their introduction anywhere near as impressive, despite leaning heavily on an unremarkable “I want” song called “Try Everything,” performed by Gazelle (Shakira), the veld’s sveltest pop idol (well-meaning sample lyric: “I wanna try even though I could fail”).
Doing justice to an elaborate new environment poses a familiar problem, slightly improved from last year’s “Tomorrowland,” in the sense that Judy (who probably should have grown up in town, like everyone else in Zootopia) takes a long train ride into the city, ogling the various districts as she passes. It’s a sequence worth studying a dozen times down the road just to catch all the tiny details, from the hippo-drying stations to the plastic hamster tubes, although it’s an awkward way to acquaint ourselves with the city.
In theory, Zootopia’s residents have evolved past distinctions of predator and prey, which might explain the small matter of cartoon biology: Whether tiny mice or hulking rhinoceroses, all animals have front-facing eyes, upright postures and opposable thumbs — a throwback to the delightful character design featured in Disney’s “Robin Hood” (1973), which reimagined a human world populated entirely by animals, integrating characteristics of each species into the ways different creatures move.
In progressive-minded Zootopia, a moose can co-anchor the evening news with a snow leopard without it turning into an episode of “When Animals Attack!” That said, even the most basic social interactions remain tense, as the city’s caste system matches animals to the roles that suit them best (the DMV is all-too-accurately staffed by slow-moving sloths, for example), while still adhering closely to the hierarchy of the food chain (with a few amusing exceptions, including a cameo by “Pinky and the Brain” actor Maurice LaMarche as a Don Corleone-like arctic shrew).Continue Reading