Shakira walks into Disney animation “Zootopia”
Attendees of the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California were treated to a video announcement from Grammy winner Shakira announcing that she would not only lend her voice to the cast, but her vocal talents to the soundtrack of the film. Shakira's “Zootopia” character seems incredibly fitting; she will portray a gazelle named…. Gazelle: a larger than life pop star and icon adored by the anthropomorphic animals of Zootopia. Known for her hit pop songs such as “Whenever, Wherever”, and “She Wolf”, Shakira has made appearances on television before -- but “Zootopia” marks Shakira's first foray into the realm of animated features.
Zootopia's story revolves around a law-abiding rabbit named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she butts heads with a sly fox con artist named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) in the city of Zootopia – a city inhabited exclusively by animals.
Although not unveiled in its entirety, Shakira's addition to the soundtrack: “Try Everything” – written by pop star Sia and songwriting duo Stargate – was sampled to the D23 audience. Given the track record of recent Disney animated films for stellar original music such as Fall Out Boy's “Immortals” in “Big Hero 6” and Idina Menzel's “Let it Go” from “Frozen”, there are enough reasons to set expectations high for Shakira's performance.
“Zootopia” will open March 4, 2016 and will be co-directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore who helmed the hits Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, respectively.