Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., GINNIFER GOODWIN (voice of Judy Hopps) quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shined in the Oscar®-nominated biopic “Walk the Line,” as Johnny Cash’s first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Goodwin stars in the hit ABC drama “Once Upon a Time,” a fairy tale-style drama written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz of “Lost” fame, in which she plays Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard. Goodwin received 2013, 2014 and 2015 People’s Choice nominations for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress for her role on the show, as well as two Teen Choice nominations for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi. The show premiered its fifth season in September.
Goodwin starred in National Geographic's telepic "Killing Kennedy," portraying the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy opposite Rob Lowe as JFK. The drama, produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, tells the provocative story of Kennedy's last days. The film was nominated for a 2014 Critics' Choice Award for Best TV Movie. Goodwin also provided the voice of Fawn in the Disney Fairies adventure “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast.”
For five seasons, Goodwin starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed dramatic series “Big Love,” produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions. She starred as the third and youngest of three wives in a modern-day polygamist family with Bill Paxton as the patriarch and Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloë Sevigny as her character’s sister wives.
Goodwin’s breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell’s “Mona Lisa Smile,” in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” alongside Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.
Other film credits include Warner Bros.' “Something Borrowed,” based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin, in which Goodwin plays opposite Kate Hudson. Goodwin received a 2011 Teen Choice Award for her role in the film for Choice Movie Actress in a Romantic Comedy, as well as a 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Movie Actress. Goodwin also starred in the films “Ramona and Beezus”; Tom Ford’s directorial debut “A Single Man,” alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth; “He’s Just Not That Into You,” with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston; Jonathan Kasdan’s “In the Land of Women”; and the independent films “Day Zero,” with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood; and “Birds of America,” with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank.
Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in acting from Boston University. In 1997, she studied in England at Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year, she earned an Acting Shakespeare Certificate at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at BU, Goodwin performed in a number of student films, and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors. In 2011, Goodwin performed in an industry reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” Directed by Judith Ivey, Goodwin played Carnelle Scotthe in a cast that featured Christopher Burns, Louis Cancelmi, Lauren Cohn, Mary Catherine Garrison and Ronica Reddick.
Moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of “Law & Order.” In 2001, she joined the cast of the comedy series “Ed,” playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central’s telefilm “Porn ’N Chicken.”
Goodwin splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver where she films “Once Upon a Time.”
Nicholas P. "Nick" Wilde
JASON BATEMAN has attained leading-man status in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera. In 2003, Bateman gained critical acclaim for his irreverent portrayal of Michael Bluth in the award-winning comedy series “Arrested Development,” created by Mitch Hurwitz. Bateman’s lead role earned him a Golden Globe® for best actor in a comedy series. In 2013, Netflix premiered a 14-episode return of the cult favorite, for which Bateman reprised his role, earning him best actor nominations for the Emmy®, SAG, and Golden Globe® awards.
The actor, producer and director has since evolved from the small screen to securing one major film role after another. In 2007, Bateman had a pivotal role as a potential adoptive father in Jason Reitman’s “Juno,” one of the biggest success stories in independent filmmaking. “Juno” received best film nominations by most major film critics’ groups, as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Later that year, Bateman starred in Zach Helm’s family fantasy “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman, as well as Peter Berg’s action thriller “The Kingdom.” Bateman starred alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron in Berg’s superhero comedy-drama “Hancock” in 2008.
In 2010, Bateman starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy “The Switch.” He shined in a supporting role opposite George Clooney in the Golden Globe® and Academy Award®-nominated film “Up in the Air,” for Reitman, and starred alongside Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell in Jon Favreau’s “Couples Retreat.” In 2009, Bateman headlined director Mike Judge’s “Extract,” which was produced by Bateman through his F+A Productions banner. He also had a memorable cameo in the Ricky Gervais comedy “The Invention of Lying,” and delivered an emotionally charged performance in Kevin Macdonald’s crime drama “State of Play.”
In March 2011, Bateman co-starred in Greg Mottola’s comedy “Paul,” which was written by and starred Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. He also starred in back-to-back leading roles, including opposite Ryan Reynolds in David Dobkin’s comedy “The Change-Up” and the box-office hit “Horrible Bosses,” in which Bateman reteamed with director Seth Gordon.
In February 2013, Bateman co-starred with Melissa McCarthy in “Identity Thief,” directed by Seth Gordon. In April 2013, Bateman starred in Henry Alex Rubin’s thrill drama “Disconnect” with Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgard, Frank Grillo and Max Thieriot. In March 2014, Bateman starred in “Bad Words,” a dark comedy that also marked his feature-film directorial debut. “Bad Words” premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Later that year, Bateman starred in Shawn Levy’s “This Is Where I Leave You,” opposite Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll.
In November 2014, Bateman appeared in “Horrible Bosses 2,” reprising his old role as Nick Hendricks and starring alongside Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. In August 2015, Bateman starred alongside Joel Edgerton and Rebecca Hall in “The Gift,” an American-Australian psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Edgerton.
Most recently, Bateman directed “The Family Fang,” in which he also starred opposite Nicole Kidman. Based off the Kevin Wilson bestseller, the comedy tells the tale of two performance artists whose kids blame them for how badly their lives turned out. “The Family Fang” premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released theatrically by Starz in 2016. The film was produced under Bateman’s production banner Aggregate Films.
In March 2016, Bateman will begin production as director, producer and star of the MRC series “Ozark.” Bateman will also star alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Lane in the upcoming true-life spy thriller “Felt,” in which he will portray an FBI agent. The film was written and will be directed by Peter Landesman.
Bateman's other film credits include the comedy “The Ex,” “The Break-Up” with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” with Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller,” “Starsky & Hutch” opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, and the romantic comedy “The Sweetest Thing.”
On the small screen, Bateman secured a first-look production deal for his company F+A Productions to develop, direct and write original content for FOX Television. The deal came to fruition after Bateman directed the network's comedy pilot “Do Not Disturb” in Fall 2008. He also reteamed with “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz to voice a character in the FOX animated comedy series “Sit Down, Shut Up” in April 2009. In the summer of 2009, he directed and produced the FX networks pilot “The Merger.”
In his adolescent and teen years, Bateman's portrayal of charming schemer Derek Taylor in “Silver Spoons” prompted NBC to create the spin-off “It's Your Move,” starring Bateman. He then starred with Valerie Harper in the television series “Valerie,” retitled “Valerie's Family” and then “The Hogan Family,” from 1986 through 1991. Prior to that, he was a series regular on the iconic television series that became an American treasure, “Little House on the Prairie,” with Michael Landon.
In January 2010, Bateman and Will Arnett, his longtime friend and “Arrested Development” co-star, created the digital-driven production company DumbDumb Productions to produce commercials, shorts and original content for distribution on the Internet and for the film industry. Following this, Bateman established the production banner Aggregate Films with a first-look, two-year partnership with Universal Pictures and Universal Television. In February 2014, NBC premiered the comedy “Growing Up Fisher,” produced by Aggregate Films and Universal Television. Bateman served as an executive producer.
Golden Globe®-winning actor IDRIS ELBA (voice of Chief Bogo) showcases his creative versatility in television and film, as well as behind the camera as a producer and director. He continues to captivate audiences as one to watch in Hollywood, with a string of well-received performances in high-profile films as well as and multiple critically acclaimed television series.
Prior to his big-screen debut, Elba’s career skyrocketed on the small screen in some of UK’s top-rated shows, including “Dangerfield,” “Bramwell” and “Ultraviolet.” In 2000, “Ultraviolet” was purchased by Fox in the United States, offering Elba a break into the American marketplace. He soon moved to New York and earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles in Sir Peter Hall’s off-Broadway production of “Troilus and Cressida.” Shortly thereafter he landed a part on the acclaimed television series “Law & Order.”
Elba landed the role of Stringer Bell, the lieutenant of a Baltimore drug empire on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire.” In 2005, his performance earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.
In 2005 Elba began his film career in such projects as HBO’s “Sometimes in April” (NAACP Image Award nomination), Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” (BET Award nomination), “The Reaping” alongside Hilary Swank, and the horror thriller “28 Weeks Later.” In 2007, Elba starred in Ridley Scott’s Golden Globe®-nominated “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington, Russel Crowe, Ruby Dee and Josh Brolin. The cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Following, Elba starred in Guy Ritchie’s “RocknRolla” with Tom Hardy, opposite Beyonce Knowles in “Obsessed” (NAACP Image Award Nomination), “The Losers” (NAACP Image Award nomination), “Legacy” (which he also executive produced), “Ghost Rider” with Nicolas Cage, Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” with Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, “Thor” with Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth, and Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi. In 2013, Elba starred as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic “Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom.” His performance earned him a Golden Globe® nomination and an NAACP Image Award nomination. The next year, he both starred in and executive produced “No Good Deed,” a thriller also starring Taraji Henson. In March 2015, Elba appeared in Pierre Morel’s “The Gunman,” alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.
Elba can be seen in “Beasts of No Nation,” directed by Cary Fukunaga, which earned him nominations for a Golden Globe®, SAG, NAACP and Film Independent Spirit Award. He stars in Jon Favreau’s live-action film “The Jungle Book” and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” as well as next summer’s “Star Trek Beyond.”
Elba returned to television in 2009 when he joined the cast of NBC’s hit television show “The Office” as Michael Scott’s less-than-amused boss Charles Minor. In 2010, Elba landed the title role of John Luther in the BBC crime drama mini-series “Luther.” Following the first season, Elba was nominated for an Emmy® for his performance in “Luther,” as well as for his guest appearance on Showtime’s “The Big C.” His performance in the first season of “Luther” earned him an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, and a Golden Globe®. In 2012, Elba earned an Emmy nomination for the second season of “Luther.” The third installment of the BBC mini-series aired in September 2013. His performance earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination as well as an NAACP Image Award. In 2015, Elba reprised his role as Luther for the two-part final installment of the series, for which he earned nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP award.
In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with the teleplay “The Pavement Psychologist” for Sky/Sprout Pictures as part of Sky's PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS series starring Anna Friel, which Elba also wrote. He also created, directed and starred in the music video “Lover of Light” by Mumford and Sons, which has received more than 9 million YouTube views to date. In 2014, Elba starred in and produced a two-part documentary titled “King of Speed” for BBC Two and BBC America with his production company Green Door Pictures. In 2015, Elba and Green Door Pictures released the documentary “Mandela, My Dad and Me,” which follows Elba during the making of his album “mi Mandela.”
In winter 2015, Elba launched his clothing line Idris Elba + Superdry, which combines vintage Americana styling with Japanese inspired graphics, available in both the UK and US.
Assistant Mayor Bellwether
JENNY SLATE (voice of Assistant Mayor Bellwether) recently made her feature-film debut in Gillian Robespierre’s critically acclaimed “Obvious Child.” Slate starred as Donna, a 20-something comedienne whose unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released by A24 Films. For her breakout performance, Slate won a Critics’ Choice Award for best actress in a comedy and was honored with a 2015 Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best female lead actor and a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor. Additionally, the New York Times magazine, Time, Variety, and W magazine acknowledged Slate as one of the year’s best performances. Slate and “Obvious Child” were also recognized by the National Board of Review and various critics’ societies and film festivals, including Chicago Film Critics Association, St. Louis Film Critics Association, Phoenix Film Critics Society, Georgia Film Critics Association, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Women Film Critics Circle, Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival.
On television, Slate has appeared in Showtime’s “House of Lies,” opposite Don Cheadle; Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show,” opposite Nick Kroll; and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” opposite Amy Poehler. Slate also lends her voice to FOX’s “Bob’s Burgers” as Tammy. Her other television credits include “Married,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Girls,” “Bored to Death,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Hello Ladies.”
Along with Dean Fleischer-Camp, Slate is the co-creator of the Internet sensation “Marcel the Shell” short films, which Slate also voices. The first video, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” has more than 24 million views on YouTube and has been turned into a New York Times best-selling book written by Slate and Fleischer-Camp. Their second book, “Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been,” is now on sale.
NATE TORRENCE (voice of Clawhauser) moved to Chicago to study at the Players Workshop of the Second City after his freshman year at Kent State University (Stark Campus). He began performing with an improv/sketch troupe only to find that he was too young to legally enter the majority of improv clubs in the city. He moved back to Ohio and founded his own theater troupe, which toured local coffee houses and theaters. When a Second City Theater opened in Cleveland, Torrence continued to train, and soon decided to make the move to Los Angeles.
Torrence’s first big break was when he landed the recurring role of Dylan Killington on Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” He went on to star in ABC’s “Mr. Sunshine,” HBO’s “Hello Ladies, and FOX’s “Weird Loners.”
Torrence’s animation debut was as the voice of Chuck on Disney XD’s “Motor City." He can also be heard as the voice of Ferguson on Disney XD’s “Star and the Forces of Evil.” Torrence’s film appearances include “Get Smart,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “She’s Out of My League” and the Emmy®-nominated “Hello Ladies: The Movie.”
BONNIE HUNT (voice of Bonnie Hopps) is a versatile and accomplished writer, director, producer and an Emmy, Golden Globe® and SAG Award®-nominated actress, earning critical acclaim in film, television and theater.
Growing up in one of Chicago’s blue-collar neighborhoods, Hunt pursued an acting career with the famous Second City improvisational theater while continuing to work as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She soon became familiar to audiences with her unforgettable cameos in such films as “Rain Man” as the toothpick-dropping waitress, and in “Dave” as the White House tour guide. Her improvised line, “We’re walking, we’re walking…” quickly became famous as people embraced Hunt’s unique accessible brand of humor.
Hunt’s television accomplishments are considerable and innovative. Starting out as Jonathan Winters’ daughter on ABC’s “Davis Rules,” she was also a series regular on NBC’s sitcom “Grand.” But Hunt soon looked to broaden her knowledge of the creative aspects of television and its production process, making television history when she became the first person to write, produce and star in a primetime series. The highly acclaimed CBS series “The Building” featured an ensemble comedy with Hunt and her Second City colleagues, and incorporated improvisation, which became a popular trend. Hunt produced her show using five cameras instead of four, integrated overlapping dialogue and elected not to use the then standard laugh track—techniques that are still used on primetime and cable television.
Hunt created two more critically acclaimed series, writing, producing, directing and starring in CBS' popular daytime talk show “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” and “Life with Bonnie” for ABC, earning Emmy and Golden Globe® nominations.
Hunt received rave reviews for her movie roles, which include playing Tom Cruise’s scrutinizing sister-in-law in “Jerry Maguire,” Tom Hanks’ wife in “The Green Mile” and Robin Williams’ love interest in “Jumanji.” Credits include “Random Hearts” with Harrison Ford, Norman Jewison’s “Only You,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” with Steve Martin, and the family hits “Beethoven” and “Beethoven’s 2nd.” For MGM, Hunt wrote, directed and acted in the timeless feature film “Return To Me,” starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. Hunt's long association with Disney•Pixar includes starring roles in the animated hits “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters Inc,” “Cars,” “Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” and “Monsters University.” Her independent film work includes starring roles in “Stolen Summer,” “Loggerheads,” “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With” and “Patriots” with Forest Whitaker.
Hunt continues her charitable work, raising funds to sponsor research for treatments and cures for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, and also gives time to support organizations such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and American Veterans.
Hunt’s frequent and hilarious appearances on talk shows earned her Entertainment Weekly’s title of the hands-down best (talk show) guest in America.
DON LAKE (voice of Mr. Hopps) started his acting career with the Second City improvisational comedy troupe. He has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actor, writer and producer. He may be best known for his many roles in Christopher Guest films like “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show.” Lake’s hilarious everyman quality has endeared him to audiences. He has guest starred in more than 60 television shows and 30 feature films, most recently “Dumb and Dumber To.”
Lake has been a regular on series such as “The Building,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Bizarre,” “Super Dave” and “Watching Ellie” with Julia Louis Dreyfus.
Lake co-created and executive produced “Life with Bonnie” for ABC as well as co-writing all 44 episodes. He also co-created and executive produced 283 episodes of “The Bonnie Hunt Show” for NBC Syndication in which he received an Emmy nomination for writing. Feature film writing credits include “Return to Me” for MGM and Disney•Pixar’s 2006 film “Cars.”
Lake can be seen in Christopher Guests’ “Mascots” for Netflix.
Yax the Yak
Grammy®-winning comedian TOMMY CHONG (voice of Yax the Yak) is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture as part of the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums, including the 1973 Grammy winner "Los Cochinos," and starred in eight films, most of which Chong co-wrote and directed.
Chong began his entertainment career as a musician in a Canadian-based rhythm and blues band. Eventually, he landed a gig with the Vancouvers and co-wrote the band's 1960s hit “Does Your Mama Know About Me.” Next, Chong turned toward life as an actor, appearing in several films, including 1990's "Far Out Man!” and “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip” (1995). Chong also starred as Leo on FOX’s “That 70's Show,” and guest starred on ABC's “Dharma & Greg” and “The George Lopez Show.”
In 2009, Chong released his new book “Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography” about the exploits of the infamous duo's smoke-filled world. The highly anticipated, award-winning documentary “a/k/a Tommy Chong” was released worldwide. The documentary features the journey that Chong took after a fully armed SWAT team raided the comedian's home in February of 2003. In 2014 Tommy lit up the dance floor as a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and was paired with pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd.
Chong reunited with his old comedy partner Richard “Cheech” Martin with the "Cheech & Chong: Light Up America & Canada" tour, which proved to be one of the most successful comedy tours of the year last year, selling out multiple shows from coast to coast. Chong premiered his online talk show “Almost Legal With Tommy Chong” in October 2015.
After battling and defeating prostate cancer, Chong released a statement in June of 2015 stating that he had been diagnosed with rectal cancer and is seeking ongoing treatments with the help of various therapies, including hemp oil. Never one to give up on a fight, he is an avid speaker and pro activist for the medical wonders and potential health benefits of using marijuana.
J.K. SIMMONS (voice of Mayor Lionheart) has appeared in a range of projects spanning from motion pictures, television and the stage on and off-Broadway. He won the 2015 Academy Award® for best supporting actor for his portrayal of merciless jazz instructor Fletcher in Sony Pictures Classics’ “Whiplash.” His performance in the film also garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award®, Golden Globe®, Independent Spirit Award and BAFTA Award, as well as many critics’ group awards around the world. “Whiplash” premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and won the Dramatic Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for best film. The film also garnered five Academy Award nominations including best picture and received awards for best editing and best sound mixing in addition to Simmons’ best supporting actor award.
Simmons co-stars in Warner Bros.’ “Bastards” with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. Simmons also appears in the independent film “The Runaround” with Emile Hirsch, and “The Meddler” with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. Simmons appeared in the “Terminator” reboot, “Terminator: Genisys,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke. Simmons voices Kai in Dreamworks’ highly anticipated “Kung Fu Panda 3.” In October 2016, he’ll be seen in Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant,” co-starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick.
In 2014, Simmons appeared in Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. He also starred on the NBC comedy “Growing Up Fisher” opposite Jenna Elfman, “The Rewrite” opposite Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei, and Gillian Raimi’s feature “Murder of a Cat.”
In 2013, Simmons was seen in the Steve Jobs biopic, “Jobs,” and in Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day.” Simmons is known for playing J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider Man” trilogy, as well as the off-beat but not deadbeat father in the hit comedy “Juno.”
Past projects include “The Words,” “The Music Never Stopped,” “Jennifer’s Body,” “Extract,” “The Vicious Kind,” “I Love You Man,” “Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” “Contraband,” “Hidalgo,” “The Ladykillers,” “The Mexican,” “Off the Map,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Gift,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “Rendition,” “Burn After Reading” and the Academy Award®-nominated “Up in the Air.”
On the small screen, Simmons played LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT’s hit series “The Closer.” He also played Vern Schillinger on HBO’s acclaimed drama “Oz,” and had a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC’s “Law & Order.” He has had guest starring roles on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and a recurring role on TBS’ hit comedy “Men at Work.” Simmons has appeared on the Broadway stage in performances of “Guys and Dolls,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “A Change in the Heir,” “Peter Pan” and “A Few Good Men.”
A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, OCTAVIA SPENCER (voice of Mrs. Otterton) has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork’s feature film “The Help” won her the 2012 Academy Award®, BAFTA®, Golden Globe®, SAG Award® and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award, among numerous other honors.
Spencer was seen in “Insurgent,” the second installment of Lionsgate/Summit’s highly successful franchise that set several box-office records. She co-stars in the third film in the franchise, “Allegiant,” which opens this spring. Spencer will be seen in “Fathers and Daughters” with Quvenzhane Wallis, Diane Kruger, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul. She worked opposite Sophie Nelisse, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover in “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” the adaptation of Katherine Peterson’s young adult Newberry Award-winning novel. Spencer just wrapped production on “The Shack.” Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, the film follows a man whose daughter is abducted during a family vacation with evidence found in an abandoned shack leading authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God (Spencer), instructing him to revisit the scene of the crime.
Spencer will begin production on Marc Webb’s drama “Gifted” alongside Chris Evans. The film tells the story of Frank Adler, a deliberate underachiever who is raising his niece in rural Florida. Spencer also appears in “The Free World,” a drama focusing on a recently released former convict who becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband; it co-stars Boyd Holbrook and Elizabeth Moss.
Last year, Spencer co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in the drama “Black or White,” which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Previously, Spencer co-starred in Tate Taylor’s “Get On Up,” a chronicle of musician James Brown’s rise to fame that also starred Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, and the sci-fi, action-adventure “Snowpiercer” opposite Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, the film followed a train that holds all remaining inhabitants on Earth after a climate-change experiment wipes out the rest of the population, and the class system that emerges. In 2013, Spencer was seen in the indie-drama “Fruitvale Station,” which follows the final hours of a young man whose death sparked national outrage after video footage of his shooting was released to the public. “Fruitvale Station” won several prestigious awards, including both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the Un Certain Regard Award for Prix de l’avenir at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It was named one of AFI’s Films of the Year and received nominations for the 2014 Spirit Awards and NAACP Image Awards. Spencer was awarded best supporting actress from the National Board of Review for her performance in the film and received an individual nomination from the NAACP Image Awards. She also served as a producer of the film.
Film credits include Diablo Cody’s directorial debut “Paradise” alongside Russell Brand and Julianne Hough; “Smashed,” an independent film that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; and Bryce Dallas Howard’s directed segment of “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film,” an anthology of five short films focused on various stories of mental illness. Spencer also appeared in “Blues for Willadean,” “Fly Paper,” “Peep World,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Herpes Boy,” “Halloween II,” “The Soloist,” “Drag Me to Hell,” “Seven Pounds,” “Pretty Ugly People,” “Coach Carter,” “Charm School,” “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” “Bad Santa,” “Spiderman,” “Big Momma’s House,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Never Been Kissed” and “A Time to Kill.” In 2009, Spencer directed and produced a short film entitled “The Captain,” which was a finalist for the coveted Poetry Foundation Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
Spencer recently guest-starred in the latest season of the CBS series “Mom.” Additionally, Spencer made a memorable guest appearance in the final season of “30 Rock,” starred in the Comedy Central series “Halfway Home” and appeared in a five-episode arc as the character Constance Grady on the hit series “Ugly Betty.” She has guest-starred on “The Big Bang Theory,” “E.R.,” “CSI,” “CSI: NY,” “Raising The Bar,” “Medium” and “NYPD Blue,” among others.
Among her many other professional achievements, Spencer co-authored an interactive mystery series for children called “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective.” The first title in the series, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit,” was published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in Fall 2013. The second book, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: Sweetest Heist in History” is currently in bookstores.
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Ala., and holds a BS in liberal arts from Auburn University. She resides in Los Angeles.
ALAN TUDYK (voice of Duke Weaselton) has appeared on several television shows and more than 20 feature films. His talents traverse drama, comedy, dramedy, com-rama and musical erotica. Tudyk appears in the upcoming “Welcome to Me” with Kristin Wiig. He is shooting the Jay Roach feature “Trumbo” opposite Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Root.
Tudyk’s role in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wreck-It Ralph” garnered him an Annie Award for his work as King Candy. He returned to the recording booth to voice the Duke of Weselton in Disney’s Oscar®-winning feature “Frozen,” and voiced Alistair Krei in Disney’s subsequent Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6.” Tudyk has done voice work for many features, television shows and video games.
Tudyk starred in the well-received Warner Bros. film “42” as Ben Chapman, a former player turned manager who adamantly opposed Jackie Robinson’s entry into the league. Tudyk broke out as a hyper-paranoid mental patient opposite Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.” His film credits include “28 Days,” “Wonder Boys,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “I, Robot,” “RX” “Serenity,” “Death at a Funeral,” “Knocked Up,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “Beautiful Boy,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Premature.”
Tudyk appeared in the critically acclaimed ABC single-camera comedy “Suburgatory.” He reprised his role as Pastor Veal on the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development.” Tudyk garnered a cult following as a member of Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series “Firefly.” Tudyk also appeared in “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier” and “Justified.” He plays host Reagan Biscayne on Adult Swim’s “Newsreaders,” which is created and produced by Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern and David Wain.
Tudyk starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in “Epic Proportions,” played Lancelot with the original cast in Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” and played the lead role of Peter in “Prelude to a Kiss” opposite John Mahoney.
Tudyk grew up in Plano, Texas, attended the prestigious Juilliard Conservatory in New York, and lives in Los Angeles. He has a modest taxidermy collection and enjoys DIY home improvement and construction projects. He lives with his two dogs, Raisin (a rescue) and Aunt Clara (a “cock-a-poo” cocker spaniel/poodle mix), owns a motorcycle, and likes playing guitar and writing original songs.
Gazelle/performer “Try Everything”
Colombian singer-songwriter SHAKIRA (voice of Gazelle/performer “Try Everything”) has sold more than 60 million records worldwide. She’s won numerous awards including two Grammys®, eight Latin Grammys®, and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few.
Shakira is the only artist from South America to have a No. 1 song in the United States, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade. Shakira served as coach on the fourth and sixth seasons of "The Voice," NBC's hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation's best voice. Her tenth and most recent studio album “Shakira” was released in 2014.
At the age of 18, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition to more than 6,000 impoverished children in Colombia; she is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa. In October 2011, Shakira was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Raymond S. Persi
Raymond S. Persi is an Emmy Award®-winning director (for the 2006 “Simpsons” Episode: “The Seemingly Neverending Story”), and has been a key player on the story team at Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2010. He was a story artist on Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Oscar®-winning animated feature, “Frozen,” as well as the Oscar-winning animated short, “Feast,” for which his two dogs –Sweet Pea and Chibi – served as life models.
Persi’s work for Walt Disney Animation Studios also extends to the recording booth, having played the roles of “Wreck-It Ralph’s” Gene, the martini-swilling Nicelander who tells Ralph that he’s not worthy, and Zombie, a member of Ralph’s Bad-Anon therapy group. His most recent voice work was for 2016’s “Zootopia,” as Flash, the fastest sloth in the DMV (Department of Mammal Vehicles).
Born in Hollywood, California, Persi exhibited an early interest in drawing, and was strongly influenced by Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons, as well as shows like “The Muppet Show.” After high school, he studied animation at the Santa Monica-based workshop school, AnimAction, which led to a training position at “The Simpsons” starting in 1995. Over the next fifteen years, Persi advanced through the ranks from character layout to assistant director to director. He directed ten episodes for the popular long-running series.
Additionally, Persi has worked on projects for Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. He also co-produced and co-directed an award-winning animated music video in 1999 for the Squirrel Nut Zippers for their song, “Ghost of Stephen Foster.”
Often joking that he was voted “Most Likely To Be Someone Else” by his high school classmates, two-time Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche has been doing character voices and impressions since his childhood. He started actually getting paid for it at the tender age of 19, when he began performing stand-up comedy at Toronto’s "Yuk Yuk’s" comedy club, launching his career at the same time as longtime friends Howie Mandel and Jim Carrey.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1980, Maurice began a ten-year stint in stand-up, during which he served as the opening act for such performers as Rodney Dangerfield, George Carlin, and Kool & The Gang, as well as being showcased on HBO's groundbreaking "Rodney Dangerfield Presents The Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special" in 1985. That was the same year he “tripped sideways into a second career in the wonderful world of animation voiceovers”, as he is fond of putting it, finding himself cast as Chief Quimby in "Inspector Gadget", and Egon Spengler in "The Real Ghostbusters", in rapid succession.
The voiceover work has kept coming ever since; Maurice has performed on over one hundred and fifty animated series, and has been Emmy-nominated five times for his voice talents. In 1989, he was nominated for voicing roughly half the puppets on the politically satirical “Sid and Marty Krofft present D.C. Follies”, starring Fred Willard; then in 1998 for playing "The Brain" in "Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain". Then, in 2011, he finally won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in "Futurama", where he played a dozen regular (and about sixty recurring) characters, including "Morbo The Newscaster", "Calculon", "The Donbot", "Clamps", "Hedonismbot", and Zapp Brannigan’s long-suffering sidekick, "Kif Kroker".
The following year he took home his second Emmy for “Futurama” in the same category, and he was nominated one last time for Matt Groening’s much-loved sci-fi cartoon in 2014. Maurice is also frequently heard in the advertising world as the voice of Toucan Sam, the “spokesbird” for Kellogg’s Froot Loops, a part he’s played since 1987, and he has, since 2009, been the signature voice of the entire Lexus TV and Radio Campaign in the United States.
Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
In addition to being the voice of Bender on Fox’s “Futurama”, John DiMaggio is an accomplished comedic actor who made the jump from acting to stand-up and back to acting. John ’s past and current animated TV and film credits include: Futurama (2001 Annie Award winner and 2003 Emmy Nominee), Aquaman on Bat Man: The Brave and the Bold, Kim Possible, American Dragon: Jake Long, American Dad, Barnyard, Where My Dogs At?, Chowder, Friday, The Animatrix, Princess Mononoke, The Simpsons, Teen Titans, Superman: Doomsday, Jackie Chan Adventures, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Father of The Pride, The Madagascar Penguins Christmas Caper, Catscratch, Vampire Hunter D, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has also voiced many video games including 50 Cent: Bulletproof, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, X-Men Legends, Final Fantasy 10-12, and Gears of War (for which he won Best Male V.O. in a Video Game 2006).
John has been seen on Chicago Hope, ER, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, CSI: NY, My Name is Earl, and the original cable movie “The Pirates of Silicon Valley” with Noah Wyle, Anthony Michael Hall and Joey Slotnick. He also has extensive stage credits and has performed internationally in the theatre and as a stand up comic.
Nicholas P. "Nick" Wilde
Assistant Mayor Bellwether
Yax the Yak
performer “Try Everything”
Raymond S. Persi
Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
MICHAEL GIACCHINO (Composer) has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Jurassic World,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit “Up” earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics' Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards.
“Zootopia” marks the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature for Giacchino, following his Emmy®-nominated work on the studio’s animated television special “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.”
Giacchino began his filmmaking career at the age of 10 in his backyard in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, and eventually went on to study filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard and then at UCLA. From marketing, he became a producer in the fledgling Disney Interactive Division where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.
After moving to a producing job at the newly formed DreamWorks Interactive Division, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score. Giacchino continued writing for video games and became well known for his “Medal of Honor” scores.
Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series “Alias” and “Lost,” and the feature films “Mission Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams) and the “Ratatouille” ride in Disneyland Paris. Giacchino also was the musical director of the 81st Annual Academy Awards®. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Ratatouille” films being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra.
Giacchino serves as the Governor of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.
- Clark Spencer, p.g.a
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
- Byron Howard
- Rich Moore
- Clark Spencer, p.g.a
- Byron Howard
- Rich Moore
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
- Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
- Story By
- Byron Howard, Rich Moore,
- Jared Bush, Jim Reardon,
- Josie Trinidad, Phil Johnston,
- and Jennifer Lee
- Director of Cinematography: Layout
- Nathan Detroit Warner
- Director of Cinematography: Lighting
- Brian Leach
BEST FILM EDITING
- Fabienne Rawley, Jeremy Milton
BEST ART DIRECTION
- Production Designer
- David Goetz
BEST SOUND MIXING
- Re-Recording Mixers
- David E. Fluhr, CAS
- Gabriel Guy, CAS
- Original Dialogue Mixer
- Paul McGrath
BEST SOUND EDITING
- Sound Designer/
- Supervising Sound Editor
- Addison Teague
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
- Scott Kersavage
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
- Michael Giacchino
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
- “Try Everything”
- Performed by Shakira
- Written by Sia Furler,
- Tor Erik Hermansen and
- Mikkel S. Eriksen