12:45 pm EDT, November 16, 2015

Michael Giacchino scoring ‘Zootopia,’ his first film for Disney Animation

Disney announced Monday morning that beloved composer Michael Giacchino is scoring his first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature, Zootopia.

Zootopia is slated to hit theaters this March and is set in a world entirely made up of animals. The film’s cast is led by Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin.

“In a world as vast as Zootopia, we needed someone who could deliver a score that can feel exotic and powerful, but also provide that same emotional intimacy,” said Zootopia director Byron Howard. “We tell stories with images, Michael tells stories with music. ‘Zootopia’ is a massive film with deep emotional themes running throughout the story, and Michael was the perfect choice to bring the music of this extraordinary animal world to life.”

Added director Rich Moore, “Zootopia is a thriving metropolis inhabited by animals from around globe, and Michael’s music has captured a wonderful international spirit that marries perfectly with the visuals. I’m very excited for audiences to experience this incredible new world we’ve created together.”

Said Giacchino, “There are flavors of world music sprinkled in everywhere. But at its core, the score always follows the emotional story of Hopps and Nick.”

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“I am really proud to be a part of this film,” he added. “It’s one of those films with a huge heart and wonderfully realized characters set within a story that’s not only incredibly fun and entertaining but takes an honest look at our own world and the important issues we deal with living in such a diverse society. That’s what really attracted me to the film—the chance to write music that reflects these kind of challenges.”

While Giacchino is new to Disney Animation, he’s no stranger to Pixar: The composer has penned the music for Inside Out, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Outside of animation his credits include summer’s Jurassic World, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and, of course, the recent Star Trek movies.

Giacchino isn’t the only big name in Zootopia’s musical repertoire: Shakira is contributing an original song to the film.

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