She gained fame and recognition for the hit fairy tale-style series Once Upon a Time in which she plays Snow White and Mary Margaret Blanchard. Now, Ginnifer Goodwin breathes life to rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps in Disney’s new comedy adventure Zootopia.
Judy Hopps, who believes that in Zootopia, anyone can be anything, becomes the first bunny ever to join the Zootopia Police Department. But she quickly realizes she’ll have to prove herself, even it means teaming up with a con-artist fox to crack her first case.
Goodwin was tapped to help bring Judy’s enthusiasm to life. “I was told that Judy’s a glass-half-full kind of bunny. She’s a spark plug,” the actress quips.
It was the character’s upbeat personality that led filmmakers to Goodwin in the first place. “Ginnifer has this natural positivity and great energy,” says director Byron Howard. “She embodies that purity and determination we wanted for Judy. We told Ginnifer to just be herself.”
“Both Judy and I are fiercely optimistic,” adds Goodwin. “We’re determined and ambitious. I would definitely say I am a glass-half-full kind of bunny, too.”
Ever since she was a young bunny, Judy Hopps has wanted to be a police officer. The odds are against her, of course, because a bunny has never joined the Zootopia Police Department—or even dared to try. The cops in Zootopia are all big animals like rhinos, elephants and hippos. But that’s not going to stop Judy.
“She has a strong sense of justice,” describes co-director director Rich Moore. “She stands up for the little guy, she doesn’t like bullies and she really takes to heart the motto of the big city: ‘In Zootopia, anyone can be anything’.”
Opening across the Philippines on February 17, Zootopia is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.