Shakira Joins the Voice Cast in Walt Disney Animation’s “Zootopia”

Life’s a zoo for Shakira

The 38-year-old Colombian singer has joined the voice cast of Walt Disney Animation‘s Zootopia, the studio announced Friday at its D23 Expo.


The script, by Jared Bush, is set in a modern mammal metropolis comprised of neighborhoods such as ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown.

Shakira will voice Gazelle the biggest pop star in Zootopia. She’ll also perform an all-new original song for the movie titled “Try Everything.”

The project is being directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore and co-directed by Bush.

Zootopia is slated for release on March 4, 2016.

Lopez to Provide Original Songs for Disney’s “Frozen”

Robert Lopez is preparing to experience the wonderful world of Disney

The 37-year-old composer and lyricist—who has won three Tony Awards for his first two Broadway musicals, Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon—and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez will be bringing their musical talents to Walt Disney Animation’s upcoming animated film Frozen.

Robert Lopez

The film, loosely based on 1845′s The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, will feature original songs by the musically inclined couple, which worked on Disney’s 2011 Winnie the Pooh.

Idina Menzel, who won a Tony award for originating the role of misunderstood Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, will play the Snow Queen in Frozen, while Kristen Bell will co-star as Anna, a young girl who ventures to find Menzel’s character and end the perpetual winter that has befallen their mythical kingdom, according to the studio.

The Snow Queen

Still uncast in the movie is the role of the leading man, Kristoff, a mountain climber who leads Anna on her quest through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen.

The digitally animated feature will open in November 2013.