The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac is a CGI film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was released on October 23, 2015.

It is Walt Disney's eight 3D animated film and recounts the legend behind the ancient Chinese Zodiac on how 12 animals came to be chosen as its symbols.


The great Fa Zhou gave the eminent Jade Emperor the task of ruling the celestial and mortal worlds. However, mortal human beings did not have an awareness of time, which spelt calamity. To avert this, the Jade Emperor gave a celestial order: "Let it be known in the mortal world, that I, the Imperial Jade Emperor, shall appoint 12 animals to ascend to the celestial world. These 12 species of animals shall represent a cycle of 12 years with each animal representing a year. Any humans born in a particular animal's year shall bear that animal's mark and his strength. This representation shall be known as the Zodiac."

But deep in the dark swamps, the thousand year old tree spirit, determined to thwart the plans of her long-time enemy, the Jade Emperor, sets forth to prevent the success of the Race by impeding the 12 chosen ones.


  • Soon-Tek Oh as Fa Zhou
  • James Earl Jones as The Jade Emperor
  • Patton Oswalt as Remy the Rat
  • Michael-Leon Wooley as Babe the Ox
  • Jim Cummings as Tigger the Tiger/Kaa the Snake
  • Brendon Baerg as Thumper the Rabbit
  • Wayne Knight as Elliott the Dragon
  • Cuba Gooding Jr as Buck the Horse
  • Lara Jill Miller as Lambie the Sheep
  • Andrew Sabiston as Diddy Kong the Monkey
  • Jeff Berghman as Foghorn Leghorn the Rooster
  • Blake Clark as Slinky the Dog
  • John Ratzenberger as Hamm the Pig
  • Steven Curtis Chapman as Thomas O'Malley the Cat

Critical response

John Lasseter of Common Sense Media gave this film a 1/5 stars, writing that the film "is rife with unlistenable songs, unlikeable characters, terrible acting, and the thinnest of storylines".

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