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Tokyo Zoo
Directed by Brad Bird
Produced by John Walker
Nicole Paradis Grindle
Screenplay by Brad Bird
Story by Brad Bird
Meg LeFauve
Justin Marks
Starring Eric Close
Skylar Astin
Albert Brooks
Angelina Jolie
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography Jeremy Lasky (layout)
Kim White (lighting)
Edited by Stephen Schaffer
Production
company
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date June 16, 2023
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Box office $577 million


Tokyo Zoo is a 2023 computer-animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Brad Bird from a story by him, Meg LeFauve, and Justin Marks, the film stars the voices of Eric Close, Skylar Astin, Albert Brooks, and Angelina Jolie. In the film, four wild animals from the Japanese island Yakushima unexpectedly end up drifting out to sea and attempt to find a way back home.

Tokyo Zoo was released in the United States on June 16, 2023. It was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $577 million worldwide on a $150 million budget and receiving praise for its animation, characters, story, voice acting, and humor. It received a nomination at the 95th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature.

Plot

On the Japanese island Yakushima, Ludwig the lion has a cub named Zac. Zac is eager to explore the jungle, but Ludwig is exceedingly overprotective because the island is infested with hunters every spring. One day in spring while exploring, Zac inadvertently attracts a hunter named Quack's attention. Just when he reunites with Ludwig and his friends Arthur the meerkat, Thaws the giraffe, and Wendy the kangaroo, the hunter's antics cause Ludwig, Arthur, Thaws, and Wendy to end up drifting out to sea. At the same time, the hunter infestation forces Zac and all the other animals to make their way towards the hunters' boats.

Extremely violent weather pushes Ludwig, Arthur, Thaws, and Wendy further away from land. Later, they encounter a huge naval ship where they are captured by navy soldiers. The captain, Florimonte, attempts to press Ludwig, Arthur, Thaws, and Wendy into his crew, but they refuse. Outraged, Florimonte has them trapped in wooden crates and throws them overboard, and the four animals are washed away to a jungle in New Zealand, where they encounter squirrels led by W. A Komodo dragon attacks the squirrels, but Ludwig scares it away, and W thanks him with enormous gratitude.

Meanwhile, on Yakushima, Zac hangs out with his classmates, including a female lion cub named Samantha who he has a crush on. Taking advice from his teacher Mark the moose, Zac successfully shows his affection for Samantha by dancing. Samantha is impressed with Zac, and the two begin to fall in love. Back in New Zealand, W discovers an abandoned naval ship and leads Ludwig, Arthur, Thaws, and Wendy to it. Realizing this may lead them home, Ludwig, Arthur, Thaws, and Wendy climb onboard the ship and set sail for Yakushima. Back on Yakushima, Zac and Samantha survive a field of land mines set out by the hunters. Upset that they had almost been killed, Samantha berates Zac for endangering her and abandons him.

Ludwig, Arthur, Thaws, and Wendy return to Yakushima, only to find that the hunters have gotten to the boats first and taken Zac, his classmates, Mark, and all of the other animals hostage. The hunters capture Ludwig with ropes and are about to lock him in a cage, but Samantha, having regretted leaving Zac, intervenes, allowing Ludwig to shake loose. While Ludwig scares the hunters away and keeps Quack busy, Arthur, Thaws, and Wendy free the captive animals. Angered, Quack is about to execute Ludwig with his shotgun, but Zac pounces on him. Frightened, Quack retreats and runs off into the jungle. In the aftermath of the final battle, Zac reunites with his father and apologizes to Samantha, who accepts his apology, and the two reconcile. The animals' secret is revealed to the public, and hunters are banned from hunting in Yakushima ever again. At this, the animals celebrate.

In a post-credits scene, Quack tries to leave the jungle, but is eaten by a carnivorous plant.

Cast

  • Eric Close as Ludwig, a lion and Zac's father.
  • Skylar Astin as Arthur, a s meerkat and one of Ludwig's friends.
  • Albert Brooks as Thaws, a giraffe and one of Ludwig's friends.
  • Angelina Jolie as Wendy, a kangaroo and one of Ludwig's friends.
  • George Clooney as Florimonte, the captain of a naval ship.
  • izaac Wang as Zac, a lion cub and Ludwig's son.
  • Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt as Samantha, a lion cub and Zac's love interest.
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Quack, a hunter who hunts animals in the springtime.
  • John Ratzenberger as Mark, a moose and Zac's teacher.
  • Brad Bird as W, the king of the squirrels who reside in New Zealand.

Production

In 2021, it was announced that Pixar was producing film centered on four animals from the Japanese island Yakushima who inexplicably end up drifting out to sea and attempt to return home. Eric Close, Skylar Astin, Albert Brooks, and Angelina Jolie were announced to be starring as the four main characters: Ludwig the lion, Arthur the meerkat, Thaws the crocodile, and Wendy the giraffe. The film was released on June 16, 2023. The film has been released on DVD on September 14, 2023, and has also been released on DVD multiple times, each with one of the four main characters on the cover. It sold 30 million copies worldwide as of 2026.

Reception

Box office

Tokyo Zoo opened theatrically on June 16, 2023, and was projected to gross anywhere around 100--110 million in its opening weekend. The film grossed $230 million in North America and $347 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $577 million worldwide. Produced on a budget of $150 million, the film was a success at the box office.

Critical response

Tokyo Zoo received positive reviews upon release. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 297 reviews. The consensus reads, "With is colorful animation, good humor, and an all-star voice cast, Tokyo Zoo proves itself to be yet another true Pixar classic". On Metacritic, it was reported that the film had earned a score of 81 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

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