Mansbridge will voice the character Peter Moosebridge, a moose and co-anchor of the ZTV News, who has become a trusted source of news for the inhabitants of Zootopia. The character was specifically written with Canada in mind and to be voiced by a Canadian, which is the first time this has ever been done in a Walt Disney Animation Studios film.
“We are so excited to have a moose among the residents of ‘Zootopia’ and couldn’t be more thrilled that, in the ultimate casting coup, we were able to convince the preeminent voice in Canadian news to accept this assignment,” said Greg Mason, VP, Marketing, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada. “Not surprisingly, Peter was a natural and we think audiences will delight in seeing Canada represented in Peter Moosebridge.”
We all know and love that deep and sonorous voice. What a great call for this role! Of course a moose has to be a Canadian, right?
Did you know that Peter Mansbridge was “discovered” by a radio executive when he worked as an airline ticket agent calling flights in the wilds of Northern Manitoba? From that to CBC's The National, and now his first experience working on an animated feature film.
“Some of my earliest television memories involve watching ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’ on CBC,” said Peter Mansbridge. “Also, as a long-time fan of Disney’s animated films, I was immediately intrigued when I received the proposal for this cameo role, of a newscaster no less. These films were part of my childhood and now I see my kids and grandkids watching them.”
One more reason we can look forward to the release of Zootopia, hitting theatres March 4, 2016.