Over the weekend we had a mini movie marathon at our house. We kicked off our movie fun with Zootopia, out on Blu-ray™ and DVD now. Last week my friends at Walt Disney Pictures sent us a copy of the movie and we couldn’t wait to watch it. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet but my son saw it and loved it. He was so excited when the DVD arrived. I knew I wanted to create a fun snack to go along with the movie. Of course we had our movie staples like pizza and popcorn ready but for dessert I wanted something fun. If you know my son, you’d know he loves donuts. He would eat them all day long if I’d let him. Even though I hadn’t see the movie, I saw enough clips to see “the big donut” featured several times. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s basically a donut dipped in chocolate with sprinkle and “the Big Donut” written on top. I knew this was the perfect recipe to re-create for my donut loving boy.
Did you know you can make your own donuts at home, in minutes? Well you can and I’m going to show you how to do it using biscuit dough. That’s right. A can of refrigerated biscuit dough. It’s so easy to do and you don’t have to make your own dough and wait around all day for it to rise and all that.
You’ll want to heat some vegetable oil in a pan to cook the donuts. They’ll cook in just a few minutes on each side making this a quick and easy dessert option.
For the chocolate sauce, I just used some chocolate frosting melted in a microwave safe bowl. It’s get thick again after a few minutes in the fridge once you dip the donuts.
Just a sprinkle of sprinkles and a tube of pink icing later and we had the cutest donuts to pair with our movie night.
The Big Donut Recipe Inspired by Zootopia
- 1 Can of Grands biscuit dough
- 1 Can of chocolate frosting
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Tube of Pink Frosting
- Vegetable oil for frying
- In a pan, heat vegetable oil to about 350º.
- Once oil is headed, place on biscuit with a hole cut out in the center into the oil.
- Cook 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.
- Repeat with remaining biscuits.
- Melt half the container of frosting in a microwave safe bowl in 15 second intervals until melted.
- Dip top of donuts into chocolate frosting.
- Sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles.
- Using the pink icing, pipe the words "The Big Donut" onto the top of each donut.
Zootopia, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy-adventure has already broken plenty of records worldwide, earning nearly $1 billion at the global box office and becoming one of the highest grossing original movies of all time. Critics and audiences of all ages have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative mammal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). In fact, critics have hailed “Zootopia” as one of the best films of 2016 and Richard Roeper from Chicago Sun-Times calls it “One of the best animated films ever.”
When you pick up a copy of the movie you will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with your favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings.
Bonus features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes, and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.
Bonus features include*:
BLU-RAY 3D, BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
-Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
-The Origin of an Animal Tale – Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopia and the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
-Research: A True-Life Adventure – The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia. They reflect on the importance of research and how a deep dive into animal behavior at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and a deep immersion into animal society on the African savanna shaped and inspired the characters of Zootopia and changed the filmmakers’ lives forever.
-Z.P.D. Forensic Files – Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs. Every city has its hidden gems, especially when it has been created by the filmmakers of Disney Animation who love nothing more than sprinkling hidden references to some of Disney’s greatest animated features throughout the story.
-Scoretopia – Academy Award®-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
-Deleted Characters – Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut.
-Alternate Opening – Young Judy Hopps rescues a fellow classmate and realizes she can reach beyond a life in carrot farming to a future in law enforcement.
-Wild Times! Pitch – Nick desperately pitches the bankers of Zootopia on funding Wild Times!, an amusement park made exclusively for the predators of Zootopia and a sure-fire, money-making scheme for Nick and his friends.
-Alternate Homesick Hopps – After a frustrating first day on the force, Judy has a conversation with her parents. See how this scene changed from a heartfelt conversation with her parents to tough love when her parents discover their daughter is only a meter maid and not a “real cop.”
-Detective Work – Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
-Alternate Jumbo Pop – In this early version of the story where Nick was the main character, the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level.
-Hopps’ Apartment – When Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping.
-The Taming Party – In this emotional clip from an early version of “Zootopia,” Judy attends her first “taming party” and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
· “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira
-“Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira
DIGITAL HD EXCLUSIVE:
International Character Reel – See the variances in news reporters in Zootopia around the world!
Plan your next movie night with Zootopia and make your own Zootopia inspired donuts!
Have you seen Zootopia yet? I’d love to know what you thought about it!