EUR: What animal scares you?
Shakira (voice of Gazelle): Snakes!
Jason Bateman (voice of Nick Wilde): Bees! I don’t like bees.
Mark ‘Rhino’ Smith (voice of Officer McHorn): Rhino’s fear no one!
EUR: Tell us about your character.
Mark ‘Rhino’ Smith: I play the role of Officer McHorn, who is a rhino and my nickname is ‘Rhino,’ so it was a honor to play this role. My nickname has been Rhino for 27 years, even my mom calls me Rhino. It takes a lot to bring life to a character. Officer McHorn picks on Judy Hops (Ginnifer Goodwin’s role) a lot. He’s kind of a robust, strong character. It’s kind of hard to bring that to life. It’s great to be Disney’s 55th animated feature film.
EUR: How do your kids respond when they hear your voice? Do they recognize it is you talking?
Mark ‘Rhino’ Smith: Yeah! On the soft trailer, which has over 9 million views, I say, ‘this is officer McHorn, we got a 1031.’ They were like, ‘Wow, dad! Is that you?’
EUR: What did you learn from playing this character?
Mark ‘Rhino’ Smith: Yes! It taught me that anyone can be anything and I live by that trait. I tell my kids, ‘believe and achieve, pursue your dreams, and go get it.’
Shakira: I learned how these kind of movies are produced and directed. I had no idea how the process worked. I learned how much I like animation movies. I should participate in these kind of projects more. It’s really refreshing. I had so much fun!
EUR: If you could be any animal in the zoo, which would you be and why?
Marsai Martin: A zebra because their pretty cool. They have patters and I love them. I’m still wondering if their black with white stripes or white with black stripes.
Skai Jackson: I would have to be a tiger. I love tigers. Their patterns are really pretty and they’re just so big.
Mark ‘Rhino’ Smith: A little baby rhino.
Disney’s Zootopia is in theaters March 4th.