10 Feb 2016
Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
.. the film revolved around Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). However, test audiences reported that they had a hard time connecting with him emotionally and instead found themselves drawn to Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), so the story was changed.
There was a poster for Zootopia in Big Hero 6 (2014)
..when Baymax and Hiro fly under the train tracks.
Judy’s eye color
Animators decided upon Judy’s purple eye color because they thought the rest of her gray fur markings were too dull, particularly for a main character. Purple was chosen to represent her energetic and optimistic personality.
Nick Wilde’s design is heavily based
..on the title character of Disney’s Robin Hood (1973) (who is also a fox).
As per theme of the movie
There are no reptiles, birds, fish, or amphibians throughout the entire movie; instead, there are only mammals and occasional flies. This was in keeping with the Prey and Predator theme of the film.
Some have speculated that Judy Hopps from Zootopia is a reference to
..Judy Hoffs from 21 Jump Street (1987). Other than their remarkably similar names, they are both law enforcement officers who face workplace discrimination. According to Zootopia director Byron Howard, this is “a hilarious but amazing coincidence.”
Parodies of various songs from past Disney animated feature films on Judy’s music player
These include “Let it Go” from Frozen (2013), “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid (1989), “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King (1994), and “Arabian Nights” from Aladdin (1992).
Reference to the title of a major song
In addition to being a popular phrase used to inspire hope and comfort, Judy Hopps’s self-consoling line, “Tomorrow is another day,” can be seen as a reference to the title of a major song from an earlier Walt Disney animated film, The Rescuers (1977), in which unlikely animal heroes also work together to investigate and solve a crime while facing menacing predators.
Chief Bogo, when chastising Judy for having unrealistic dreams of becoming a “real cop”, tells her that they aren’t living “in a cartoon world where you sing a little song and all your dreams come true” before telling her to “let it go.” This is an obviously self-referential nod to the large body of prior Disney animated classics, which frequently feature heroes seeking to fulfill lofty dreams, singing, and wishing, particularly the mega-hit Frozen (2013) whose feature song was the anthem “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel.
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
When Duke Weaselton is about to be iced at Mr. Big’s place, he says “They offered me what I couldn’t refuse. Money”, a clear reference to the famous dialogue said by Marlon Brando’s character Don Corleone, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” from The Godfather (1972). In the earlier context, it actually meant that he was going to threaten to kill someone in order to get them to do what he wanted.
At the end..
When Chief Bogo is handing out assignments at the end, he says, “Snarlov, Wolford, Higgins: undercover…” at which point, officer Wolford pulls a ram mask over his head. He is literally a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Zootopia excels on so many levels that it stands with the finest of the Disney classics.(Click here to see)