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Zootopia+ is a 2022 animated anthology series, directed by Josie Trinidad.

Each episode follows a different set of supporting characters from the original movie — such as Duke Weaselton, Clawhauser, and Mr. and Mrs. Hopps — and fleshes out what they experienced during Judy and Nick's adventures in Zootopia.

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Zootopia+ features examples of:

  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: Apparently, Duke's been arrested enough times that when he walks out of the station, Francine has become familiar with him and can only exasperatedly reprimand him for causing trouble again and tell him to shape up.
  • All Just a Dream: The events of "So You Think You Can Prance" turn out to be a dream experienced by Clawhauser while napping on the job.
  • Anachronism Stew: For most of "Godfather of the Bride", 19??-era Zootopia looks to be the twenties-to-fifties ... but when Little Rodentia gets built, it already has the clear plastic Habitrail tubes. Some of the background animals are also seen wearing pretty modern clothing.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The whole thing is animated, of course, but like some Pixar movies, the title sequence is "traditional" animation, showing a sillouetted crowd of assorted mammals taking the Zootopia Express.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • At the end of "Duke The Musical", Duke decides to return the money he stole from the old goat earlier in the episode after he decides to become good. Unfortunately, she gets hit by a steel truck full of money which Duke decides to steal instead of helping the goat.
    • In "Godfather of the Bride", young Mr. Big and Grandmama appear to set off on a treacherous voyage across the sea. Turns out they're just crossing a large puddle and the trip takes a couple of minutes.
    • Liberally used in "Dinner Rush" as Flash and Priscilla's slow speech patterns allow for set up and twists in the space of a few words.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: "Godfather of the Bride" reveals that Koslov, Mr. Big’s right-hand man and main henchman, is actually his loyal childhood best friend as well. The friendship started when a young Big spent his delivery money payments on an ice cream cone for the young cub after seeing how badly he and his fellow polar bears were overheating in the city sun. The bears returned the favor by helping him on his deliveries and with the family bakery, and it’s seeing Koslov in danger at the hands of the Rhino crime boss after standing up for his friend that pushes Big to rally the community against the mobster once and for all.
  • Bespectacled Cutie: Sam in Dinner Rush is a tiny, adorable otter waitress who wears a pair of large glasses.
  • Brick Joke: In "The Real Rodents Of Little Rodentia", Tru-Tru advises against inviting cousin Morty to Fru-Fru's wedding because he "Can't hold his cheese". In "The Godfather Of The Bride", we see cousin Morty clearly inebriated next to a pile of cheese.
  • Call-Forward: In "Godfather of the Bride", young Mr. Big orders an ally to "ice him", like he will almost do to Judy and Nick in the movie.
  • Colossus Climb: Mr. Big fights the rhino gangster by climbing onto him and into his clothes, tickling him and blinding him by pulling his hat in his eyes.
  • The Comically Serious: Bogo is this all throughout "So You Think You Can Prance", thinking the whole thing is an undercover police investigation and, despite the increasingly silly things Clawhauser is making him do, going along with it as another part of the case.
  • Company Cross References:
    • Near the beginning of "Duke the Musical", Duke proclaims himself as the "Duke of Weasel Town". This references Frozen, which features the Duke of Weselton (which is usually mispronounced Weasel Town) as a character. This counts as an Actor Allusion, as both Dukes have the same voice actor.
    • During his song, Duke wears Prince John's crown.
  • Curse Cut Short: Fru-Fru’s brief description of her cousin, Tru-Tru, once she arrives to her home (and the reality show) unannounced.
    Fru Fru: Tru is… like a rash. She shows up out of nowhere, and she's a total pain in the a-(cue Smash Cut)
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Parts of "Duke the Musical", with vibrant colors and locations, and singing money (and organs) as backup vocals, all taking place in Duke's head.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: When Mr. Big reveals how he and his grandmother immigrated to Zootopia in 19??, the subtitles interpret the year as "nineteen twenty (mumbles)".
  • Fantastic Racism: In 19??, Zootopia's already serious problem with prejudice extended to the city's rodents and insectivores. From the thoughtless failure to provide housing or services in their size, to the explicit bigotry of the rhino gangster saying "vermin" don't belong in the city.
  • Here We Go Again!: After going through great lengths to save Molly in "Hopp on Board", Stu and Bonnie end up having to do it all over again when she gets on top of the train headed home without them.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: When Clawhauser changes into his first stage outfit, Bogo remarks "What the grazings heavens are you wearing?!"
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Mr. Big does not hesitate to make clear to his daughter's husband what will happen if he displeases her. He visibly gets the message.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In "Duke the Musical", Duke starts out thinking that "hitting the big time" means being a more successful crook, then realizes this isn't going to work and he needs to go straight, beginning with returning the goat lady's purse, but then when she gets hit by an armored car and stock money bags spill out, he immediately decides to grab one.
  • An Immigrant's Tale: "The Godfather of the Bride" is about Mr. Big, who immigrated into Zootopia with his grandmother.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Footage of Duke causing trouble and getting caught by Judy during the Little Rodentia chase from the film ends up on the news, causing any passerby who recognize him to mock him for getting caught in a donut by a bunny meter maid of all people, to the detriment of his street cred and self-esteem.
  • Last Episode, New Character: The final episode focuses on Sam, an otter waitress that had yet to appear in any Zootopia media, prior.
  • Limelight Series: The series focuses on the supporting cast and original characters, with only incidental appearances from Nick and Judy.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Tru-Tru, Fru-Fru's cousin, is this to a t. The second she's introduced, Tru-Tru is shown to be rather full of herself, pushy, condescending, and having a bad habit of micromanaging and stealing the spotlight from people like her cousin without even realizing it. However, for all her faults, she also truly cares about her cousin, looks back on their childhood days fondly, and has the amazing ability to remember every single detail about something in her family no matter how small, even when the other person has forgotten them. Her heart to heart with Fru-Fru also shows her being capable of realizing when she’s gone too far and apologizing, and her reveal that her controlling every detail of Fru-Fru's wedding plans was out of honor to Fru-Fru's forgotten childhood wish of having a wedding just like her mother's, right down to fixing up her mother's wedding dress for her to wear. By the wedding itself, even Fru-Fru's friend group, who has been spiteful and jealous of her up until then, admit that she had been the best choice for the title of "Maid of Honor".
  • Market-Based Title: As with the original movie, this show was retitled to Zootropolis+ in certain markets.
  • Mean Boss: In "Dinner Rush", Gerald, the restaurant owner / chef pig insults Sam a lot, taunting her about being unable to finish in time to get to the Gazelle concert.
  • Midquel: Each episode extends (and includes) a specific scene from the original movie.
    • "Hopp on Board" occurs simultaneously to Judy’s train ride to Zootopia.
    • The middle portion of "Real Rodents of Little Rodentia" shows what Fru-Fru was up to before almost getting crushed by a donut.
    • "Duke the Musical" starts shortly after Judy has caught Duke in a giant donut.
    • "Godfather of the Bride" is mostly a Flashback Episode of Mr. Big’s past told during Fru-Fru’s wedding.
    • "So You Think You Can Prance" is mostly just a dream from Clawhauser, but it transitions into the scene from the movie where Clawhauser informs Bogo that Judy found the missing mammals and sees him playing a Gazelle game.
    • "Dinner Rush" happens sometime around the very end of the movie, as it is revealed Flash was speeding to get Priscilla and Sam to Gazelle’s concert.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Real Rodents of Little Rodentia" is mostly a parody of trashy reality TV all played for laughs. However, there's a genuine heartfelt moment between Fru Fru and Tru Tru and the episode ends with the bridesmaids turning violent after sniffing Night Howlers.
  • Musical Episode: "Duke: The Musical" is one long number as Duke Weaselton ponders where his life is going and whether he should go legit.
  • Mythology Gag: During "Duke the Musical", a diploma is shown with the date of March 4, 2016. That date would be the day when Zootopia was released in theaters.
  • Naked People Are Funny: At one point during "Hopp on Board", Judy’s parents drive right by the nudist animals in the middle of a retreat. Stu laments seeing the one place on a sheep where there is no wool.
  • Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters: "Godfather of the Bride" shows that Mr. Big actually runs a legitimate bakery business and is a respected community leader.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Sam's reaction to realizing that she is going to have to service two sloths (Flash and Priscilla).
      Gerald: Hahaha! You're never getting to zat concert.
    • The ice-encased rhino mobster gets this look on his face when the cube he's trapped in joins the line of ice blocks being shaved into snowflakes for the polar bears' enjoyment.
  • Organ Theft: Implied in "Duke: The Musical" when Duke contemplates scamming as a surgeon.
    sheep patient: You took my kidney!
  • P.O.V. Sequel: Each episode follows supporting characters and what they experienced during the events of Zootopia.
  • Rhino Rampage: "The Godfather of the Bride" features a young Mr. Big trying to hold his ground against a big rhino mob boss.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tru Tru is Fru Fru's cousin, but both of them have a similar face, body type, hairstyle, and accent.
  • Tempting Fate: Sam the otter waitress is hoping to finish her shift early so that she can attend a Gazelle concert. Naturally, one of the parties she waits on is Flash and his girlfriend Priscilla.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After all's said and done, Tru Tru reveals one final little change she made, with Fru Fru's approval, was having her wedding bouquet be… Night Howlers. The next "episode's" preview shows that going about as well as you'd expect.
  • Year X: In "The Godfather of the Bride", it's revealed that Mr. Big and his grandmother immigrated to Zootopia in the year 19??.

Alternative Title(s): Zootroplis Plus