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  • Adorkable:
    • Judy thumps her foot very quickly and adorably when she's highly excited or upset, and when she chases after Weaselton who has just robbed the florist she cheers at the chance of getting to apprehend a criminal.
    • For how smug and suave he might be at first glance, Nick can be surprisingly goofy and childish at times, such as when he excitedly starts touching Bellwether's wool or when he gives the "victory toot-toot" after he and Judy have commandeered the Subway car.
    • Clawhauser is a sweet, chubby, exuberant, campy fanboy, who also happens to be a feline, giving him an appealing face and expressive friendly tail behavior.
    • As an adult, Gideon is very meek and humble around Judy, and also stutters a bit. He also wears a charming pink apron while delivering his baked goods.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Along with the clear messages of discrimination and prejudice, a lot of the backstories that fuel the vitriol of the movie tend to stem from petty bullying. Judy and Nick were victim to childhood bullies who, despite using racial vitriol, were likely just mindless vindictive kids (and in Judy's case, grew out of it as soon as they grew out of bullying). Bellwether meanwhile grew to resent predators due to her boss, despite being an advocate for prey and predator equal rights, still mistreating her due to his obnoxiously self absorbed attitude. A double message may come from differentiating bias and prejudice over indiscriminately cruel behaviour, and not letting a handful of nasty individuals reflect your opinion of a whole group of people.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Has its own page.
  • Applicability: Due to the open ended nature of the film's themes about prejudice, many viewers, critics, and professors alike have come up with many different interpretations of the film (class divides, racism, white supremacy, sexism, LGBTQ+ movement, religious divides, political divides, etc).
  • Award Snub: Fans were upset when Shakira's "Try Everything" wasn't even nominated for "Best Original Song" during the 2017 Academy Awards, and lost to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling!" from Trolls of all films during the 2017 Grammys.
  • Awesome Music
    • Michael Giacchino, of course, delivers an awesome score that's equal parts world music and urban sensibilities. The behind-the-scenes video "Scoretopia" shows off not only the massive percussion section of his orchestra but that it included a special drum kit built especially for the film.
    • Try Everything by Shakira. An awesome, catchy song with an especially positive message. Furthermore with this song, some in Furry Fandom felt they have received their anthem.
  • Cliché Storm: Despite being seen as a very good film, some claim that Zootopia has a lot of cliched buddy cop elements. The fact that it ends on a dance party doesn't help. But this might be expected, considering that the movie's entire plot was changed just eight months before the release date from being a gloomy dystopia to the final product, and the creators had to work hard to adapt all the production work already completed.
  • Common Knowledge:
    • There are OCs for species such as dogs and domesticated cats. The creators of such are probably unaware of the premise of the movie going way deeper than simply being a World of Funny Animals. Humans never existed, meaning that citizens being based on such domesticated species shouldn't exist. However, some of the movie's animals (such as sheeps and pigs) are depicted to look like their real-life domesticated species.
    • Some pieces of fanart show the characters searching something on a "Poodle" search engine, an obvious spoof of "Google". This ignores the Google stand-in called "Zoogle" shown in the movie for a brief moment when one of the polar bears taking Nick and Judy to Mr. Big is scrolling through his "Zoogle Photos".
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Bellwether the Big Bad. Despite being a conniving, hypocritical self-centered sociopath who positively smiles when it appears Judy has been fatally wounded, there are many fan-fictions that try to portray the character in a sympathetic light, even to the point of having them find true love with a predator once released from prison on parole.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Has its own page.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With Frozen. Breaking the earlier film's record at the box office in its opening weekendnote , many people have begun comparing between the two films and preferring one over the other. The Frozen fandom hasn't taken kindly to the criticisms. It doesn't help that, since its initial release, Frozen has received severe Hype Backlash, Zootopia itself pokes fun at "Let It Go", and both films, oddly enough, borrow significant but different elements from Wicked.
    • The fandom later got one with Moana thanks to it ultimately competing with that movie for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 2017 Oscars. It's kind of a downplayed example, however, as most Zootopia fans have no problems with Moana itself and even consider it a good movie, too; they just feel that Zootopia deserves the Oscar more thanks to its stronger, more topical story.
    • There are also fans who think that while Zootopia is good, Kubo and the Two Strings is a better film that deserves the Oscar more.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Has its own page.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • The setting of Zootopia itself has proven great fan fic fuel in and of itself; it's an interesting enough setting that OC-focused Elsewhere Fics can still retain a lot of what made the original so compelling. In fact, one of those even became popular enough to attract Recursive Fanfiction of its own. It's also not uncommon to see fanfic trying to flesh out the setting's history: how Zootopia was founded, how animals got anthropomorphized, or other backstories going into the movie.
    • It's quite common to create all manner of new cases for Judy and Nick to solve together now that they're both on the police force. In these types of stories it is common to see Nick and Judy promoted to the rank of Detective as it is a position that better fits their skill set and size.
    • The film's Darker and Edgier What Could Have Been setting has become a highly popular premise for fan fics, usually treated as an AU, a What If? scenario if Judy and Nick had failed to expose the conspiracy, or a past- or future-Zootopia.
    • The anthropomorphic world created creates plenty of crossover opportunities with other franchises sharing that feature. One popular pairing is having Judy and Nick take on that most infamous mammal criminal: Sly Cooper.
    • A common complication of shipping fics is the ZPD's policy on fraternization. IRL there's no standard policy on whether police officers are allowed to sleep with one another or not, as such authors speculate a lot on what the ZPD's might be. This leads to fics where Nick and Judy have to keep their relationship secret from Chief Bogo lest he reassign them to different partners or even fire them in some cases.
    • Nighthowler and its effects are a can of worms all of its own. Such as an earlier draft that had Nick turned savage, but not mindlessly aggressive. He'd then make a move to protect Judy. A variation of that is Nick being exposed to Nighthowler at some point, but struggling and managing to control his feral side.
  • Fanon:
    • There's a theory that birds and reptiles are sapient in this universe, they just live in separate cities. One challenge about having sapient birds which is frequently overlooked is that given the incredible detail that was put into modelling the mammals of Zootopia, many of the "cheats" commonly used to anthropomorphize birds in animation (e.g. Toothy Bird, Disembodied Eyebrows and especially Feather Fingers) would look downright odd in the "realistically animated" Zootopian world. Bird characters are often included in fan fics without any concerns of how they are opening doors or operating technology. Regarding reptiles, during an October 2016 podcast involving a Q&A with the directors and writers of the film, the possibility of a city of reptiles was acknowledged as possible but then given a Shrug of God.
    • There's also a widespread fan theory that only mammals are sapientnote , as there is no evidence shown of birds or reptiles being anthropomorphic.note  There is a very large body of world-building analysis and fanfiction that seems to take this completely for granted as if it were canon.
    • Judging by its widespread appearance across multiple fanfics, the idea that "chomper" is a common Fantastic Slur against predators seems to be this.
    • At least as far as written fan fics go, mammals have an interesting way to avert Through a Face Full of Fur: the Luminescent Blush of a character with a fur-covered face is visible on the inside of their ears. Nick usually manages to play off his blushes, since his ears are naturally red.
    • In works that portray Nick as a human being, he is very often portrayed as a black man although many also have him head-canonned as Irish. This is mostly because of his Irish sounding surname (Wilde), how Irish people are often associated with red hair and they were often stereotyped as distrustful, streetwise scoundrels.
  • Fourth Wall Myopia: A lot of the criticisms leveled against Bogo's actions as discriminatory and unfair, both by the audience and by characters like Nick and Judy, rely on knowledge that Judy really is an animal with extraordinary skills and drive that could surpass that of several more experienced officers combined, something that Bogo doesn't have any first-hand knowledge of, as he had no direct hand in her hiring. He just had her word to go by about her skills, only had her on the force for a day and a half before she started being deliberately disobedient and causing problems, and he answered her only call for backup to find no evidence of her story. When Judy later proves what she's capable of, Bogo's opinion of her completely flip-flops and he actually shows her respect, now having seen what the audience already knew.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Kung Fu Panda 3, despite their dueling releases and World of Funny Animals settings, discussions regarding the two films usually go amiably, particularly as they share a decent portion of their fans. Even as Zootopia surpassed Kung Fu Panda 3's popularity in China and overall domestic gross, fans of the latter like Zootopia enough that they've acknowledged it to be well deserved.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • This film is especially popular in China, France, Japan, and Korea. In fact, it's so popular in China that not only did it become the highest-grossing animated film ever in China during its release, the Chinese Film Bureau also decided to extend its theatrical run with an additional two weeks, a courtesy rarely given to foreign films, and it's proven leggy enough to encroach on Disney's biggest earner in China - Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's also the highest-grossing animated film ever in Russia.
    • The lion's share of the merchandise is also in Asia. For instance, the US Disney Store only has 22 Zootopia items, which is a bit pitiful for a movie that's only a year old and made a billion dollars, but the Japanese Disney Store has 140 items.
    • Zootopia merchandise and promotion can be seen more in other countries than in the U.S. in general. For example, Nick and Judy have yet to be on a Disney on Ice show in the United States but they were featured on Disney on Ice in Dubai.
    • The film is so popular in Korea that there is a book containing the film's script with a CD teaching Koreans English.note 
    • Zootopia is so popular in China that Shanghai Disneyland will receive the first Zootopia-themed park expansion, despite speculation that Animal Kingdom in Florida would be getting such an expansion, due to the recent closing of Rafiki's Planet Watch, which was notably only able to be reached by train.
    • Character-wise, Finnick was only in a couple scenes, but he was so popular in China that children wanted their own pet fennec foxes.

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  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At one point, Duke sells bootleg DVDs of movies that aren't even out in theaters yet. Ironically, Zootopia was leaked online before it even came out in the U.S. because it was released in many international theaters back in February.
    • With the news that Gigantic has been shelved indefinitely, Duke's "Giraffic" movie becomes doubly hilarious since it features the text "Weaselton Exclusive" on its cover. His pirated DVD is as close as we're going to get to having Gigantic in the Disney Animated Canon, so in a sense, it is exclusive to Weaselton!
    • We got a fox called Nick three and a half years before a fox Pokémon called Nickit.
    • Della Saba voicing the young Judy becomes hilarious when she later voices Aquamarine, who is pretty much everything Judy didn't want to become.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Clawhauser's heart-melted expression complete with squeal when learning that Bogo has the Gazelle app that he needs to consciously snap himself out of is a favorite moment of shippers, as is their dance at the end, which involves Clawhauser intensely shaking his butt in Bogo's direction, and Bogo smiling at Clawhauser before beginning his own dance.
    • Even though they are barely in the movie for a minute, Gary and Larry, the two wolf guards in Cliffside Asylum, often get shipped with each other. In the movie, they appear to be quite close: Larry touches Gary's chest to stop him howling, and then they howl together with their faces inches away from each other.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: As mentioned above, some viewers are beginning to get annoyed about the Hidden Villain being the Plot Twist and feel that the cliche is getting old. Particularly since Disney have used this trope four times in a row now.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The movie has gotten quite the following, especially among Bara Genre fans because all the animals were realistically sized so the big animals are big. Such as Chief Bogo, Mayor Lionheart, Officer Clawhauser, Koslov, and then there's Gazelle's rather "risque" tiger backup dancers.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Flash's slow reaction to Nick's joke.
      • The face Judy makes during this scene, used to express extreme impatience.
    • Gazelle's tiger back-up dancers, also known as the Bara Tiger Strippers or Stripers.
    • Nick: "Does this make you uncomfortable?"note 
    • "I know I said I wasn't a furry but..."explanation 
    • Disney's defictionalization of "Dancing with Gazelle" has led to a flood of edits on Tumblr.
    • "It's not like a bunny could go savage."
    • "It's called a hustle, sweetheart."
    • "My mommy says she wishes you were dead."
    • "Wow. This fandom really hates Nick Wilde."explanation 
    • "I Will Survive"/the "pro-life" comic explanation 
      Nick: I'm thinkin' Arby's.explanation 
  • Moe:
    • Judy and Mrs. Otterton. ESPECIALLY Mrs. Otterton.
    • Judy and Nick as children are completely adorable, as are the little jaguar and cougar from Judy's play.
    • It's hard not to find Bellwether adorable, with her short stature and wide-rimmed glasses. It's what makes her reveal as the Big Bad all the more shocking.
    • Officer Benjamin Clawhauser has gotten this reaction from many fans as well because of his adorable personality and the fact that he's a chubby cheetah.
    • Finnick, especially when he's pretending to be a baby.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bellwether crosses it when she shoots Nick with the Nighthowler serum (which he thankfully switched out prior with blueberries) in an attempt to make him kill Judy. Considering how friendly and supportive Bellwether had been to Judy in all their previous encounters, it really drives home how twisted the little sheep really is and how far she'll go to get what she wants. Bonus points for her choosing to simply stand there and watch her ex-friend be eviscerated.
  • Never Live It Down: Clawhauser gets a donut stuck in his neck only once at the beginning of the film, but this situation is featured heavily in fanart, even pieces that clearly take place at a different time.
  • Older Than They Think: Has its own page.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Gazelle has only a few scenes but is no less excellent for it; from the light-hearted cell phone apps enjoyed by Officer Clawhauser and Chief Bogo to the more somber deploring the unrest following the discovery of savage animals, describing it as "Not my Zootopia", plus the Dance Party Ending.
    • Flash the sloth, who is an Ensemble Dark Horse with Wolverine Publicity and has a trailer focusing on him, appears in exactly that one scene which is in the trailer, plus a brief gag at the end of the film.
    • Finnick, to a lesser extent. Despite barely being in the movie, he has a lot of fan art based off of him and a video uploaded to YouTube that shows all his scenes has gained a lot of comments, with people either talking about how much they love him or how they wish he was in more of the movie.
    • Manchas. It helps that he's the only mammal we actually get to see go "savage" on-screen and this leads to one of the more heart-pounding and frightening action scenes in the movie.
    • Bobby Catmull, one of the students seen during Judy's Elementary School years during a play, has a small role and is only seen playing instruments providing background music. He is never seen again after that scene, but has gained a following since the film's release.
  • One True Pairing: The fandom was exploding with Judy/Nick before even the second trailer. After the movie, it exploded even more. Many people came in just expecting a friendship but came out adoring the relationship and wanting more. Their relationship has already been favorably compared to genuine popular canon Disney couples like RapunzelxFlynn and AnnaxKristoff.
  • Popular with Furries:
    • While other movies like Disney's Robin Hood have been hugely popular with them, this movie appears to be tailor made for the Furry Fandom.
    • The first trailer actually specifically defines the word "anthropomorphic" and makes a pun that the movie is "like nothing you have ever seen be-fur."
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: WildeHoppsnote  and Clawbogonote  and Wolfeyernote  are commonly used ship names. "WildeHopps" has received Director Rich Moore's official blessing.

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  • Recurring Fanon Character: Byron Howard's concept art for his "Savage Seas" film pitch included Jack Savage, a male rabbit who is a secret agent and main protagonist, a brown-furred vixen mechanic called Skye and an unnamed white-furred vixen in scuba gear. Over time, many Zootopia fanfics incorporated the characters of Jack Savage and Skye (often merging the two vixen images into an arctic fox mechanic). Usually they act as gender-flipped counterparts for the Fan-Preferred Couple of Judy and Nick, or serve as Decoy Love Interests for one or both of them.

  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Judy has moderately wide hips due to her physical training for the ZPD, along with breasts which are barely visible in the ZPD cadet training sequence even though she's wearing a skin-tight T-shirt. In fanart, Judy's breasts — besides having a tendency to appear bigger and/or more clearly defined in comparison — are sometimes drawn so large for her small frame that she shouldn't be able to stand, and her already curvy hips are occasionally elevated to Hartman Hips levels of width. Fans also have a tendency to draw the jeans that she wears as part of her casual outfit as skin-tight Daisy dukes.
    • Whenever Nick is portrayed as a human in fanart, his goofy fox-version appearance is frequently transformed into a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Lovable Rogue.
    • Fan artists also like to depict Chief Bogo without a shirt, and give him humanlike muscles, particularly pecs and abs, as well as visible nipples on his chest.
  • Shipping:
    • Bogo/Clawhauser is a popular pairing. This is primarily because they both are fans of Gazelle and use the same "Dancing with Gazelle" app, Clawhauser has an exceptionally elated response to finding this out, and they attend her concert and dance together by the end of the movie. Their Sensitive Guy and Manly Man dynamic, Clawhauser's Ambiguously Gay personality, the absence of any photos of a wife or children in Bogo's office, and their lack of interference with Judy and Nick shipping also help.
    • Naturally, there are the Judy/Nick shippers. The ship is supported by their last exchange of dialogue in the film, where Nick tells Judy "You know you love me", to which Judy responds "Do I know that...? Yes. Yes, I do." While it's ambiguous whether they mean "love" in a platonic or a romantic sense, the shippers obviously lean towards the latter. This was given a major boost when the director of the movie confirmed there was a deleted scene similar to some shipping fan-art.
    • Nick/Finnick and Nick/Gideon have also been seen, given that they are the only foxes in the movie.
    • Gary/Larry, the two wolves who guard the entrance to Cliffside Asylum. Notably, this shipping is directly responsible for giving Larry his name; A fan pointed out to Byron Howard and Jared Bush that fans are shipping them, so the two, having never given Gary's partner a name, decided to christen him Larry.
    • There is a following for Gideon/Clawhauser (because they're both heavyset and soft-hearted, the former makes sweets and the latter likes to eat them), as well as Tiger Dancer/Clawhauser and Clawhauser/Gazelle (both because of Clawhauser's adoration for the singer).
    • Bogo/Gazelle and Lionheart/Bogo also have followings, the former because of Bogo's secret love for the singer, the latter because they're both big, well-built guys.
    • Despite (or perhaps because of) their antagonistic relationship in the movie, Lionheart/Bellwether is a surprisingly common pairing.
    • Quite a few fans pair Wolfard the wolf cop (who has the sheep disguise) with Fangmeyer the "tigress" cop.note 
    • Gazelle and Finnick have also been paired quite a bit.
  • She Really Can Act:
    • Ginnifer Goodwin delivers an exceptionally emotional vocal performance as Judy during her apology to Nick. According to the directors, Goodwin was actually crying during the recording session.
    • While Kath Soucie does some emotional performances occasionally. Her performance as Young Nick is very heartbreaking.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The movie demonstrates that intentionally or not, anybody is capable of being a carrier of prejudice (up to and including the main characters themselves), even those who are open-minded and/or suffer the most from it. However, anybody can overcome their biases if one acknowledges and actively works on moving past them and some bigoted characters are able to become more open-minded and accepting of other groups when given the time and encouragement, such as Judy's parents and Chief Bogo.
    Judy: We all have limitations, we all make mistakes. Which means hey, glass half-full, we all have a lot in common.
  • Squick:
    • The fact that the elephants at the ice cream shop add toppings by shooting them from their trunks... and that nobody thinks anything of it until Judy points out that it's an In-Universe health code violation.
    • Clawhauser pulling a donut out of his neck folds. And eating it.
    • When Nick and Judy use a saber-toothed rabbit mannequin to distract the Big Bad and the mooks, a study of the mannequin (especially in the Blu-ray edition) shows that it is wearing a tunic made of leather and holding a spear where the spear-head is attached to the wooden shaft by a strip of leather. It's probably best not to think about where the leather came from or why rabbits had developed the skill of tanning.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Some fans felt Finnick could have had more screen time. Rich Moore has even said that, if a sequel gets made, Finnick will be in it more.
    • In another way, Gazelle. With such a well-known singer as Shakira for her voice actress, people expected her to have a larger role in the film, perhaps ending up as a possible villain. But she is simply the celebrity guest star with a few cameos here and there.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The villain's motivation is very unexplored outside of a single, very brief Motive Rant after The Reveal that amounts to wanting power. The film's moral on prejudice is told through its heroes, who are "prejudiced" in more institutionalized ways, but having a Politically Incorrect Villain whose bigotry is not really elaborated upon or given any meat is seen by some critics as a wasted opportunity to delve into the thought process of an actual racist. Prejudice is bad, but racists tend to actually believe in their preconceptions and claim that there is some kind of innate inferiority in the cultures and people they despise; the villain makes no attempt to justify or even explain where their hatred of the minority species is rooted, and ultimately just comes off as power-hungry. Granted, Bellwether's not far from many actual racists' line of thought. People who think by being 'oppressed' it makes it okay for them to be racists.
    • Some viewers felt that there were a lot of missed opportunities with the lack of non-mammals. However some have theorized that the sequel might cover birds and reptiles to some extent, though given Disney's track record with reptiles there is a chance they might not. Then again, Disney's views on reptiles have mellowed out in recent years so there is possibility they still could.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: The DMV scene with the sloths is absolutely hilarious... and also overused in the trailers to a painful degree. One trailer was just the entire scene, unedited. When the film came out, some people had seen the scene so many times they cited it as the worst part of the movie. Additionally, the main character is begging to get on with it the whole time and being denied, and the fact that Flash's only moment where he isn't more than the "slow sloth" stereotyped gag is just the gag reversed for less than a minute at the very end of the movie.
  • Uncanny Valley: Seeing animals with realistic eyes (like sheep and shrews) alongside those with Cartoony Eyes is a little unsettling. The effect might be intentional with Doug and the other rams, to make them look scarier.
  • Viewer Species Confusion:
    • Mr. Big is often mistaken for a rodent (usually a rat or mouse, and in Disney+' case a vole), and sometimes an opossum (a marsupial). He's actually an arctic shrew (which isn't even related to those animals). It didn't help that his daughter Fru Fru was seen shopping in Little Rodentia, and Duke Weaselton called him "You Dirty Rat!", which adds to the confusion.
    • Clawhauser has been mistaken for a leopard or a jaguar, but he's actually a cheetah.
    • Chief Bogo has been mistaken for a bull (as in cattle), but he's actually a cape buffalo.
    • The lemmings that buy Nick's pawpsicles, even though shown emerging from Lemming Brothers Bank (and acting like lemmings), have been mistaken for hamsters.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Look at that fur detail! So fuzzy!
  • Wangst: Although the creators have pointed out that the Big Bad's poor treatment by her Mean Boss was not the only reason for their disdain of predators, they didn't elaborate on the back-story either. This lead to many feeling that the Big Bad's motivation was rather petty in the context of the movie. As a result, many fan-fiction writers tried to fix this problem, by giving the Big Bad a more understandable Freudian Excuse, like being bullied by predators in childhood, giving them parallel to Judy's back-story.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: For a Disney animated movie set in a World of Funny Animals, Zootopia has very mature themes and aesops such as issues involving racism, political/social unrest, bullying, and childhood trauma.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?:
    • Zootopia has so many themes tied into the story that involve bias, stereotyping, and profiling that it is impossible to avoid political interpretations.
    • When Judy and Nick find the real culprit behind predators going savage, Judy maintains that "You can't rule Zootopia through fear". The villain coolly replies "fear always works". It's not that different from many dictators' line of thought.
    • More than one reviewer has described this film as Disney's most openly political film since World War II's Victory Through Air Power, Education for Death and Der Fuehrer's Face.
  • The Woobie: Mrs. Otterton, a loving wife desperate to find her missing husband whose been gone for 10 days but unable to get the police to focus on his case in the midst of all the other missing mammals being investigated. It gets worse when he's found, but is completely savage. She has to see her husband tied to a post and not showing any sign of recognizing her or getting better.


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