Zootopia (released as Zootropolis or Zoomania in some countries) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th Disney animated feature film. The film is directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, and Shakira. The film details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they uncover a conspiracy which involves the disappearance of predator inhabitants of a mammalian metropolis.
Zootopia premiered at the Brussels Animation Film Festival in Belgium on February 13, 2016, and went into general theatrical release in conventional 2D, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats in the United States on March 4. The film was praised for its animation, voice cast, humor, and themes about discrimination and social stereotypes. It opened to record-breaking box office success in several countries and has earned a worldwide gross of over $1 billion, making it the third highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 25th highest-grossing film of all time. The film received the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature.
In a world populated by anthropomorphic mammals where predators and prey species peacefully coexist, a rabbit from rural Bunnyburrow named Judy Hopps fulfills her childhood dream of becoming the first rabbit police officer in urban utopia, Zootopia. Despite being the police academy valedictorian, Judy is relegated to parking duty by Chief Bogo, who doubts her potential. On her first day, she is hustled by Nick Wilde and Finnick, a con artist duo of foxes.
The next day, Judy abandons parking duty to arrest Duke Weaselton, a thief who stole plant bulbs. Bogo reprimands her, but an otter named Mrs. Otterton enters Bogo’s office pleading for someone to find her husband Emmitt, one of fourteen predators who have gone missing. Judy volunteers, causing Bogo to fire her for insubordination. When Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether praises the assignment and informs Mayor Leodore Lionheart that Judy is taking the case, Bogo gives her 48 hours to find Otterton on the condition that she must resign if she fails.
After discovering that Nick was the last one to see Otterton, Judy blackmails him into assisting her by covertly recording his confession to tax evasion. They track Otterton to a limousine owned by crime boss Mr. Big, who reveals that his florist Otterton went “savage” – reverted to a feral state – and attacked his chauffeur, Manchas. At his home, Manchas mentions that Otterton had been yelling about “night howlers.” Moments later, Manchas himself turns savage and chases the pair. Judy saves Nick by trapping Manchas and calls the ZPD for help. When Bogo and other police arrive, however, Manchas has vanished. Bogo demands Judy’s resignation, but she is saved by Nick who reminds Bogo that she still has ten hours to solve the case. As they leave, Nick reveals to Judy that he was bullied as a child for being a fox. Deciding there was no use in fighting prejudiced ideas about fox behavior, he became a con artist.
Bellwether gives Judy and Nick access to the city’s traffic camera system. They discover Manchas was captured by wolves which Judy surmises are the “night howlers”. They find Otterton and the other missing predators imprisoned at Cliffside Asylum, where Lionheart has been keeping them hidden from the public and Dr. Madge Honey Badger is trying to determine the cause of their strange behavior. Lionheart and those involved are arrested and Bellwether becomes the new mayor. Judy, praised for solving the case and now friends with Nick, asks him to join the ZPD and become her partner. However, she upsets him by suggesting a biological cause for the recent predator behavior at a press conference, and he leaves angrily. Guilt-ridden, Judy quits her job amid a wave of protests against predators.
Back in Bunnyburrow, Judy learns from her parents and her reformed childhood bully Gideon Grey that “night howlers” are not wolves, but actually toxic flowers that have very bad psychotropic effects on mammals. After Judy returns to Zootopia and tearfully reconciles with Nick, they find Weaselton and discover that the bulbs he was stealing were night howlers intended for a ram named Doug. They find Doug in a lab hidden in the subway tunnels, creating an illegal drug made from night howlers, which he has been shooting at predators with a dart gun.
Before they can go to the ZPD, they get into a confrontation with Bellwether, who steals the evidence, revealing herself as the mastermind behind a prey-supremacist conspiracy. Judy and Nick are trapped in a pit by Bellwether’s henchrams after Nick refuses to abandon Judy when she is injured. Bellwether shoots a serum pellet at Nick to make him kill Judy, and frames a call to the ZPD, but Nick had disarmed Bellwether’s dart gun by replacing the serum pellets with blueberries. Enraged, Bellwether threatens to frame Judy and Nick for the attacks like she framed Lionheart, but Judy has recorded Bellwether’s confession. Bogo and the ZPD arrive.
ZNN reports on the arrest of Bellwether and those involved. Lionheart denies knowledge of her plot, but asserts that he had good reason to imprison the savage predators.
The predators are cured with an antidote, Judy rejoins the ZPD, and Nick becomes the city’s first fox police officer and her partner.
- Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hopps, an optimistic European rabbit from Bunnyburrow who is a newly appointed member of the Zootopia Police Department assigned to the 1st Precinct.
Della Saba voices a younger Judy Hopps.
- Jason Bateman as Nicholas P. “Nick” Wilde, a red fox who is a small-time con artist.
Kath Soucie voices a younger Nick Wilde.
- Idris Elba as Chief Bogo, an African buffalo who is the police chief of the Zootopia Police Department’s 1st Precinct.
- Jenny Slate as Dawn Bellwether, a diminutive sheep who is the assistant mayor of Zootopia.
- Nate Torrence as Officer Benjamin Clawhauser, an obese cheetah who works as a dispatcher for the Zootopia Police Department’s 1st Precinct.
- Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Hopps, a European rabbit from Bunnyburrow who is the mother of Judy Hopps.
- Don Lake as Stu Hopps, a European rabbit from Bunnyburrow who is the father of Judy Hopps and a known carrot farmer.
- Tommy Chong as Yax, a laid-back yak who is the owner of the naturist club Mystic Springs Oasis in Sahara Square.
- J. K. Simmons as Leodore Lionheart, a lion who is the noble, but pompous Mayor of Zootopia.
- Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Otterton, a concerned North American river otter whose husband Emmitt Otterton has gone missing.
- Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, a small-time least weasel crook who is also known for selling bootleg DVDs. The name is a reference to the Duke of Weselton from Frozen, whom Tudyk also voices.
- Shakira as Gazelle, a Thompson’s gazelle who is a famous pop star. Shakira also voices Gazelle in the Spanish dub.
- Raymond S. Persi as Flash, the “fastest” three-toed sloth in the DMV (short for Department of Mammal Vehicles).
Persi also voices Officer Higgins, a hippopotamus who is an elite member of the Zootopia Police Department’s 1st Precinct.
- Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Big, an Arctic shrew who is the most fearsome crime boss in Tundratown and is served by a group of polar bears.
- Phil Johnston as Gideon Grey, a red fox from Bunnyburrow who used to bully the young rabbits and sheep when he was young. As an adult, he has made amends with those he picked on and became a much-respected baker.
Johnston also voices an angry offscreen character who states that his taxes pay Judy’s salary upon being given a parking ticket by her.
- Fuschia! as Drill Instructor, an unnamed polar bear who works at the Zootopia Police Academy.
- John DiMaggio as Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., an African elephant who owns Jumbeaux’s Café, an ice cream parlor frequented by elephants and other larger mammals.
DiMaggio also voices Woolter and Jesse, two tough rams who are Doug’s assistants, a moose that gets a parking ticket from Judy, and the pig reporter who asks Judy “Why? Why is this happening?”
- Katie Lowes as Dr. Madge Honey Badger, a honey badger who helps Mayor Lionheart find the source of the “savaged animals.”
- Gita Reddy as Nangi, an Indian elephant that works as a yoga instructor at Mystic Springs Oasis.
- Jesse Corti as Manchas, a black jaguar from Zootopia’s Rainforest District who is a chauffeur for Zootopia’s biggest limo company and is the personal chauffeur to Mr. Big.
- Tom Lister Jr. as Finnick, a fennec fox who is Nick’s partner in crime.
- Josh Dallas as an unnamed frantic domestic pig who is the owner of the “Flora and Fauna” flower shop that is robbed by Duke Weaselton and frantically asks Judy for help. He later appears as a protestor at Gazelle’s peace rally arguing with a female leopard.
- Leah Latham as Fru Fru, the daughter of Mr. Big who disapproves of her father doing his criminal business during her wedding. She befriends Judy after she saves her from a runaway doughnut shop sign in Little Rodentia and later names her unborn child after her.
- Rich Moore as Doug, an emotionless ram chemist and sniper with puffy wool who works for Assistant Mayor Bellwether.
Moore also voices a gray wolf that is a security guard at Cliffside Asylum.
- Peter Mansbridge as Peter Moosebridge, a moose co-anchor of the ZNN News. The moose is used in the standard version of the film, released in the United States, Italy, France, Canada, Russia, and Mexico. In the UK version, he was renamed “Moosos Alexander” and is voiced by BBC sports reporter Vassos Alexander, though the UK home release uses his U.S. name and voice. In other countries, the anchor is a different animal voiced by a different person. David Campbell voices a koala newscaster named David Koalabell in the Australian and New Zealand versions. The Brazilian version uses a jaguar named Boi Chá that is voiced by Ricardo Boechat. The Japanese version uses a tanuki named Michael Tanuyama that is voiced by Kazumasa Kōra. The Chinese version uses an unnamed giant panda that is also voiced by Mansbridge.
- Byron Howard as Bucky Oryx-Antlerson, a greater kudu who is the neighbor of Judy Hopps.
Howard also voices Travis, Gideon Grey’s black-footed ferret friend.
- Jared Bush as Pronk Oryx-Antlerson, a gemsbok who is the neighbor of Judy Hopps.
- Mark “Rhino” Smith as Officer McHorn, a black rhinoceros police officer who is part of the Zootopia Police Department.
- Josie Trinidad as Mrs. Dharma Armadillo, a nine-banded armadillo who is the landlady of the Grand Pangolin Apartments that Judy Hopps moves into.
- John Lavelle as the unnamed construction mouse foreman of Little Rodentia’s construction crew who receives the Pawpsicle sticks from Nick and Finnick.
- Kristen Bell as Priscilla, a three-toed sloth who is Flash’s co-worker at the DMV.
Zootopia grossed $341.3 million in the USA & Canada and $682.5 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.024 billion, against a budget of $150 million. It became the second surprising hit of the year, following Deadpool. On March 18, 2016, the film reached the $500 million mark, becoming the third consecutive Walt Disney Animation Studios film to reach the milestone after Frozen (2013) and Big Hero 6 (2014). On April 5, it became the first film of 2016 to gross over $800 million in ticket sales, and on April 24, became the first ever film of 2016 to cross $900 million. On June 5, the film crossed the $1 billion mark, becoming the second film of 2016 to do so (after the studio’s own Captain America: Civil War), the fourth animated film (after Toy Story 3, Frozen, and Minions), the eleventh Disney film (third Disney animated film), and the twenty-sixth film overall to break the milestone.
Worldwide, it is the third highest-grossing film of 2016 (behind Civil War and Finding Dory), the second highest-grossing animated film of 2016, the second highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film (second highest overall) of all time in its original release (after Frozen), the second highest-grossing original film (behind Avatar), the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time, and the 25th highest-grossing film of all time.