Zootopia was not only one of the best animated film of the year so far, but one of the best ones period. The billion dollar grosser was a fun family film which portrayed the ills of stereotyping and prejudices, a very mature topic for a kids animated film with talking animals.
However, if you didn’t know, originally Zootopia was intended to be a much darker film. Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) was the lead with Ginnifer Goodwin‘s Judy Hopps playing second fiddle. This was ultimately switched in the final cut.
In a new animatic, we get a glimpse of the much darker version. We see Hopps and Wilde attending a “Taming Party“, a ceremony in which young predators are given electric collars to control their predatory instincts. The tone is much more somber than what we saw on screen in March and as some people on the internet pointed out, a much more depressing take.
Check out the scene below:
Source : io9