Deleted ‘Zootopia’ Scene Reveals How Dark the Film Originally Was

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:

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore and co-directed by Jared Bush, opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

Zootopia Poster

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Kenneth Sequeira

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