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Zootopia
Zootopia.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by Clark Spencer
Screenplay by
Story by
Starring
Music by Michael Giacchino[2]
Cinematography
  • Nathan Warner
  • Brian Leach
  • Thomas Baker
Edited by
  • Fabienne Rawley
  • Jeremy Milton
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • February 10, 2016 (2016-02-10) (Belgium)
  • March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04) (United States)
  • March 25, 2016 (2016-03-25) (United Kingdom)
Running time
108 minutes[3][4]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million[5]
Box office $1.023 billion[6]

Zootopia (released as Zootropolis in some countries) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy adventure film[7] 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 that involves the disappearance of predator civilians within a mammalian metropolis.

Zootopia premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on February 17, 2016, and began a general theatrical release in conventional 2D, Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on March 4, 2016.[8][9] The film was praised for its story, animation, voice cast, humor, and themes about discrimination and social stereotypes.[10][11][12] It opened to record-breaking box office success in several countries and has earned a worldwide gross of over $1 billion, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 24th highest-grossing film of all time.

Plot[edit]

In a world populated by anthropomorphic mammals, Judy Hopps, a rabbit from rural Bunnyburrow, 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.

The next day, Judy abandons parking duty to arrest Duke Weaselton, a thief who stole plant bulbs. Bogo reprimands her, but a female otter named Mrs. Otterton enters Bogo's office pleading for someone to find her husband Emmitt, one of several predators who have gone missing. Judy volunteers, causing Bogo to fire her for insubordination. However, when Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether praises the assignment and informs Mayor Leodore Lionheart that Judy is taking the case, Bogo gives her two days 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." Suddenly, Manchas himself goes savage and chases the pair. Judy saves Nick by trapping Manchas and calls the ZPD for help. When Bogo and other police arrive, 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 behaviour, 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. When she upsets him by suggesting a biological cause for the recent predator behavior at a press conference, however, 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 reformed childhood bully, fox Gideon Grey, that "night howlers" are toxic flowers that have severe 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 a night howler serum which he has been injecting into predators via a dart gun.

Before they can go to the ZPD, Bellwether 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 Nick and Judy for the attacks, but Judy has recorded Bellwether's confession. Bogo and the ZPD arrive and arrest Bellwether and those involved. Lionheart denies knowledge of her plot, but asserts that he had good reason to imprison the savage predators. The victims are cured with an antidote, Judy rejoins the ZPD, and Nick becomes the city's first fox police officer and her partner.

Cast[edit]

  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hopps, a European rabbit from Bunnyburrow who is a newly appointed member of the Zootopia Police Department.[13]
    • Della Saba voices a younger Judy.
  • Jason Bateman as Nicholas P. "Nick" Wilde, a red fox who is a small-time con artist.[13][14]
  • Idris Elba as Chief Bogo, an African buffalo who is the police chief of the Zootopia Police Department's 1st Precinct.[15]
  • Jenny Slate as Dawn Bellwether, a diminutive sheep who is the assistant mayor of Zootopia, and is later revealed to be the mastermind behind the savage attacks.[15]
  • Nate Torrence as Officer Benjamin Clawhauser, an obese cheetah who works as a dispatcher for the Zootopia Police Department's 1st Precinct.[15]
  • Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Hopps, a European rabbit from Bunnyburrow who is the mother of Judy Hopps.[15]
  • Don Lake as Stu Hopps, a European rabbit from Bunnyburrow who is the father of Judy Hopps and a known carrot farmer.[15]
  • Tommy Chong as Yax, a laid-back yak who is the owner of the naturist club Mystic Springs Oasis in Sahara Square.[15]
  • J. K. Simmons as Leodore Lionheart, a lion who is the noble, but pompous Mayor of Zootopia.[15]
  • Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Otterton, a concerned North American river otter whose husband has gone missing.[15]
  • Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, a small-time least weasel crook who is also known for selling bootleg DVDs.[15] The name is a reference to the Duke of Weselton from Frozen, whom Tudyk also voices.[16]
  • Shakira as Gazelle, a Thomson's gazelle who is a famous pop star.[17] 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).[15]
    • Persi also voices Officer Higgins, a hippopotamus who is a member of the Zootopia Police Department's 1st Precinct.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
    • Johnston also voices an angry offscreen character who states that his taxes pay Judy's salary.[21]
  • Fuschia! as Drill Instructor, an unnamed polar bear who works at the Zootopia Police Academy.[20]
  • John DiMaggio as Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., an African elephant who owns Jumbeaux's Café, an ice cream parlor frequented by larger mammals.[15]
    • DiMaggio also voices Woolter and Jesse, two tough rams who are Doug's assistants,[22] a moose that gets a parking ticket from Judy and the pig reporter who asks Judy "Why? Why is this happening?"[23]
  • Katie Lowes as Dr. Madge Honey Badger, a honey badger who handles the most pressing medical cases.[15]
  • Gita Reddy as Nangi, an Indian elephant that works as a yoga instructor at Mystic Springs Oasis.[20]
  • 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.[15]
  • Tom Lister Jr. as Finnick, a fennec fox who is Nick’s partner in crime.[15]
  • Josh Dallas as an unnamed domestic frantic pig who is the owner of the "Flora and Fauna" flower shop that is robbed by Duke Weaselton and frantically asks Judy for help.[24] He later appears as a protestor at Gazelle's peace rally arguing with a female leopard.[25]
  • 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.[24]
  • Rich Moore as Doug, an emotionless sheep chemist and sniper with puffy wool who works for Assistant Mayor Bellwether.[24]
    • Moore also voices a gray wolf that is a guard at Cliffside Asylum.
  • Peter Mansbridge as Peter Moosebridge, a moose co-anchor of the ZNN News.[26] The moose is used in the standard version of the film, released in the United States, Italy, France, Canada, Russia, and Mexico.[27] In the UK version, he was renamed "Moosos Alexander" and is voiced by BBC sports reporter Vassos Alexander,[citation needed] 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.[27] David Campbell voices a koala newscaster named David Koalabell in the Australian and New Zealand versions.[28] The Brazilian version uses a jaguar named Boi Chá that is voiced by Ricardo Boechat. The Japanese version uses a tanuki named Michael Tanuyama. The Chinese version uses an unnamed giant panda.[27][29]
  • Byron Howard as Bucky Oryx-Antlerson, a greater kudu who is the neighbor of Judy Hopps.[24]
  • Jared Bush as Pronk Oryx-Antlerson, a gemsbok who is the neighbor of Judy Hopps.[24]
  • Mark "Rhino" Smith as Officer McHorn, a black rhinoceros police officer who is part of the Zootopia Police Department.[31]
  • Josie Trinidad as Mrs. Dharma Armadillo,[32] 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.[20]
  • Kristen Bell as Priscilla, a three-toed sloth who is Flash's co-worker at the DMV.[24]

Production[edit]

Writing[edit]

Zootopia was originally conceived of as an international spy film centered on a character named "Jack Savage" who would be somewhat like James Bond.[33] Over time, with the help of the Disney Story Trust (the studio's top creative personnel who meet regularly to discuss all projects in development), the film evolved into a police procedural in which Wilde was the lead role and Hopps was essentially his sidekick.[33][34] For a while, "the filmmakers were very committed" to that version of the story,[33] but then in November 2014, the filmmakers realized the film's plot would be more engaging if they reversed the roles to instead focus on Judy as opposed to Nick.[34] The change in perspective caused several characters to be dropped, notably two characters known as "The Gerbil Jerks" who were described as "trust-fund gerbils that had nothing better to do than harass Nick."[35]

Pre-production[edit]

Byron Howard
Rich Moore
Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore presented footage from the film at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival[36]

The project was announced in August 2013 at that year’s D23 Expo.[37] The film, scripted by Jared Bush, was scheduled for a March 2016 release.[37][38] Prior to the official announcement, in May 2013, information about Jason Bateman's casting was leaked to the press, although little else about the film was known at the time.[14] The idea originated with Howard wanting to do a film similar to Disney’s Robin Hood, which also featured animals in anthropomorphic roles.[37] With this in mind, the city was envisioned as if animals designed it rather than humans.[37] According to Howard, Zootopia would be different from other animal anthropomorphic films, where animals either live in the natural world or in the human world. The concept, where animals live in a modern world designed by animals, was well received by chief creative officer and executive producer John Lasseter, who lifted Howard "in the air like a baby Simba" when he proposed the idea for the film.[39]

Research for the film took place in Disney's Animal Kingdom, as well as in Kenya and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where animators spent eight months studying various animals' walk cycles as well as fur color.[40][41] 800,000 forms of mammals were created for and featured in the film.[41] To make the characters' fur even more realistic, they also went to a natural history museum to closely observe the appearance of fur with a microscope under a variety of lighting.[41] The filmmakers drew inspiration for Zootopia's urban design from major cities including New York City, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Brasília.[42] To develop a city that could actually be inhabited by talking mammals ranging in size from two inches (5 cm) to 27 feet (8.23 m) and from drastically different climates, the filmmakers consulted Americans with Disabilities Act specialists and HVAC system designers.[43] In March 2015, it was revealed that Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) had been added as a director of the film, in addition to Jared Bush (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero) as co-director.[44]

Animation[edit]

Disney's most recent work on animating fur was for the titular character of the 2008 film Bolt, but the software they had used at the time was not ready for creating the realistic fur of the animals of Zootopia.[41] Therefore, the studio's IT engineers developed the fur-controlling software iGroom, which gave character designers precise control over the brushing, shaping and shading of fur and made it possible to create a variety of eccentric character styles for each animal.[41] The software was also able to control an unseen "imaginary" underlayer that gave fur a degree of plushness not seen before.[41] This feature was used to create characters like Officer Clawhauser, who has a big head that is entirely made of spotted fur.[41] Characters with noteworthy numbers of strands of hair or fur included both of the two lead characters, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, who each had around 2.5 million hairs; a giraffe with nine million strands of fur; a gerbil with 480,000 strands; and a rodent with more strands of hair than the 400,000 that were on Elsa's head in Frozen.[41]

Zootopia was the second time Disney used the Hyperion renderer, which they had first used on Big Hero 6.[41] A new fur paradigm was added to the renderer to facilitate the creation of realistic images of the animals' dense fur.[41] Nitro, a real-time display application developed since the making of Wreck-It Ralph, was used to make the fur more consistent, intact and subtle much more quickly, as opposed to the previous practice of having to predict how the fur would work while making and looking at silhouettes or poses for the character.[41] The tree-and-plant generator Bonsai, first used in Frozen, was used to make numerous variations of trees with very detailed foliage.[41]

Casting[edit]

On May 6, 2015, Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin were announced as having been cast, respectively in the roles of Nick Wilde and Lieutenant Judy Hopps.[13] The filmmakers chose Bateman because they wanted an actor who could bring "a funny yet heartfelt side" with "a wily, dry-witted sort of voice." Bateman described his character as "a crafty, sarcastic schemer," remarking on the role's similarity to many other roles he had done since he was 12. He explained that he had said to the directors: "'What kind of voice do you guys want me to do?' And they just looked at me like I was an idiot and said, 'Just do what you do. Just talk.'"[45]

Commenting on the casting of Goodwin, Moore said that she brought "very centered sweetness, tremendous heart and a great sense of humor;" he described Judy as "a little Pollyanna mixed with Furiosa." Goodwin stated about her character: "People mistake kindness for naivete or stupidity, and she is a good girl through and through. But she's not a dumb bunny."[45]

Music[edit]

The film's score is composed by Michael Giacchino.[2] It marks his first feature-length project for Walt Disney Animation Studios,[2] as he previously scored the Goofy short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, the two Prep & Landing specials and short film, and the short film The Ballad of Nessie. In addition to her voice role of Gazelle, pop star Shakira also contributed an original song to the film titled "Try Everything," which was written by Sia and Stargate.[17][46] The film's score was recorded by an 80-piece orchestra in November 2015, with Tim Simonec conducting.[47]

Soundtrack[edit]

Zootopia (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Michael Giacchino
Released March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04)
Recorded November 16 – 20, 2015
Studio Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Bros., Los Angeles
Genre Film score
Length 62:34
Label Walt Disney
Producer Michael Giacchino (score producer)
Chris Montan (executive music)
Tom MacDougall (music supervisor)
Walt Disney Animation Studios chronology
Big Hero 6
(2014)
Zootopia
(2016)
Moana
(2016)
Michael Giacchino chronology
Inside Out: Original Soundtrack
(2015)
Zootopia
(2016)
Star Trek Beyond
(2016)
Singles from Zootopia
  1. "Try Everything"
    Released: February 15, 2016

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Michael Giacchino (except "Try Everything")[48].

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Try Everything"   Sia Furler, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen Shakira 3:16
2. "Stage Fright"       0:39
3. "Grey's Uh-Mad at Me"       1:44
4. "Ticket to Write"       1:07
5. "Foxy Fakeout"       2:08
6. "Jumbo Pop Hustle"       1:50
7. "Walk and Stalk"       1:29
8. "Not a Real Cop"       1:34
9. "Hopps Goes (After) the Weasel"       2:19
10. "The Naturalist"       3:09
11. "Work Slowly and Carry a Big Shtick"       0:44
12. "Mr. Big"       2:47
13. "Case of the Manchas"       4:00
14. "The Nick of Time"       5:02
15. "World's Worst Animal Shelter"       4:24
16. "Some of My Best Friends Are Predators"       3:47
17. "A Bunny Can Go Savage"       1:45
18. "Weasel Shakedown"       2:04
19. "Ramifications"       3:58
20. "Ewe Fell for It"       6:37
21. "Three-Toe Bandito"       0:43
22. "Suite from Zootopia"       7:28
Total length:
62:34

Release[edit]

Release and alternative titles[edit]

Zootopia was released in Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D, making it the first Disney animated film shown in domestic IMAX theatres since Treasure Planet (2002).[8][9] The film was retitled for theatrical release across several international territories. In the United Kingdom and other European, Middle Eastern, and North African countries, the film was renamed Zootropolis, a reference to the concept of a 'metropolis' rather than to that of an 'utopia;' all lines that include "Zootopia" were also redubbed.[49][50] It was titled Zoomania in Germany and Crazy Animal City in China.[51][52] Disney declined to explain the reasons for the changes,[49] but The Guardian and The Irish Times suggested it was due to legal problems concerning merchandising;[53] several European brands already use the name, including Givskud Zoo in Denmark and a children's music album in the United Kingdom.[54][55] In China, the state's SAPPRFT granted the film a rare two-week extension to play in theaters in addition to its limited 30-day run, which was to have ended on April 3.[56]

Marketing[edit]

The first teaser trailer was released online at Walt Disney Animation Studios' YouTube page on June 11, 2015,[57] and theatrically with Pixar's Inside Out.[citation needed] A second teaser trailer was released online again at Walt Disney Animation Studios' YouTube page on November 23, 2015[58] (and theatrically with Pixar's The Good Dinosaur), featuring a sequence of the film where the main characters encounter a Department of Mammal Vehicles (based on the DMV) run entirely by sloths.[citation needed] The official theatrical trailer for the film was released online at Walt Disney Animation Studios' YouTube page on New Year's Eve 2015.[59] Figures of Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde were released for Disney Infinity 3.0 on March 1, 2016.[60]

Digital marketing company Allied Integrated Media was contracted by Disney to reach out to members of the furry fandom on Meetup, encouraging them to post photos of themselves in their fursuits on social media, with the movie hashtag, as a form of viral marketing for the film.[61][62]

Home media[edit]

Zootopia was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and Digital HD platforms on June 7, 2016. It includes some bonus material such as "Scoretopia," an alternate opening, and the music video to Shakira's "Try Everything."[63] The film debuted at the top of the home media sales chart for the week ending on June 12, 2016.[64]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Zootopia grossed $341.3 million in North America and $682.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.023 billion, against a budget of $150 million.[5][6] It became the second surprising hit of the year, following Deadpool.[65] 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).[66][67] On April 5, it became the first film of 2016 to gross over $800 million in ticket sales,[68] and on April 24, became the first ever film of 2016 to cross $900 million.[69] On June 5, the film crossed the $1 billion mark, becoming the second film of 2016 to do so (after Captain America: Civil War), the fourth animated film, the eleventh Disney film (third Disney animated film) and the twenty-sixth film overall to break the milestone.[70]

Worldwide, it is currently the second highest-grossing film of 2016 (behind Civil War), the highest-grossing animated film of 2016,[71] the second highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film (second highest overall) of all time in its original release (after Frozen),[68] the second highest-grossing original film (behind Avatar),[65] the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time,[65] and the 24th highest-grossing film of all time.

North America[edit]

In the United States and Canada, pre-release tracking suggested the film would open to $60–70 million from 3,827 theaters in its opening weekend.[72][73] It played in 3,100 3D theaters, 365 IMAX theaters, and 325 premium large formats screens.[72] It earned $1.7 million from Thursday previews, a record for a non-Pixar Disney animated film,[74] for an animated film opening outside of summer,[75] and seventh biggest all-time for an animated film.[76] Buoyed by good word of mouth, it earned $19.5 million on its opening day, also a record for a non-Pixar Disney animated film (breaking Frozen's record),[74] and the second-biggest for a March animated film (behind Ice Age: The Meltdown).[77] In its opening weekend, it scored a better than expected $75.1 million, which was the biggest non-Pixar Disney animated opening (breaking Big Hero 6's record), the biggest opening weekend among Walt Disney Animation Studios films (breaking Frozen's record), the biggest March animated opening (breaking The Lorax's record), the fifth biggest March opening and the tenth biggest animated opening of all time.[78][79][80] Furthermore, its opening weekend is also the fourth biggest for an original film, behind The Secret Life of Pets, Inside Out, and Avatar.[81][82] It also performed exceptionally well in IMAX, where the film brought in $5.2 million from 366 screens, the second best animated IMAX opening behind only Toy Story 3 ($8.4 million).[79]

In its second weekend, it fell gradually by 31% to $51.3 million and recorded one of the best holds for an animated film, more or less on par with Wreck-It Ralph's second weekend drop of 32%, but a bigger drop than The Lego Movie's 27%.[83] It continued to top the box office for the third weekend, earning $37.2 million, falling by 28% from its previous weekend while passing the $200 million mark.[84] This made it the second biggest third weekend for a film that did not open at over $100 million, behind Avatar ($68 million) and ahead of Skyfall ($35 million).[85] The film was overtaken by the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in its fourth weekend, despite only a marginal decline.[86] It spent a total of thirteen consecutive weeks in the top ten, putting it behind Avatar (14 weeks) and Frozen (16 weeks) among any film over the last decade.[65]

It ended its theatrical run on August 4, 2016, after playing in theaters for a total of 154 days.[6] It became the second highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film (behind Frozen),[87] the sixth highest-grossing film of 2016,[88] and the tenth highest-grossing animated film of all time.[89]

Outside North America[edit]

Internationally, Zootopia received a scattered release as Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures decided to take advantage of school holidays in various markets. It began opening in a very limited number of international markets in the weekend ending February 14, earning $4.5 million from 3 markets.[90] It expanded to 22 markets in its second weekend, into 36% of its total international markets, and added $31.2 million.[91] It added another $33 million in its third weekend with no new markets.[92] In its fourth weekend, it expanded to 45 countries and grossed $64.7 million, coming in second place at the international box office, behind the Chinese film Ip Man 3.[93] $3.3 million came from IMAX showings.[93] It finally topped the box office in its fifth weekend after a strong second weekend gross in China. It added $89.3 million from 45 countries, an increase of 25% from its previous weekend.[94] It remained in first place for the second time in its sixth weekend,[95] before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took the top spot.[96] It passed the $500 million mark in its eighth weekend.[97]

In its opening weekend – which varied between markets – the film grossed $3.1 million in Spain and an additional $1.7 million in Belgium and Denmark. In Belgium, it had the biggest ever animated opening for a Disney or Pixar film.[90] It broke opening records for a non-Pixar Disney animated film in China ($23.6 million), France ($8.7 million), Russia ($7.9 million), Germany ($6.8 million), Hong Kong ($1.9 million), Poland ($1.2 million), and India.[91][93][96][98] It opened in the United Kingdom and Ireland with $7.3 million, Mexico with $4.6 million, Australia with $3.6 million, Brazil with $2.6 million, and in Italy, opened on a non-holiday weekend to $3.3 million.[91][95][96] The film had No. 1 openings in Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, and South Africa.[93] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, with significant competition from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the animated family film Kung Fu Panda 3, the film had a £5.31 million ($7.6 million) opening weekend from 579 theaters, including £1.74 million ($2.5 million) worth of previews, debuting in second place behind Dawn of Justice and falling just short of Walt Disney Animation Studios' best opening in the UK.[99][100] It fell just 24% in its second weekend, despite facing competition from holdover Dawn of Justice and newcomer Eddie the Eagle, earning £2.7 million ($3.8 million) and falling in third place behind the two aforementioned films.[101]

Zootopia's largest markets outside of North America are China ($235.6 million), followed by Japan ($70.1 million), Germany ($34.1 million), the United Kingdom ($34.1 million), Russia and the CIS ($32.2 million), France ($31.9 million), and South Korea ($31.3 million).[102][103][104] In China, it is the highest-grossing Disney film in local currency (¥1.530 billion), surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron (¥1.464 billion), as well as the seventh highest-grossing film of all time.[105][106] In Russia, it is the second highest-grossing film of all time in local currency (2.3 billion), behind only Avatar (₽3.6 billion).[107] It topped the Russian and German box office for three weekends,[108][109] and the Chinese and Korean box office for two weekends.[110][111]

In China, where it was locally known as Crazy Animal City (疯狂动物城),[52] the film exceeded expectations[112] and was considered Hollywood's biggest breakout hit in China since 2015's Jurassic World made $229 million.[113] It had an opening day of $3.4 million on its way to $23.8 million for its three-day opening weekend, debuting in second place and scoring the biggest non-sequel animated opening, as well as the second biggest three-day opening and IMAX opening for an animated film, behind Kung Fu Panda 3.[52][93] In its ninth day of release (a Saturday), it recorded the biggest single day gross ever for an animated film, with $25 million (compared to $10.6 million on its first Saturday), and passed the lifetime total of Big Hero 6 to become the highest-grossing Disney animated film in China.[114][115] In its second weekend, it grossed $60 million,[116] an enormous increase of 139% from its previous weekend, and crossed the $100 million mark to become the third animated film in China to do so, after Kung Fu Panda 3 and Monkey King: Hero Is Back. This also marked the single best weekend for an animated film.[94] In mid-March, the combined total of Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia alone broke 2014's record of $286 million in box office grosses for American animated features in China.[117] In its third weekend, it grossed $40 million for a total of $175 million, making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time in China.[118] On March 27, its seventeenth day of release, it passed the $200 million mark, becoming the first animated film, the second Disney film, and the sixth Hollywood film overall to pass that milestone.[96] Zootopia's final gross is 9.92 times more than its opening weekend, behind only Monkey King: Hero Is Back (9.97 times more).[119] Its final gross is also 69 times more than its opening day gross, a record previously held by Goodbye Mr. Loser with 61.9 times more. The previous record for animated films was held by Monkey King: Hero Is Back with 53.1 times more.[120] It became the highest-grossing animated film of all time and the second highest-grossing film of 2016, behind only The Mermaid.[121][122]

It opened in Japan on April 23[123] and earned $4 million in its opening weekend, debuting at second place in the box office, behind Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare,[124][125] and had the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios debut in that market, behind Frozen and Big Hero 6.[69] Deadline.com pointed out that the average opening number might have been due to the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, which could have affected moviegoers.[69] In a rare achievement, it topped the box office in its third weekend after two weeks at No. 2.[126] In the following two weekends, it continued to increase its ticket sales,[127] and topped the box office there for four consecutive weekends.[128][129] After four straight wins, it was finally overtaken by the R-rated superhero film Deadpool.[130] It was the No. 1 western/Hollywood film for eight consecutive weekends.[131] The Hollywood Reporter cited that strong word of mouth, audiences watching both the English and Japanese versions, and 3D and 4DX screenings, as well as a popular Japanese version of the "Try Everything" song by Dream Ami, all helped boost Zootopia's performance.[128] Its strong run in the market aided the film to propel past the $1 billion mark worldwide.[132] It remained in top three for eleven consecutive weekends and has grossed a total of $70.1 million there.[133][134][135]

Critical response[edit]

Zootopia was released to universal critical acclaim.[136][137][138][139] On Rotten Tomatoes, it is currently the highest rated film of 2016 based on adjusted score.[140] It has a rating of 98% based on 220 reviews, and a weighted average score of 8.1/10. The site's consensus statement reads, "The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation – all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained."[10] It is the second-highest-rated film in the official canon (tied with Snow White and 101 Dalmatians) behind Pinocchio (which has a perfect 100% rating) and the eighth-highest animated Disney film overall behind Pinocchio, the Toy Story films (the first two have 100% and the third has 99%), Finding Nemo (99%), Inside Out and Up (both 98%). On Metacritic, the film has a normalized score of 78 out of 100 based on 39 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[141] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[142]

Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times considered the movie "funny, smart, [and] thought-provoking."[143] Mark Hughes of Forbes commented that Zootopia was "Disney's best animated feature since Beauty and the Beast."[144] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that Zootopia "may be the most subversive movie of" 2016, praising its timely message about the harm of prejudice in the face of the prevailing xenophobic political rhetoric at the time of the film's release, and the film's humor.[11] Peter Debruge at Variety opined that Zootopia "plays directly to the studio's strengths."[145] IGN reviewer Eric Goldman gave the film a 9.0 out of 10 'Amazing' score, saying "Zootopia is a wonderful example of how Disney, at its best, can mix its past and present together in a very cool, compelling way. It takes the classic animation trope of animals walking, talking and acting like humans, but gives it a modern spin both in terms of its humor and animation style ... and also in its themes, which are meaningful and fascinatingly topical."[146]

Writing in British Sunday newspaper The Observer, reviewer Mark Kermode found the film to be a "very funny, and very likable holiday treat." He added, "The ensuing drama is nominally a tale of predators succumbing to their animal instincts while frightened prey fear their neighbours. In fact, it's a delightfully well-orchestrated parable about trust and tolerance versus panic and prejudice. An encouragingly upbeat celebration of love and diversity in times of hate and uncertainty. If that all sounds overly on-message, then fear not – the jokes are funny, the characters engaging, and the animation packed with delicious visual detail," before concluding, "[…] this is proper family fun with genuine cross-generational appeal. Hooray!"[147]

In the UK daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Robbie Collin noted, "The lion doesn't just lie down with the lamb, they run for City Hall on a joint ticket. It's the diversity dream come true. Or is it? […] Think Busytown by way of Chinatown. It's almost certain to be the most existentially probing talking animal cartoon of the year." Collin added, "Like Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs., albeit considerably cuter, Judy and Nick make a hilariously strained but effective double act – not least thanks to Goodwin and Bateman's tremendous vocal work, which trips along with the effortless swing and snap of great bebop." He concluded:

"You could read a blunt racial equivalence into this – and there are moments in which the film openly invites us to do so ('Go back to the forest, predator!' a sheep shouts at a cheetah. 'I'm from the savannah,' comes the weary reply.). But the allegory is far from rigid, and one of the film's great strengths is the trust it puts in its young audience to decode its complex, nuanced message about the value of difference. 'Turns out real life's a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker,' Judy sighs after a few days on the beat. 'Real life is messy.' Yes it is – and all the more funny, chaotic and beautiful because of it. So too, in the best possible way, is this film."[148]

Also in The Daily Telegraph, Rosa Prince singled out the film's lead character, Judy Hopps, as a welcome change for Disney animated feature film heroines, such as the Disney Princess franchise. She found that unlike those characters' focus on romance or family loyalty, Hopps' focus is on her dream career as a police officer and serving her city. Prince noted:

"Zootropolis has a few more women than most Disney movies - around a third of the cast. But it is Judy who breaks the mould; a character who has no interest in being saved by Prince Charming, she's too busy saving everyone else. As Ginnifer Goodwin, the actress who voices Judy and has two sons, has said: 'If I had little girls, I would kill for Judy Hopps to be their role model. And I would kill for Judy to be my boys' role model, too.' […] So perhaps it is time to get our daughters a Judy Hopps cop costume and tell them to put away their princess dress. If they protest, we can remind them of the advice given by Judy's boss, Chief Bogo: 'Life isn't some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and your insipid dreams magically come true. So Let It Go.'"[149]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Song from a Movie or TV Show "Try Everything" by Shakira Nominated [150]

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