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Originally, the film revolved around Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). However, test audiences reported that they had a hard time connecting with him emotionally and instead found themselves drawn to Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), so the story was changed.
There was a poster for Zootopia in Big Hero 6 (2014) when Baymax and Hiro fly under the train tracks.
Animators decided upon Judy's purple eye color because they thought the rest of her gray fur markings were too dull, particularly for a main character. Purple was chosen to represent her energetic and optimistic personality.
Nick Wilde's design is heavily based on the title character of Disney's Robin Hood (1973) (who is also a fox).
The pirated DVDs that Duke Weaselton is selling are movies with word plays to other Walt Disney Animation Studio features. Examples are: "Pig Hero 6" (Big Hero 6 (2014)), "Floatzen" (Frozen (2013)), "Wrangled" (Tangled (2010)), "Wreck-It Rhino" (Wreck-It Ralph (2012)), "Meowana" (Moana (2016)), and "Giraffic" (the upcoming Gigantic (2018)).
According to Nick's employment application form, he is 4 feet tall, weighs 80 pounds and his special abilities are "night vision, excellent sense of smell and business savvy". Also, when asked if he has a criminal record, he checked "yes" then crossed it out and checked "no."
On her train ride to Zootopia, before Judy selects Gazelle, some of the other artists on her music player include: The Beagles, Black Sable, Catty Perry, Destiny's Cub, Ewe 2, Fleetwood Yak, Fur Fighters, Gun N' Rodents, Hyena Gomez, Kanine West and Mick Jaguar. These are references to the bands and singers, Destiny's Child, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Katy Perry, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N' Roses, Selena Gomez, Kanye West, U2, Mick Jagger, and Foo Fighters.
To best accommodate the film in various countries, the crew at Disney had a different animal stand in place of news anchor Moosebridge that appropriately corresponds to that particular country. Examples include:
  • Australia: Koala, voiced by Australian Entertainer David E. Campbell.

  • Japan: Tanuki (a raccoon dog), voiced by Japanese comedian and choreographer Koura Kazumasa.

  • China: Giant Panda, still voiced by Peter Mansbridge.

  • Brazil: Jaguar, voiced by Brazilian Journalist Ricardo Boechat

  • Moosebridge was planned to be a corgi for the UK version but they kept him a moose but is renamed "Moosos Alexander" and voice by BBC sport reporter, Vassos Alexander (though the UK home release used his US name and voice).

There are no reptiles, birds, fish, or amphibians throughout the entire movie, instead consisting of only mammals and the occasional flies. This was to accommodate the Prey and Predator Theme of the Film.
Chief Bogo's name is taken from the Swahili word "mbogo," meaning buffalo.
Duke Weaselton is voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also voiced the Duke of Weselton (often mispronounced Weaseltown) in Frozen (2013). In contrast to the character of the latter, Judy mispronounces Duke's last name as "Weselton" in this movie.
The nudist Indian Yoga instructor is named Nangi. Nangi refers to a naked woman in the Hindi language.
There are numerous sight gags consisting of animal versions of common human brand names, including, Lucky Chomps (Lucky Charms cereal), Urban Snoutfitters (Urban Outfitters clothes shops), Zuber (ride hailing service Uber), Pawpsicle (Popsicle frozen pops), Lemming Bros. Bank (erstwhile Lehman Bros.), Trader Doe's (Trader Joe's food stores), Mousy's (Macy's department store), Moustercharge (MasterCard credit cards), Furs National Bank (instead of First), Targoat (Target), Catsio (Casio), MuzzleTime (FaceTime), and Hoof Locker (Foot Locker), among others.
Some have speculated that Judy Hopps from Zootopia is a reference to Judy Hoffs from 21 Jump Street (1987). Other than their remarkably similar names, they are both law enforcement officers who face workplace discrimination. According to Zootopia director Byron Howard, this is "a hilarious but amazing coincidence."
This is the fourth consecutive Disney animated feature for Alan Tudyk as an antagonistic role, following Wreck-It Ralph (2012) (as the Main Antagonist), Frozen (2013) (as the Secondary Antagonist), and Big Hero 6 (2014) (as an Anti-hero).
It was November 2014 when the production team decided to change the story to emphasize Judy Hopps as the main character rather than Nick Wilde. To help with the difficulties of the late sudden change, Jared Bush was hired as a co-director alongside directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore.
HIDDEN MICKEY: If you look closely at Clawhauser's spots, you will see a hidden Mickey Mouse on his cheeks.
The horn heard when Judy Hopps leaves her hometown and again when she arrives in Zootopia is the horn from the Monorail at Disney Parks. The SkyTram in the rainforest zone is a reference to the Skyway that ferried guests from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. The Sky Buckets were removed from Disneyland in 1994 and from the Magic Kingdom in 1999.
When interrogated Nick said he had been doing this "since he was 12." While Judy is multiplying everything together to figure out how much he owes in taxes, we hear her say "times two decades." That would make Nick 32.
The actor who plays Peter Moosebridge is a real news anchor, named Peter Mansbridge, for the CBC in Canada.
Parodies of various songs from past Disney animated feature films on Judy's music player. These include "Let it Go" from Frozen (2013), "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid (1989), "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King (1994), and "Arabian Nights" from Aladdin (1992).
In earlier versions of the script, Nick was the son of a tailor and was always sharply dressed in a suit and tie, while his friend Finnick wore the Hawaiian shirt. With the change in focus, not only was Finnick's role drastically changed, but Nick was given the Hawaiian shirt to make him look more relaxed and laid back.
Josh Dallas voices a background character named "frantic pig." Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin, who voices Judy, star together in the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011) as Snow White and Prince Charming, and they are married to each other in real life.
This is the second film by Walt Disney Animation Studios to be grossed over 1 billion to the gross revenue, the first is Frozen (2013).
As a change of pace, Kristen Bell, who voices DMV sloth Priscilla, is a slow-talker compared to her Frozen (2013) character Princess Anna, who is a fast-talker. Sloths are one of Bell's favorite animals.
Judy's two obnoxious next-door neighbors, who can constantly be heard to tell each other to shut up, are a reference to the infamous "shut up little man" recordings. The tapes were a pre-internet viral sensation where a pair of next-door neighbor male roommates were captured on audio arguing incessantly, often ending with the pair screaming at each other to shut up.
Nick Wilde's full name is Nicholas Piberius Wilde, a play on Star Trek (1966)'s James Tiberius Kirk according to a tweet by the co-director Byron Howard.
In Doug the Ram's night howler lab, he is talking on the phone when he hears a knock at the door and says, "Woolter and Jesse are here so I'm leaving now..." Walter and Jesse are the names of the two main characters in the American television drug drama Breaking Bad. Doug also wears a yellow boiler suit, as do Walter and Jesse in the later seasons of the drug drama. The lab containing the night howler plants is housed in the rear of a train car, similar to the mobile RV lab used in the show.
In addition to being a popular phrase used to inspire hope and comfort, Judy Hopps's self-consoling line, "Tomorrow is another day," can be seen as a reference to the title of a major song from an earlier Walt Disney animated film, The Rescuers (1977), in which unlikely animal heroes also work together to investigate and solve a crime while facing menacing predators.
Judy's cellphone provider, as seen on her screen, is "PB&J," a reference to the company AT&T, and means "Peanut Butter and Jelly". On the back of her phone is a carrot with a bite taken out of it, a clear reference to Apple Inc. and the iPhone, which AT&T offers to users. PB&J was also used as the title for the Disney Junior (at the time Playhouse Disney) series PB&J Otter (1998).
Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake, who voice Judy Hopps' parents, are longtime friends and collaborators. Most recently, Lake had been an often on-screen producer of the Bonnie Hunt talk/variety show.
Because the change in script was left so late in the production cycle, many character models and set pieces from the first script were retained with cosmetic changes. The abandoned warehouse in which Nick's "Wild Times" amusement park was to have been hidden is visible when Judy meets Nick at the bridge, for example, while the Oasis Hotel in Sahara Square was originally the Golden Palm in the Rainforest District (and would have featured a thrilling escape down the "leaf" roofs).
Chief Bogo, when chastising Judy for having unrealistic dreams of becoming a "real cop" tells her that they aren't living "in a cartoon world where you sing a little song and all your dreams come true" before telling her to "let it go." This is an obviously self-referential nod to the large body of prior Disney animated classics, which frequently feature heroes seeking to fulfill lofty dreams, singing, and wishing, particularly the mega-hit Frozen (2013) whose feature song was the anthem "Let it Go" by Idina Menzel.
Young Judy Hopps was nine years old in the beginning of the movie (where she was bullied and attacked by Gideon Grey, the Fox). The movie skips fifteen years into the future where Judy start the Police training. Judy confirms her age as being nine when the "incident" with Gideon Grey occurred. If the Police training last 1 year, this makes Judy twenty-four years old when she moves to Zootopia.
When Duke Weaselton is about to be iced at Mr. Big's place, he says "They offered me what I couldn't refuse. Money", a clear reference to the famous dialogue said by Marlon Brando's character Don Corleone, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." from The Godfather (1972). Which actually meant that he was gonna threaten to kill someone in order to get him to do what he wants.
When Judy and Nick were being taken to Mr. Big, it said "Zoogle Photos" (Google Photos) on the phone of the polar bear sitting next to Judy.
In this film, Maurice LaMarche voiced Mr. Big, an animal crime lord modeled after Marlon Brando's character in The Godfather (1972) movies. LaMarche also voiced the Godpigeon in Animaniacs (1993), another animal crime lord modeled after Marlon Brando in the Godfather movies.
STUDIO TRADEMARK: The common Pixar Easter Egg referencing their old lesson room, "A113," appears on Gideon Grey fox's van number plate JED3113.
When Nick has his longer monologue after Judy found out about his "pawpsicle" hustle, both go along the street and pass a wooden fence where Judy almost get hit by a walking-by rhino. Attached to the fence is a black colored poster for the musical "Rats", similar to the original "Cats".
The scene at the DMV with the slow talking sloths is a variation on comedy team Bob & Ray's classic skit Slow Talkers of America.
Judy Hopps was originally going to be a cynical, no-nonsense, aggressive and seasoned police officer, but the screening for the film's development was proven to be dark and unpleasant, and as a result, the story has been revamped by Byron Howard and the rest of the production team, and they changed Judy's personality to an optimistic and starry-eyed in order to make the film's story emotional and a lot more sense.
The name of the Elephant in the film, Jerry Jeambeaux Jr. appears to be a reference to the Title Character of the Disney Film Dumbo (1941), who was originally named Jumbo Jr..
Freeze frame on the first citation written, at 9:15 am, reveals that a parking with an expired meter is a $25 fine. So, writing 201 tickets means Officer Hopps has earned the city $5,025 in revenue in two hours and 45 minutes (at a pace of almost two tickets per minute).
The foxes try to buy a Jumbo-pop but the manager of the Jumbeaux's Café refuses, due to his strong hatred against foxes. Judy Hopps intervenes in a peaceful manner and convinces the manager to allow Nick to have the Jumbo-pop. This scene was inspired by a similar scene in Giant (1956), where Rock Hudson's character, Bick Benedict, peacefully convinced a restaurant manager to allow Mexicans in the restaurant, before the situation had gotten worse and Benedict was compelled to engage the manager in a brutal fight. The restaurants in the two films "reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."
The coin of city Zootopia is the letter Z with two lines (like $).
The pause button on the printer located in the DMV is indicated by a paw print.
Bellwether is a sheep. All sheep in the movie have sheep-like eyes, except her. She has 'regular' eyes. Near the end of the movie she stands next to a sheep cop with the more correct eyes, which makes for a strange contrast.
Lemmings are erroneously known for committing mass suicides by jumping of cliffs or drowning - a myth started by the 1958 Disney nature documentary 'White Wilderness.' In the film, lemmings in tiny suits are seen exiting a building with the sign "Lemming Brothers." This is a wordplay on Lehman Brothers, a company infamous for filing the largest bankruptcy claim in US history.
The design and color scheme of the license plates in Zootopia is a direct homage to the license plates of Florida. Walt Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The only types of Mammals not featured in Zootopia are Primates due to them looking "Too Human" with an Anthropomorphic Appearance, Bats since they would've been the only residents that can fly along with Flying Squirrels, and Marine Mammals like Seals and Dolphins since it would've been odd to feature animals that can't move on the land, as well as that they'd have been the only residents with fins.
The crosswalks, also known as zebra crossings in the U.K., actually do have a pattern that matches a zebra's striped coat.
First Disney Animated Feature Film to not be accompanied by a Short Film since Tangled (2010).
In the short scene with young Nick and his mother, the wallpaper there has the same pattern and color like Nick's shirt in the movie.
The "YOU shut up!" exchange in Zootopia was also featured in Disney's Brother Bear (2003)between two rams when they were arguing, and heard their own voices echo through the mountains.
The name Emmitt Otterton is reminiscent of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977).
Judy Hopps' full name is Judith Laverne Hopps, which is never spoken in the film itself.
As Officer Hopps gives her statement to the press on 'cracking the case,' the station microphones on the podium are arranged in the order of channels 9, 2, 11, and 5. Coincidentally, 92115 is the ZIP code for the city of San Diego, home of one of the largest zoos in the world.
In the trailers and ads, Nick can be seen using a cell phone to take a selfie or to text. In the film itself, he appears to not own a phone, or a wallet.
This is Michael Giacchino's ninth Disney movie for music score and his first music score from a Disney movie made by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
In Emmitt Otterton's wallet the driver license number makes reference to both the year Disneyland opened (1955) and the birth year of John Lasseter (1957).
Possible homage to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back when Judy is attempting to start the train and transport the Nighthowler evidence to the ZPD. The sound effects match those of the Millenium Falcon when Han Solo is trying to start it up in order to flee the ice planet Hoth. Coupled with that, the camera shot and actions of the protagonists bear strong similarities.
When Chief Bogo was handing out assignments at the end, he says, "Snarlov, Wolford, Higgins: undercover..." at which point, officer Wolford pulls a ram mask over his head. He is literally a wolf in sheep's clothing.
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When Judy and Nick searched records from traffic cameras in the City Hall, the system gave the coordinate of the one which can take the 'Sky Tram'. Which was '37.181716, -118.312193'. In the real world, it is located exactly in LA, Califonia.
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HIDDEN MICKEY: After Judy enters the Rainforest District on the tram and it starts raining, as the camera pans down to show the pedestrians walking under the tramway, a Hidden Mickey can be seen as the design on the top of one of the blue umbrellas to the right.
This is the second Disney animated feature film to have characters voiced by Raymond S. Persi (A Hippo Officer and Flash the Sloth) and Rich Moore (A Security Wolf and Doug the Ram). The first one is Wreck-It Ralph (2012), where Persi voiced Cyril the Zombie and Gene, and Moore voiced Zangief and Sour Bill.
In the DVD scene selection menu, Nick stops to stare at a Chinese Panda businessman- possibly a rare species in the movie, as it is in the real world.
Between the scene where Judy learns about the Night Howlers to Mayor Bellweather is arrested, Judy and Nick are wearing clothes that are similar to the characters Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox from Song of the South. Both films are known for how each film handled race relations. Song of the South was criticized for the depiction of freed slaves in the film while Zootopia was praised for it's message on stereotypes and discrimination.
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Gideon Grey is the 2nd Disney Character to have the Same Voice Actor (Phil Johnston) both young and adult. The first one being Terk from Tarzan (1999) (not counting Kaa in The Jungle Book (1967)'s TV Spinoff, Jungle Cubs (1996).
According to Rich Moore when Judy reconciled with Nick, the events from after the press conference incindent was in between 2 to 3 months when Judy returned to Zootopia.
When Judy calls Duke Weaselton Frozen (2013), this is a reference to a character The Duke of Weselton' from Frozen (2013). Both Weaselton in Zootopia (2016) and Weselton from Frozen (2013) are voiced by Alan Tudyk.
Both Idris Elba and J.K. Simmons lent their voices for animated animal characters in separate animated films in 2016. Elba had three: one for Chief Bogo the Cape Buffalo in Zootopia, the second as Fluke the Sea Lion in Finding Dory (2016) and the third being Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (2016), although technically the latter was meant to be depicted as a realistic tiger rather than animated. Simmons contributions were for Mayor Lionheart the Lion in Zootopia and Kai the Bull in Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).
Walt Disney Animation Studios' 55th feature film.
The flower shop that is robbed is called Flora and Fauna. These are scientific terms, flora meaning plants and fauna meaning animals, in addition to being the names of 2 of the Fairies from Sleeping Beauty (1959).
Finnick (Little Toot Toot) is a fennec fox hence his ironic name.
Coincidentally, Mark Smith who voices Officer McHorn, was named Rhino in the 1990's UK version of the game show "Gladiators".
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First Disney animated film to star Bonnie Hunt that is not a Pixar movie.
Nick Wilde, Finnick and Gideon Gray are the eighth ninth and tenth Disney characters to be foxes. The previous ones were Honest John from Pinocchio (1940), Br'er Fox from Song of the South (1946), Robin and Maid Marian from Robin Hood (1973), Todd and Vixey from The Fox and the Hound (1981), and Foxy Loxy from Chicken Little (2005), all but two of them are also anthropomorphic. In addition, Judy Hopps and her parents are the fourteenth Disney characters to be a rabbit, after Max Hare from The Tortoise and the Hare (1935), Thumper from Bambi (1942), Br'er Rabbit also from Song of the South (1946), The White Rabbit and March Hare from Alice in Wonderland (1951), Skippy, Sis,Tagalong and Mother Rabbit also from Robin Hood (1973) as well, Rabbit from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) and Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
In the Polish dub, the white wolf that was tricked by Judy to start howling is called Geralt, this is a reference to Geralt of Rivia, the main character of the Polish video game and novel series The Witcher, whose alias is White Wolf.
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There is a brief homage to Avatar in the scene where Judy is being chased by the panther (Driver of the Limo). From the way he turns to look at the two main characters, to Judy saying 'Run, Run!' as Sigourney Weaver did, the scene plays out similarly to Jake Sully (The protagonist of Avatar) being pursued by a relatively larger predator. In the chase scene, Judy ducks into a hollowed-out log, similar to Jake, and the predator tries to get at her through the sides, first with jaw and then with claw in similar fashion.
This is the first Disney film from Walt Disney Animation Studios to not be released in November since Winnie the Pooh (2011) five years prior, as well as the first to be released in March since Meet the Robinsons (2007) nine years prior.
The city of Bunnyburrow is 211 miles (339 km) away from Zootropolis. It could have been any number but it so happens that Rennes, a really old city in northwestern France with a lot of places of interests and the capital of the region of Brittany, is 211 miles or 339 km away from Paris (to be precise: from Disney's Hotel Cheyenne). It is one of a few trips visitors might do if they are visiting Disneyland in Paris (another trip might be travelling to Lille, far north from Paris).
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The pairing of Nick Wilde and Judy Hoops is very similar to the pairing of Lupo Alberto and Marta from Italian Classic cómic Lupo Alberto by Silver. Alberto is a wolf and Marta a chicken (predator and prey) but they are falling in love.
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Finnick may be named this because he is a Fennec fox.
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This is the first film to not release a Disney animated short alongside it since the others Disney animated films.
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Nick Wilde is voiced by Jason Bateman. In Horrible Bosses and Horrible Bosses 2 Jason Bateman's character is also named Nick.
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Because Judy Hopps is 24 years old during the film's main events, She was probably born in 1992.
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Jason Bateman and Jenny Slate were also in The Longest Week (2014).
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Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell also appeared in Couples Retreat (2009).
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Ginnifer Goodwin, Bonnie Hunt, Madeleine Curry, and Kath Soucie worked on some episodes of Sofia the First.
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The name of Officer Judy Hopps is a play on Officer Judy Hoffs, Holly Robinson Peete's character from the series 21 Jump Street.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the beginning of the film, Judy stands up for a sheep against a fox. In the climax of the film, she does the opposite, standing up for a fox against a sheep.
At the end of the film when Bogo is assigning tasks to the police force, one of the cops assigned to undercover duty is a wolf who disguises himself as a sheep. He is a literal "wolf in sheep's clothing".
Nick calls Judy Hopps by her first name only once in the film and it was during the scene after they flushed themselves from a toilet. He more commonly calls her "Rabbit" or "Carrots."
When recording Judy's apology to Nick, Ginnifer Goodwin was actually in tears.
In the scene which the ram in the yellow jumpsuit is cooking blue serum that turns animals wild, the other manufacturers' names are Woolter and Jesse - just like Walter White and Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, who also cook blue meth in the show.
The Assistant Mayor's surname is Bellwether, which is the leading sheep of a flock, with a bell around its neck. Additionally, a wether is a castrated ram. A ram is the sign of the devil, and can symbolise evil.
When Judy and Nick are in the underground subway car watching Doug make the Night Howler shots, the scene shifts to a subway map of Zootopia printed by the ZTA (Zootopia Transit Authority). The map has pictures of the predators pinned to where in the city Doug poisoned them. If you look closely at the map, the street names in each of the "districts" coincide with the central theme of that district. Tundratown has Plow St. Snowcastle Way, Glacier Falls and Blizzard St.; Rainforest District has Precipitation St. Shady Place, Misty Blvd, Precipitation St,; and Sahara Square has Tundra Gate, Cactus Grove, Alow Ave, Agave Ave, Dry River Rod.
Judy appears to be the only bunny in Zootopia until a scene after Nick walks out on her and the reporters swarm around her, when there is a bunny news reporter who asks her, "We can't even trust our own friends?"
When asking assistant mayor bellwether to check the traffic camera feed in her office you can see the name Doug with a phone number underneath. Doug being one of the rams creating the savage drug later on.
Maurice LaMarche, who is the voice of Mr. Big, also gave his voice to The Brain of Animaniacs (1993) and its spin-off Pinky and the Brain (1995). Both Brain and Big are tiny animals with severe Napoleonic complexes.
Mr. Big is clearly based on Don Corleone, played by Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972). He's an important crime lord, as is Corleone; he speaks like Corleone, both vocally and in terms of phrasing and content; and the meeting happens on his daughter's wedding day, as in the original Godfather.
When Judy and Nick are running from the wild jaguar, Judy radios in to the police station to give their crossroads. She mispronounces Tujunga and Nick is quick to correct. The Disney campus where Zootopia was created is on Tujunga in Burbank, California.
This is the ninth film from Walt Disney Animation Studios where the identity of the villain is a surprise, in this case it was Dawn Bellwether. The 8 previous films that had villains who didn't seem villainous/antagonistic at first (though DOR-15 did serve as a Secondary Antagonist of her film, and though Gantu was the only one who failed to reform) were: Winky from The Wind in the Willows Segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone (1963), Clayton from Tarzan (1999), Gantu from Lilo & Stitch (2002), DOR-15 from Meet the Robinsons (2007), Gothel from Tangled (2010), Turbo (King Candy) from Wreck it Ralph, Prince Hans from Frozen (2013) and Professor Robert Callahan from Big Hero 6 (2014).
While being accused by Judy for Popsicle hustling, Nick steals and eats a blueberry from a nearby stand; the same fruit that he and Judy later use to trick Bellwhether into revealing her villainy.
When Officer Judy realizes Night Howlers refer to the flowers, and jumps in the family farm truck to drive back to Zootopia to solve the case, the license plate reads JER2911 - referring to a popular passage in the Bible - Jeremiah 29:11, a passage that states: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." This could refer to the idea that Judy was meant to be a cop, and it is her destiny/calling.
In the scene where Nick and Judy are checking the traffic cameras on Assistant Mayor Bellwether's computer, the number for 'Doug' can be seen on a post-it note stuck on Bellwether's phone, hinting towards Doug the Ram, Bellwether's minion, who appears later on in the film.
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Judy got the idea of flushing Nick and herself down the toilet at Cliffside from having fallen into the toilet at the Zootopia Police Academy.
In the scene where Nick and Judy are in Assistant Mayor Bellweather's office, we see a shot of her office telephone. There is a sticky note attached to this with a telephone number and name "Doug" on it. The ram concocting the Night-howler Serum is called Doug who is on the phone to an undisclosed character. From this we can deduce the person he is speaking with is the Assistant Mayor.
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When Nick and Judy fake Judy's death at the museum is a small tribute to Song of the South and the Uncle Remus stories featuring Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox's escapades. In the stories Brer Rabbit fakes his own death just to escape from the main animal antagonists, most famously done in the "Everyone has a Happy Place" story.
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Strangely enough, there is one extra empty cage for Nick and Judy to hide in in Mayor Lionheart's secret laboratory.

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