Judy Hopps, who believes that in Zootopia, anyone can be anything, becomes the first bunny ever to join the Zootopia Police Department. But she quickly realizes she’ll have to prove herself, even it means teaming up with a con-artist fox to crack her first case.
“Judy comes from a long line of carrot farmers,” says director Byron Howard. “In Bunnyburrow, bunnies are small and cute, productive and reproductive—she has 275 brothers and sisters. She’s expected to follow that path. But Judy considers herself progressive in every way. She’s not afraid to push boundaries. Ever since she was a young bunny, Judy has seen cops as heroes who really make a difference in the world.”
“She faces a lot of opposition along the way,” adds director Rich Moore, “but she’s really determined—she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. She realizes that as a rabbit, she actually has a few advantages.” From the beginning, filmmakers wanted to keep the bunny in Judy Hopps. The team visited a wildlife rescue center and welcomed live bunnies to the studio.
Says character art director Cory Loftis, “Judy had to be everything a bunny means: soft, cute, adorable. But she also had to have an edge to her. She’s athletic and physical. We had to find the right balance between her athleticism and her softness.”
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In an effort to bolster the animal-feel, artists added bits of debris—hay, leaves, sticks—in the coats of animals like the big sheep and Yax the Yak.
Nathan Warner, director of cinematography-layout, got a pat on the back from a real-life cheetah during their research trip to Africa. The rescued animal that caretakers had introduced to the filmmakers seemingly took offense to the camera Warner carried a