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13 'Zootopia' Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense

Updated April 7, 2020 10.5k votes 2.6k voters 188.8k views13 items

For fans of this anthropomorphic noir, look no further to vote on your favorite Zootopia fan theories surrounding this Disney hit! In Disney's animated feature Zootopia, anthropomorphic animals inhabit the titular city without fear of the food chain. Long ago, an agreement was was made where the predators would no longer hunt the prey. However, something seems to have gotten into the predators and now it's up to new police officer Judy Hopps and her unlikely companion Nick Wilde to figure out why. With a cute-but-nuanced mythology, Zootopia leaves the door wide open for speculative fan theories. Some involve government corruption. Others profer the idea that Zootopia crosses over with other animated universes. There's even one that suggests Emmitt Otterton is a drug addict!

So check out all these Zootopia fan theories and vote up your favorites!

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    Zootopia Is In The Lion King/Robin Hood Universe

    Zootopia Is In The Lion King/R is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 13 'Zootopia' Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense
    Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

    Creating a generational, perhaps centuries-long backstory, Redditor /u/T-Rex_Is_best posits that Zootopia exists in the same universe as Disney's The Lion King and Robin Hood. According to the theory, the great peace between the predators and prey that's at the center of Zootopia began not long before the plot of The Lion King, which exists in a time that is tribal. Jumping ahead, things carry carry on in the medieval period of Robin Hood. Fast-forward to the present, and the animals now live in a modern, metropolitan city. The Redditor also speculates that bloodlines exist between Simba/King Richard/Lionheart, as well as Nick Wilde/Robin Hood.

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      'Zootopia' Is Socialist; 'Sing' Is Capitalist

      'Zootopia' Is Socialist; 'Sing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 13 'Zootopia' Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense
      Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

      In a theory that is perhaps more allegorical research than a wild idea, Redditor /u/Demokirby points out that Zootopia functions as an ideal socialist society, where another film with an economy of animals, Sing, is driven by capitalism. In Sing, everything in the world appears to be a standardized human size, so it can be difficult for small animals like mice to use things like stairs and doors. Conversely, Zootopia is built to accommodate its varied residents, including an entire neighborhood built specifically for rodents. On another note, Zootopia's plot very directly deals with how the government is trying to diversify its police force, where in Sing the only way to make life better for one's self is with money.

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        Zootopia Messed Up Incredibles 2

        Zootopia Messed Up Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 13 'Zootopia' Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense
        Photo: Walt Disney Pictures Motion Pictures

        In this crossover fan theory, Disney and Pixar (which are kind of the same thing, but kind of not) forget to share notes and almost end up delivering the same villain. According to Redditor /u/Casual_Cube, it seems possible that Incredibles 2 had to change their antagonist's temperment because of Zootopia. In the latter movie, it is revealed that the meek, bumbling Bellwether has been the true villain all along. At the beginning of Incredibles 2, Evelyn (who turns out to be the evil Screenslaver) is also meek and bumbling, but then in later scenes is cool and sauve. The Redditor speculates that I2 had to reshape Evelyn after Zootopia was released so to not appear a copycat, but wasn't able to reanimate the the characters first scene.

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          Why There Are No Cats Or Dogs In Zootopia

          Why There Are No Cats Or Dogs  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 13 'Zootopia' Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense
          Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

          It does seem odd that Zootopia has a complete lack of domesticated animals. Where are the doggos and kitty cats? Redditor /u/thundersaurus_sex has an idea, and it involves a deeper backstory than the predotor/prey alliance of the movie's actual plot. The theory sugggests that there was a bloody revolution called the Great Purge, where animals fought against their human captors. The humans were eventually wiped out entirely, along with their only animal comrades, the dogs and cats.

          The Redditor notes that there is a corgi in the UK version of the film, but he must have been a Benedict Arf-old that defected to the animal forces during the great war.

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