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  • Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, it's Jan here! As you know, I absolutely loved Zootopia,

  • and each time I watch the movie, I find something new to enjoy.

  • But because of the way animated movies are made, there's often tons of incredible stuff

  • that the animators work on which doesn't make it into the final movie.

  • So, in this video, I'm going to be taking a look at the dozens of amazing deleted scenes

  • and rejected ideas from Zootopia that hit the cutting room floor.

  • And a quick warning that of course there are spoilers ahead, so if you want to avoid any

  • spoilers, click here for my spoiler-free review or come back after you've seen the movie.

  • Just before I get started I've got another fantastic copy of this gorgeous hardback book

  • The Art of Zootropolis to give away. All you have to do is subscribe and leave

  • a comment about the deleted scenes on this video.

  • To give you an idea of what you can look forward to in the book, there's tons of amazing concept

  • art, sketches, and information that give an incredible peek into the making of the movie.

  • First up is the movie's opening scene which sets Judy up to become a police officer in

  • Zootopia although in a different way than we see in the final movie.

  • The alternate opening is set in Woodlands Elementary School rather than at the Carrot

  • Days Festival and has Judy practising a song with her classmates while their teacher Mrs

  • Armadillo accompanies them on the piano. Judy's friends each sing a line about what

  • they want to be when they grow up, but when it comes to Judy's turn, she won't sing that

  • she wants to grow carrots. This opening establishes how animals are stereotyped,

  • for example, Sally the squirrel sings that she wants to sell nuts and the Rory the racoon

  • sings that he wants to drive a trash truck. But Judy proves she's capable of other things

  • when Bobby Catmull the cougar cub is about to fall out of a tree.

  • Judy grabs Mrs Armadillo's laser pen and gets Bobby to chase its light down the tree to

  • safety. A police offer then arrives and gives Judy

  • a Junior ZPD badge and says she should become a police officer.

  • And when Judy's classmate scoffs that she's just a bunny, the officer replies "This is

  • Zootopia where anyone can be anything", a moment which echoes what Judy does and says

  • to Finnick later in the final movie. Other elements from this alternate opening

  • scene also appeared in a slightly different form in the final movie.

  • Bobby Catmull appears as the cougar who creates the various sound effects during Judy's performance

  • at Carrot Days and Mrs Armadillo is the landlady at Judy's apartment complex.

  • And the scene in the alternate opening which features a deer being mock-attacked by a predator

  • as part of the rehearsals for the school's show mirrors both the dramatic scene Judy

  • performs with fake blood in the opening of the final movie and also the final movie's

  • climactic showdown when Nick fakes turning savage to catch Bellwether.

  • Since Zootopia came out, there've been tons of fans shipping Judy and Nick, and an incredible

  • amount of fan art on just that subject. So, shippers of Nick and Judy everywhere will

  • likely love this next deleted scene I'm going to talk about which features Nick meeting

  • Judy's parents and her dad assuming that Nick is Judy's boyfriend!

  • The scene would have appeared in the movie just after everyone's favourite fox and bunny

  • team escape Manchas who's gone savage. In the scene, Judy and Nick arrive at her

  • very pink apartment which prompts Nick to question Judy's description of where they

  • were going as a 'safe-house'. Judy's reply that it's a 'safe house, with

  • a space in the middle, a house that is safe' is a fantastic riff on Nick's earlier words

  • to Judy that he was not falsely advertising the Redwood he sold the rodents as it was

  • actually 'red wood with a space in the middle, wood that is red'.

  • Judy's family have come to the big city to pay her a surprise visit, and when Judy's

  • father first sees Nick, he asks her to pass him the fox-taser, and then worries that Nick

  • is her boyfriend. The family also discovers that Judy is a meter

  • maid, not a real cop as she'd led them to believe, so her father demands that she leave

  • Zootopia and return home with them, but Nick steps in to defend her.

  • In the final movie, this moment was replaced with Chief Bogo rather than her father trying

  • to make Judy leave the police force.

  • There are some really amazing designs for Judy's family home in Bunnyburrow that didn't

  • make it to the final movie. The huge size of Judy's family and house was

  • going to be a major feature of the film with over 200 bunnies running around.

  • In fact, originally, Judy's family was so large that her father couldn't even remember

  • her name! Also, the family home was going to be centred

  • around a constantly-in-use kitchen and a dining area that rotated slowly allowing new hungry

  • bunnies to take the place of bunnies who'd already finished eating.

  • And The Bunnyburrow district was also going to feature more of the Totoro-inspired buildings

  • we only saw briefly in the final film at the Bunnyburrow train station.

  • During the chase through Little Rodentia, you might have spotted a billboard for the

  • fast food restaurant Chez Cheese. In an early draft of the movie, Finnick would

  • take the drive-thru orders making use of his giant ears while Nick worked cleaning the

  • cheese filters. In that version of the movie, Clawhauser was

  • also a delivery cheetah for the restaurant, making deliveries to the district's rodents.

  • Chez Cheese was going to tell the story of how Nick and Finnick met.

  • The movie's co-director Jared Bush has said this was his favourite deleted location and

  • that he'd love to see a short film featuring the fast food joint.

  • Another fast food joint which didn't appear was Bug-Burga which is where Zootopia's predators

  • would go to eat. Because predators don't eat other animals

  • in Zootopia, to get their protein they eat insects, so Bug-Burga served up "grasshopper

  • shakes, cricket chips and cicada burgers." There is a tiny reference to Bug-Burga in

  • the final film in the scene where Nick is leading Judy through an alleyway shortcut

  • and there are some Bug-Burga fast food boxes littered on the ground.

  • Originally, there was going to be more of Nick's backstory explored in the film, including

  • a scene where we get to see Nick as a cub with his father.

  • It's a touching moment where Nick's father goes with his son to pitch a business idea

  • for a loan so he can start his own family tailoring shop called Suit-topia.

  • The scene wasn't used as it was part of the initial idea for the film where the story

  • was told from Nick's perspective as the central character, rather than through Judy's eyes.

  • We know Nick has always had an entrepreneurial mind with his pawpsicle business, but in an

  • early version of Zootopia, just like his father, Nick went to the Zootopian banks to pitch

  • a business idea, but Nick's idea was for an entertainment venue called Wild Times.

  • In a scene which was actually voiced by Jason Bateman, Nick explained his idea to all of

  • the city's bankers, who just happened to all be prey.

  • It's a funny scene where Nick visits banks like Lemming Brothers, Borrow Burrow, JP Mare-Gan

  • and Slothoman Brothers, and gets rejected every time.

  • Eventually, Nick ends up visiting the polar bear gangster boss Koslov who loans him the

  • money.

  • The designs for Wild Times were well-advanced before the idea was abandoned.

  • Wild Times was an indoor arcade where predators could let their instincts loose a little.

  • The amusement park featured a huge range of games and rides.

  • For example, there was a roller coaster called the Roar-A-Coaster where predators could roar

  • and be themselves. By the way, there's a glimpse of what might

  • have been the building for Wild Times in the scene where Judy goes to find Nick by the

  • small stone bridge.

  • Koslov, who Nick takes a loan from to finance his Wild Times arcade, did appear in the final

  • movie as the polar bear who carries Mr Big in his hands when Nick and Judy have been

  • caught by Kevin and Raymond. In earlier versions though, he ran the mafia

  • in Tundra Town and he owned a restaurant called Koslov's Palace which served as a front for

  • his shady operations. The design of the interior of Koslov's Palace

  • used warm colours to contrast with the icy blue and white of the cold exterior.

  • The scene we see in the final movie of Nick and Finnick hustling Judy into paying for

  • their Jumbo Pop is a much revised version from an earlier version of the movie.

  • That early alternate scene in Jumbeaux's Café shows Nick claiming that his son has a condition

  • called "pachydermiopathy", which according to Nick means that his son thinks he's an

  • elephant. Nick and Finnick put on a hilarious performance

  • with Nick begging the ice cream parlour owner not to break his son's heart when he refuses

  • to serve him what he wants, and then to cap it all Nick claims he left his wallet at the

  • orphanage. Nick senses Judy's fallen for his scheme,

  • so lays the sob story on even further, which ends in Judy pulling out her cash to pay.

  • It's still very funny as it displays Nick and Finnick's con-man skills although Judy

  • probably comes off a bit more naïve and silly in this version.

  • In the final movie, after Judy discovers she was hustled by Nick, she goes back to her

  • apartment feeling really fed up, and gets a call from her parents who discover she's

  • just a meter maid. There's an earlier and longer version of this

  • scene where we see Judy travel back to the apartment on the subway, getting squashed

  • by two larger animals. In this version, after discarding her microwaved

  • carrots for one, she goes to call her mum, but stops herself.

  • However, the phone accidentally dials and she ends up talking to her parents and her

  • grandfather who's very prejudiced against foxes.

  • In this version, her parents don't realise she's just a meter maid which makes Judy feel

  • guilty for hiding the truth from them. It's a much sadder version of the scene than

  • the one in the movie and ends with Judy curling up on her bed among her cuddly toys.

  • By the way, Judy's grandfather "Pop-Pop" is the rabbit we see at the train station in

  • the final movie, the one who bears a very close resemblance to Carl from Up.

  • There's a deleted scene in which Judy starts her investigation into the missing otter,

  • Emmet Otterton, by using the office and computer of an elephant cop who's away on vacation.

  • It's a fun scene where Judy has to use her agility to use a computer that's way bigger

  • than she is. The scene was edited out of the final movie

  • to keep the film's pace up and to show Judy getting her lead on Otterton by working more

  • closely with Clawhauser.

  • Designs for a rough biker-style bar for sheep were developed although the location didn't

  • make it into the final film. The bar was called The Cloven Hoof and it

  • was set in a sleazy part of town. It's likely that we would have seen Doug and

  • other bad sheep like Jesse and Woolter hanging out here.

  • The filmmakers also had plans for a Nocturnal District, which was going to be an area of

  • caves underneath the city where nocturnal animals like bats would live.

  • In the end, Zootopia's story didn't require the location so the idea wasn't fully developed,

  • however, it might be linked to the Bat Eyewitness figure who appears together with Clawhauser

  • in Zootopia character packs, and who is described as visiting Clawhauser at the police station

  • quite frequently as he often witnesses crimes.

  • The Meadowlands is another district that we never got to see properly.

  • It's basically a broad grassland area where the sheep and grazing animals live.

  • We did get a tiny peek at the edge of the Meadowlands though, as the Cliffside Asylum

  • was just on the border. In an early draft of the movie, there was

  • a sheep conspiracy where sheep would disguise themselves as wolves to deliberately incriminate

  • predators, making them look dangerous. If you'd like to find out about one of the

  • sheep characters, called Wooly, who used to do this, then check out my video on Zootopia's

  • Deleted Characters.

  • Another location that didn't make it into the final film was Outback Island, which was

  • home to Australian animals such as kangaroos, koalas, platypuses and dingos, who all together

  • were known as "Outbackers". This location was cut as it didn't fit the

  • main story, although it does appear in the book "Zootopia: The Stinky Cheese Caper (and

  • Other Cases from the ZPD Files)."

  • There was an additional scene at the Natural History Museum which was cut from the film

  • due to time constraints. The cut scene featured Bellwether making a

  • speech to Judy about the origins of Zootopia. Those origins relate back to a painting which

  • if you're extremely eagle-eyed you can glimpse in the museum as well as at the subway station.

  • The painting shows lions and zebras shaking paws and agreeing to predators and prey living

  • in peace. While giving the speech in this scene, Bellwether

  • looks out at and talks about the fountain in the square which represents the watering

  • hole around which the animals bonded when they declared peace.

  • Although we do get to see the Palm Hotel and Casino on the train ride Judy takes into the

  • city when she arrives, there were also extensive designs and scenes storyboarded inside the

  • hotel that did not get used. The design of the hotel was inspired by super-luxurious

  • hotels in Dubai, and Gazelle had a penthouse apartment at the Palm hotel.

  • A scene with Judy and Nick falling down the side of the hotel while escaping from a ram

  • was storyboarded but dropped in favour of the scene in the Rainforest District where

  • Judy and Nick fall through the vines while escaping from the savage Manchas.

  • An earlier version of the movie's action-packed finale was set in a large stadium called Zootennial

  • Stadium. There was going to be a spectacular Olympic

  • Games-style opening show called Animalia which showcased the history of Zootopia.

  • It was going to feature Gazelle, who's a prey animal, performing with her predator back-up

  • dancers. And there were going to be flying squirrels

  • and pigs, and animals shot out of confetti cannons.

  • And that huge show would have acted as the backdrop for the movie's climactic showdown.

  • The film did, of course, end with Gazelle performing with her tiger dancers at a pop

  • concert, but that was after Judy and Nick had already caught the baddies.

  • The final version we see in the movie was a cool way to show off the movie's credits.

  • So guys, do you think any of those deleted scenes or ideas should have been in the final

  • movie? And what would you like to see in a Zootopia

  • sequel? I can't wait to hear your thoughts in the

  • comments below. And don't forget to subscribe and comment

  • for your chance to win this beautiful Art of Zootropolis hardback book.

  • If you enjoyed this video, check out my other Zootopia videos including 7 awesome characters

  • who were deleted from the movie, 25 things you didn't know about the making of Zootopia,

  • and also coming shortly I'll have a brand new easter egg video.

  • You'll be able to find all them right here in my full Zootopia video playlist.

  • Thanks for watching and see ya next time! Yippee-ki-yay movie lovers!

Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, it's Jan here! As you know, I absolutely loved Zootopia,

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