Zootopia script
Zootopia (2016)
Synopsis: From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

FADE IN:

EXT. RABBITON, USA

YOUNG BUNNIFER GOODWIN is starring in an elementary school production of “How to Exposit the Premise of Your Entire Universe Without Really Trying”.

CGI YOUNG BUNNIFER GOODWIN

Many years ago, predator animals had a nasty habit of killing and devouring us prey animals, which kind of prevented us from getting along. But we were able to get past all that once predators adapted to, I dunno, absorb nutrients from the atmosphere or something?

(shrugs)

So since then we’ve had an alternate evolutionary history where we were the ones to develop human intellect, language and technology. We even had the foresight to develop the opposable digits necessary to use that technology, instead of bumbling around trying to work stuff with our mouths like certain Good Dinosaurs we could name.

(snorts)

Anyway, in this advanced animal civilization, it’s my dream to grow up to be a police officer!

CGI ASSHOLE FOX KID

Hur hur, a rabbit cop? Don’t you go gettin’ ideas above yer station, you uppity lagomoron!

CGI YOUNG BUNNIFER GOODWIN

That’s the kind of bigoted thinking civilization needs to rise above! Animals should be judged not by the diet of their species, but by the content of their character! #bunnylivesmatter

(pause)

Oh. So that’s what kind of movie this is.

CGI ASSHOLE FOX KID

Yup! And just to remove any lingerin’ threat of subtlety, they’ve given me the only redneck accent in town, a-HYUCK! Or in other words, we’re protestin’ ethnic stereotypes by usin’ a whole ’nother ethnic stereotype.

CGI YOUNG BUNNIFER GOODWIN

Speaking of annoying one-dimensional cartoons: to the police academy!

EXT. POLICE ACADEMY

Years later, BUNNIFER trains at the POLICE ACADEMY for one twenty-second throwaway montage, before graduating top of her class and preparing to move to ZOOTOPIA to be a POLICE OFFICER.

CGI BUNNY HUNT:

Have fun in the big city, sweetheart! But also be careful. You should take this canister of fox repellent, which is a product that in this world ought to be about as legal as a real-life can of “Mexican-B-Gone”.

CGI BUNNIFER GOODWIN

Hold on, at the police academy most of the prejudice seemed to be that I was too small and weak to be taken seriously as a candidate. And now when I go off to the big city you’re giving me some mace to protect myself against “predators”.

(examines canister)

PINK mace! Is this movie trying to make a point about race politics, or gender politics?

CGI BUNNY HUNT:

It’s making whatever point you want it to make! Rule number one about putting social commentary into your family movie: maximum vagueness equals maximum deniability.

EXT. ZOOTOPIA

BUNNIFER moves to ZOOTOPIA, a huge multi-ecosystem city where many species intermingle.

CGI BUNNIFER GOODWIN

Boy, this place is such a melting pot! Isn’t it beautiful that, in this world so full of prejudice and hate, there can be a place where all the different species come together like this?

(pause)

Well, all the MAMMALS, of course. All those gross non-mammal species can go fuck themselves. Fuckin’ lizards and birds and shit.

(shudders)

She goes to her first day at the POLICE STATION, where she serves under POLICE CHIEF IDRIS ELBUFFALO.

CGI IDRIS ELBUFFALO

There’s been a rash of disappearances, all predators. This is our number one priority, people! By which I mean our only priority. I’m assigning every officer to this case, every last one of them, so I guess for the time being all other criminals can just go nuts.

(pause)

Oh, except for those heinous parking violators! Bunnifer, I’m putting you on parking duty.

CGI BUNNIFER GOODWIN

Sure, okay. I guess since it’s my first day ever on any form of active duty it stands to reason that the most menial assignment would fall to me. You’re only being reasonable here.

CGI IDRIS ELBUFFALO

Ha, what movie do you think you’re watching? I’m being super duper racist, of course!

CGI BUNNIFER GOODWIN

Oh, well in that case this is BULLSHIT! That’s it, I’m gonna be unforgivingly militant in handing out tickets the split second any meter expires anywhere in the city, and thus prove myself good enough to escape the career purgatory that is parking duty!

CGI IDRIS ELBUFFALO

Boy, this explains SO MUCH about parking inspectors.

BUNNIFER goes and hands out A HUNDRED BAJILLION PARKING TICKETS. While out she sees JASON BATEFOX being refused service at an ELEPHANT ICE CREAM STORE.

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Jared Bush

Jared Bush is an American animator, screenwriter, and film director. He is best known for co-creating the Disney XD animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. He also wrote the script and made his directorial debut on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Zootopia. more…

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