Domestication in zootopia

Domestication in zootopia

A theroy to animals in zootopia

Do domestic animals live in zootopia? I have seen that this a debated topic among many fans... and the short answer is no, not in the way we know them.


It is a tricky subject to tackle, as there is lots to consider: where do we start to look? What animals do we count? Do animals with no change from their wild counterparts count?


I’ll start with the thorn in the movie’s side, and our favourite little bunny: Judy.


Rabbits can be wild and domestic, however wild rabbits only come in one colour, with just slight differences in shades.


Judy’s gray is not, in any light, one of these colors.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It’s likely that a mutations caused different coat colours to develop. In our world, these colours would be bad for the rabbit as they would not allow them to hide from predators: but in a world without animals being killed, these animals would be able to survive to breeding age, and pass their genes down to their children.


But that’s just one animal. Dogs, cats , horses , pigs and sheep are other “domestic” animals spotted in Zootopia.


There is the common argument that certain animals as we know them today would not be possible in the movie at all. Considering that there are no humans whatsoever, it’s understandable that people would believe this- and to some extent, I agree- but what if the animals were to evolve, without human interference?


It is my belief that the animals in zootopia changed to be how we know them, the same way they did in our world- Natural selection. In their case however, it would be for more human reasons, as opposed to the need to survive. Animals wouldchoose to breed with animals that looked “pretty” or “beautiful”. Perhaps pigs began to favour those with less hair. Perhaps Rams favored smaller ewes, but the ewes prefer larger rams, which would result in the massive size difference between the ewes and the rams (or maybe Bellweather is just abnormally short).


If this is correct, then it can also explain horses: they adapted to their society and grew into what they were. I believe the colors might be different as, once again, things are different. In this case, I believe fashion would have been a factor- it would be harder for a designer to  dress painted horses with such a mix of colours, so  plain colors were favoured,  or at least less visible paint markings.

I also spotted blazes on many zootopia horses, so maybe blazes are a marking liked in the zootopia  horses.


I have stated my reasoning for pigs and sheep above   What I am unsure about is how we have polled and horned sheep as this isn't something that  can happen, unless the polled sheep are weathers,which I don't think is the case, but who knows.


Next, the cat.

While domestic cats as we know them would not be around, cats definitely would be. They would be more close to their wild type than the domestic animal we know , so they would be tabbies most likely, but they most likely wouldn’t mutate as the bunnies do.


Dogs are the only animal I would say absoloutely no to. They were bred for the humans need to hunt. Obviously, a wolf would not need to change to hunt for itself, therefore would not change to the animals we know as dogs.


At the end of the day, some domestic animals can exist in zootopia, but they should be believable. If you are unsure, have a look at the wild animal it came from, and the movie itself. Is there a reason the animal could become what it is in the zootopia world? Or is it an animal that was only bred for human use?

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June 11, 2016
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thanks for the commet troll.

i did take that into account when reserching.
judys father is a brown color , what i see the wild rabbit. white judy and here mom are grey. there is also cream point color in her family (seen in a family image) wich could not be a 'shade' of a the wild color.

i did a bit a reserch on rabbit color while typeing this up, some of the colors stu and bonnie could be can have pointed colored young (i also found out some colors it all comes down to the claws)

June 08, 2016
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Big Bad Mod
Sorry, i have not yet seen the movie, but I think Judy's pelt doesn't need to be a mutation. Disney portrayed African Hares in very similar way to Judy and in the same coloration and markings.
I'm talking about Lion Guard hares - http://vignette1.wikia.nocooki [...] ision/latest?cb=20160529222340

June 07, 2016
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I remember reading an article a while back about differences among domestic and wild animals (and even animals bred, for research purposes, to be /more/ wild - that is, more hostile to/fearful of humans). One thing it noted was that traits associated with domestic animals, such as floppy ears, curled tails, patchy coats, and so on appeared seemingly of their own accord when animals were bred for greater docility to humans. In other words, whatever genes make animals more likely to see us as friends also seem to have some sort of ripple effect on genes controlling their looks and anatomy.

Carrying this over into the Zootopia universe, one might suppose that as the animals effectively bred themselves toward more civilized behavior, a similar genetic ripple effect may have occurred.

June 07, 2016
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she wouldn't be the only one. fennick is allso a shortie, i mean i'm sure it happens.
with them living how they do runts of litters would be able to live more often

June 07, 2016
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bi pride
this is a nice article, with a lot of nice ideas backed up with some useful info! :icon299:
i think it may also be important to remember that the reason some animals may appear to be domesticated, is just to keep things simple. while there's no doubt in my mind the people that worked on the film wouldn't be willing to go great lengths to consider how they would evolve into who they are, i do feel it'd over complicate things, particularly for the target audience. A child can easily recognise a pig or sheep, but would probably be unable to quite grasp it if they were presented as their undomesticated predecessors.

and i don't know, maybe bellweather's short for character design purposes XD

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