If there’s one good thing that came out of 2016, it’s Zootopia. The Disney cartoon was released on March 4, and remained one of the top movies of the year, animated or otherwise. Not only does it still hold a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s actually up for an Academy Award (for Best Animated Film)! Not even Finding Dory pulled that off!
Keeping that in mind, we wanted to delve a little deeper into the Ginnifer Goodwin– and Jason Bateman-led film. (Let us tell you, there are a lot of, umm, naughty things on the Internet about this animated feature… but we won’t get into those today.) Lo and behold, there are a whole bunch of fan theories surrounding the eventual classic. Here are the ones that’ll make you look at Zootopia totally differently:
1. Zootopia takes place in a future in which man was overthrown by animals. Ever since the movie hit theaters, many have hypothesized statements like this one. Reddit user Snak_The_Ripper explains, “My theory is humanity became so advanced they decided to create new mammals with human DNA. These new mammals received the most beneficial of our human traits: bipedalism, speech, higher cognitive function, and opposable thumbs. These anthropomorphic animals saw how their wild counterparts were treated and were understandably disgusted. Eventually they revolted against, and killed off humanity.
2. As for why there are no cats or dogs in this universe… Going off the aforementioned theory, some believe that felines, canines and other species with strong connections to humankind were wiped out. “So in this movie’s backstory, mammals overthrew humanity in the Great Purge, a bloody revolution in response to the sixth great extinction,” says Reddit user thundersaurus_sex. “However, it’s not just humanity that’s… absent. There aren’t any cats, dogs or other very domesticated animals in the world either. I think it’s because they refused to betray us and were wiped out fighting by our side.”
Some people argued against the theorist, noting that there’s a corgi present in the UK version of the film. To that, thundersaurus_sex says, “Congrats, Britain, on producing the blood traitor that led enemy forces down the secret path through the Great Hamburger Line to the defeat and extinction of humanity and our allies.”
3. Or maybe there never was any sort of uprising. If you don’t believe in Theory #1, Theory #3 is an alternate possibility. According to Hollywood.com, there are those who claim that mankind never became the dominant species. Instead, Zootopia is an entirely different realm in which homo sapiens don’t exist, and animals run the world.
4. Speaking of animals ruling the world… One theorist believes that after the events of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, all the animals you see in Zootopia become more highly intelligent than humans and apes… and take over! Thus, the beginning of the Disney flick.
5. Zootopia and Robin Hood take place in the same universe. Both films are helmed by Disney and have male foxes as leading characters… Could it be that their worlds intersect? Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore are into the concept. “Was Robin Hood in the world of Zootopia?” Byron pondered during an interview with ComingSoon.net. “You’re the first to propose that, but I like that idea.”
Rich added, “Right. So Robin Hood could have taken place in, like, the Middle Ages. That’s a neat idea and it makes sense.” Hear that? It makes sense!
6. Oh, and there may be a connection to The Lion King as well. It’s been said that Mayor Lionheart is based off of Robin Hood‘s King Richard (the Lionheart) and The Lion King‘s Mufasa, but there may be more to it than that. Reddit user PawnMicama devised a story that suggests the two aforementioned lions’ families… got together, saying, “Simba’s great-grand daughter went as a envoy to meet with Lionheart and he took her as a young bride, as some European kings were known to do.” Well then.
7. The plot is about the invention of… crack-cocaine?? Though you can clearly see that the film serves as a parable for racism, there is a Reddit thread that will blow your mind. “A lot of people believe that crack was manufactured by the U.S. government and distributed to poor urban areas in an attempt to tear apart the black community,” it notes. “The parallels are so clear it almost seems like that was the literally the filmmakers intent.” More on the theory here.
Zootopia was one of the greatest films of 2016! Here’s what we’re looking forward to this year:
Before I Fall
RELEASE DATE: March 3
Lauren Oliver's Delirium was supposed to hit the small screen, with Emma Roberts at the helm, but it never made it past the pilot stage.
Thankfully, the author's Before I Fall is here to make up for it... on the big screen!
The story follows Sam (Zoey Deutch) as she relives February 12 over and over again, Groundhog Day-style, ending each day with the death of her and her best friends. "Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing."
Photo: Awesomeness Films
Beauty and the Beast
RELEASE DATE: March 17
It's a tale as old as time: A prince is cursed to look like a monster; his employees cursed along with him in the forms of furniture, silverware, appliances, etc. Only a beautiful woman, inside and out, can save them... with love.
The live-action adaptation of the Disney fairy tale has been in the making since forever, and now it's finally tapped to come to life — with Emma Watson leading the way!
RELEASE DATE: March 24
Go, go, Power Rangers!
Your fave characters from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Zack & Billy, are getting a reboot — and Rita Repulsa, Zordon and Alpha 5 will be there with them!
The story is just as you remember: "A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world." Can't wait!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
RELEASE DATE: May 5
Peter Quill / Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana and the rest of the gang are back. Only this time, they're on a mission to find Peter Quill's true parentage. Cue Awesome Mixtape #2!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
RELEASE DATE: May 26
5 years after the last Pirates film, On Stranger Tides. and Captain Jack Sparrow is ready for more, searching for the trident of Poseidon.
What makes this adventure a whole lot better: The Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario and The Giver's Brenton Thwaites will be joining Jack on the ride... with Orlando Bloom returning as Will Turner!
RELEASE DATE: June 2
Gal Gadot is back to play Diana Prince (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) — except, this time, it's without Batman and Superman at the helm.
In this feature, the Amazonian princess "leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world's greatest heroes."
Please, oh please, let this be a good film. We need more female superhero projects!
Photo: Warner Bros.
RELEASE DATE: June 16
You were first introduced to Lightning McQueen over 10 years ago, back in 2006's Cars, which means the Corvette-inspired vehicle is getting up there in the years. That's why, in the latest tale, he's out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.
Transformers: The Last Knight
RELEASE DATE: June 23
The Transformers franchise isn't as thrilling sans Shia LaBeouf, but you still can't help but want to see more of the Mark Wahlberg editions 'cause, NMW, the battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons are entertaining AF (albeit, incredibly destructive).
Photo: Paramount Pictures
Despicable Me 3
RELEASE DATE: June 30
The latest installment in the Despicable Me series looks like it'll be a good one, as "Gru's long lost twin, Drew, will emerge and there will be a theme of sibling rivalry."
Truth be told, we can't wait for the return of the Minions!
Photo: Universal Pictures
RELEASE DATE: July 7
The world was introduced to the new version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in Captain America: Civil War, and he stole the show. So, naturally, the web-slinger is getting his own film.
To make it even better, Robert Downey Jr. will reappear as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Zendaya will be making her superhero-movie debut. Wins all around!
War of the Planet of the Apes
RELEASE DATE: July 14
2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes was only the beginning; 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was only a piece; 2017's War of the Planet of the Apes marks the battle you've all been waiting for.
Starring The Hunger Games' Woody Harrelson, "a nation of genetically evolved apes, led by Caesar, becomes embroiled in a battle with an army of humans." Who will win? Well, considering Planet of the Apes is baked into the title, things aren't looking too good for us lowly humans.
Photo: Twentieth Century Fox
RELEASE DATE: November 3
Though the plot for the third Thor film remains unknown, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and co. have never disappointed us before. In fact, none of the Marvel films failed to impress. So you can bet that great things are to come from the latest installment in the Marvel franchise.
RELEASE DATE: November 17
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was far from the greatest movie ever created, winning at the box office but failing with audiences. A far cry from The Avengers, if we do say so ourselves.
BUT, that doesn't mean that we're not looking forward to seeing the entire crew together, especially since Ezra Miller (Barry Allen/The Flash) and Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman) will be around to help the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel.
Photo: Warner Bros.
Let It Snow
RELEASE DATE: November 22
Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars, Universal landed the rights to Let It Snow, which is an anthology of short stories that weaves together three unexpected romances that take place over the course of one Christmas Eve, from Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle and TFiOS author John Green.
TFiOS and Paper Towns screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber revised the screenplay. What could go wrong?
Star Wars: Episode VIII
RELEASE DATE: December 15
2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the biggest movies of all time, so the sequel is definitely one of the most-anticipated productions of the year. Heck, maybe of the entire decade.
"Having taken her first steps into a larger world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga." Lightsabers at the ready!
RELEASE DATE: December 22
TBH, we're quite skeptical about the flick, as the 1995 classic, starring Robin Williams, was a masterpiece; perfect, all on its own.
However, we're willing to give the reboot a chance, as it stars faves like Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Alex Wolff and even Nick Jonas.
Photo: Columbia Pictures
Pitch Perfect 3
RELEASE DATE: December 22
Get ready to get pitch-slapped for the third time, 'cause the Barden Bellas are tapped to make their return to the big screen!
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld and more are coming back for another round of aca-awesomeness, so, at the very least, you know the talent is gonna be crazy good.
Photo: Universal Pictures