Zootopia is Now Available on Netflix in the United States


One of the year’s biggest movies is now available to stream from your favorite device — Zootopia is now on Netflix!

The newest animated film from Disney was released in theaters in March and went on to gross over $1 billion in worldwide box office numbers. That made Zootopia the second-highest grossing film of the year (after Captain America: Civil War, also from Disney). It also surpassed Frozen to become the highest-grossing animated film in history.

Zootopia is Just the Beginning

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from DIsney's Zootopia
Image Credit: Disney

Zootopia is the first film to appear on Netflix as part of a new deal signed between Disney and the streaming giant. Announced in May, the agreement makes Netflix the exclusive pay TV home in the United States for the latest films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. The deal was signed back in 2012 but didn’t take effect until September 2016.

Other high profile Disney films are also expected to hit Netflix in the coming months. Those titles include the aforementioned Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and The BFG.

Zootopia stars Ginnifer Goodwin as police officer Judy Hopps and Jason Bateman as sly fox Nick Wilde. The two team up to solve the mystery of who’s behind a series of kidnappings in the city of Zootopia.

Here’s the official synopsis for Zootopia, straight from Disney:

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.

From Script to Screen

Wreck-It Ralph screenwriter Phil Johnston and newcomer Jared Bush wrote the script for Zootopia. Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore shared directed duties with Byron Howard, who co-directed Bolt and Tangled.

Originally the film was supposed to center on an international spy character named “Jack Savage.” As the story evolved, it became a crime story with Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps as partners. The story still focuses on Nick, though. In November 2014 the filmmakers realized the movie would be much more interesting if Judy became the main character.

The change resulted in massive changes to the script, including the loss of several characters. The voice actors had to record new dialogue, as well. Animated films often evolve throughout production, however. Most of the films produced by Pixar undergo a similar process.

More Disney on Netflix

Zootopia isn’t the only new Disney offering on Netflix this month. The Disney Junior series Goldie & Bear arrived on the service earlier this month. The show is a sequel to the classic nursery rhyme Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldie and Little Bear are now friends. Throughout the series the duo travel around Fairy Tale Forest. In their travels, they encounter many other characters like Humpty Dumpty and the Three Little Pigs.