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Thursday, November 30, 2017

NaZoWriMo 2017- Submit your fics!

Happiness by é˜¿æ°´Jing
Today's the day!  Those of you who participated in our second annual National Zootopia Writing Month (NaZoWriMo) have been hard at work for the past 30 days, trying their best to get a novel-length Zootopia story.  With a goal of 50k words per story, and the addition of a prize for those who complete that challenge, this year has already been WAY better than last year.  We've got our crack team of volunteers ready, and we're all set so we can get you the results as soon as possible.  Let's do this.

If you have been writing a story for NaZoWriMo, send it to us at Fanfiction@ZootopiaNewsNetwork.com with the fic's name and [NaZoWriMo] in the subject line!  Even if you didn't quite reach the goal of 50k words, send us what you have anyways!

You have until December 1st at 11:59 PM Pacific Time to send in your stories.

If you missed that deadline and were still working on a story for NaZoWriMo, you can still send it in!

We're looking forward to reading what you've written!  And remember, as always...

Try Everything!

~Andy Lagopus

A New Christmas Ornament Appears!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Lenox, a company that specializes in fine china and unique gifts, has released a special "Gilded" Nick and Judy Christmas ornament!  I gotta say, I am really liking this look on Nick.  White shirt with gold frond pattern, navy blue and gold tie, dark pants... he's rocking it!  The gold on Judy's belt is also nice, though it does make me think of fix-it felix... not that that's a bad thing!

As many of you may remember from last year, Christmas ornaments are highly sought-after when it comes to Zootopia merch- and they go very quickly.  As of right now, you can order them online on Lenox's site, at Bed Bath and Beyond, Macys, and other department stores of that nature.  Right now they're $30, so get them while they last!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Artwork of the Day #144: Otterly Adorable

Meet the Ottertons by BlindCoyote
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What a cute couple!  Of course, despite being part of a nice family, we cannot change the fact that Mr. Otterton was a victim of the Night Howlers Case when he was a witness and, just in the same way as Renato Manchas, became a savage.  Still, Mr. Otterton (the most interesting mammal in zootopia) is quite the character for someone who never has any lines- and Mrs. Otterton clearly loves him like none other.  It's so sweet, I might need to see a doctor about diabetes.

For this occasion, this Special Artwork of the Day will be like no otter. So while you enjoy, don't forget to check the links below the images.

Get your art after the break!

Story: Unforgiven

Art by BloodyMare13
[Rating T13][Drama][Grief][One-Shot]

Hug your loved ones tight after this one, which tackles estrangement and the last chance one has at reunion before it's no more. Judy Hopps and her mother have not spoken in years, and when an illness ravages Bonnie's body, her daughter returns to the family farm -- but that doesn't mean time has healed old wounds. A strong take on familial relations and the grief it can spur. ~YFWE

Author: Lothar Hex
Description : Three years without talking to her mother, Judy returns home for a last chance at reconciliation.
Unforgiven
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: time doesn't always heal old wounds

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Comic: Apologies (by TGGeko and Toga)

Something I learned today: It's possible to be completely stinkin' adorable while simultaneously being super badass.  Only Jack Savage and Judy Hopps could possibly pull that off, and I dunno if Judy is capable of doing it to the extent that Jack does in this comic.

The fandom's been blessed with another awesome author-artist team-up, this time with TGGeko and Toga (author of "A World All Her Own").  I can't overstate how much I love this comic, so be sure to show your support of this duo over on TGGeko's tumblr, and check it out after the break!

Story Updates 28 November 2017

It's been a week since out last story update post, so you know what that means: a whole week's worth of fantastic chapters! That's right, all of the great stories featured here had a chapter uploaded to them over the past week. Truly, it's amazing how prolific the writers in the Zootopia community can be in a single week. There's a sizable selection of stories to look through today, including the return of Cuttooth's dark Zoodystopia story Under An Iron Fist. Lost Causes and Broken Dreams also has some brand-spanking new cover art, so be sure to give that a look as well!

Updated Stories:
Under An Iron Fist by Cuttooth
Order Up! - Part of the "What If..." Collaboration Project by Lucario389, Cimar of Turalis WildeHopps
When Instinct Falls by upplet
Something Stinks by Omnitrix 12
The Hunt by RedPen (GardenVatiety)
Lost Causes and Broken Dreams by eng050599
Love's Tales by MinscLovesBoo
Different Tails by VariableMammal
Safe Paws by midnightopheliac
...And All That Jazz by WANMWAD
Take A Stand: Star Of Ceartais by Garouge Faux/Crewefox

New chapters after the break!

Monday, November 27, 2017

NaZoWriMo and other updates!

Reading and Cocoa by Boaillustration
Hello everyone!  Glad to see you all survived this past weekend.  Especially if, like me, you work at a retail chain in the United States.  Black Friday is insane...

Now then, as our Second NaZoWriMo Challenge starts to draw to a close, I'd like to take a chance to remind you that you still have a few days to finish writing!  Don't worry too much about spelling or grammar mistakes, just focus on that final stretch.  December is jokingly called national novel editing month for a reason, after all.

You have until the end of the day on Friday, December 1st, to submit your stories.  Treat them like you would any other fanfiction submission, but include "NaZoWriMo Entry" in your subject line.  We will accept links to Fanfiction.net and Archive Of Our Own, so if you haven't yet uploaded your story to either of those, I'd recommend you take care of it soon.  Even if you didn't make it to the full 50k goal, submit what you have anyways- you still put in a lot of effort and we want to celebrate that!

If you have applied to be a part of the crack-team of pre-readers for this event, don't worry!  We've got your emails and are sending out replies with further instructions.

Finally, one last mini-announcement: The poll to determine our next ZNN Interview has finished, and the winner is... Trashasaurusrex!  Ideally we'll have this interview out for you by the end of December, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Until next time, remember, as always...

Try Everything!

~Andy Lagopus

Art of the Day #143

Try Everything Chief by Jowybean
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Who likes some Karaoke? Bogo for sure doesn't. Cheer up, big guy! Can you at least have a moment to appreciate music with friends? Or how about a moment to appreciate some art? You may say you don't care, but we can do it for everybody.

Don't forget to check your artwork on the link below. Have fun!

Get your art after the break!

Story: A Wedding Tail

Art by Alec8ter, Color by MisterMead
[Rating K9][Fluff][Romance][Marriage][One-shot]

It's always fun to see characters from the concept art brought to life. In this case, Pandora shows us a day in the life of three mammals at Koslov's Palace, as the whole of Zootopia is caught up in the spectacle of Judy's impending marriage to an unknown mammal. Pandora cleverly uses the other mammals as a mirror to the fandom as they debate who Judy's groom-to-be could possibly be. Bets are placed, but who will take the pot? Short, cute, and fluffy - this is a perfect story to read over your morning coffee. ~Bummer

Author: Pandora (paperclipbutterfly)
Description : Judy Hopps' wedding day has arrived, and all the mammals in Zootopia have just one question on their minds: Who is the lucky groom? Silly one shot taking place in Koslov's Palace Spa as coworkers Beverly, Janice, and Biddy argue who the famous bunny will be tying the knot with and putting their money where their ships are.
A Wedding Tail

Additional Tags: The shipping equivalent of quantum superposition.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Comic: Ghost Hustlers! [Full Comic] (by Jaskenator)

Who else would love a series of short comics about some the the hustles Nick and Finnick tried to pull before they met Judy?  I mean, there's so much potential for fun stories there.  Including them filming a "Ghost Hunters" style show.  After all, it's easy money, just show up, film some dark rooms, and you're good.

...or is it?

This fun comic comes to us from Jaskenator7000, who based the idea off of a comic with a similar premise by KungFuFreak07.  Different artists give different takes on the same ideas, and this take on it is seriously worth reading.

Check it out over on Deviantart, or after the break!

Story: Transfurmers

Art by RCJ
[Rating T13][Action][Crossover][One-shot]

The original Transformers may be "robots in disguise," but Zootopia fans should have no problem figuring out the parallels between characters in this crossover that places the animal-filled world in a universe where robots rule and the Pawtobots and Predacons spar for the upper paw. Can MegaFox and Hoptimus Prime settle their differences before destroying each other? Regardless of the outcome, stay through the twist at the end. Trust us. ~YFWE

Author: Lothar Hex
Description : Zootopia/Transformers crossover one shot. I am a bad man and I do bad things to the franchises I love.
Transfurmers
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: ok also does anyone else remember Beast Wars?

Midnight Madness: The Battle of the Buns!

Lola Bunny vs Judy Hopps by Omnicidalclown1992
Ladies and gentlemammals, a challenge has been issued.  Two prominent figures in fandom, JaxBlade and ACRacebest, have engaged in battle, with Mic The Microphone mediating.  And so, at Race's request, I am enlisting the aid of the Zootopia fandom to help answer, once and for all, that ages-old question:
Can you imagine?  LOLA?  Hate to break it to ya, but her role in her debut film was... well, nostalgia critic explains it best.  She's literally the token bunny that Judy is not.

Clearly there's no contest here.  Judy is best bun, and the superior rabbit in every way.  Sure, Lola finally got a fun and interesting personality in The Looney Tunes Show, but that didn't show up until nearly two decades after she made her debut.

So now, to arms!*  Let's show them who truly deserves the title of Best Bun!  FOR the lols JUDY!  Do it quickly, since this poll ends around 2 PM EST / 11 AM Pacific!

*no actual arms will be distributed by ZNN at this time.  Please see your local gardening store for the appropriate angry mob supplies if you so desire.

EDIT: Aw, we were so close!  Still, valiant effort for such last-second notice!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Watch Nick and Judy in Disney On Ice! ...kinda

Skating on a roof by MurLik
Last week we reported that Zootopia was finally getting a small inclusion in Disney on Ice as part of the pre-show, Fit to Dance.  The news was a bit underwhelming, considering that it was only a pre-show and that it was only available in Australia, but some news was better than no news.

Well, thanks to Justin Rafferty, we now have footage of that pre-show.  It's interesting how it seems like they actually got Jason Bateman to do some lines for Nick, but Judy does not sound like Ginnifer Goodwin.  I was also hoping that they'd actually be on ice for this, but I guess that's a bit much to ask of people in big heavy costumes.

Check it out after the break!

Art of the Day #142- Thanksgiving Fuzzies

ZTP まとめ by うめのこ
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in America! Enjoy some turkey, eat some pie, and have fun with family, if that's what your day looks like. Take a second to appreciate all the good things you have in your life, and be thankful for them. That's what the day's about after all.

I personally am thankful for ZNN. There have been some ups and downs, but I love being able to write to you all on an almost daily basis, and to be able to show off the amazing things you make. You're the best, I mean it. Thank you so much for your continued support- it's literally changed my life, and the lives of many others.

As a side note, to all you retail employees who will have to go to work right after dinner to sate the greed of thousands... stay strong. I'll be right there in the trenches with you. I swear black friday starts earlier and earlier every year, and somehow it only gets worse...

Get your art after the break, and show the artists how thankful you are for their talent and work by following the source links!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Story: Ultrasonic

Art by TioZandra
[Rating T13][Action][Crossover][Complete]

If you're a fan of the TV show "Miraculous," get pumped, because this isn't just a crossover featuring Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps in the roles of Cat Noir and Ladybug. In "Ultrasonic," "Miraculous" star Marinette must team up with Nick in Zootopia to fight a foe that quickly becomes shared between the two of them -- and the city as a whole. The result is a fast-paced, highly enjoyable romp of an action fic that stitches together two seemingly incongruous worlds into a tale worth its salt. Check out the source material beforehand if you'd like, but you're going to have a good time no matter what. ~YFWE

Author: SmashGenesis
Description : Several years after the first case of his career, Nick finds himself dealing with a certain juvenile delinquent far more often than he'd like: One Marinette Dupain-Cheng. But after a devastating turn of events, Nick and Marinette find that they need each other's help, for the fate of two worlds depends on them.
Ultrasonic

Additional Tags: ok but now i want to see nick and judy as cat noir and ladybug tbh

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Epic Rap Battles of Cartoons: Zootopia vs T.U.F.F. Puppy

In many shows, there are partnerships that probably would not go well in the real world.  A Fox and a Rabbit, while they might work in Zootopia, would probably have a very different outcome if introduced to each other IRL.  Perhaps there wouldn't be as much munching going on between a cat and a dog, but the rivalry between the two most common pets is legendary.

So what happens if you take two of these crime-fighting cartoon duos and put them up against each other in a rap battle?  Epic Rap Battles of Cartoons is here to answer that question.  Credit to the cast, they did a good job imitating the character's voices, and the rap is pretty sick.  I definitely recommend it!

Check it out after the break or over on soundcloud, and get ready for it to get stuck in your head!

Story Updates 21 November 2017 - How many ways can Silence fall?

Everything must come to an end at some point.  Including fics that have been updating consistently since Zootopia first released.  That's right, George James Valtom's "Silenced by the Lamb" is now complete!  And, in an odd coincedence, the much more recent "How Many Ways Can a Fox and a Rabbit Fall in Love" by PullTogether is finished as well- with a chapter titled "Silence of the Lamb".  Weird how things sometimes work out that way, right?

Updated Stories:
Silenced by the Lamb by George James Valtom [COMPLETE]
The Masked Fox by Cimar of Turalis WildeHopps
...And All That Jazz by WANMWAD
The Faded Line by TheStarsShadow15
Take A Stand: Star of Ceartais by Garouge Faux / Crewefox
Enhancements- Part of the "What If" Collaboration Project by Zanrok
How Many Ways Can a Fox and a Rabbit Fall in Love? by PullTogether [COMPLETE]

New chapters after the break!

Monday, November 20, 2017

You Choose the next ZNN Interview!

Hello there! My name is Lucario389, director of the ZNN interview team. When we started our interviews back in march, we decided who we would interview for the fandom. It was entirely done within ZNN and we voted amongst ourselves who we wanted to interview.

First we interviewed MisterMead, which was a big honor and he was such an awesome guy to work with. We then interviewed Cimar of Turalis/WildeHopps, which was just a fun time for a lot of us. With our third and most recent being Sprinkah who had one of the deepest voices I've ever heard and it caught me off guard. I'm sure you all must be wondering who we will be interviewing next.

Well guess what? You get to decide! That's right! For the first time, the decision is yours! Today and for the next week we will be providing a list of 10 well known members of the Zootopia fandom. All this week until Saturday at midnight eastern time, you get to vote and choose who we will interview!

Click this link to take our survey now!

Edit: Comments have been disabled on this post, because they were getting out of hand.

New Deleted Clip featuring Mr. Big! "Good Cop"


A new deleted "scene" has emerged!  Seriously, I have no idea where WillFanofMany gets these, but it's awesome that he's able to.

As for the clip itself, I use "scene" in quotations because it's basically a single cut line- albeit a fun one.  You know the classic "Good Cop, Bad Cop" routine?  I really don't know what it means when the local mafia boss says you'll be the good cop.  Either way, Nick adds another great face to the list of Great Nick Faces (many of which happened around Mr. Big).

Check it out after the break!

Story: 10-97

Art by Samur Umlal
[Rating M16][Crime][Action][Suspense][Romance][Complete]

This top-notch work by Samur Umlal puts the pedal to the metal right off the bat, opening with a burglary that seriously injures Judy during her and Nick's unsuccessful apprehension of the perpetrator. Following the harrowing experience, Nick and his temporary partner Wolford conduct the investigation to find the mammals responsible. What is Nick willing to sacrifice though to ensure justice is served? His morals, his reputation... his own well-being? Doubling as a slick action-thriller and an explorative character study of everyone's favorite fox, "10-97" is a masterfully executed story that has no shortage of thrills and also features several impressive pieces of art, all done by the author himself, that perfectly illustrate the narrative's gritty tone. ~DrummerMax64

Author: Samur Umlal
Description : After everything, Nick Wilde is still a bit of a coward. After a robbery gone wrong leaves Judy in the hospital, Nick is assigned to Officer Wolford to work the case, and learns that the city's ills don't stop at the door to the Z.P.D.
10-97
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: Officer down, officer down!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sunderance, Chapter 14 (by Kulkum and TheWyvensWeaver)

Sunderance has been building up to this for a while.  It's time for the first showdown between Nick Wilde and Yurei, The Ghost.

This chapter has it all.  Gorgeous art, thanks to TheWyvernsWeaver.  Compelling dialogue thanks to Kulkum.  Action, drama, and a hint of romance.  What more could you ask from Sunderance?

You can find the accompanying chapter of the fanfic over on Kulkum's Deviantart, and if you're just joining us now, then I strongly encourage you to follow these links to the previous parts of the story.
Read on over on TheWyvernsWeaver's Deviantart, or after the break!

Art of the Day #141

No Name by @lenmue0
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Oh Nick...

If you think Judy playing with doll versions of you and her kissing each other is embarassing, you don't even know what is going on in the internet....

Don't forget to check your own artwork in the link below!

Get your art after the break!

Story Updates 18 November 2017

Hey everyone. Sorry it's been such a slow week of posts. Things haven't exactly gone great for me this week, but that shouldn't stop y'all from getting your daily dose of Disney. And where official content lacks, fans are always willing to step up to the plate.

Updated Stories:
The Hunt by RedPen
Something Stinks by Omnitrix 12
Closed Doors by Hawktooth
Enhancements- Part of the "What If" Collaboration Project by Zanrok, Cimar of Turalis WildeHopps
Silenced by the Lamb by George James Valtom
How Many Ways Can a Fox and a Rabbit Fall in Love? by PullTogether

New chapters after the break!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Story: Anatopism: An Alternate Universe Story

Art by N4ii
[Rating T13][Drama][Sci-Fi]

Wew, this is an expansive one. A strange storm has dropped hundreds of humans into Zootopia, complete with new, animal bodies. It's no fish out of water story, though. Conspiracies abound about the origin of the storm as the refugees, as they're come to be known, struggle to adapt to their new lives. Aaron Ledbetter, a former combat medic, sets his sights on the only thing he can think of: joining the ZPD to get to the bottom of things. ~Mordecai

Author: CobaltLion
Description : Judy, Nick and the ZPD investigate a violent storm that is opening portals around they city and dropping confused, potentially insane mammals all over the place. When they find one of the survivors, a lion named Aaron Ledbetter they help him to rediscover who and where he is, and rally with the other Portal Refugees to combat a growing conspiracy that has followed them.
Anatopism: An Alternate Universe Story
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: Aaron lucked out with the lion body. Imagine becoming a sloth.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ZNN Comics, Issue 1: The Bootleg Master (by Fairytalesartist)

We've got a special treat for you today!  It may seem a bit self-indulgent, but there is now a zootopia comic starring members of the ZNN Staff.  It's been in the works for months, so we're glad to finally be releasing it!

Written and drawn by Anthony Hanssens (Fairytalesartist) with help from Raphael Luck and AgentExeider, this 20 page comic tells a short story in which Anthony and Raphael go on the hunt for a mammal that's been selling bootleg movies... and had the audacity to put the ZNN logo on them.  Such disgrace!  I would never let our company be associated with such poor quality knock-offs.  Second-tier knock-offs, perhaps, but never poor quality ones!

You can find the whole comic over on Anthony's deviantart, in PDF Format by following this link here, and after the break!

Art of the Day #140- Need Fur Speed (and other games)!

Need Fur Speed Most Wanted (2005) by akella333
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Like I mentioned yesterday, I've been on a bit of a video game binge recently. So hey, why not do an art of the day with video game crossovers? That's always fun, right?

Get your art after the break, and show the artists some love by following their respective source links!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Comic Dub: The Morning Grind (by Shelly Kitten)

Ah, comics.  We do love them, don't we?  The only thing that could make them better is if they were fully animated.

Well, that's not likely to happen in 99.999% of cases, but we can get some fantastic comic dubs in its place!  That's close enough, right?  Besides, how else are year-old comics going to stay fresh?

Shelly Kitten and Dark Drifter did a fantastic job dubbing this comic by PDQsketch, so what are you waiting for?  Check it out after the break!

[Side note: Sorry for the slow posting the past two or three days.  I've been a bit busy assassinating my way across ancient Egypt. ~Andy Lagopus]

Story: A Time of Crime

Art by crazywriter14
[Rating T13][Crime][Adventure][Romance][Complete]

It's no secret that Nick and Judy live eventful lives due to their careers and experiences together, and this story proves it! The outstanding cop duo take on a swarm of crimes thrust their way in this fast-moving, expressive work, all for the sake of keeping Zootopia and its citizens safe. There's hardly ever a dull moment thanks to the rapid pacing of the plot, and the personal nature of some of the crimes creates several hardships that have far-reaching effects for the fox and rabbit. If you're looking for an engaging crime story with plenty of twists and turns, then look no further! ~DrummerMax64

Author: thecrazystorywriter14
Description : For a police officer, Nick Wilde never imagines a difficult life. But being a police officer creates tension in his own life, endangering himself, his family, and his friends. Disease creates a long-lasting debt on his lifestyle. He becomes a hero and a significant person saves him from near-death.
A Time of Crime

Additional Tags: Watch out, lawbreakers. Here comes WildeHopps!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Story Updates 14 November 2017

How's it going, ladies and gentlemammals?  Hope you're having a fine day today.  If not, start it off right with some WildeHopps!  It's high in all-natural sweetener and better than coffee!  ...of course, I've never had coffee before, so I can't exactly make the comparison myself, but from what I understand, WildeHopps is better than coffee!

Updated Stories:
The (Not-So) Great Outdoors by radredknuxfan
Zootopia: In the Days That Followed by Ayziks
Take a Stand: Star of Ceartais by Garouge Faux / Crewefox
How Many Ways Can a Fox and a Rabbit Fall in Love? by PullTogether
...And All That Jazz by WANMWAD
The Clueless Canidae Caper (part of the What If Collaboration Project) by Cimar of Turalis / WildeHopps

New chapters after the break!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Art of the Day #139- Veteran's Day


         
The I.T. room at the ZPD by MurLik
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Happy Belated Veteran's Day!

Yeah, we know this is about a few days late, but we still wish to honor, respect and salute all our military men and women in uniform across the world and in every country! Each day, these brave souls venture out and sacrifice their time and energy from their loved ones to serve their town, city, state or country. Each day, these diligent souls put in overtime and many hours past what most consider a normal work day to get the job done. Each day, many of these heroic souls have witnessed their buddies pay the final price to defend the freedoms we enjoy today and continue to live with those memories. If you know a person (or fur) in uniform, reach out and thank them for their service and maybe get them a donut or two as appreciation. Clawhauser would sure appreciate it! To all the veterans out there, (and also from one veteran to another), we salute you!

~Darkflamewolf

Get your Veteran inspired art after the break!

Story: How Many Ways Can a Fox and a Rabbit Fall in Love?

Art by TheSlackerKing
[Rating T13][Humor][Drama][Fluff][Romance]

PullTogether does it again with this whimsical romance story told in brief snippets of how Nick and Judy fall for each other. On the surface, it seems like your standard tale of the two of them finding love and living happily ever after, complete with various heartwarming moments they share together, but as the story goes on, not everything is as it seems. Enhanced by undertones of mystery and melancholy, this imaginative work is wonderfully intriguing and poignant, and sure to leave an impact on the reader once all is revealed in the conclusion. ~DrummerMax64

Author: PullTogether
Description : Nick tells a seemingly disconnected series of stories about how he and Judy fell in love. Minor canon divergence explores how a small difference in what happened at the museum has some major repercussions.
How Many Ways Can a Fox and a Rabbit Fall in Love?
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: Judging by the amount of fanfiction, there are hundreds, no, thousands of ways for them to find love.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Comic Dub- Double Life by (MickelPickle)

Ah, Nick.  Catching a fellow officer in an embarrassing situation?  Better make the most of it, am I right?

This fantastic dub of yet another comic (which we featured a long time ago, by PDQSketch) comes to us from the awesome tag-team of MickelPickle and CasVoiceActs.  The timing here, as well as the effects and editing, are all spectacular, so there's no reason not to watch it right away!

Check it out after the break, and subscribe to MickelPickelVoiceActs so we can get more awesome comic dubs!

Comic: The Nick and Judy Halloween Special, Part 2! (by Borba)

HOLY FUDGEMUPPETS!!!

This is certainly a turn of events I was NOT expecting!   I guess that's one way to get your comeuppance on Nick, but geez, that would be terrifying! 

Well, I think we'd better post this before we get too far away from Halloween and macabre humor is replaced with the sweet feelings of the Christmas season.  Borba takes things to the extreme, and... okay, a prank going too far leads to zombies.  It's so "out there" it's hilarious!

Check it out over on Borba's Deviantart, or after the break!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Zootopia FINALLY gets into Disney On Ice!


This has been one exciting week for news, hasn't it?  First the Goldman case gets shut down, then we get to see three storyboards from an older version of the movie, and now we find out that Zootopia is finally going to be included in Disney on Ice!

While not part of the main show (for some reason), Nick and Judy will be participating in the pre-show, "Fit to Dance"!  This show, part of the "100 Years of Magic" tour, will be in Australia this winter.  No news yet when it's coming to any other countries, but we gotta start somewhere, right?  As Bellwether says, "feels good to be appreciated."

Check out the promo video (which features a clip of Nick and Judy entering the rink) here!

Art of The Day #138: Bunnies, Bunnies Everywhere

Greetings From Bunnyburrow by Tokio92
Source [1]
One thing everybody knows about the Hopps family: It's HUUUGE! According to Zootopia Wiki, the family have more than 280 members, which includes Judy herself and her parents Stu and Bonnie. No wonder they live in a place commonly populated by more than 81 million mammals (AND STILL COUNTING!).

As a homage for them and to all bunnies from Zootopia, here's a art post only dedicated for them. Those cu- I mean, interesting animals. Enjoy!

Get your art after the break, and be sure to give the artists some love by following the source links!

Story: Shards

Art by Caliosidhe
[Rating M16][Sci-Fi][Romance][Action][Supernatural][AU]

A stellar sci-fi story with some WildeHopps thrown in for good measure! Due to an extraordinary twist of fate, Nick and Judy's destinies become permanently linked, involving them in a war of cosmic proportions that threatens them, Zootopia, and the world as they know it. To overcome their enemies, they have to learn how to fight together as one unit, and along the way, they find another special connection between them that goes far deeper than powers and abilities. Sleek action sequences, impressive world-building and genuine romantic chemistry are just a few of the many great things this work has to offer. ~DrummerMax64

Author: DrekkDeina
Description : A power lost and found, born from the destruction of an entire system and cast into darkness to keep it from the clutches of those who would abuse it. So powerful it was, that the power split itself as two. The raw energy and the limiter. Now two souls must work as one in body and mind to stave off the forces that threaten to destroy their home for the sake of power.
Shards
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: Know your limits. Or Limiter, in Nick's case.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Three Previously Unseen Storyboards from the Zystopia Plotline!

Hey look!  An alternate take on the ZNN logo!  Kinda reminds me of some other news station's logo, though...

Reddit's gotta get some credit for finding and promoting things that would have gone totally unnoticed otherwise.  Not only did they discover that Chris Hubbard, a storyboard artist on Zootopia, had his own site, they also discovered that he had posted three previously-unseen scenes from the Zystopia plot of the movie!  Huge thanks to /u/ahunter64 for this find!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Zystopia plot, it was an earlier draft of Zootopia which, up until the last 6 to 8 months before release, was going to be the final movie.  It is radically different from the film we got, with the focus being on Nick rather than Judy, a theme park called Wild Times, shady dealings with the mafia, and, most importantly, the requirement that all predators wear shock collars to prevent them from getting too violent.  It was a much darker world than what we got- and Zootopia can get pretty dark by Disney standards.  Zystopia is a concept that many fans have been curious about since the beginning- the story we could have gotten, but didn't.

Today, we've got three scenes to show you, all in raw storyboard format.  They're funny, they're action-packed, and they give us another look into what might have been.  If you have any interest in the art of storyboarding, I definitely recommend you give them a look- I'm certain you can learn things from them.

You can find the three scenes ( Koslov's Threat, Escaping Koslov's, and News Break) over on Chris Hubbard's website, or in the reddit post that brought them to our attention.  If you want a quick little preview, be sure to check after the break for some of our favorite frames!

Story Updates 9 November 2017 - The Complete Translation of Dawn Bellwether!

Hey there, folks! Here's a whole new batch of updated stories just waiting to be read and enjoyed. We have the return of WhatABummer's engrossing mystery Through a Glass, Darkly after a mini-hiatus. In addition, a couple of other favorites have new chapters: Ironic Snap's action-heavy Roses are Red and Violence is Cool and George James Valtom's intense thriller Silenced by the Lamb, the latter of which is nearly finished up.

And speaking of finishing up, a huge round of applause goes to Gabriel LaVedier for uploading the final chapter to his wonderful epic, The Translation of Dawn Bellwether! It has romance, it has drama, it has feels, and now it's finally all done, with a riveting epilogue that effortlessly tugs at the heartstrings. Make sure to check out the conclusion! And if you haven't read the story yet, what better time to start now that it's completed?

Updated Stories:
The Translation of Dawn Bellwether by Gabriel LaVedier
Silenced by the Lamb by George James Valtom
Through a Glass, Darkly by WhatABummer
Roses are Red and Violence is Cool by IronicSnap

New chapters after the break!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DING, DONG, THE GOLDMAN'S GONE!

ズートピアらくがき詰め by ぼ

After MONTHS of back-and-forth deliberation, including a whole second round of arguments, the matter of Gary Goldman's lawsuit against Disney over the alleged copyright infringement of Zootopia is OVER!

In his final review of the claims against Disney, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald has officially dismissed Goldman's copyright infringement claim!  To quote the Law360 article on the subject,
"...Goldman's effort to make the plots of "Looney" and "Zootopia" seem similar were strained.  All the purported similarities between the two works were themes, not plot points or sequences of events, that were too general to be protected by copyright law."

And there you have it!  The U.S. District Court of the Central District of California has finally tossed the case.  The only way Goldman could possibly hope to appeal this decision in a higher court is to take it to either the Federal Circuit Court or the Supreme Court, both of which would review Judge Fitzgerald's decision and see that there's nothing more Goldman can say or do to add to this case, and would therefore not even consider it.

The Civil Minutes of the action taken by Judge Fitzgerald (which you can read here) is full of wonderful little tidbits, which we will share after the break.  But for now, we can all rest easy knowing that Zootopia is no longer in any legal danger!  Celebrations are in order!

Check after the break for some of my favorite passages from the official Minutes, in which I go completely overboard with reaction gifs.  They're gold, man.  (sorry I couldn't resist one final pun)

Story: Zootopia: Shadows in the Dark

Art by Metalfoxxx
[Rating M16][Adventure][Mystery][Drama][Incomplete]

A grave, heavy opening gives way to an engrossing story of loss and reprisal as Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde struggle to take back their lives following an unspeakable tragedy. Smart, well-paced action elements are complemented by an array of intriguing original characters as well as strong character-driven moments. And you'll be rooting for a certain bunny and fox the entire way -- not that you needed much convincing. Rated M for strong language and some violent scenes. ~YFWE

NOTE: This is a re-write of Shadows in the Dark.  The original was started before the movie released, and as a result had a lot of characterization problems.  This re-write is designed to fix that, and I'd say Agent's done a pretty good job of it.

Author: AgentExeider
Description : It's been one year since the savage case that propelled Officer Judy Hopps to recognition. But things have changed, and sitting just beyond in the shadows lies another mystery: a series of events that will threaten to upset the very foundations of Zootopia and change its soul forever. A new conspiracy? Or just a very old one that lies just beyond, like Shadows in the Dark?
Zootopia: Shadows in the Dark

Additional Tags: i mean, it's basically the illuminati, right?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Story Updates 7 November 2017

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemammals! Hope you're all doing well. I know I am, now that stories like Born to be Wilde and Fuzz are updating again! It's been quite some time since we last saw them in one of these update posts, but I'm glad to have them back! After all, there's no rushing art.

...unless you work in an actual artistic industry, in which case there's plenty of rushing art. But we're fans, we can take as long or as short as we need to!

Updated Stories:
Born to be Wilde by Berserker88
Contrasts by Tarienn
Fuzz by SkulShurtugalTCG
Take a Stand: Star of Ceartais by Garouge Faux / Crewefox
...And All That Jazz by WANMWAD
Different Tails by Kittah4
Ski Patrol- part of the "What If" collaboration Project by Johnsoneer

New chapters after the break!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Art of the Day #137

La Guitarrista by TheWinterBunny
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Hey everyone! Chris Guará here!

Gazelle for sure is a big star of Zootopia. As for her suit in this pic, I'm not sure if purple makes her more attractive, or her traditional Red suits better.

Now, if you take a closer look, you can see throwing daggers incorporated on her dress. Nice detail, maybe this is her vigilante/superhero version. I don't think all those screaming fans are fooled by that mask, though...

Welp, time for another wave of artworks from fans to fans!

Get your art after the break!

Be sure to check out the artists work and show your support by following the source links under the picture.

Merch Review : The Art of Zootopia by Jessica Julius

Hey everybody! It’s your Meerkat of Merch, Surrika! I'm back, with another book to review- that book being the Art of Zootopia, by Jessica Julius.

There is a lot to cover in this book and a lot to enjoy but I’m just going to wet your appetite with what you will find within the pages of this huge book! Not only that, but I'm going to focus on some of the stuff the fandom hasn't really "used", per say.


But first, before you click for the break. Yes, you should buy this book. It is excellent!

Now with that out of the way lets get this review train a-rollin' after the break!

Story: The Hunt

Art by RedPen (Technical-Error)
[Rating M16][Action][Adventure][Romance][AU][Sequel]

After realizing and acting on their love for one another in the previous story in the "Of Salt and Steel" series, Nick and Judy jump right back into the fray, with orders from the admiralty to track down and detain the legendary Blackwolf, a vicious cutthroat whose villainy knows no bounds. There are many surprises in store for the audience, and RedPen is a master at creating exhilarating action sequences that will amaze you with their sheer ferocity. The plot is relentless with its brutality and angst, but readers who are brave enough to traverse these perilous waters will be rewarded with a vigorous, spine-tingling tale. Just be sure to hang on tight. Because once the cannonballs start flying, things really start to kick off. ~DrummerMax64

Author: RedPen (GardenVatiety)
Description : Basking in the glow of their flaring love, burning brightly but secretly, Commodore Judith Hopps and Lieutenant Nick Wilde set course for the bitter cold of Bersei, tasked with bringing the savage pirate, the Blackwolf, to swift, single-minded justice. With three rated ships at her command, and a plan to catch her foe unawares, she is in high spirits. She should not be. The frost-bitten northern sea is not her territory. Her enemy is no craven. The hunters will become the hunted.
The Hunt

Additional Tags: The hunt is on.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Some Extra Info About NaZoWriMo

Sunday Morning by Catelman
Hey guys!  Andy Lagopus here.  Hope you're just as excited about NaZoWriMo as we are!  Before we get too far into it, I just wanted to mention some things we forgot to address in the initial post.

I'm sure some of you are wondering why the artists get a cool prize for the Halloween Art Contest, while the authors seem to not be getting anything for writing an entire novel in a month.  Well, I'm glad to announce that that's not the case!  In the spirit of encouraging participation (and doing better than we did last year) we're attaching a reward for those who complete the challenge!

If you can finish writing a 50,000 word Zootopia Fanfic that passes our pre-readers' inspection, we will send you a brand-new, physical copy of your story!  This isn't just for the first 5 or however many, but for every single fic that meets the goal of novel-length!  Hopefully that incentive helps get your creative juices flowing. 

One other thing: if you want to apply for the beta-reader position, send an email to Fanfiction@ZootopiaNewsNetwork.com with the subject "NaZoWriMo Pre-Reading Application".  We will only accept applications in this format, so please send them in that way- otherwise the chances of applications being lost among various sites and platforms is too high.

Once again, good luck everybody!  We look forward to hearing the stories you have to tell.  Until the end of November, remember...

Try Everything!

~Andy Lagopus

AMAZING Chinese Fan-Animation! (by SeenVision Studio)

A few months ago, China celebrated the annual Duanwu (or Dragon Boat) Festival.  To celebrate this, a small group of animators put together an amazing short animation based on our two favorite mammals harvesting and packing zongzi (rice wrapped in leaves) in a really spectacular manner!

The animation, by SeenVision Studio, is only a minute long, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in style and presentation!  I can't recommend this enough, go check it out now!

You can find the video over on Behance.net.  Normally we would also embed the video after the break, but for some reason I can't find a way to do that with Behance.  If anyone knows a way to do so, please let us know in the comments.  Otherwise, watch it by following this link!

EDIT: Huge thanks to Polineks for helping us find a way to embed the video!  You can watch the animation down below after the break!

Story Updates 4 November 2017 - The End of the (Fire)Watch

Last time we did a story update post, we forgot to draw attention to the fact that Bluelighthouse's magnificent Zootopia: Firewatch is finally complete! A story as fantastic as this deserves a proper send-off, don't you think?  Plus it's the last chance we get to use this gorgeous cover art.

If you've been waiting to read it until you can do it all in one sitting, now's your chance! I guarantee you won't regret it.  Otherwise, we have a good selection of other stories for you to read, from Three Months a Fox to Different Tails!

Updated Stories:
Zootopia: Firewatch by Bluelighthouse
Three Months a Fox by WildeNick
In Our Dreams by Dancing Lunar Wolves
The Translation of Dawn Bellwether by Gabriel LaVedier
Different Tails by Kittah4

New chapters after the break!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Comic: The Nick and Judy Halloween Special (by Borba)

Borba's first Zootopia Comic, "The Night Howlers Effect" released at about this same time last year- end of october, early november.  So, one year older and wiser, Borba's revisiting that same sort of premise- Nick spooking Judy a bit too well.

I have to say, the departure from Borba's usual style looks really good.  It's a bit more cartoony, which fits the mood of this comic well.  I can't wait to see what comes next, since this is only page 1.

Check it out over on Borba's Deviantart, or after the break!

Story: Into The Black

Art by RedPen (Technical-Error)
[Rating T13][Romance][Angst][Adventure][AU][Sequel][Complete]

An outstanding addition to the "Of Salt and Steel" saga, in which our rabbit captain and fox pirate, following their great success in "Fox's Guile," gear up for another daring mission out at sea. Before they can depart, however, they have to address the friction that's sprung up between them, or risk having it interfere with the upcoming task. Although not as fast-paced and action-heavy as the previous entry, this sequel more than makes up for it with rich world-building, political intrigue and fantastic character development, including a romance that simply smolders with passion and tension. ~DrummerMax64

Author: RedPen (GardenVatiety)
Description : Having returned to Zooport a hero, Judith is faced with the most menacing challenge of her life; to seek out the Blackwolf, a pirate of bloody infamy, and deliver him to the Royal Court of Law in chains. The task threatens to claim her life, and many besides, so she is lucky to have a cunning, capable entourage to steer her through the coming trials. However, a coldness has settled over Nick and her; the exhaust of their fears and doubts. And now, in her time of greatest need, Nick is nowhere to be found.
Into The Black

Additional Tags: A storm's a-brewin'...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Art of the Day #136

Lemons by TheWinterBunny
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When life gives me lemons? I would do a lemonade and share to my comrades. Unless I would be Chief Bogo, who does not care as usual. But you're lucky you're not the man responsible for making one of the biggest companies that makes tests in the name of science, and the same guy who plans to call his engineers to creat a combustible lemon to burn someone's house down.

Man, when was the last time I play Portal 2? As for now, here's another round of artworks from fans to fans of Zootopia. Enjoy!

Get your art after the break!