Special Art of the Day #236: Concept and Fanart, the Dark Side of the Zoo

Put Me Down! by Byron Howard
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This picture by Byron Howard is without a doubt one of the most iconic pieces of concept art in the Zootopia universe. It was originally created for the original version of the film, known mostly as Zistopia, or sometimes as the Shock Collar version of Zootopia. It was these collars, together with the bleak vision of Zootopia depicted in this version that led to it being shelved in favor of what later became the final, theatrical release.

Nonetheless there remains a great deal of both concept and fan-art dedicated to this dark vision of  the film. We present here a small collection of these works for your enjoyment. And please be sure to to show the original artists your appreciation by clicking on the source links.

Get your art after the break!

Fictional Movie Poster fox Zistopia

Zooprototopia – The Movie by jackorjohn
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In Zistopia any predator can be accused of anything. (Concept Art)

He did it! by Cory Loftis
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Concpet pic of Happytown, ‘da Hood of Zistopia.  Note the name on the store Nick is facing; that was his father.

Happytown by Matthias Lechner
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Fan-art of Nick wearing a tame collar and bandages.  It was the injury shown in this pic that eventually led him to the idea for the creation of the Wild Times amusement park.  (More about that below.)

Collar by turningtides
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Nick’s collar activates.  It was scenes like this, particularly one involving a polar-bear cub the ultimately led to the nixing of Zistopia in favor of Zootopia. (Fan-Art)

Shock Collar by klaragibson
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One of the most heart-wrenching scenes in Zistopia was a flashback in which young Nick inadvertently frightened a pair of hamsters and ended up being busted by the police. (Fan-Art)

No! Dad! Daddy! by escrainus
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“One day…Wild Times will become a reality.” (Fan-Art)

Even Predators Can Dream by h-stallionwolf
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Concept art of the property that eventually became Wild Times.  If you look closely, you can see Nick in the foreground

Wild Times Before by Matthias Lechner
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Open for business

Wild Times After by Matthias Lechner
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Some of the earliest concept pics of Wilde Times.  Looks almost industrial, doesn’t it?

ManuelArenas_Zootopia_05 by Man Arenas
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Here’s a map of the place. (Fan art)

Map of Wild TImes by doraemonbasilt
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As in Zootopia, the baddie in Zistopia was the mayor, a female pig named Swinton.  There’s been quite a bit of concept art dedicated to her, but I think the expression in this fan-pic sums up her personality to a T.

Mayor of Zootopia by farmer-ink
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Concept pic of Mayor Swinton’s Chief henchmammal.  This is not actually a wolf but a ram named Woolly disguised as a wolf.  (Sheep in wolf’s clothing, get it?)

Wooly Wolf by Shiyoon Kim
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Here he is, preparing to dart Nick Wilde.  This incident led to Nick’s arrest and the closure of Wild Times.

Wooly Stalks Nick by Matthias Lechner
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Below are four concept pics of Nick (and Judy) attempting to track Woolly to his lair.  Seriously spooky stuff.

Back Alley by Armand Serrano
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Sheep in the Alley by Armand Serrano
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Wooly’s Apartmetn Neighborhood by Armand Serrano
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Wooly’s Apartment by Armand Serrano
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Dr. Honeybadger, Mayor Lionheart’s partner in the Savage Predator cover-up was originally Madge Honeybadger, a conspiracy theorist with a thing about sheep and a sometime ally of Nick.  Here she is with Finnick (Fan-Art)

Madge_Honeybadger by monoflax
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Madge Honeybadger’s secret bunker. (Concept Art)

Honey’s Bunker by Matthias Lechner
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Concept art of the Zootopia Jail, where Nick ended up following his arrest.

ZPD Jail by Matthias Lechner
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Nick’s mug-shot.  (Fan-Art)

Zistopia – Nick Wilde by TheWyvernsWeaver
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Nick in prison coveralls. (Fan-Art)

Collar calling by monoflax
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Nick makes a run for it through the precinct. (Concept Art)

Nick Escapes by Matthias Lechner
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Vaulting a fence with Judy in hot pursuit, (fan-art.) This chase eventually led them through Little Rodentia

[Tame Collar Zootopia] Cya! by snowangel15
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Ultimately it led them to become unwilling allies. (fan-art)
Redraw of ol’ Zootopia by juantriforce042
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One of the oldest cliches in film is the protagonist seeing his picture on TV,and finding out he’s wanted for a crime he didn’t commit.  (I saw it just this weekend while watching Skyscraper with Dwayne Johnson)

Not just some guy who doesn’t want to go to jail by aqvilarostrvm
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Judy finally begins to realize that Nick was framed.

Nick… by juantriforce
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And sees him for who he really is

Zistopia by caliosidhe
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No more tame-collars…ever

Trust by chaluny
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We close with just a fun, silly pic.  (No that isn’t jack Savage; it’s Judy with scratches on her cheek.)

Zistopia 8tracks mix of 70s music by nicolaswildes
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Until next time.


  1. I'm crying so much now, Zistopia was in my opinion the most beautiful half-fanfiction that existed and could exist, and if someone like me followed it throughout its development until its horrible sudden end, you know why I'm crying now :'<

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