|Gazelle & Tiger-Dancers by Cory Loftis
Greeting once again, Zootopia aficionados.
For some reason, a number of ‘lost’ Zootopia concept-art pieces have been surfacing on the web of late. Witness our featured image. Originally drawn by Cory Loftis, it came to light by way of Zootopia co-director Byron Howard’s Twitter page.
With that in mind–and since it’s been a while–this week we present a collection of Zootopia Concept Art, featuring different characters from the movie Enjoy…and don’t forget to show the original artists some love by clicking on the source-links.
We open with a series of character studies
|Judy Hopps Character Study by Cory Loftis
|Ottertons Concept Art by Cory Loftis
|Flash Concept Pic by Shiyoon Kim
|Lionheart Facial Studies by Shiyoon Kim
|Early Bogo Concept art by Cory Loftis
Nurse Finnick. This how he was scheduled to appear in the rejected version of Zootopia.
(More on that below)
|Nurse Finnick by Cory Loftis
Generic study of some ZPD officers
|Zpd Concepts by Byron Howard
We move on to some concept drawings for the Zistopia (Shock Collar) version of the film.
Nick in his office at Wild Times. Notice the oversize furniture and the giraffe-neck on the crane at lower right.
|Nick Wild Times2 by man-arenas
Man Arenas’ concept drawings all have kind of a retro-vibe to them.
|Nick Wild Times3 by man-arenas
‘Doctor’ Nick in his office, (which was actually the secret entrance to Wild Times.) Note the eye-chart, behind and to the right of him.
|Doctor Nick by Jim Martin
Early concept study of relative animal sizes in Zootopia. The penguin waiters are a nod to Mary Poppins.
|Table for 2 by Shiyoon Kim
|Commuter Nick by Bryon Howard
In the original version of Zootopia, Nick was supposed to have a running battle with some hamsters who kept running over his tail with their car, (in order to trigger him and make his tame-collar go off.) I don’t know if this is supposed to be them or someone else.
|Nick and the Lemmings by Bryon Howard
Interior room shot of the Palm Hotel (aka The Oasis Hotel) with Nick checking under the bed. Apparently, this location was slated to play a very big role in Zootopia’s earlier version
|Palm Hotel Suite by Matthias Lechner
That gadget on the left is supposed to be a fur dryer
|Hotel Suite 2 by Matthias Lechner
Nick inside the Hopps family warren. I hope we get to see more of this place in the sequel.
|Hopps Warren Nick by Matthias Lechner
Concept pic of Judy in the Rainforest District
|Judy in The Rain by Matthias Lechner
Nick Wilde revisits Happytown, the neighborhood where he grew up–and the the closest thing to a ghetto in Zootopia. (The name is just visible on the sign at far-right.)
Note the storefront at left; John Wilde was Nick’s father.
|Nick in Happytown by Matthias Lechner
And speaking of Nick’s dad…
|Little Nick with his Dad by Byron Howard
Two different artists’ concept pics of the same scene; Nick makes a break for it, through Precinct-1
|Precinct Chase 1 by Jim Martin
|Precinct Chase 2 by Matthias Lechner
….and flees through Little Rodentia afterwards. (In the final version, of course, it was Duke Weaselton who made this run.)
|Little Rodentia Chase by Matthias Lechner
Now, we move on to some concept art dedicated to the theatrical version of Zootopia.
Judy on the train, heading for the city.
|Leaving Burrow Burroughs by Armand Serrano
I actually think the scale here is better than it was in the film…though there’s no way an open observation deck would have worked. Imagine being out on that thing with when the Zootopia Express passes through Sahara Square, then Tundratown…and then The Rainforest District
|Leaving Burrow Burroughs2 by Armand Serrano
Two Views of Nick and Finnick in Jerry Jumbeaux’s ice cream shop. Note that Finnick is not in his ‘Little Toot-Toot’ outfit. (He also appears to be wearing a ‘tame collar’.)
|Jumbeaux’s 1 by Armand Serrano
|Jumbeaux’s 2 by Armand Serrano
“What kind of wood is that?”
This pic is actually a little off model; a real forklift has a counterweight on the rear end, (so it won’t tip over while picking up a heavy load.)
|Forklift Mouse by
Judy in Bogo’s office
|Judy on the Carpet by Jim Martin
In the movie, the Gondola platform was somewhat longer; I like the organic look of this one, though.
|Gondola Station by Armand Serrano
Concept pic, showing Larry and Gary at their posts outside the Cliffside Asylum.
|Guard Shack by Jim Martin
After sneaking past them, Nick and Judy explore the sanitarium. In the movie these cells had Plexiglas fronts and electronic locks; the lighting was also much dimmer.
|In the Asylum by Jim Martin
This was a much more somber scene in the film, of course.
|Judy at the Farmstand by scottwatanabe
Judy looks for Nick after returning to Zootopia.
|Judy on the Bridge by Armand Serrano
|Under The Bridge by Armand Serrano
The museum chase.
|Museum of Natural History by Armand Serrano
And finally….remember this kid?
“My mommy says she wishes you were dead.”
|Lil’ Hippo by Shiyoon Kim
Until next time…