IN BLACK --
We hear the feral, primeval sounds of a jungle at night. A timpani bangs an ominous beat.
NARRATOR: Look high in the sky On this Never Land night For a glowing, green star The fourth from the right As it falls from the heavens And streaks through the air You'll know it's a comet A sight strange and rare A harmless display? A treat for the eye? Perhaps But be careful For appearances lie This comet, you see Has been here before The ancients described it In old fairy lore "Beware the green tail As it trails alongside "And spills into corners Where shadows abide "Take heed, and you'll know That before the dawn breaks "Deep down in the darkness Something awakes"
A JUNGLE - NIGHT
A BUNNY nervously walks through the dark, foreboding forest, frightened by every shadow and moving leaf.
YOUNG HOPPS: Fear. Treachery. Bloodlust! Thousands of years ago, these were the forces that ruled our world. A world where prey were scared of predators. And predators had an uncontrollable biological urge to maim and maul and...
The timpani crescendos. A JAGUAR leaps out of the shadows, attacks the bunny, who screams--
INSIDE A BARN - A JUNGLE (SET) - NIGHT
The action continues-- as imagined by an amateur stage production.
YOUNG HOPPS: Blood, blood, blood!
Reams of red papier mâché entrails ooze from the bunny. And when those run out-- projectile ketchup.
Reveal: These are ANIMAL KID ACTORS. The bunny, JUDY HOPPS, 10, is our hero. And this is her play being staged. A banner reads: CARROT DAYS TALENT SHOW!
The CROWD looks on, confused. The music goes discordant as BOBBY CATMULL, a bobcat, bangs a drum.
Back then, the world was divided in two. Vicious predator or Meek prey.
TWO BOXES drop down, labeled VICIOUS PREDATOR and MEEK PREY. The PREDATOR box lands on the jaguar. The MEEK PREY box lands on Judy. Her entrails get stuck outside the box. She drags them underneath with her.
YOUNG HOPPS: But over time, we evolved, and
moved beyond our primitive savage ways.
A YOUNG SHEEP wearing a white muumuu and a cardboard rainbow on his head does an improvisational dance across the stage. Judy and the jaguar burst out of their boxes, now wearing white muumuus, too.
YOUNG HOPPS: (CONT’D) Now, predator and prey live in
Judy and the jaguar shake hands as the sheep throws glitter.
YOUNG HOPPS: (CONT’D) And every young mammal has
Yeah, I don’t have to cower in a
The Jaguar rips off his muumuu. She’s wearing a homemade astronaut costume.
ASTRONAUT SHEEP: (CONT’D) Instead I can be an astronaut.
Catmull plays a slide whistle.
I don’t have to be a lonely hunter
The Jaguar rips off his muumuu. He’s dressed in a suit.
Today I can hunt for tax
exemptions. I’m gonna be an actuary!
And I can make the world a better
place! I am going to be...
Catmull plays a 70s-style cop show theme on the boom box. Judy rips off her muumuu, revealing a POLICE OFFICER UNIFORM.
YOUNG HOPPS: (CONT’D) A police officer!
Judy’s parents, BONNIE & STU, look stunned. A mean fox kid, GIDEON GREY, snickers. He’s sitting next to a WEASEL KID.
GIDEON GREY: Bunny cop. That is the most
stupidest thing I ever heard.
It may seem impossible to small
(points at Gideon)
I’m looking at you Gideon Grey.
Catmull drops down a backdrop showing a bright city skyline. He hits play on an uplifting song.
YOUNG HOPPS: (CONT’D)
But just 211 miles away stands the
great city of Zootopia! Where our ancestors first joined together in peace, and declared that anyone can be anything! Thank you and good night!
Judy gives a mighty thespian bow, to the sound of Catmull on organ. The audience applauds. Judy’s parents look concerned.
EXT. CARROT DAYS FESTIVAL - LATER THAT DAY
A festival replete with food booths, games and rides-- all aggressively carrot-themed. Judy, in her Cop Costume, bounces along with her folks. We catch their conversation mid-stream.
Judy, you ever wonder how your mom
and me got to be so darn happy?
Well, we gave up on our dreams and
we settled, right Bon?
Oh yes, that’s right, Stu. We
See, that’s the beauty of
complacency, Jude. If you don’t try anything new, you’ll never fail.
I like trying, actually.
What your father means, hon, is
it’s gonna be difficult-- impossible even-- for you to become a police officer.
Right. There’s never been a bunny
Oh. Then I guess I’ll have to be
the first one. Because I am gonna make the world...
(parkours against a vendor’s stand)
A better place!
OR... um, heck, you wanna talk
about making the world a better place--
The trio arrives at the Hopps Family Farm carrot booth, which is manned by too many children to count.
STU: (CONT’D) --no better way to do it than
becoming a carrot farmer.
BONNIE: Yes! Your dad, me, your 275
brothers and sisters-- we’re changing the world.
Bunnies don’t do that.
BONNIE: STU: BONNIE: STU:
BONNIE: One carrot at a time...
Amen to that. Carrot farming is a
Judy spots GIDEON GREY stalking some SMALL ANIMALS. She remains fixed on Gideon as Stu and Bonnie yap on obliviously.
Mmm hmm. Just putting the seeds in
STU: (O.S.) Ahh, at one with the soil.
We’re back on Bonnie and Stu’s conversation now.
You get it. I mean, it’s great to
Yeah, just as long as you don’t
believe in em too much. (finally noticing Judy’s
Where in the heck’d she go?
ACROSS THE FAIR... From behind a tree, Judy watches as Gideon Grey intimidates the astronaut sheep, SHARLA.
Gimme your tickets right now, or
I’m gonna kick your meek little sheep butt.
Ow! Cut it out, Gideon!
Baa-baa. What’re ya gonna do, cry?
Gideon swipes Sharla’s fair tickets.
YOUNG HOPPS: (O.S.) Judy charges toward the danger.
YOUNG HOPPS: (CONT’D) You heard her. Cut it out.
Gideon turns. There’s Judy, projecting the image of a tiny Clint Eastwood.
Nice costume, loser. What crazy
world are you living in where you think a bunny could be a cop?
Kindly return my friends’ tickets.
Gideon pats the tickets in his pocket.
Come and get ‘em.... But watch out,
‘cause I’m a fox-- and like you said in your dumb little stage play, us predators used to eat prey. And that killer instinct’s still in our Dunnahh.
TRAVIS: (sotto, to Gideon)
Uh, I’m pretty much sure it’s pronounced D-N-A.
Don’t tell me what I know, Travis.
You don’t scare me, Gideon.
Gideon shoves Judy. Hard. She falls. The other prey animals flee to safety behind a nearby tree, leaving her to face the thugs alone.
GIDEON GREY: You scared now?
Judy starts to tear up. Her nose starts to twitch.
TRAVIS: Lookit her nose twitch. She is
Cry little baby bunny. Cry, cry --
Suddenly-- BAM! Judy kicks Gideon in the face with her hind legs. He stumbles back, then checks his lip for blood.
GIDEON GREY: (CONT’D)
Oh, you don’t know when to quit, do
He unsheathes his claws like a switchblade, then slaps her, drawing blood from her cheek. She cowers, as do her scared friends behind the tree.
GIDEON GREY: (CONT’D)
I want you to remember this moment--
the next time you think you will ever be anything more than just a stupid, carrot farming dumb bunny.
Gideon and his pal head off, laughing and high-fiving. The prey animals run back over to Judy, who wipes the blood from her cheek. She fights tears, defeated.
GARETH: That looks bad.
SHARLA: Are you okay, Judy?
YOUNG HOPPS: Yeah... Yeah, I’m okay.
Judy smiles and then whips out the tickets as she gets up.
YOUNG HOPPS: (CONT’D) Here you go.
Wow! You got our tickets!
GARETH: You’re awesome, Judy!
Yeah! That Gideon Grey doesn’t know
what he’s talkin’ ‘bout.
Well, he was right about one
Judy picks up the cop hat, puts it on her head.
YOUNG HOPPS: (CONT’D) I don’t know when to quit.
EXT. POLICE ACADEMY TRAINING FACILITY - DAY
Hopps and the comparatively huge CADETS sit in a circle as MAJOR FRIEDKIN, an intimidating drill instructor, lectures.
Listen up Cadets! Zootopia has 12
unique ecosystems within its city limits-- Tundra Town, Sahara Square, Rainforest District, to name a few. You’re gonna have to master all of them before you hit the streets-- or guess what?
(to Hopps) You’ll be dead!
IN SAHARA SQUARE SIMULATOR:
Hopps struggles through the sand.
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (CONT’D) Scorching sandstorm. You’re dead,
ON THE VINE-COVERED MONKEY BARS:
Hopps swings across the bars, simulating the RAINFOREST DISTRICT. She falls off, landing face first in the mud.
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (O.S.) (CONT’D) 1000 foot fall. You’re dead, carrot
TUNDRA TOWN ICE WALL:
Judy and the cadets sprint toward the wall. The CLAWED ANIMALS dig into the ice wall. Hopps slides off.
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (CONT’D) Frigid ice wall. You’re dead, farm
IN THE BOXING RING:
Hopps gets in the ring with a BIG BISON.
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (CONT’D) E-normous criminal.
Hopps gets punched in the nose.
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (CONT’D) You’re dead!
THREE QUICK CUTS OF FAILURE:
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (O.S.) (CONT’D) Dead! / Dead! / Dead!
IN THE TOILET:
Hopps ruses into a stall. The toilet is considerably larger than she is. She shuts the door. We see her climb up the toilet. In the next stall, we see the feet of a Hippo.
Then, KERSPLASH! Hopps falls into the toilet.
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (CONT’D) Filthy toilet. You’re dead, fluff
HOPPS ON HER OWN--
She runs at sunset-- after everyone else has called it a day. We HEAR the drill instructor’s voice echoing in her mind.
MAJOR FRIEDKIN: (V.O.) (CONT’D) Just quit and go home, fuzzy bunny!
Then those of her parents...
STU: (V.O.) There’s never been a bunny cop.
Never. Then Gideon’s...
Just a bunny.
BONNIE: (V.O.) STU: (V.O.)
GIDEON GREY: (V.O.) stupid, carrot farming dumb
OVERNIGHT, IN THE BARRACKS:
Hopps stays up late studying, doing sit ups.
ON THE ICE WALL:
Hopps bounds up the wall, jumps off of the backs of the big animals and makes it over, impressing the Major Friedkin.
IN THE RING:
Hopps dodges a few swings. The Bison misses. Hopps bounds over him and uses his momentum-- kicking his other hand into his face, knocking him down.
EXT. POLICE ACADEMY - DAY
It’s graduation day. MAYOR LIONHEART is at the podium.
As Mayor of Zootopia, I am proud to
announce that my Mammal Inclusion Initiative has produced its first police academy graduate.
Judy stands proudly in her cop uniform.
LIONHEART: (CONT’D) Valedictorian of her class, ZPD’s very first rabbit officer... Judy
Judy walks to the stage as those in attendance cheer-- her FAMILY chief among them. ASSISTANT MAYOR BELLWETHER applauds. She smiles at Judy, lost in the moment.
LIONHEART: (CONT’D) (clearing his throat)
Assistant Mayor Bellwether? Her badge.
BELLWETHER: Oh! Yes right.
LIONHEART: Thank you.
Bellwether steps forward to pin Hopps’ ZPD badge on her.
LIONHEART: (CONT’D) Judy, it is my great privilege to
officially assign you to the heart of Zootopia: Precinct One, City Center.
Judy can barely contain her glee. Her parents are in shock.
BELLWETHER: Congratulations, Officer Hopps.
I won’t let you down. This has been
my dream since I was a kid.
Ya know, it’s a... It’s a real
proud day for us little guys.
Bellwether, make room will ya? Come
Lionheart shoves Bellwether out of the way.
LIONHEART: (CONT’D) Okay, Officer Hopps. Let’s see
A group of PHOTOGRAPHERS aim their cameras. Lionheart steps in front of Bellwether, edging her out of the photo. The flashbulbs pop.
EXT. BUNNYBURROW TRAIN STATION - DAY
Stu, Bonnie, and several SIBLINGS accompany Judy to the train station.
We’re real proud of you, Judy.
STU: Yeah. Scared, too.
Really, it’s kind of a proud-scared
combo. I mean, Zootopia. It’s so far a away... It’s such a big city.
Guys-- I’ve been working for this
my whole life.
We know. And we’re just a little
excited for you, but terrified.
The only thing we have to fear is
And also bears. We have bears to
fear, too. To say nothing of lions, and wolves...
You play cribbage with a weasel.
And he cheats like there’s no
tomorrow. You know what, pretty much all predators-- and Zootopia’s full of ‘em.
And foxes are the worst.
Actually, your father does have a point there. It’s in their biology. Remember what happened with Gideon Grey.
When I was 9. Gideon Grey was a
jerk, who happened to be a fox. I know plenty of bunnies who are jerks.
Sure. Yeah, we all do. Absolutely.
But just in case, we made you a little care package to take with you.
And I put some snacks in there.
Stu begins pulling a bunch of PINK FOX DETERRENTS from a bag.
STU: This is fox deterrent.
Yeah that’s safe to have there.
STU: This is fox repellent...
BONNIE: Okay, the deterrent and the
repellent. That’s all she needs.
STU: Check this out!
Stu removes a Fox Taser, fires it up. It sizzles.
Oh for goodness sake. She has no
need for a fox taser, Stu.
Oh c’mon. When is there not a need
for a fox taser?
Okay, look-- I will take this to
make you stop talking.
Judy grabs the pink fox repellent from the bag as the train pulls up.
STU: Terrific! Everyone wins!
TRAIN CONDUCTOR: Arriving-- Zootopia Express!
JUDY: OK. Gotta go. Bye!
Judy heads for the train, head held high. No turning back.
Stu and Bonnie watch, both holding back tears. Suddenly, the emotion catches up with Judy. She turns, runs back to her parents, hugs them tight.
JUDY: (CONT’D) I love you guys.
BONNIE: Love you, too!
One more squeeze, then Judy runs off and jumps on the train.
Oh cripes, here come the
BONNIE: Oh Stu, pull it together.
JUDY: Bye everybody!
Bye, Judy! I love you!
CROWD OF BUNNIES
As the train pulls away, her family runs next to it, waving.
Judy looks back as their faces recede into the distance. The train blasts past Bunnyburrow, passing its exponentially increasing population sign.
Judy pulls out her iPhone and clicks play... her new life is about to begin and we
A MONTAGE --
As Hopps takes the train, it rounds a curve. She looks up. Her eyes light up. There in the distance is...
EXT. ZOOTOPIA CITY - ESTABLISHING
...THE UNBELIEVABLE ANIMAL METROPOLIS of ZOOTOPIA, which is comprised of amazing habitat “boroughs.” The train whips past TUNDRATOWN, SAVANNA CENTRAL, RAINFOREST DISTRICT, MEADOWLANDS, SAHARA SQUARE, etc.
INT. ZOOTOPIA CENTRAL STATION - A LITTLE LATER
Hopps spills out of the train... and we are now in a MULTI- SCALE ENVIRONMENT: everything from mice to elephants.
EXT. DOWNTOWN ZOOTOPIA - A LITTLE LATER
Hopps emerges into the main Zootopia central plaza. It’s an amazing, magnificent place.
(A JUMBOTRON featuring a gazelle pop star, GAZELLE, blares its message in a loop.
Gazelle: I'm Gazelle. Welcome to Zootopia.
♪ I'm gonna fall
♪ Headfirst and fast like an avalanche
♪ Maybe I'll land
Maybe I'll crash
♪ I will take that chance
♪ 'Cause there's nothing but air
in between me and everything
♪ Nothing to keep me
from flying aimlessly
♪ Shamelessly laughing at destiny
♪ And no one knows how high I go
♪ Or what makes the atmosphere glow
♪ I could follow the narrow road
♪ But maybe I'll let it all go
♪ And just float
♪ I'll float
INT. HOPPS’S APARTMENT BUILDING, HALLWAY - DAY
DHARMA ARMADILLO, Hopps’s older ARMADILLO LANDLADY, opens the door to Hopps’ new apartment-- which we can’t see yet.
And welcome to the Grand Pangolin
Arms. “Luxury Apartments with Charm.”
Hopps discovers the room is a tiny, crappy studio apartment.
DHARMA ARMADILLO: (CONT’D) Complimentary de-lousing once a
(handing over the keys)
Don’t lose your key.
JUDY: Thank you!
As Dharma leaves, Hopps’ volatile, artsy NEIGHBORS, KUDU and ORYX POOTOSSER, pass by in the hall.
Oh hi, I’m Judy! Your new neighbor!
KUDU: Yeah? Well we’re loud.
Don’t expect us to apologize for
Before Hopps can respond, they’re gone, leaving Hopps alone. She looks around... blank-faced so it’s tough to read her emotions.
Greasy walls... rickety bed...
ORYX: (O.S.) You shut up!
KUDU: (O.S.) No! You shut up!
JUDY: Crazy neighbors...
(big smile as she flops on the bed)
I love it!
As the shouting continues, she stretches out on her bed, exhausted but overjoyed.
WAKE UP MONTAGE - MORNING
Quick, rhythmic cuts of:
- Alarm clock: Beep. Beep. Beep. - Dressing: Vest. Badge. Belt.
On the bedside table sits the PINK FOX REPELLENT. Judy glances at it and smirks-- taking it would be silly-- she walks out of frame. HOLD on the table. One second. Then Judy’s hand comes back into frame and grabs the Repellent.
INT. ZOOTOPIA POLICE DEPARTMENT - MORNING
Utter mayhem. COPS parade PERPS through the lobby-- one is wearing cuffs and a plastic (not scary) safety muzzle, he complains to the BEAR COP marching him by.
C’mon! He bared his teeth first.
We land at the front desk and find CLAWHAUSER, a PUDGY CHEETAH COP, happily eating a bowl of Lucky Chomps cereal.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm!
-JUDY: Excuse me! -(GASPS)
Clawhauser: O-M-Goodness! They really did hire a bunny. (LAUGHS) What! I gotta tell you, you're even cuter than I thought you'd be!
Judy: Oh, ah. You probably didn't know but a bunny can call another bunny "cute" but when other animals do it...
-it's a little... -Clawhauser: (GASPS)
I am so sorry! Me, Benjamin Clawhauser, the guy everyone thinks is just a flabby, donut-loving cop,
stereotyping you. Oh...
Judy: No, it's okay. Oh, you've actually got...
-There's a... -Um... A what?
In your neck. The fold.
-Where? Oh! -JUDY: The... Mmm-hmm. Yes.
Clawhauser: There you went, you little dickens! Mmm.
Judy: (CHUCKLES NERVOUSLY) I should get to roll call, which way do I...?
Clawhauser: Oh, Bullpen's over there to the left.
-Judy: Great. Thank you! -Clawhauser: Aw...
That poor little bunny's gonna get eaten alive.
HOPPS (O.C.) Scuse me! Down here? Hi.
Clawhauser leans over the desk to find Hopps.
O-M goodness! They really did hire
a bunny. What?! (MORE)
I gotta tell ya, you are even cuter than I thought you’d be.
(a little wince)
Ooo, uh, you probably didn’t know, but a bunny can call another bunny “cute,” but when other animals do it, it’s a little...
CLAWHAUSER (gasps, realizing)
I am so sorry. Me, Benjamin Clawhauser, the guy everyone thinks is just a flabby, donut-loving cop, stereotyping you...?
It’s okay-- oh, you’ve actually
you’ve actually got a-- there’s a-- in your neck-- the fold-- the-- there’s--
Clawhauser removes a small donut from under some neck fat.
Oh, there you went, you little
He crams the donut into his mouth.
HOPPS (awkwardly laughing)
I should get to roll call, so... which way do I?
Oh! Bullpen’s over there to the
HOPPS Great, thank you!
Clawhauser watches admiringly as she heads to the bullpen.
(to himself, wistful)
Aw... That poor little bunny’s gonna get eaten alive.
INT. ZPD - BULLPEN - CONTINUOUS
Hopps enters the bullpen, by far the smallest animal in the room: rhinos, buffalo, hippos, elephants, etc. Hopps holds her paw out to a tough RHINO, MCHORN.
Hey. Officer Hopps. You ready to
make the world a better place?
McHorn gives Hopps a reluctant fist bump, nearly knocking her off the chair.
OFFICER HIGGINS (O.S.)
In walks CHIEF BOGO, a gruff CAPE BUFFALO. He takes the dais. Everyone snaps to attention and starts stomping the floor.
Bogo: All right. All right! Everybody sit.
Bogo: I've got three items on the docket. First... we need to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Francine... Happy birthday.
-(ALL CHEERING) -Oh, yeah.
BOGO: Number two.
There are some new recruits with us I should introduce, but I'm not going to, because I don't care.
Bogo: Finally, we have 14 missing mammal cases. All predators, from a giant polar bear to a teensy little otter. And City Hall is right up my tail to find them. This is priority number one.
All right, all right. Everybody
As Hopps sits, she disappears below the DESK that is meant for a rhino.
I’ve got three items on the docket.
First... we need to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
(nods to ELEPHANT) Francine, happy birthday.
An elephant, FRANCINE, blushes as other cops clap.
BOGO (CONT’D) Number two: There are some new
recruits with us I should introduce. But I’m not going to, because I don’t care. Finally...
He turns to a push pin-pocked MAP that’s covered in photos of MISSING MAMMALS. Hopps’s eyes go wide.
...We have 14 missing mammal cases.
All predators, from a giant polar bear, to a teensy little otter. And City Hall is right up my tail to find them. This is priority number one. Assignments!
HIGGINS hands Bogo a stack of CASE FILES. Bogo puts on his reading glasses, examining the files as he assigns cases.
BOGO: (CONT’D) Officers Grizzoli, Fangmeyer,
Delgato-- your teams take Missing Mammals from the Rainforest District. Officers McHorn, Rhinowitz, Wolfard, your teams take Sahara Square. Officers Higgins, Snarlov, Trunkaby: Tundratown. And finally, our first bunny, Officer Hopps.
Hopps sits up, expectant but steely. Bogo looks at the final case file in his hand. He takes a dramatic breath, then:
BOGO: (CONT’D) Parking Duty. Dismissed!
JUDY: Parking duty?
(runs after Bogo) Uh, Chief? Chief Bogo?
Bogo looks around... then down to find Hopps.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Sir, you said there were
probably my class
So I can handle one. You
forgot, but I was top of at the academy.
Didn’t forget. Just don’t care.
Sir, I’m not just some “token”
Well, then writing a hundred
tickets a day should be easy.
He goes, slamming the door behind him. Judy stomps her foot.
100 tickets...? I’m not gonna write
100 tickets... I’m gonna write 200
(then, to the closed door) Before noon!
Fawn: Oh, Tink, it's perfect!
Tinker Bell: Just like you ordered, Fawn. One extra-large wagon. But what's it for? I mean, why all the mystery?
Fawn: I just love how your mind's always working.
-I can take it from here. -(GASPS)
Tinker Bell: Baby ducklings! Or baby bunnies? It's a movable nursery, right?
Fawn: Bull's-eye! Can't get a thing past you, Tink. Well, anyway, catch you later.
Tinker Bell: You're up to something.
Fawn: Who, me? Never.
Tinker Bell: Yep, you definitely are. I know that look.
Tinker Bell: I invented that look. What's the wagon for?
Fawn: (SIGHS DEEPLY) Okay, okay. Just try not to scream. Deal?
-(GASPS) -(SCREECHES SOFTLY)
Tinker Bell: No deal. No deal. No deal!
Fawn: It's okay, Hannah. Tink's with me.
Tinker Bell: (STAMMERING) You have a...
Fawn: Deep breath in.
Tinker Bell: ...hawk!
Fawn: Uh, yep.
Tinker Bell: Fawn, hawks eat fairies!
Fawn: Oh, adult hawks, yes. Hannah's still technically a baby. That whole "must-eat-fairy" urge
hasn't quite kicked in yet.
Tinker Bell: She doesn't look so babyish to me.
Fawn: Well, she was when I brought her here. She had a bad wing, but I fixed her up and now... Whoa!
Fawn: Wing's all better.
Tinker Bell: (SIGHS) You can't have a hawk in Pixie Hollow. What if the Scouts find out?
Fawn: That's where the blueberry wagon comes in! We just have to get Hannah out to where she belongs without causing, you know... (WHISPERING) ...widespread panic.
NARRATOR: On the
15th of May, in the Jungle of Nool...
in the heat of the day, in the cool of a pool...
he was splashing, enjoying the jungle's great joys...
Narrator: when Horton the elephant hears a small noise.
-(HIGH-PITCHED SQUEAKING) -Hmm?
-Hmm. -(EAR SQUEAKS)
TOMMY: Horton! JESSICA: Horton!
Horton: Good morning, class. Are you ready?
-ALL: Yeah! -Jump on board!
-(GROANS) -TOMMY: Look out below!
-(GIGGLING) -Horton: Tommy's on board.
Katie, you there?
-Katie: Ah. -Horton: Okay.
Horton: Shh. There it is. This is one of the jungle's most amazing creatures, the leaf bug. In order to protect itself from predators, it disguises itself as a leaf.
Horton: This one's got quite a grip. Come on, little buddy. Don't be shy. (GROANS)
Horton: I guess I was mistaken, kids. There are obviously no leaf bugs in this area. Even a prof...
Horton: Aah! They're on me! (YELPING) Get 'em off!
Horton: (GAGGING) I think I swallowed one! (HONKS, WAILING) Help me!
-Pull it out! -Tommy: Uh, okay.
-(KATIE GIGGLING) -(GROANING)
-Whoo-whoo! Whee! -(KATIE LAUGHING)
NARRATOR: Then humoring
a "Humpf!" was a sour kangaroo...
-(HARRUMPHS) -the type who's convinced...
-she knows better than you. -(GASPING)
She made every law
and enforced every rule...
as self-proclaimed head
of the Jungle of Nool.
Rudy: Why can't I play with the other kids, Mom?
Kangaroo: How many times have I told you that the jungle is no place to act like a wild animal?
-(GRUNTING CONTINUES) -(LAUGHING CONTINUES)
-(LEAF COUGHING) -HORTON: Ooh.
My, that Horton certainly is eccentric.
Mrs. Quilligan: And the children are learning so much from him.
Kangaroo: Learning to be a bunch of harebrained half-wits. And that's why my Rudy is pouch-schooled.
NARRATOR: So while Kangaroo
stood there sneering a sneer...
Tommy: Horton, that was the best time I've ever had in my life. What are you gonna show us next?
NARRATOR: Once again, the speck
floated right by Horton's ear.
-TINY VOICE: Help! -(GASPS)
Narrator: And he heard it again, just a very faint yelp, as if some tiny person were calling for help.
-(SCREAMING CONTINUES) -Narrator: And you know what he thought?
Why, he thought that there must be someone on top of that small speck of dust.
Or even a family, it just might be so a family with children just starting to grow.
-I wanna live! -(GASPS)
Horton: Uh, I gotta go. Katie, you're in charge.
HORTON: Wait! Come back!
KANGAROO: Watch it! MRS. QUILLIGAN: Eh... Uh...
(EXHALES, GASPS) -(VOICE SCREAMS)
(CHANTING) One more! One more!
One more! One more!
One more! One more!
-(JABBERING) -Ooh! Ooh!
-I hear someone comin'. -Gimme those.
-HORTON: (PANTING) Wait! -Sound the alarm!
-Horton: Excuse me. Pardon my stampede. -(YELLING)
Horton: Sorry, Wickershams. I promise I'm gonna clean all this up later.
Yummo: Bring the ammo!
Horton: I love the smell of bananas in the morning!
Banana in the hole!
Horton: Come on, guys. We're all mammals.
Horton: (AS KISSINGER) I feel the diplomatic process is beginning to break down.
Horton: There you are! I got ya! (GRUNTING)
-Horton: Hi, kids. -Whoa!
Horton: There. Now you're safe. (SIGHS) I know I heard you say something. I just know it.
Horton: Where are you?
-Kangaroo: (HARRUMPHS) -(GRUNTS)
-Kangaroo: Horton! -Horton: Oh. Sorry.
Uh... (CHUCKLES) I just... There was this speck, and, uh... it called out for help.
-And I was... -Kangaroo: The speck called out for help?
Horton: Well, not the speck. I mean, that's ridiculous. (CHUCKLING) Is that what you thought I meant? No. The speck can't call out for help. Come on. Get real.
Horton: No, there's a tiny person on that speck that needs my help.
Kangaroo: (LAUGHS) Absurd. There aren't people that small.
Horton: Well, maybe they aren't small.
-Maybe, we're big. -KANGAROO: Horton...
Horton: No, really. Think about it. What if there were someone way out there looking down on our world right now? And to them, we're the specks.
Horton: And then maybe someone else will come along and say, "There can't be people that small." And the first guy would say, "Are you calling me a liar?" And the second guy would say, "If the show fits, wear it!" Now the fists are flying. The first guy picks up a brick. You might want to zip up the pouch for this next part, "All right, fat boy, you want some?"
-KANGAROO: Horton! -Horton: What?
Kangaroo: There is nothing on that speck.
-Horton: But I heard. -Kangaroo: Did you?
Really? (CHUCKLES) Oh, my. Then how come I don't hear anything?
-Horton: Well... -(HUFFS)
Kangaroo: If you can't see, hear or feel something, it doesn't exist. And believing in tiny, imaginary people is just not something we do, or tolerate here in the Jungle of Nool.
Horton: Really? 'Cause I bet if I tried, I could find somebody who'd believe what I was saying.
Kangaroo: You will do nothing of the sort. You will not breathe a word of this lie to anyone else, especially the children. I do not want you poisoning their minds with this nonsense.
Kangaroo: Our community has standards, Horton. If you want to remain a part of it, I recommend you follow them.
Kangaroo: Mmm. Have a nice day.
Horton: All right then. I'll, uh, take that under advisement. Certainly appreciate your input.
Horton: I don't understand. I know I heard you. It was as plain as the nose on my face.
Horton: That's it. Maybe you can't hear me. Of course. Your ears must be tiny. I need to speak up.
Horton: (SHOUTS) Hello!
NARRATOR: Now, some people out there, I think I know who, we may find they agreed with that Sour Kangaroo.
Narrator: There can't really be people as small as a mite. Well there can and there are, because Horton was right.
(HORTON CONTINUES SHOUTING)
Narrator: That single "hello" traveled all the way down to the speck, through the clouds, till they found a small town.
Narrator: A town known as Who-ville, for there live the Whos, feeling happy in safe, knowing only good news, unaware that their world was a speck on a clover, unaware the sweet life they knew might be over.
ALL: Oi! Oi! Oi
-(HAIR DRYER WHIRRING) -(LAUGHS)
NARRATOR: The Mayor of Who-ville, a man named McDod was devoted and fair and a little bit odd.
NARRATOR: The Mayor and his wife, they had children to spare. Ninety-six daughters, some here and some there.
Narrator: Ninety-six girls to love, Ninety-six girls to teach.
Narrator: But the mayor had only a few seconds for each.
Helen: Daddy, I do better than best on my "Who-story" test.
Mayor: Ah, Who-story. I remembered well.
-Sally: That's one of my girls. -Hooly: Hildy's been using my hairbrush?
Hedy: Holly's been using my hairbrush.
Mayor: Look! Over there!
Mayor: There. All better.
Heather: Can I please have a Who-phone, Dad? Everyone else in my class has one.
Mayor: Oh, really? Everyone?
-Mayor: Oh. I will think about it. -BOTH: Daddy, look! Daddy look!
Sally: It's a "T-H," sweetheart. It's "tooth"
NARRATOR: In Who-ville tradition, unlike yours or mine, the mayor's oldest is next in the mayoral line. And who was the oldest, to lead and stand tall?
Narrator: It was JoJo, his son, the smallest Who of all.
Mayor: So, JoJo, what's, uh, what's shaking? What's happening? What's the world?
NARRATOR: Now to you or to me, it's finally clear that JoJo did not want his father's career. But the Mayor pressed forward completely deluded...
Narrator: while JoJo just sat there in silence and brooded.
Mayor: Oh, JoJo.
-Hooly: Hey! Why this he get more time? -That's not fair.
Mayor: Son. Hey.
NARRATOR: And why didn't he speak? Well, I think the lad was afraid if he did, he might let down his dad.
Mayor: You know what's awesome? This is awesome!
Mayor: Just look at the men and women hanging on these walls. You, my boy, are part of family legacy that spans centuries.
Mayor: You know what? Your grandfather was mayor of Who-ville. Hm-hmm.
Mayor: And, your great-grandmother.
MAYOR: That's right. All the way down to your...
Mayor: (INHALES) great... Great-great-great- Not-so-great-great-great...
-(EXHALES) Grandfather! -(BIRD SCREECHING)
Mayor: Someday, I hope to join them. Be one of the greats. I tell you, JoJo, there is nothing like being mayor. I get to sign resolutions, approve ordinances, submit budgets. And in the Edible Parade, I'm the one city noun top of the giant meatball.
Mayor: Someday, that can be you too, JoJo. Someday, you'll be the one wearing the mayoral crest.
You just... You just need to... You know what I mean?
Mayor: Okay. Good chat. I'm glad that we had this talk. That I'm continuing now by myself.
-Good. (GASPS) -(HORTON RUMBLING)
-(GASPS) -(RUMBLING STOPS)
INT. / EXT. METER MAID CART - DAY
Hopps dons a vest, buckles her seat belt, floors the pedal and... takes off at 2 miles an hour. Which leads to a
PARKING METER MONTAGE --
Hopps zooms past a row of cars, marking their tires. Cruising the streets, her super-sensitive ears hear a meter ding. She slams her brakes-- then proudly issues Ticket #1.
Ding! Another meter goes off. Then another. And another. She’s on a roll. She looks down at her counter. It’s at 200.
Boom! 200 tickets before noon.
A final ding... Reveal: her own traffic cart is at an expired meter. Hopps rolls her eyes and writes herself a ticket.
As Hopps puts the ticket on her windshield, she hears a voice across the street:
TRUCK DRIVER: (O.S.)
Hey, watch where you’re going, Fox!
Hopps looks across the street to see... a RED FOX. Hopps looks at him, a little suspicious.
The Fox looks around, then slinks into a café. Hopps runs across the street and peeks in the window. It’s an ice cream parlor, but... the FOX IS GONE.
Where’d he go...
INT. JUMBEAUX’S CAFE - MOMENTS LATER
Elephants scoop ice cream with their trunks, suck up nuts with their trunks. It’s cute but also disgusting. As Hopps enters, she spots the fox, NICK WILDE, at the front of the line and overhears the proprietor, JERRY, addressing him.
JERRY: Listen, I don’t know what you’re
doing skulking around during daylight hours, but I don’t want any trouble in here... So hit the road.
Hopps unsnaps the holster of her PINK FOX REPELLENT.
I’m not looking for any trouble
either, sir. I simply want to buy a Jumbo Pop for my little boy.
Ready for action, slowly creeping forward, Hopps’s expression changes when she sees that Nick is with his TODDLER SON.
NICK: (CONT’D) (to the boy)
You want the red or the blue, pal?
Staring at the cute little boy, Hopps is embarrassed by her impulse. She snaps the Repellent holster and begins to leave.
(disgusted with herself)
I’m such a...
Oh come on, kid. Back up. Listen, buddy, what? There aren’t any fox
ice cream joints in your part of town?
Hopps suddenly stops. Her ears go up and she turns around.
Uh, no no, there are. There are.
It’s just, my boy-- (tousles boy’s hair)
--this goofy little stinker-- he loves all things elephant. Wants to be one when he grows up.
The boy gives a TOOT-TOOT with his toy elephant trunk.
Isn’t it adorable? Who the heck am I to crush his little dreams, huh?
JERRY: Look, you probably can’t read, fox
but the sign says... (MORE)
JERRY (CONT'D) (slowly reads SIGN,
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE. So beat it.
You’re holding up the line.
The little fox is about to cry, when Hopps walks up.
JUDY: (O.S.) Hello? Excuse me?
Hey, you’re gonna have to wait your turn like everyone else, metermaid.
I’m an officer. Just had a quick question. Are your customers aware they’re getting snot and mucous with their cookies and cream?
An ELEPHANT COUPLE overhear and spit out their ice cream.
JERRY: What are you talkin’ about?
Well, I don’t wanna cause you any
trouble, but I believe scooping ice cream with an un-gloved trunk is a Class 3 Health Code Violation...
A guilty EMPLOYEE releases a scoop from their trunk.
...Which is kind of a big deal. Of
course-- I could let you off with a warning if you were to glove those trunks and, I don’t know, finish selling this nice dad and his son a... what was it?
A Jumbo Pop. Please.
JUDY: A Jumbo Pop.
JERRY: (stews for a beat, then)
NICK: Thank you so much.
(to Hopps) Thank you.
(then, digs for wallet)
Oh no, are you kidding me? I don’t have my wallet. I’d lose my head if it weren’t attached to my neck, that’s the truth. Oh boy, I’m sorry pal. Gotta be about the worst birthday ever. Please don’t be mad at me.
(kisses him, to Hopps) Thanks, anyway.
He turns to go. Hopps slaps some money on the counter.
JUDY: Keep the change.
EXT. JUMBEAUX’S CAFE - MOMENTS LATER
Hopps has the Toddler’s hand. Nick holds a HUGE JUMBO-POP.
Officer, I can’t thank you enough.
So kind, really, can I pay you back?
Oh no, my treat-- it just-- y’know,
it burns me up to see folks with such backward attitudes toward foxes. I just wanna say, you’re a great dad and just a... a real articulate fella.
Ah, well, that is high praise. It’s
rare that I find someone so non- patronizing... Officer...
(totally misses his dig)
NICK: Wilde. Nick Wilde.
JUDY: (to Toddler)
And you little guy, you want to be an elephant when you grow up... you be an elephant-- because this is Zootopia, anyone can be anything.
Hopps puts a STICKER BADGE on the boy’s chest.
Ah, boy, I tell him that all the
time. All right here ya go-- (hands him popsicle)
Two paws. Yeah. Oh, look at that smile, that’s a happy birthday smile! All right, give her a little bye-bye toot toot.
The kid toots.
NICK: Bye now!
Hopps walks off with a spring in her step.
Here you go.
-(HANNAH SCREECHES) -Fawn: Shh.
(SOFTLY) You're doing great, Hannah.
Hang tight until we're in the clear.
Tinker Bell: Are you sure about this, Fawn?
Fawn: Remember, we're just taking berries to the forest. Nothing to it.
Tinker Bell: But don't berries usually come from the forest?
Fawn: Everything will be fine. Just fly casual.
Tinker Bell: Exactly how often do you do this kind of thing?
-(SNIFFING) -FAIRY: Come on.
-(LOW GROWL) -Oh! Oh.
Tinker Bell: Fawn?
Fawn: Just keep smiling.
Fawn: See, Tink? I told you this would work. All you need is a little faith, trust, and... Pixie dust?
ROSETTA: There you are! We've been looking for you all morning!
Iridessa: Hey, did you guys see that comet last night?
Silvermist: No, but did you see that big, green ball of light that flew by?
ROSETTA: What's with the berries?
Fawn: Just bringing them to the forest. For the animals.
Vidia: Don't berries come from the forest?
Fawn: Not this particular variety which is, um, extra berry-full-licious-tastic!
Silvermist: Yum! Can we help?
Fawn: No, no, no! We're fine. Why would we need help?
Rosetta: Oh, for goodness' sake. There's an easier way to do this.
Fawn: Wait! No, no! You don't know what you're doing!
Rosetta: It's called "helping."
-(BOTH GASP) -A simple "thank you" would suffice.
Rosetta: What are you all staring at?
-(HAWKS SCREECHING) -(GASPS)
Scribble: That comet is an astronomical puzzle, to be sure, but careful observation
-and application... -(TRUMPET BLOWING)
Fawn: Hannah! Hannah, stop! Come back!
Iridessa: Everyone, get inside!
-(SCREECHES) -Iridessa: Oh, no!
Fawn: Hannah? Hannah!
Tinker Bell: Go! Get inside! Hurry! Go! (GRUNTS)
Tinker Bell: Come on!
Fawn: Wait! Everybody calm down! I promise, she doesn't even like the taste of Scout Fairy.
Silvermist: Babies are such picky eaters.
Fawn: It's okay, Hannah. Everything's going to be all right.
NYX: Get away from the hawk, Fawn.
Let us handle this.
Fawn: There's nothing to handle, Nyx.
Nyx: I said stand down, Fawn.
Clarion: Is everyone all right?
-Nyx: Yes, Queen Clarion, this time. -(SCREECHING SOFTLY)
Nyx: But how am I supposed to keep us safe if Fawn keeps bringing dangerous animals into Pixie Hollow? Last time it was rats, and a snake!
Fawn: Actually, last time, it was a vampire bat.
Tinker Bell: Fawn's just got a big heart, that's all. Hannah needed her help.
Fawn: Does this look like the face of a dangerous predator to you?
Fawn: Come on, back me up, guys!
(ALL MUMBLE INDISTINCTLY)
-Clarion: Fawn... -Fawn: I know, I know.
Nyx is right. I've done this once or twice, or several times before.
Fawn: However, perhaps my latest endeavor was crossing the line.
-Clarion: Indeed. -Fawn: I hear what you're saying.
Maybe harboring a baby hawk wasn't the best idea.
Clarion: Fawn, I know you. You've always let your heart guide you. Which is admirable, but...
Fawn: But I also need to listen with my head.
Fawn: Next time, I promise, I will.
Fawn: Well, Hannah-Banana, I'd say come back and visit, but it's probably best to keep this a long-distance thing. Now, let's give that wing a try.
Good morning, students!
Beautiful day for a fresh start,
don't you think?
-All right, then, let's see that hopping. -(SQUEAKING)
Nice work, Nico.
Oh, Calista, remember it's hopping,
What, haven't you heard?
I'm strictly by-the-book now.
Yep, we're talking model citizen
all the way.
Looking for the definition
Look no further than this girl!
Well, that was interesting.
Now, that's hopping.
Come on, Fawn, listen to your head.
Heart gets you in trouble,
head is your friend.
And yet, head is making me
talk to myself,
in the forest.
No, no, no. Model citizen.
Starting first thing tomorrow.
What are you?
Territorial, possibly carnivorous.
What to do? What to do?
Play dead! (PRETEND-CHOKING)
No, no. Freeze.
-(GROWLING) -No, the opposite! Make myself look big!
Fury: What was that?
Fury: Did you hear it?
Robin: Hear what?
Fury: The roar!
Did you hear the roar?
Robin: Sorry, did you say something?
Buck: You bet I heard it. Little faster. Visualize the acorn right in front of you.
Chase: Excellent. What was it?
-Buck: No idea. -(PANTING)
Buck: But let me know as soon as you find out.
Morgan: Gently, now. To the left.
-No, the other left! -(SHRIEKS)
Nyx: That roar...
-Morgan: This morning? -Nyx: What was it?
Morgan: Oh, I don't know. I don't specialize in roars. Now, grunts and growls, on the other hand...
Nyx: Who would know?
Morgan: Well, if it came from anything big...
-Buck: Loud... -Robin: Scary...
Morgan: And dangerous, try...
Come on, big guy.
-Wait! I was only trying to help! -(LOUD ROAR)
So, I guess I'll just be on my way, then.
Those thick forelimbs
are ideal for digging.
Nope. No, no, no.
You're all fixed up, so off I go!
And that massive jaw is perfect
for supporting those heavy rocks.
Oh, okay. Sorry, sorry.
Just leaving. (CHUCKLES)
But, you know,
it's like you're a cross between
and Bison occidentalis...
Well, I don't know what that's about.
And I don't know what that's about.
I really don't know what that's about.
What are you building?
You know, it is my job
as an Animal Fairy
to understand and study animals.
And the Queen did say
I should listen to my head.
Huh. You've convinced me.
I'll do it, for the Queen.
Now stay here, okay?
I'll be right back.
I just need to get my stuff.
Don't go anywhere.
EXT. SAHARA SQUARE - DAY
Hopps continues to write tickets. As she leaves a ticket on another car, she can see a few blocks away. It’s NICK and his KID. Hopps gives them a wave, but they don’t notice her.
Oh! Hey, little toot toot--
Hopps realizes they are melting their jumbo-pop in the hot sun, channeling the juice into jugs. Huh? Nick and his kid pack the jugs into a van and NICK’S SON gets in the driver’s seat. They drive off, passing Hopps, who stares, confused.
EXT. TUNDRATOWN - A LITTLE LATER
Hopps follows them to... Tundratown, where Nick’s “son” uses his little paw prints to create molds they pour the popsicle juice into, creating dozens of smaller popsicles. Hopps looks on, scandalized.
EXT. SAVANNAH CENTRAL - A LITTLE LATER
Hopps watches them resell the “Pawpsicles” at marked-up prices to LEMMINGS... when one buys one, they all do.
Pawpsicles! Get your pawpsicles!
Nick rakes in the cash. As the lemmings leave, they throw their used popsicle sticks into a RECYCLING BIN. A second later, Nick’s “son,” FINNICK, emerges from the bin with a bundle of used popsicle sticks. Hopps is mortified.
EXT. LITTLE RODENTIA - A LITTLE LATER
Hopps watches Nick plop down a big bundle of USED POPSICLE STICKS in front of a MOUSE CONSTRUCTION WORKER.
NICK: Lumber delivery!
MOUSE WORKER: What’s with the color?
The color? Uh... It’s redwood.
Hopps has now graduated to genuine anger.
EXT. OUTSIDE LITTLE RODENTIA - MOMENTS LATER
Nick hands Finnick a wad of cash.
39...40. There you go. Way to work
that diaper, big guy. Hey, no kiss bye-bye for daddy?
FINNICK: (super-deep voice)
You kiss me tomorrow, I’ll bite your face off. Ciao.
As Finnick drives off in his van, BLARING LOUD FRENCH RAP MUSIC. We discover HOPPS behind it, and she is not happy.
Well. I stood up for you, and you
lied to me. You liar!
It’s called a hustle, sweetheart.
And I’m not the liar, he is.
Nick points behind Hopps. She turns... no one. She turns back. Nick is gone-- his tail disappears around a corner.
Nick walks on, calmly. Hopps hurries up to him.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Alright, slick Nick, you’re under
NICK: Really, for what?
Gee I don’t know, how ‘bout selling
food without a permit, transporting undeclared commerce across borough lines, false advertising...
Nick smiles and produces those documents.
Permit. Receipt of declared
commerce. And I didn’t falsely advertise anything. Take care.
You told that mouse the popsicle
sticks were redwood!
That’s right. “Red wood.” With a
space in the middle. Wood that is
You can’t touch me, Carrots, I been doing this since I was born.
You’re gonna wanna refrain from
calling me Carrots...
My bad. I just naturally assumed
you came from some little carrot- choked podunk, no?
(isn’t it obvious?)
Ah, no. Podunk is in Deerbrooke County, and I grew up in Bunnyburrow.
Okay. Tell me if this story sounds
(harsher now, rapidly)
Naïve little hick with good grades and big ideas decides, “Hey lookit me, I’m gonna move to Zootopia-- where Predators and Prey live in harmony and sing Kumbaya!” Only to find-- whoopsie, we don’t all get along. And that dream of becoming a big city cop? Double whoopsie! She’s a meter maid. And whoopsie number threesie-- NO ONE cares about her or her dreams. And soon enough those dreams die and our bunny sinks into emotional and literal squalor living in a box under a bridge. Til finally she has no choice but to go back home with that cute, fuzzy wuzzy little tail between her legs to become-- you’re from Bunnyburrow, is that what you said?-- so how ‘bout a carrot farmer... That sound about right?
She’s speechless-- How did he get my number so quickly? A RHINO almost crushes her.
Be careful now, it won’t just be
your dreams getting crushed.
JUDY: (ever-so-slightly rattled)
Hey! Hey! No one tells me what I can or can’t be! Especially not some jerk who never had the guts to try to be anything more than a popsicle hustler!
Alright look, everyone comes to
Zootopia thinking they can be anything they want. Well you can’t. You can only be what you are.
(points to himself)
NICK: (CONT'D) (points to her)
I am NOT a dumb bunny.
Right. And that’s not wet cement.
She looks down. She’s landed in wet cement.
NICK: (CONT’D) (as he goes)
You’ll never be a real cop. You’re a cute meter maid though. Maybe a supervisor one day. Hang in there...
HORTON: Oh, there.
That ought to be comfy.
Horton: Nothing wrong with this Morton. Nothing wrong with this. (LAUGHS) Just you and me in the speck. Shouldn't a breeze.
-We're club. We're group. -Hmm.
HORTON: We can take
a vote on the issues.
We can be a secret to society that controls the balance of power...
-in the world. -Morton: Horton?
Horton: And no one else can join unless they wear funny hats.
-(SLURPS) -Morton: Listen, Horton!
Horton: The chair recognizes Brother Morton.
Morton: I am really happy you found this speck in all.
Morton: But you might wanna think about keeping it to yourself.
Horton: Hmm, what, why?
Morton: You're talking to a clover. That doesn't look good.
Horton: You know what doesn't look good? You, talking about the speck like the speck isn't even there. The speck never said anything bad about you.
Horton: But hey! Good luck with your illusion of superiority.
Morton: You know the speck can think anything it wants about me. It's a speck.
Horton: Whoa! I see what's going on here. Morton, no matter how tight the speck and I get the speck could never replace you.
Horton: I'm only sad that I would have to explain that at this point.
Morton: Well, that's awesome, Horton. That really helps. Just try to keep this to yourself. I'll see you later. Try.
JESSICA: Hey, Horton?
What you got there?
Horton: What? Nothing. We're not doing anything.
Horton: (HUMMING) We're totally alone.
-Jessica: Who's "we"? -Horton: We? What? We?
Did I say that? I just... Oh, no. I would never say that because that would imply that I was with someone and not alone.
(GRUNTING AND STAMMERING)
Horton: Okay, seriously, you can't tell anybody. I mean it. If anybody finds out about this it could be very very bad. I'm not sure why.
Tommy: We won't tell anyone. And if we do, we'll tell them not to tell anyone.
Horton: Perfect. Okay, I'm taking a bath, right? 'Cause my skin gets kind of dry and ashy....
NARRATOR: While Horton can clean about the speck that he found and how he save it when it nearly drowned, the mayor set off on his morning commute and noticed things weren't quite the same on his route.
Narrator: But please don't blame Horton, for he didn't know that a swamp bump above...
-Horton: And I dove into the water like this! -(GASPS)
Narrator: was a big bump below.
Mayor: Hey, Joe. Don't work too hard.
Joe: Ah! These luxery condos, they don't build themselves.
Joe: Hey, look at that! I guess they do build themselves.
Mayor: Okay, that happened.
NARRATOR: Now, the Mayor knew it was his job to convey the unusual things that he'd noticed that day. But there was one problem. Though his will was strong...
-Miss Yelp: You're late. -Mayor: Thank you, Miss Yelp.
-(MAN RECITING) -Narrator: Nothing in Who-ville...
had ever gone wrong.
ALL: (RECITING) We have all that
we need. We need all that we've got.
We like it in Who-ville. We like it a lot!
Councilman: We're all very busy with the Who-Centennial's coming up. So, let's bring this meeting to order.
Councilman: Mr. Mayor, I presume you have some good news for us.
Mayor: Well, it's news. I don't know. If we need to go labeling it good or bad or anything like that.
Mayor: The thing is, I have noticed some odd goings-on in Who-ville lately.
Councilman: Good odd goings-on?
Mayor: Well, you know. Tremors, clouds swirling in the sky. And it seems to me, just be safe, we might want to consider... (MURMURING FAINTLY) postponing the Who-centennial.
-Councilman: Consider what? -Mayor: postponing the Who-centennial.
Councilman: What? Speak up, man!
Mayor: Postponing the Who-centennial, all right?
-(SPECTATORS GASPING) -(EXCITED CHATTER)
-(MUZAK PLAYING) -(AUDIBLE)
Councilman: We are about to celebrate 100 years of Who-ville happiness and harmony. And you want to postpone the celebration?
Mayor: Well, what if Who-ville's not safe.
Councilman: Nothing ever goes wrong in Who-ville! Never has and never will. You blathering boob.
Mayor: (WHISPERS) Boob?
Councilman: The Who-centennial will proceed as planned.
Councilman: The Mayor was merely being an idiot.
Councilman: It will be all smile from now on.
Ow. Ow. (GROANS)
-(GIGGLING) -Nyx: Fawn.
Nyx: I've been looking everywhere for you. So, where have you been? Off hiding a hippo?
Fawn: Yep, he's bunking with the bobcat.
Nyx: Did you hear that roar this morning?
-(GRUNTS) -Fawn: Can you describe the roar in question?
What kind of roar was it?
Nyx: The loud, hair-raising, monstrous kind.
Fawn: Animals make all kinds of roars. I mean, you've got your growls, howls, whoops, hollers, shrieks, rumbles. Was it like this? (YOWLING)
Nyx: No. A roar.
Fawn: Oh. Uh, sort of like... (MIMICKING TRUMPETING)
-Nyx: No. -Fawn: (HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER)
-Nyx: No! -Fawn: (HOWLING)
-Fawn: (MIMICKING A MONKEY) -Nyx: Fawn!
Fawn: Yeah. If you hear that one, run. Would you hand me that?
Nyx: Look, this thing might be a threat to Pixie Hollow.
Nyx: If you find out what made that roar, I need to know. Are we clear?
Fawn: What will you do if you find it?
Nyx: My job.
Fawn: And I'll do mine.
Miss Yelp: Girl, I got 15,000 friends already. What? What you mean it don't look like me? That look just like me.
Miss Yelp: Ten years ago. Wait a minute, hold on for a second.
Mayor: Treats me like an idiot? I'm not an idiot.
Mayor: Do I look like an idiot?
-Miss Yelp: You don't want me to answer that. -Mayor: I am not an idiot.
Mayor: Has the nerve to call me a boob? I would never call somebody a boob. He's a boob. Look at you. Yuck.
Mayor: Look at your face. And I bet you don't look so good with this staple on your head!
Horton: Whoa! Whoa!
Mayor: Ow. Ow. Ow.
-Mayor: Thank you, Miss Yelp. -Miss Yelp: You're welcome.
-Horton: Hello? -Mayor: Who said that?
I'll go out punch you. (YELLS) Whoa!
(HORTON SPEAKING MUFFLY)
(MUFFLED SPEAKING CONTINUES)
Mayor: (SQUEAKY) Hello?
Horton: (GASPS) Hello.
(HORTON SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY)
-Horton: Who's there? -Mayor: Um, this is the mayor.
Horton: The mayor? The mayor? (GIGGLING) I'm talking to the mayor!
Horton: I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. There's life on this speck.
Mayor: Speck? What speck?
Horton: Well, um... I don't exactly know how to tell you this. But... You're living on a speck.
Mayor: Well, I hate to disagree with you. Oh, voice from the drain pipe. But, I live in Whoville.
-Horton: Well, then the Whoville is a speck. -MAYOR: Right.
Okay. Seriously. Who is this? Is this Burt from accounting?
Horton: Uh, no. This is Horton. I'm an elephant.
Mayor: Okay. Horton, fake name. Where are you?
Well, from where you standing? I guess I'm in the sky.
Horton: Compare to you I'm enormous which is saying something because I slim down quite a bit I swim.
Horton: Your whole world fits on a flower in my world.
Mayor: Oh, man, this is even pushing it for you Bert.
Horton: Don't believe me? Watch what happen when I put you in the shade.
Mayor: This is absolutly impossi...
-HORTON: Dark. -(STAMMERING)
Horton: Light. Dark. Light.
-Horton: Dark, light, dark, light! -Mayor: Wow!
-HORTON: Light! -Mayor: Whoo.
Horton: Don't you see? We're in the middle of some kind of amazing cosmic convergence. Two vastly different worlds.
-Miraculously crossing paths! -Mayor: Who...
Horton: Mine colossal! Yours minuscule. Yet, somehow we've managed to make contact. If you think about it, it's pretty amazing.
Horton: Is everything okay down there?
Mayor: Oh. I.. I don't know. You tell me... You're the one who hold the speck.
Horton: I'm the one who's holding the speck. (GASPS) I'm the one holding the speck. Don't you worry, Mr. Mayor.
-Mayor: Um, hold, please. -(MUZAK PLAYS)
NARRATOR: What at all this means?
The Mayor haven't had the clue.
So he went to the office of Dr. Larue, the brainiest brain on the staff at Who U.
Mayor: Dr. Larue? Oh, this is crazy.
Larue: Oh, Mr. Mayor. Ah, how may I be a assistance?
Mayor: I don't know. Hey. You know I just wondering, if our world will say a tiny speck floating to space, how would we know?
Larue: Oh, why would you ask something like that?
Mayor: Oh, no reason, no reason at all. I don't even remember. Yes I do. That you know what, some guy was talking to me, not an elephant in the sky, a guy on the ground.
Larue: Ah, there would be several ramifications.
Mayor: Good ramifications?
Larue: A tiny speck.
Mayor: Uh-huh, yeah, tiny speck.
-Larue: Floating around. -Whoa.
Larue: Well, we'd have "inexplicable" tremors. Dramatic changes in the weather.
Larue: And if we didn't eventually achieve some sort of stability, our world would be destroyed.
Mayor: Destroyed! Destroyed? Destroyed. Oh, destroyed. The drama!
HORTON: (IN NASAL VOICE)
Ah, no. This is Benny.
Horton is busy right now.
Horton: (IN NORMAL VOICE) You, I'm joking. That's me.
-(CHUCKLES) -Mayor: Oh, we're doomed.
Mayor: Listen! Horton! Turns out I need your help a little bit. Apparently if that speck keeps moving around our whole world could be obliterated. So, I need you to find us Whos a safer more stable home and fast.
Horton: No problem, Mr. Mayor. Let's see.
Horton: Mmm. Wow! That's a nice view.
Mayor: Hello, is everything okay?
-(GASPS) -Mayor: What's going on up there?
Horton: Oh, no!
Horton: Ah! (GROANING) This entire jungle is a house of death!
Horton: Oh, wait. There's good spot.
NARRATOR: And that's when Horton
saw at the top of mountain Nool...
a small cave that will peaceful and quiet and cool, where sunflower grew proud and tall from the ground.
Narrator: There he knew every Who would be safe, would be sound.
Horton: I've found it, Mayor. The perfect place. Right up there.
-On the top of the mountain Nool... -MISS YELP: Mr. Mayor?
-Mayor: Yeah? -HORTON: I wish we could...
Mayor: (CHUCKLING) Oh, how shiny.
Miss Yelp: The Who-centennial committee is waiting for you to look over the giant meatball for the Edible Parade. Oh, and then you're due at the dentist for your Who-root canal.
Mayor: You know, sticking "Who" in front of everything doesn't make it hard last. Just wastes time!
Mayor: I don't wanna go.
Mayor: Listen, Horton. I've got to go. Apparently there's a problem with the giant meatball.
Horton: You just take care that meatball, sir. And leave the freaking out to me.
NARRATOR: So, then
Horton began his long perilous trek...
determine to save the small world on the speck.
Narrator: Horton was faithful and stalwart and kind.
Horton: I got ya. Don't worry.
Narrator: He was a brave hero.
-Horton: I'll protect you. (KARATE YELLS) -Narrator: At least in his mind.
Horton: We must become invisible. Travel silently. For there're forces. that would seek to destroy us.
Horton: Huh? So, you think you can speak up on me, huh?
Horton: It's clear that you're match for my technique! Hey!
Horton: I see you have mastered the Way of the Snapping Branch. Watch me tumble!
KIDS: Morton Mouse, go!
Morton: You are fast, Horton, but the Kangaroo has monkeys!
Horton: I will make monkeys of these monkeys. It is their destiny, Huh?
Horton: (GRUNTING) My clover!
-(ALL YELLING) -Ooh!
Clover: Horton is the greatest hero of them all! Ha!
-Horton: Horton! Go! -Morton: Morton! Go!
-Morton: Oh, Mount Nool is that way! -Ha-ha-ha!
Horton: To the top of the mountain Nool. As fast as lightning. Away I go!
Horton: Oh, sorry little fella. You'll be fine. Just thinking healing thoughts.
(ADVENTUROUS MUSIC PLAYING)
♪ Strange sight
♪ You stand in the light
♪ You're wrong but you're right
♪ My heart's beating wildly
♪ Strange how I'm scared but delighted
♪ Afraid, but excited, too
♪ You have a cold heart
♪ You're reckless and distant, but I'll be persistent
-♪ I will understand you -FAWN: Hello?
-♪ How I'm drawn to the danger -Ha!
♪ I reach out my hands to you
♪ Do you long to be left all alone?
♪ Set apart with a heart
♪ made of stone
♪ Let me help, let's begin
-♪ Let me learn -Ow!
♪ Won't you let me in?
♪ All the light
♪ Let it show
♪ You are a strange sight
♪ Some new kind of wonder
♪ With good hidden under
♪ I'm sure that it's true
♪ Strange how your dark
doesn't faze me
♪ No, I won't give up on you
♪ Do you long to be left all alone?
♪ Set apart with a heart made of stone
♪ Let me help, let's begin
♪ Let me learn
♪ Won't you let me in?
♪ All the light, let it show
♪ If you're caught in the shadows and turned all around
♪ Lost in the darkness you will be found
-♪ If you hear my voice -Oh!
♪ Follow the sound
♪ 'Cause I'm here to guide you home
♪ Do you long to be left all alone?
♪ Set apart with a heart made of stone
♪ Let me help, let's begin
♪ Let me learn
♪ Won't you let me in?
♪ All the light, let it show
♪ Do you long to be left all alone?
♪ Set apart with a heart made of stone
♪ There's a light that you shine
♪ There's a love
♪ I see it in your eyes
♪ All the dark
♪ Let it go
♪ You're not alone
♪ Everybody hurts
-(CHANGING STATIONS) -♪ By myself
♪ You can't do nothing right, babe
♪ I'm a loser
(SLOW MUSIC PLAYING)
(CELL PHONE RINGING)
Judy: Oh, hey, it's my parents.
Bonnie: Oh, there she is! Hi, sweetheart!
Stu: Hey there, Jude the dude. How was your first day on the force?
-Judy: It was real great! -BONNIE: Yeah?
Everything you ever hoped?
Judy: Mmm. Absolutely. And more. Everyone's so nice, and I feel like I'm really...
-making a difference. -Stu: Wait a second.
Holy cripes, Bonnie, look at that.
Bonnie: Oh, my sweet heaven! Judy, are you a meter maid?
Judy: Oh, this? No! Oh, no. This is just a temporary thing.
Bonnie: Oh, it's the safest job on the force!
STU: Oh, she's not a real cop.
Our prayers have been answered!
BONNIE: Glorious day!
Oh, meter maid! Meter maid!
-Meter maid! -Judy: Dad. Dad. Dad!
It's been a really long day, I should really...
Bonnie: That's right, you get some rest.
Stu: Those meters aren't gonna maid themselves.
ORYX: Hey, buddy, turn down
that depressing music.
the meter maid alone.
Didn't you hear her conversation? She feels like a failure!
ORYX: Oh, shut up! KUDU: You shut up!
ORYX: You shut up!
-KUDU: You shut up! -(JUDY GROANS)
Judy: Tomorrow's another day.
but it might be worse!
Moose: (GRUNTS) I was 30 seconds over!
Angry Gerbil Lady: Ugh! Yeah, you're a real hero, lady!
Hippo Child: My mommy says she wishes you were dead.
ANGRY DRIVER: Uncool, rabbit.
My tax dollars pay your salary.
INT. HOPPS’S APARTMENT, HALLWAY - EVENING
CLOSE ON HER WELCOME MAT: Hopps wipes off her cement covered feet. Then she enters
THE APARTMENT --
Hopps turns on the radio. Everybody Hurts plays. She changes the station. A sadder song comes on. She changes the station repeatedly, each song progressively sadder. Finally, she lands on a treacly instrumental that will score the scene.
She puts in a microwave dinner: CARROTS FOR ONE. Hopps takes her food (A SINGLE CARROT) and sits at a small table.
Her phone rings. INSERT: MOM & DAD FACETIME. Hopps shakes her head, sighs, then puts on a fake smile and answers.
Oh hey, it’s my parents!
Aw there she is! Hi sweetheart!
THE FACETIME cuts between Bonnie on her phone. Stu will pop in and out of frame.
Hey there, Jude the Dude! How was
your first day on the force?
HOPPS It was real great.
Yeah? Everything you ever hoped?
Mmm. Absolutely. And more.
Everyone’s so nice. And I feel like I’m really making a difference--
(pops head into frame)
Hey, wait a second. Holy cripes, Bonnie! Look at that!
BONNIE HOPPS (a discovery)
Oh my sweet heaven-- Judy, are you a meter maid?
Hopps is still wearing her vest, and her hat is on the chair.
Oh this? No! Oh, no no! This is just a temporary thing--
It’s the safest job on the force!
Ah, she’s not a real cop! Our
prayers have been answered!
BONNIE HOPPS Glorious day!
STU HOPPS Meter maid, meter maid!
HOPPS Dad! Dad--
STU HOPPS Meter maid, meter maid!
DAD! You know what-- it’s been a
really long day, I should really--
That’s right. You get some rest!
Those meters aren’t gonna maid
HOPPS (eye roll)
She hangs up, defeated. The SELF-PITYING MUSIC comes up full.
ORYX POOTOSSER (O.S.) Hey Bunny! Turn down that
KUDU POOTOSSER (O.S.) Leave the meter maid alone! Didn’t
you hear her conversation? She feels like a failure!
Judy turns off the music.
ORYX POOTOSSER (O.S.) Oh, shut up!
KUDU POOTOSSER (O.S.) You shut up!
ORYX POOTOSSER (O.S.) You shut up!
HOPPS (quietly to herself)
Tomorrow’s another day...
ORYX POOTOSSER (O.S.) Yeah, but it might be worse!
Off Judy’s exhausted look, we:
EXT. STREETS OF ZOOTOPIA - THE NEXT DAY
Hopps, on meter maid duty, thunks a ticket on a windshield.
I was 30 seconds over!
Another meter dings, Hopps puts another ticket on a very small windshield.
ANGRY GERBIL LADY
Ugh! Yeah you’re a real hero, lady!
DING! Another ticket down. A MOTHER HIPPO picks up the ticket, her SMALL CHILD looks right at Hopps.
My mommy says she wishes you were
ANGRY DRIVER (O.S.) Un-cool, rabbit. My tax dollars pay
-Jessica: Horton! Horton! Look! -Tommy: Look, look, look!
Jessica: We've all got own clovers with worlds on them.
-Yeah! -Horton: Oh. (GASPS)
Katie: In my world, everyone's a pony, and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies.
Horton: That's beautiful, Katie.
Horton: In a really weird way.
Jessica: My world is called Jessica-land. Everyone worships Queen Jessica because Jessica is that beautiful.
Jessica, that was awesome.
-(KIDS CHATTERING) -(KANGAROO SIGHS)
-Kangaroo: Rudy! -Rudy: Mom, be careful!
My best friend, Thidwick, lives on that.
-Kangaroo: Rudy, no one lives on this. -Rudy: What?
Kangaroo: It's not possible. That Horton is a menace.
Rudy: Mom, Mom, please. You're so weird.
-Don't do this to me. -Kangaroo: Honey, go to your room.
-KANGAROO: Horton! -(ALL SCREAMING)
-Tommy:.It's good. -Kangaroo: What do you think you're doing?
Tommy: Huh? You guys with worlds are in trouble.
Kangaroo: Have you forgotten what we discussed?
Horton: Oh, no. I'm an elephant. And elephants never forget. It's a curse, really. I remember I was on my head, and you said "Humpf!" and I looked up and you say what are you doing? And I said the thing about the speck. Then you pull my ears...
-poked me on a fore head. -Kangaroo: Horton?
Horton: Well, you did.
Kangaroo: Give me that clover, Horton. Now.
-Horton: No. -(MONKEYS HUFFING, GASPING)
Kangaroo: (GASPS) No?
-(SHUDDERS) -Horton: Yeah.
Kangaroo: Are you sure you wanna fight this fight, Horton?
Kangaroo: Because I promise you it will get very ugly very fast. And you need to ask yourself. "Do I really worth
put myself through this for a clover?"
Kangaroo: Take it from me, Horton? You don't. So, hand it over.
Horton: No! I can't give it to you. There are people on this speck. Granted, they're very small people. But a person's a person. No matter how small.
-Huh. -Kangaroo: How...
Kangaroo: You just crossed the line, Horton. And I'm gonna make you pay.
Uh, uh... Oh!
KANGAROO: That Horton is a menace.
He has those kids using their imaginations. It's sick!
Oh, I cleaned out
the skunk pen yesterday.
Oh! Good morning!
Looks like somebody's a night owl.
What is this?
So, where to?
Anywhere but Scout Headquarters.
Look, if I'm gonna cover for you,
I need to know, what's the tower for?
This one beaver I know, Bob...
He makes dams big enough
to store food for three winters.
And, of course,
marmots build these terrific burrows
out of rock piles for hibernation.
Then you've got your northern orioles
and those hanging nests of theirs.
I mean, talk about brilliant!
But I'm thinking you're not storing food.
Or preparing for hibernation.
-Or nesting. -(GROWLING)
what's the tower for?
You don't have to be so gruff about it.
(GASPS) That's it. "Gruff!"
Yep, "Gruff" suits you to a...
Guess we're building another one.
But before we start, I was just thinking,
why not enjoy yourself a bit
while you work?
Just hear me out.
No reason I should have all the fun
with the pixie dust.
(SOFT QUESTIONING GROWL)
Now we're talking.
Fairies and Sparrowmen,
presenting the three-time
of the Pixie Hollow Games
-the amazing, incomparable, Gruff. -(GROWLING)
Will he hold off this year's pint-sized,
yet feisty challenger?
And he nails it!
But it's too much! The fairy wins!
(ROCKS WHISTLING PAST)
(SIGHS) And done.
This may be our best spring yet.
FAWN: (SHOUTING) Incoming!
Robin: Oh, no.
Nyx: The boulders came from that direction?
Robin: If Fawn hadn't shouted that warning, we'd be flatter than a pumpkin seed.
Two pumpkin seeds!
Fawn: Hey, Gruff, I think it's time we make like a tree and lea... Oh.
Fawn: Come on, Gruff, where are you?
Fawn: Gruff! No time for rock collecting! You've got to get out of here!
Nyx: Snodgrass. Hmm.
FAWN: No, Gruff! Wrong way!
-We have to go! -(GROWLS)
Fawn: Okay. New game, Gruff. It's called Chase the Fairy!
Fawn: Now, follow me!
Nyx: Knock it out with the Nightshade powder!
Fawn: That's my big, furry monster. Maybe it's time to make proper introductions.
INT. METER MAID CART
After what has clearly been a series of these encounters, Hopps repeatedly bangs her head on the steering wheel.
I am am a
(less convinced with each
a real cop. I am a real cop. I real cop. I am a real cop...
FRANTIC PIG: (O.S.)
Suddenly, a PIG bangs on the cart’s window. Hopps startles.
FRANTIC PIG: (CONT’D) You! Bunny!
Sir, if you have a grievance, you may contest your citation in traffic court.
What’re you talking about? My shop!
It was just robbed! Look, he’s getting away! Well are you a cop or not?
Hopps sees a WEASEL running with a bag of stolen goods.
JUDY: (snapping out of it)
Oh, yes! Yes! Don’t worry, sir, I got this!
EXT. STREETS OF ZOOTOPIA - CONTINUOUS
Hopps jumps out and gives chase-- ditching her silly vest.
Stop! Stop in the name of the law!
Catch me if you can, Cottontail!
The chase is on. McHorn screeches up in his cop car.
DUKE WEASELTON: (CONT’D) Whoa. Coming through!
This is Officer McHorn, we got a 10-
Hopps slides across his hood.
I got dibs! Officer Hopps, I am in
Hopps chases the Weasel, who races through Savannah Central. As Hopps advances, the Weasel ducks into... LITTLE RODENTIA. Thanks to her small size, Hopps follows him in.
JUDY: (CONT’D) You! Freeze!
(arriving, but too big to
Hey! Metermaid! Wait for the real cops!
EXT. LITTLE RODENTIA - CONTINUOUS
Hopps emerges in Little Rodentia, teeming with tiny rodents.
Hopps spots the Weasel, who’s using two mouse cars as skates. She chases after him, smashing through Little Rodentia. As the Weasel jumps off the top of a mouse building, he knocks it over, but Hopps is able to save them from crashing.
Resuming the chase, Hopps jumps off the building-- landing precariously in the midst of a large group of mice.
Oh! Oh, sorry! Coming through!
‘Scuse me! ‘Scuse me. Pardon...
Hopps locates Weaselton, who’s safely making his escape on the top of a tiny mouse train.
DUKE WEASELTON Bon voyage, flat foot!
But Hopps won’t quit. She takes a short cut and knocks him off the train. Rodents scream and run amidst the chaos.
Hey! Stop right there!
The Weasel throws an ornamental donut at Hopps.
DUKE WEASELTON Have a donut, coppah!
But the donut misses and rolls towards some SHREWS coming out of “Mousies.”
FRU FRU SHREW
Ohmygawd, did you see those leopard
(sees the donut about to
kill her) Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!
But at the last second... Hopps stops it! Deep breath...
HOPPS I love your hair.
FRU FRU SHREW Aw... thank you.
Meanwhile, the Weasel spots the bag he was stealing and smugly picks it up, ready to leave.
DUKE WEASELTON Come to papa...
Then out of nowhere, Hopps dumps the donut on his head.
Judy: (SIGHS) Oh!
Sorry. Coming through. Excuse me. Excuse me. Pardon.
Duke Weaselton: Bon voyage-e, flat foot!
-JUDY: Ha! Oh... -(SCREAMS)
-(GRUNTS) -(ALL SCREAMING)
Judy: Hey, stop right there!
Duke Weaselton: Have a donut, copper!
Fru Fru: Oh, my God. Did you see those leopard print jeggings?
Judy: I love your hair.
Fru Fru: Thank you.
Duke Weaselton: (LAUGHING) Come to papa.
-(GASPS) -(JUDY GRUNTING)
INT. ZPD - LOBBY - A LITTLE LATER
The lobby is overflowing with ANIMALS filing MISSING MAMMAL REPORTS. Clawhauser is dealing with an otter, MRS. OTTERTON.
Okay, you’re gonna have to be
patient and wait in line just like everyone else, Mrs. Otterton, okay?
Just then: BAM! The Weasel (in donut) rolls through the front door and hits Clawhauser’s desk. It settles, revealing Hopps.
I popped the weasel!
Behind her, Chief Bogo yells from the second floor.
INT. ZPD - BOGO’S OFFICE - A LITTLE LATER
Hopps sits in a big chair in front of Bogo, like a kid in the principal’s office. Bogo looks over a report.
Abandoning your post, inciting a
scurry, reckless endangerment of rodents... but to be fair, you did stop a master criminal from stealing two dozen... moldy onions.
Hate to disagree with you, sir, but
those aren’t onions. Those are a crocus varietal called Midnicampum Holicithias. They’re a Class C Botanical, sir. I grew up in a family where plant husbandry was kind of a thing.
Shut your tiny mouth, now.
Sir, I got the bad guy. That’s my
Your job is putting tickets on
Chief, uh, Mrs. Otterton’s here to see you again.
BOGO: Not now.
CLAWHAUSER: (INTERCOM) Okay, I just didn’t know if you
wanted to take it this time, she seems really upset--
BOGO: Not now!
Sir, I don’t want to be a meter
maid... I wanna be a real cop.
Do you think the Mayor asked what I
wanted when he assigned you to me?
JUDY: But sir, if you--
Life isn’t some cartoon musical
where you sing a little song and your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go!
MRS. OTTERTON barges in, with Clawhauser trailing, wheezing.
Chief Bogo please-- five minutes of
your time. Please...
I’m sorry, sir, I tried to stop
her, she is super slippery. I gotta go sit down.
Ma’am, as I’ve told you, we are
doing everything we can...
My husband has been missing for ten
days. His name is Emmitt Otterton.
BOGO: Yes, I know.
MRS. OTTERTON: He’s a florist. We have two
beautiful children. He would never just disappear.
Mrs. Otterton reveals her own sweet little photo of Emmitt with her and the family.
BOGO: Ma'am, our detectives
are very busy.
Mrs. Otterton: Please. There's gotta be somebody to find my Emmitt.
Bogo: Mrs. Otterton...
JUDY: I will find him.
MRS. OTTERTON: (SIGHS) Oh!
-Bless you. -Oh!
Bless you, little bunny.
Take this. Find my Emmitt. Bring him home to me and my babies, please.
(BOGO CLEARS THROAT)
Bogo: Mrs. Otterton, please wait out here.
Mrs. Otterton: Of course. Oh, thank you both so much.
Bogo: One second.
Bogo: You're fired.
Judy: What? Why?
Bogo: Insubordination! Now. I'm going to open this door and you're goind to tell that otter you're a former meter maid with delusion of grandeur who will not be taking the case.
Bellwether: I just heard Officer Hopps is taking the case.
Bogo: Assistant Mayor Bellwether.
Bellwether: The Mammal Inclusion Initiative is really starting to pay off. (CHUCKLES) Mayor Lionheart is just gonna be so jazzed!
Bogo: No, no, let's not tell the Mayor just yet.
Bellwether: And I've sent it, and it is done, so I did do that.
Ma’am, our detectives are very
Please. There’s got to be somebody
to find my Em.
BOGO Mrs. Otterton--
HOPPS (O.S.) I will find him.
Mrs. Otterton races over to Hopps and gives her a big hug of relief. Bogo looks to Hopps, ready to explode.
Oh, thank you! Bless you, bless you
(hands picture of family)
Take this. Find my Emmitt. Bring him home to me and my babies. Please?
Bogo grunts and ushers Mrs. Otterton back outside.
BOGO Mrs. Otterton?
MRS. Of course. Oh,
BOGO One second.
Please wait out
thank you both so
He closes the door and turns to Hopps, furious.
BOGO (CONT’D) You’re fired.
HOPPS What? Why?!
Insubordination. Now, I’m going to
open this door and you’re going to tell that otter you’re a former meter maid with delusions of grandeur who will not be taking the case.
Bogo opens the door, to find... Bellwether, hugging Mrs. Otterton.
I just heard Officer Hopps is
taking the case!
Assistant Mayor Bellwether...
The Mammal Inclusion Initiative is really starting to pay off! Mayor Lionheart is just gonna be so jazzed!
No! No, let’s not tell the mayor
And I sent it, and it is done, so I
did do that. All right, well I’d say the case is in good hands! Us little guys really need to stick together! Right?
JUDY: Like glue!
BELLWETHER: (amused laughter)
Good one! Just call me if you ever need anything, okay? You’ve always got a friend at City Hall, Judy. Alright, bye bye!
JUDY: Thank you, ma’am.
Bogo forces a smile and closes the door, even more pissed.
BOGO: I will give you
to find Emmitt
BOGO: That’s two days
But, you strike out-- you resign.
Hopps is taken aback by that for a moment... then nods.
Oh, uh... okay... deal.
Splendid. Clawhauser will give you
the complete case file.
INT. ZPD - DESK AREA - A LITTLE LATER
Clawhauser places the Otterton file on his desk for Hopps.
Here ya go! One missing otter!
Hopps opens the file. It’s a single piece of paper. What?
JUDY: That’s it?!
Yikes! That is the smallest case
file I’ve ever seen! Leads: none, witnesses: none-- and you’re not in the computer system yet, so resources: none.
I hope you didn’t stake your career on cracking this one.
Clawhauser takes a bite of his donut and the crumbs land on a picture in the file, drawing Hopps’s attention to it.
“Last known sighting...”
Hopps brushes away the crumbs, revealing a picture of Mr. Otterton on the street. Clawhauser annoyingly slurps from a soda bottle. Hopps squints at the picture, intrigued.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Can I just borrow--
(grabbing soda bottle) Thank you.
Hopps uses Clawhauser’s bottle to enlarge the picture. She sees Mr. Otterton holding a PAWPSICLE.
CLAWHAUSER: The murder weapon!
Get your pawpsicle...
Yeah, ‘cause that... What does that
It means I... have a lead.
Judy: Hi! Hello? It's me, again!
-Nick: Hey, it's Officer Toot-Toot. -(LAUGHS)
Judy: No. Actually, it's Officer Hopps and I'm here to ask you some questions about a case.
Nick: What happened, meter maid? Did someone steal a traffic cone? It wasn't me.
Nick: Hey, Carrots, you're going to wake the baby. I gotta get to work.
Judy: This is important, sir. I think your $10 worth of popsicles can wait.
Nick: (SCOFFS) I make 200 bucks a day, Fluff! 365 days a year, since I was 12. And time is money. Hop along.
Judy: Please, just look at the picture.
Judy: You sold Mr. Otterton that popsicle, right? Do you know him?
Nick: I know everybody. And I also know that, somewhere there's a toy store missing its stuffed animal, so why don't you get back to your box?
Judy: Fine. Then we'll have to do this the hard way.
Nick: Did you just boot my stroller?
Judy: Nicholas Wilde, you are under arrest.
Nick: Ha! For what? (BABY VOICE) Hurting your feelings?
Judy: Felony Tax Evasion.
Judy: Yeah, $200 a day, 365 days a year since you were 12. That's two decades, so times 20, which is $1,460,000, I think. (CHUCKLES) I mean, I am just a dumb bunny, but we are good at multiplying. Anyway, according to your tax forms, you reported, let me see here... zero! Unfortunately, lying on a federal form is a punishable offense. Five years jail time.
Nick: Well, it's my word against yours.
200 bucks a day, Fluff!
365 days a year, since I was 12.
Judy: Actually, it's your word against yours. And if you want this pen, you're going to help me find this poor missing otter or the only place you'll be selling popsicles is the prison cafeteria. It's called a hustle, sweetheart.
FINNICK: She hustled you.
She hustled you good! You're a cop now, Nick. You gonna need one of these. (CHUCKLES) Have fun working with the fuzz! (CONTINUES LAUGHING)
Judy: Start talking.
Nick: (SIGHS) I don't know where he is. I only saw where he went.
Judy: Great. Let's go!
Nick: It's not exactly a place for, uh, a cute little bunny.
Judy: Don't call me cute. Get in the car.
Nick: Okay. You're the boss.
I gotta get this speck up to the top
Mount Nool A.S.A.P.
Whatever that means.
Probably, "act swiftly,
I mean, how hard can it be?
(WHIMPERS) It's just a straight
plummet to certain death.
This looks kind of precarious.
Well, no need to worry.
Obviously, when they
build the bridge like this...
they take into account that
elephants will be crossing here.
All right. Feels good.
I'll just get... The feel of it!
-(DENTIST'S DRILL WHIRRING) -(MAN YELPING, MUFFLED)
MAYOR: Oh, that's... That's true.
-(WOMAN SCREAMING) -(GASPS) All right!
Hello. And how are we today,
I think a few of these boards...
could stand to be replaced.
I just need to think light.
I'm light as a feather.
I'm light as a feather.
-This will just pinch a little. -(GASPS)
I'm lighter than a feather.
What's lighter than a feather?
There's nothing lighter.
So, it stands to reason... (INHALES)
that the more air I have... (INHALES)
the lighter... (INHALES)
(MOANING AND GROANING)
-Ah! -DENTIST: Next, please.
All right, that was absolutely terrifying.
If I just pull myself up...
(GASPS) Try not to panic.
Whew! That could have been a disaster.
Wow. I feel really good right now.
Maybe it's my new sense of purpose.
-(GROUND RUMBLING) -(GASPING)
(GRUNTING AND GROANING)
All right. (SIGHS)
Mayor: Hey! JoJo, I need your help. Can you help me? Okay. Great.
Mayor: Okay, first I need you to go to the girls' room. Aah!
Mayor: Take down Hannah's china doll collection and then... Stop looking at my arm. Put away Molly's lightbulb collections and then... You know what? Just take of anything that might break or shatter.
Mayor: Okay. Take a good, long look. Got it? Thanks, JoJo.
(SCREAMS IN PAIN) Oh!
MAYOR: Here. And I'll take that.
And... Oh! Ah!
SALLY: Hi! You're home late.
Mayor: Oh. Sorry, hon. I was just having some dental work done on my arm.
Sally: So, what was the... Ned!
-(GASPS, CHUCKLES) -Sally: What are you doing?
Mayor: What do you mean?
Sally: Well, I'm no detective, Ned. But you are hanging from the chandelier.
Mayor: I just thought it might look better somewhere it can't fall on us and crush us in our sleep.
-(YELLS, CHUCKLES) -Sally: What is going on?
Mayor: (EXHALES) Hey, hon.
(CHUCKLES) Did you ever get the feeling that you were being watched?
Sally: Um, yeah. Sure, I suppose.
Mayor: And then you get feeling that maybe that thing watching you is... Uh, a giant elephant.
Mayor: You know, how'd get that weird feeling that your world is actually a tiny speck? And that the elephant that I talked about earlier, he's carrying it around on flower. And you realize then if you tell anybody, they'd think you were crazy.
Mayor: But you still feel the responsibility to keep everyone safe. You know that feeling?
Sally: Um... You know, I'm gonna have to say no. Do you know that feeling?
Mayor: Ah! (CHUCKLES) No. (YAWNING) Yawn. Wow! I am beat.
-Time to hit the hey, I guess. -SALLY: Sweetheart.
I know you're under a lot of stress. And if you're seeing elephants and flowers, then fine. Just don't tell anyone else that story. Okay? And remember, it's not the end of the world.
Mayor: The end of the world?
(SOOTHING MUSIC PLAYING)
YAX: (CHANTING) Om!
Judy: (CLEARS THROAT) Hi. Hello?
Judy: Um, hello? Hello? Hello?
-(COUGHS) -(FLIES BUZZING)
-JUDY: Hello. My name is... -Oh...
Yax: You know, I'm gonna hit the pause button right there, because we're all good on Bunny Scout cookies.
Judy: Uh...no. I'm Officer Hopps, ZPD. I'm looking for a missing mammal, Emmitt Otterton, right here, who may have frequented this establishment.
-Yax: (SNEEZES) -(FLIES BUZZING)
Yeah, old Emmitt. (CHUCKLES) Haven't seen him in a couple of weeks. But, hey, you should talk to his yoga instructor. I'd be happy to take you back.
Judy: Oh, thank you so much. I'd appreciate that more than you can imagine, it'd be such...
-Oh! You are naked! -Yax: Huh?
Oh, for sure, we're a naturalist club! (LAUGHS)
Nick: Yeah. In Zootopia, anyone can be anything. These guys, they be naked.
Yax: Nangi's just on the other side of the pleasure pool.
NICK: Oh, boy.
Does this make you uncomfortable?
Because if so, there is no
shame in calling it quits.
Judy: Yes, there is.
Nick: Boy, that's the spirit.
YAX: Yeah, some mammals say...
the naturalist life is weird, but you know what I say is weird? Clothes on animals!
-Here we go! -Mmm...
Yax: As you can see, Nangi is an elephant, so she'll totally remember everything. Hey, Nangi. These dudes have some questions about Emmitt the otter.
Yax: Uh...Emmitt Otterton? Been coming to your yoga class for like 6 years.
Nangi: I have no memory of this beaver.
Judy: He's an otter, actually.
Yax: He was here a couple Wednesdays ago, remember?
Yax: Yeah, he was wearing a green cable knit sweater vest, and a new pair of corduroy slacks. Oh, and a paisley tie, sweet Windsor knot. Real tight. Remember that, Nangi?
Yax: Yeah, and we both walked him out, and he got into this big old white car with a silver trim. Needed a tune up. The third cylinder wasn't firing.
-Remember that, Nangi? -Nangi: No.
Judy: (STAMMERS) Uh... You didn't happen to catch the license plate number, did you?
Yax: Oh, for sure. It was 2-9-T-H-D...
-0-3. -JUDY: 0-3. Wow.
This is a lot of great info. Thank you.
Yax: Told you Nangi has a mind like a steel trap. I wish I had a memory like an elephant.
Nick: Well, I had a ball. You are welcome for the clue. And seeing as any moron can run a plate, I will take that pen and bid you adieu.
Judy: The plate. I can't run a plate. (GROANS) I'm not in the system yet.
Nick: Give me the pen, please.
Judy: What was it you said? "Any moron can run a plate"? Gosh. If only there were a moron around who were up to the task.
Nick: Rabbit, I did what you asked! You can't keep me on the hook forever.
Judy: Not forever. Well, I only have 36 hours left to solve this case. So can you run the plate or not?
Nick: Actually, I just remembered...
I have a pal at the DMV.
Nick: Flash is the fastest guy in there. If you need something done, he's on it.
JUDY: I hope so. We are really fighting the clock and every minute counts. Wait. They're all sloths?
Judy: You said this was going to be quick!
Nick: Are you saying just because he's a sloth he can't be fast? I thought in Zootopia, anyone could be anything.
Nick: Flash, Flash, hundred yard dash. Buddy, it's nice to see you.
Flash: Nice to... see you... too.
Nick: Hey, Flash, I'd love you to meet my friend. Uh, darling, I've forgotten your name.
Judy: Hmm. Officer Judy Hopps, ZPD, how are you?
Flash: I am... doing... just...
Flash: ...as well as... I can...
-What... -Nick: Hang in there.
Flash: ...can I...
-do... -Judy: Well, I was hoping...
you could run a... -Flash: ...for you...
Judy: Well, I was hoping you could...
Judy: Well, I was hoping you could run a plate for us. We are in a really big hurry.
Flash: Sure. What's the...
-plate... -Judy: 2-9-T...
Flash: Two... nine...
-Flash: ...D... -Judy: Mm-hm.
(JUDY WHIMPERING SOFTLY)
Nick: Hey, Flash. Wanna hear a joke?
-FLASH: Sure. -(GROWLS)
Nick: Okay. What do you call a three-humped camel?
Flash: I don't... know. What... do... you call...
-a... -Judy: Three-humped camel.
Flash: ...three-humped... camel?
Nick: Pregnant. (LAUGHING)
Flash: (LAUGHING SLOWLY)
Judy: Ha-ha! Yes, very funny, very funny. Can we please just focus on the...
-Hey... -Wait, wait, wait!
JUDY: Oh, no!
Priscilla: Yes... Flash?
-Flash: What... -Oh!
-Judy: No! -Flash: ...you call a...
Judy: A three-humped camel? "Pregnant!"
Okay, great, we got it.
-Flash: ...three... humped... -Please just... (GROANS)
-FLASH: Here... -Judy: Yeah. Hurry.
-Flash: ...you... -Judy: Thank you. "2-9-T-H-D-0-3."
Judy: It's registered to Tundratown Limo Service. A limo took Otterton, and the limo's in Tundratown! It's in Tundratown!
Nick: Way to hustle, bud. I love you. I owe you.
Judy: Hurry! We gotta beat the rush hour, and...
Judy: It's night?
EXT. DOWNTOWN STREET - LATER
We find Nick pushing a BABY STROLLER. HOPPS zooms up in her traffic cart, smiling.
Hi! Hello? It’s me again!
Hey, it’s Officer Toot Toot.
(fake laugh, humoring him)
Ha-ha-ho, no actually it’s Officer Hopps, and I’m here to ask you some questions about a case.
What happened, meter maid? Did
someone steal a traffic cone? It wasn't me.
Hopps looks ahead, Nick has gone around the corner. Hopps pulls in front of Nick and sounds her siren.
Hey, Carrots, you’re gonna wake the
baby, I gotta get to work.
This is important, sir. I think
your ten dollars worth of popsicles can wait.
I make 200 bucks a day, fluff. 365
days a year, since I was 12, and time is money, hop along.
Please, just look at the picture.
Hopps holds up the traffic cam picture of the
You sold Mr. Otterton that popsicle
right? Do you know him?
I know everybody. And I also know
that somewhere there’s a toy store missing its stuffed animal, so why don’t you get back to your box.
Hopps’ ears droop.
Fine. Then we’ll have to do this
the hard way.
She puts a boot on the stroller.
Did you just boot my stroller?
Nicholas Wilde, you are under
For what? Howting your feewings?
HOPPS Felony tax evasion.
Nick smile drops a bit.
Yeah. 200 dollars a day... 365 days a year... since you were 12, that’s
two decades, so times twenty... (calculating)
HOPPS (CONT’D) ...which is one million four-
hundred sixty thousand-- I think, I mean I am just a dumb bunny, but we are good at multiplying-- anyway, according to your tax forms...
(presenting the forms) ...you reported let me see here: zero. Unfortunately, lying on a federal form is a punishable offense. Five years jail time.
Well, it’s my word against yours.
Hopps clicks a button on her CARROT PEN, which SPEAKS!
NICK (ON CARROT PEN RECORDER) (CONT’D) “200 bucks a day, fluff. 365 days a
year, since I was 12.”
Actually, it’s your word against
yours. And if you want this pen, you’re going to help me find this poor missing otter or the only place you’ll be selling popsicles is the prison cafeteria.
It’s called a hustle, sweetheart.
Nick is utterly speechless.
FINNICK She hustled you. (rude laugh)
She hustled you good! You’re a cop now Nick, you’re gonna need one of these! Have fun working with the fuzz!
THWAP! Finnick slaps his JUNIOR OFFICER STICKER on Nick.
HOPPS Start talking.
I don’t know where he is. I only saw where he went.
HOPPS Great, let’s go.
It’s not exactly a place for a cute
HOPPS Don’t call me cute.
(forceful) Get in the car.
Okay. You’re the boss.
INT. THE MYSTIC SPRING OASIS - LATER
The Mystic Spring Oasis is new agey, full of incense, etc. A meditating HIPPIE YAK sits with flies buzzing around his head, matching the tone of his ohm. Hopps enters with Nick and they approach the yak (still with his eyes closed).
YAX THE HIPPIE YAK Oooooooooohmmmmmmmm.
HOPPS Hi, hello.
The yak continues his incessant chanting.
HOPPS (CONT’D) Um, hello? Hello? HELLO?!
The yak finally shakes out of his trance and notices Hopps.
HOPPS (CONT’D) Hello! My name is--
YAX THE HIPPIE YAK Ooo, you know, I’m gonna hit the pause button right there, ‘cause
we’re all good on Bunny Scout Cookies.
Uh, no... I’m Officer Hopps, ZPD.
I’m looking for a missing mammal, Emmitt Otterton. Right here--
--who may have frequented this establishment.
The Yak looks at Hopps’ picture. His eyes go wide, as if he’s about to say something really important, and then:
YAX THE HIPPIE YAK
(flies go everywhere)
Yeah, Ol’ Emmitt! Haven’t seen him in a couple weeks. But hey, you should talk to his yoga instructor, I’d be happy to take you back.
Oh, thank you so much, I’d
appreciate that more than you can imagine. It would be such a big--
(scream) You are naked!
The Yak comes around the counter and he IS naked.
YAX THE HIPPIE YAK Huh? Oh for sure, we’re a
Yeah, in Zootopia anyone can be
anything. These guys... they be naked.
Nick grins, Hopps isn’t pleased.
YAX THE HIPPIE YAK Nangi’s just on the other side of
the pleasure pool.
The Yak opens the doors to a POOL AREA, with tons of naked animals sunning themselves, playing in the pool, etc. Hopps’ eyes nearly pop out of her head. Nick leans in.
Does this make you uncomfortable?
Because, if so, there’s no shame in calling it quits.
HOPPS Yes there is.
Boy, that’s the spirit.
EXT. NATURALIST CLUB - COURTYARD - MOMENTS LATER
Nick revels in Hopps’ discomfort over the nude animals everywhere. Lots of nude animals. Yax leads them, oblivious.
YAX THE HIPPIE YAK Yeah, some mammals say the
naturalist life is weird, but you know what I say is weird? Clothes on animals! Here we go.
Nangi’s engaging in a string of fairly evocative yoga poses.
YAX THE HIPPIE YAK (CONT’D) As you can see, Nangi’s an
elephant, so she’ll totally remember everything. Hey Nangi, these dudes have some questions about Emmitt the Otter.
Uh, Emmitt Otterton? Been coming to
your yoga class for like 6 years?
I have no memory of this beaver.
He’s an otter actually.
He was here a couple Wednesdays
Yeah, he was wearing a green cable-
knit sweater vest, and new pair of corduroy slacks. Oh, and a paisley tie. Sweet Windsor knot. Real tight. Remember that Nangi?
Nangi doesn’t want to be bothered. And she’s useless. Yax is a gold mine, though! Hopps writes down everything he says.
Yeah, and we both walked him out
and he got into this big ol’ white car with a silver trim? Needed a tune up. The third cylinder wasn’t firing. ‘Member that, Nangi?
You didn’t happen to catch the
license plate number, did you?
Oh, for sure. It was 29THD03.
0, 3... Wow, this is a lot of great
info, thank you.
Told ya Nangi has a mind like a
steel trap. I wish I had a memory like an elephant.
EXT. SAHARA SQUARE - MOMENTS LATER
Nick and Hopps emerge.
Well, I had a ball. You are welcome
for the clue. And seeing as how any moron can run a plate, I will take that pen and bid you adieu.
As Nick reaches to take it, Hopps realizes something and leaves him hanging.
The plate... I can’t run a plate...
(frustrated grunt) I’m not in the system yet.
Give me the pen please.
Hopps gets an idea...
(still withholding pen)
What was it you said? “Any moron can run a plate?” Gosh... if only there were a moron around who were up to the task...
Rabbit, I did what you asked, you
can’t keep me on the hook forever.
Not forever. Why, I only have 36
hours left to solve this case. So can you run the plate or not?
Actually, I just remembered I have
a pal at the DMV...
EXT. DMV - LATER
They arrive at the DMV, the “Department of Mammal Vehicles.”
Flash is the fastest guy in there,
you need something done, he’s on it.
I hope so, we are really fighting
the clock and every minute counts. (suddenly stops, alarmed)
Wait. They’re all sloths?!
Unfortunately, every mammal working there is a... SLOTH. INSERT: SLOTH EMPLOYEES taking extraordinary amounts of time to do the simplest of tasks-- stapling, stamping, etc.
You said this was going to be
NICK (faux innocence)
What? Are you saying that because he’s a sloth, he can’t be fast? I thought in Zootopia anyone could be anything.
Nick smiles. Hopps doesn’t. They head to Flash’s station.
Flash, Flash, hundred yard dash!
Buddy, it’s nice to see ya. Flash doesn’t respond. Beat.
FLASH Nice to...
(beat) (beat) see you...
(beat) (beat) too.
Hopps looks like she’s going to die.
Hey Flash, I’d love ya to meet my
friend-- uh, darlin’ I’ve forgotten your name.
(fake smile, to Nick)
Officer Judy Hopps, ZPD. (shows badge)
How are ya?
Flash doesn’t respond... then...
I am... doing... just...
...as well... as... I can... be.
(to an impatient Hopps)
Hang in there.
FLASH ...can I... do...
Well, I was hoping you could run a
FLASH For you...
Well, I was hoping you could--
Hopps pauses-- cautiously optimistic that he’s finished.
Well, I was hoping you could run a
plate for us. We are in a really big hurry.
Sure. What’s the... plate...
HOPPS 2, 9, T--
Hopps takes a breath.
FLASH (several beats)
Mmhmm. 0, 3.
Flash is just about to say three, but...
Hey Flash, wanna hear a joke?
What do you call a three humped
I don’t... know...
What... do... you call... a...
HOPPS Three humped camel.
Three humped... camel?
Nick laughs at his own joke. Flash doesn’t react, then finally raises his head with a smile and....
Ha... ha... ha... ha...
Ha, ha, yes very funny, very funny,
can we please just focus on the task--
Flash slowly reaches over to the sloth next to him.
FLASH Hey... Priscilla...
HOPPS Oh no!
PRISCILLA Yes... Flash?
FLASH What... do...
You call... a...
A three humped camel? Pregnant!
Okay, great, we got it, please just- -
FLASH Three... humped...
INT. DMV - LATER
A slow DOT-MATRIX printer spits out the address for CAR LICENSE PLATE NUMBER: 29THD03.
Yeah, yeah, yeah... thank you!
FLASH You... go.
HOPPS (frantically reads)
29THD03-- it’s registered to... Tundratown Limo Service? A limo took Otterton, and the limo’s in Tundratown-- it’s in Tundratown!
Way to hustle, bud. I love ya. I
Hurry, we gotta beat the rush hour
EXT. DMV - CONTINUOUS
They go outside. It’s night.
HOPPS IT’S NIGHT?!
EXT. SNOWY LOT - MOMENTS LATER
Nick and Hopps reach LEGITIMATE ENTERPRISE CAR SERVICE. Hopps tries to open the lock.
JUDY: Closed. Great.
Mm. And I will betcha you don’t
have a warrant to get in. Hm? Darn it. It’s a bummer.
There’s a big gated parking lot which is chained shut... but they can see a few limos parking inside, covered in snow.
You wasted the day on purpose.
Madam, I have a fake badge. I would
never impede your pretend investigation.
It’s not a pretend investigation!
(showing picture of
See him? This otter is missing.
Well then they should have gotten a
real cop to find him.
What is your problem? Does seeing
me fail somehow make you feel better about your own sad, miserable life?
Nick considers this for a moment.
It does. One hundred percent.
Now... since you’re sans warrant, I guess we’re done?
Hopps considers this and sighs, defeated.
Fine. We are done. Here’s your pen.
Hopps then casually throws it over the fence behind her.
(staring at the pen) (MORE)
First off, you throw like a bunny,
second, you’re a very sore loser. (starts to climb)
See ya later, Officer Fluff, so sad this is over, I wish I could’ve helped more.
Nick jumps down onto the other side, but just as he reaches for the pen, Hopps is suddenly right there and snatches it.
The thing is, you don’t need a
warrant if you have probable cause, and I’m pretty sure I saw a shifty low-life climbing the fence, so you’re helping plenty. Come on.
Hopps cheerfully heads off. Nick watches her, not quite smiling, but he’s starting to respect his opponent.
EXT. PARKING LOT - MOMENTS LATER
Hopps wipes snow off a back bumper: LICENSE PLATE 29THD03.
JUDY: 29THD03... this is it.
INT. REFRIGOUSINE - MOMENTS LATER
They open the big door, which looks like it belongs on a refrigerator. As they snoop around, Hopps uses tweezers to pick up a clump of fur.
JUDY: Polar bear fur.
NICK: (opening glove box)
OH MY GOD!
JUDY: What? What?!
Hopps looks up, only to see Nick holding some JERRY VOLE CDs.
The Velvety Pipes of Jerry Vole!
But on CD? Who still uses CDs?
As Hopps rolls her eyes and goes back to collecting clues, Nick lowers the back partition and his eyes go wide.
NICK: (CONT’D) Carrots...? If your otter was
here... he had a very bad day.
Hopps’ flashlight reveals CLAW MARKS covering the back seat.
Those are... claw marks. You ever
seen anything like this?
Through the fog on the floor Hopps spots a wallet.
JUDY: Oh, wait. Look.
They slink back into the back seat. Hopps opens up the wallet to find a drivers license for Mr. Otterton.
This is him. Emmitt Otterton. He was definitely here. What do you
Nick spots a cocktail glass... it’s etched with a “B.”
NICK: Well, now,
wait a minute.
Polar bear fur, Rat-pack music, fancy cup? I know whose car this is. We got to go.
Judy: What? Whose car is it?
Nick: The most feared crime boss in Tundratown. They call him Mr. Big. And he does not like me. So we gotta go!
Judy: I'm not leaving. This is a crime scene.
Nick: Well, it's gonna be an even bigger crime scene if Mr. Big finds me here, so we're leaving right now.
Nick: (GASPS) Raymond! And is that Kevin? Long time, no see. And, speaking of "no see", how about you forget you saw me, huh? For old times' sake?
Nick: That's a no.
RAYMOND: Oh... (LAUGHING)
Judy: What did you do that made Mr. Big so mad at you?
Nick: I, uh, I may have sold him a very expensive wool rug that was made from the fur of a skunk's butt.
Judy: Oh, sweet cheese and crackers.
Well, now wait a minute...
Polar bear fur... Rat Pack music... fancy cup...
I know whose car this is. We gotta go!
Why? Whose car is it?
Nick tries to put everything back the way he found it.
The most feared crime boss in
Tundratown. They call him Mr. Big and he does not like me, so we gotta go!
I’m not leaving, this is a crime
Well, it’s gonna be an even bigger
crime scene if Mr. Big finds me here, so we’re leaving right now!
Nick ushers Hopps to the door, but opens it to find two big POLAR BEARS.
NICK (CONT’D) (faux excitement)
Raymond! And, is that Kevin?! Long time no see. And speaking of no see, how about you forget you saw me? Huh? For old time’s sake?
The polar bears grab Nick and Hopps by their throats...
NICK (CONT’D) That’s a no.
...and yank them off screen.
INT. POLAR BEAR CAR - MOMENTS LATER
VROOM! A car whizzes by. Inside, Nick and Hopps sit nervously in the back seat, sandwiched between the polar bears-- one of whom casually scrolls through Zoogle Photos on his phone.
What did you do that made Mr. Big
so mad at you?
I uh, I may have sold him a very expensive wool rug... that was made from the fur of a... skunk’s butt.
HOPPS (pissed at Nick)
Oh, sweet cheese and crackers.
Pull out to reveal the car passing through the security gate of a residential compound. A POLAR BEAR GUARD lets them in.
INT. MR. BIG’S RESIDENCE - MOMENTS LATER
Nick and Hopps are shoved into a room that’s right out of The Godfather. A POLAR BEAR enters...
Is that Mr. Big?
Now an even BIGGER POLAR BEAR enters...
What about him? Is that him?
...and then another. The BIGGEST POLAR BEAR yet...
JUDY: That’s gotta be him.
Stop talking stop talking stop
The huge polar bear growls at Nick, then reveals a tiny chair upon which sits... a TEENY, TINY ARCTIC SHREW... this is MR. BIG. He sounds like Marlon Brando sped up to 78 rpm.
Mr. Big, sir, this is a simple
Mr. Big holds out a TINY FINGER for NICK to KISS HIS RING. Nick painstakingly does so.
This is a simple misunderstanding.
Mr. Big motions for Nick to shut up.
You come here unannounced... on the
day my daughter is to be married?
Well actually we were brought here
against our will, so...
(Mr. Big is not impressed)
Point is, I did not know it was your car, and I certainly did not know about your daughter’s wedding.
I trusted you, Nicky... I welcomed
you into my home... we broke bread together... Gram-mama made you her cannoli. And how did you repay my generosity? With a rug... made from the butt of a skunk. A skunk butt rug. You disrespected me. You disrespected my gram-mama who I buried in that skunk butt rug. I told you never to show your face here again, but here you are, snooping around with this...
What are you, a performer? What’s with the costume?
JUDY: Sir, I am a c--
Mime! She is a mime. This mime,
cannot speak. You can’t speak if you’re a mime.
No. I am a cop. And I’m on the
Emmitt Otterton case, and my evidence puts him in your car, so intimidate me all you want, I’m going to find out what you did to that otter if it’s the last thing I do.
Mr. Big considers this and makes that little grunt.
Then I have only one request: say
hello to Gram-mama. Ice ‘em! The Polar Bears snatch Nick and Hopps.
Whoa-- I didn’t see nothing-- I’m
not saying nothing--
MR. BIG: And you never will--
The polar bears open a hidden door on the floor, revealing an icy pool beneath.
Please! No no no! If you’re mad at
me about the rug I’ve got more rugs!
Nick and Hopps are about to be dumped in, when--
Oh, Daddy, it’s time for our dance.
(sees them trying to kill Nick)
What did we say? No icing anyone at my wedding!
I have to, baby. Daddy has to.
(to Thugs) Ice ‘em.
Nick and Hopps scream and--
Wait. WAIT! She’s the bunny that
saved my life yesterday. From that giant donut.
MR. BIG: This bunny?
I love your dress.
FRU FRU: Aw, thank you.
Mr. Big motions for the Polar Bears to put Hopps down.
MR. BIG: Put ‘em down.
(then, to Hopps)
You have done me a great service. I will help you find the otter. I will take your kindness... and pay it forward.
Hopps and Mr. Big kiss on the cheeks. Nick stares at them... What is happening?
SCRIBBLE: Hmm. Interesting.
35.25 miles to the right. Fascinating.
Nyx: Get me every animal volume you have in here, immediately.
SCRIBBLE: Bup-bup! Please.
I'm in the middle of a high-level, special, royal project.
-(SIGHS) -Oh, did I say "royal"? Oops.
Scribble: Top secret... Oh! (GULPS) Hello. How may I help you?
Scribble: And this is just the "A's." You know, books are a workout for the brains and the biceps.
Scribble: (CHUCKLING) And so I said...
-"Listen QC, Clar'... -(GROANS)
"...most Sparrowmen couldn't stomach this kind of pressure, "but then again, I'm not most Sparrowmen.
Scribble: "And besides, that mysterious green comet isn't going to analyze itself."
Nyx: Tell me everything you know about this. Everything.
Scribble: Over dinner? Oh, okay, I see. I've misread the situation entirely, haven't I? (SOFTLY) We'll always have the "A's."
Fawn: First, thank you guys so much for meeting me here. I'm sure you're wondering what this is about.
Rosetta: Whatever it is, it better be good. I was mid-exfoliation. Mid-exfoliation!
Fawn: So, as you know, I really learned my lesson about being smarter when it comes to dangerous animals.
-TINKER BELL: We know. -Rosetta: Oh, honey, you are doing great!
Yeah, you're doing really good.
Vidia: And here we go.
Tinker Bell: Fawn?
Fawn: Ladies, say hello to Gruff!
-(GROWLING) -(ALL GASP)
IRIDESSA: (WHIMPERS) Oh, no.
-Silvermist: Hi, Gruff. -(WHIMPERS)
Rosetta: What is that?
Fawn: I actually don't know. I've never seen any animal like him before.
Tinker Bell: What does he eat?
-Fawn: Not fairies. -(SIGHS WITH RELIEF)
Silvermist: Well, that's a relief.
Fawn: So, I'm gonna take him to the Queen and show her he's harmless. Then I'll tell her how he destroyed Sunflower Meadow. Uh, well, how I destroyed... You know what? Maybe it was both of us.
Rosetta: You guys destroyed Sunflower Meadow?
-Fawn: He did it. -(GROWLS IN PROTEST)
Fawn: It was an accident, okay?
Vidia: And what do you call that?
Fawn: Again, I don't exactly know. But I'm working on it.
Rosetta: I'm hearing a lot of "I don't knows" in this conversation.
Iridessa: Uh, uncertainty makes me uncomfortable.
Fawn: Come on! Have I ever put you guys in danger?
Rosetta: I still can't sit up straight.
Fawn: Oh, yeah. The point is, I want to do the responsible thing this time. Just like I promised.
Tinker Bell: I'm guessing you already have a plan in mind?
Fawn: "Operation Gruff-a-Go-Go!"
Fawn: Open up, big guy.
Rosetta: Ew! My skin is gonna break out.
Fawn: Okay, so I'll go in and set the stage. Then, on my signal, get him in position, and I'll bring her out.
Fawn: Don't worry. She's gonna love you.
Fawn: (INHALES) Here I go! Model citizen, all the way!
TINKER BELL: Good luck! SILVERMIST: Be brave!
ROSETTA: You can do it, sugar!
Vidia: She's doomed.
Fawn: Queen Clarion, I've been thinking about what you said. Which is why I'm here to tell you that...
Fawn: I, uh... You know what? It can wait. I'll come back.
Clarion: Fawn, I'm glad you're here.
Nyx: So am I.
Clarion: Nyx has discovered a dangerous animal in Pixie Hollow. We could really use your expertise.
Rosetta: I am on the verge of perspiring over here. Do you see the signal?
NYX: I had my first direct sighting earlier today. This is no ordinary predator we're talking about.
Nyx: It's bigger and faster
-than anything we've ever seen. -(MOUTHING)
Nyx: I combed through every animal text in the library and came up empty. But it turns out, I was looking in the wrong pl...
Fawn: (YAWNS) Hmm.
Tinker Bell: (WHISPERING) Back to the forest!
Tinker Bell: Mission abort! Mission abort!
Nyx: That comet that went by the other night, it was here before. 972 years ago. And each time it passes it wakes the creature.
Clarion: What is this?
Nyx: This is the NeverBeast. Once the comet brings it out of hibernation, it starts building.
Nyx: Four rock towers. One in each season of Pixie Hollow.
Nyx: Green clouds fill the sky. The creature transforms.
Nyx: And then, a lightning storm so powerful, it consumes all of Pixie Hollow.
TINKER BELL: Back home. ROSETTA: Come on, Gruff.
Nyx: If we don't act fast, this storm will destroy us all.
Fawn: How do we really know this is true and not just some crazy legend or misunderstanding?
TINKER BELL: On three!
-One, two, three! -(GRUNTS)
Fawn: Wooh! I should get that checked out.
Clarion: Hmm. That's odd.
Rosetta: Ew! My mouth was open!
Vidia: It's always open.
Tinker Bell: Guys! Guys, now is our chance! Quick!
Fawn: Look, animals do not control the weather.
Nyx: Ordinary animals don't.
Fawn: Furthermore, this creature, with the horns and the bat wings. (SCOFFS) An animal that big couldn't possibly fly under his own power.
Nyx: Bottom line, either we capture the NeverBeast or life as we know it is over.
Clarion: Nyx, let's not do anything rash until we know more. See if you can locate the creature first.
Nyx: (SIGHS) Yes, Queen Clarion.
Fawn: I just don't want innocent animals to get hurt.
Nyx: And I don't want innocent fairies to get hurt. I'm not the enemy here.
Clarion: Both of you are conscientious and talented fairies. And I trust you, both of you, to do what's right for Pixie Hollow.
Fury: What's the word?
Nyx: She trusts me to do the right thing.
Chase: Which is?
Nyx: We go after it at dawn.
FAWN: What happened?
You were supposed to get him out of here.
Rosetta: Oh, we tried, sug. Giant thing wouldn't budge.
Tinker Bell: I think he didn't want to leave you.
(NEVERBEAST GROWLS SOFTLY)
Fawn: I missed you too, Gruff.
Vidia: Sorry to break whatever this is up. But what happened to doing the right thing?
Fawn: Nyx got there first.
Fawn: And... (SIGHS) Nyx found this harebrained legend about a creature called the "NeverBeast" who builds rock towers and shoots lightning to destroy Pixie Hollow. So now she thinks he's some kind of monster.
Fawn: I know. Crazy, right?
-Vidia: (CHUCKLES) Well, early day tomorrow. -Oh.
Iridessa: Am I tired!
Silvermist: Really? I'm wide awake.
Rosetta: (CHUCKLES) Bye-bye, now.
Fawn: Come on, guys. You don't really think any of that stuff is true.
Fawn: It's just, I know he's not what they say he is.
Tinker Bell: Even if you're right, it's not safe for him here.
Horton to Mayor. Horton to Mayor.
Come in Mayor. Over.
I get terrible reception here.
(SHOUTING) How about this?
If I get up real close, can you read me?
-(HORTON ECHOING) -(SCREAMS, GRUNTS)
Yep. Roger that.
Are we at that safe place yet?
I'm pretty sure the worst part's over.
This is your elephant speaking.
Just sit back, enjoy the ride, and we'll
have you to Mount Nool in no time.
SALLY: No, you can't have
ice cream for breakfast.
-GIRLS: Please! -Who's that?
Is there someone else there?
Well, that's my wife and kids.
-You have a family. -I do indeed.
A beautiful wife, 96 daughters...
and one son.
(CHUCKLES) Busy guy.
And we all share one bathroom.
You know how that is?
Yeah. Don't I know it. (CHUCKLES)
-SALLY: Ned? -(GASPS) What?
Sally: Sweetheart. You know you're on the roof, right?
-(CHUCKLES) -HANNAH: Please, Mom.
Sally: What's that? No, you need to go to bed. Daddy's having a breakdown. Ned? What are you up to now?
Mayor: I was just about to put the kids to bed, when I got off the roof. And, uh, that's... That's what happened. Right.
-Can I have a glass of water? -Of course.
HILDY: Me two! HOOLY: Me three!
-Me six! -Me seven!
-Me 39! -(ALL CHATTERING AT ONCE)
-MAYOR: Hey, JoJo. Wow. -Huh?
Lot of liquid. Lot of liquid
Just the person I wanted to see.
Yeah. I realize that we have
not been seeing eye to eye lately.
And most of it is my fault.
You know what I've been trying to do?
I have been trying to impose
my vision of your future on you.
Let me make this perfectly clear.
JoJo, you can be whatever
kind of mayor you want to be.
Hands-on, strong and silent,
outspoken, it's up to you.
Well, good. I feel so much better.
I am expecting big things
from you young man. Big things!
All right. Good night.
Good stuff. Good talk.
NARRATOR: Then, JoJo
snuck out feeling lonely and sad and tragically misunderstood by his dad.
Narrator: And where was he going in such a late hour?
Narrator: Up to Who-ville's abandoned star-studying tower. A place where the boy felt contented and free. A place he could be what he wanted to be.
Narrator: And what was inside there, I'd say if I could.
Narrator: But up above, the Kangaroo was up to no good.
Rudy: Can I come out now, Mom?
Kangaroo: No, Rudy. Stay in the room.
-RUDY: But, Mom? -Kangaroo: Stay inside.
Kangaroo: (CLEARS THROAT) Mr. Vladikoff?
-(SHRIEKS) -Vlad: Eating. Go.
Kangaroo: Yes. I realize you're busy, but I need your help. It's Horton. He's become obsessed with a clover. And he actually thinks there are little people on it.
-(SNIFFS, GROWLS) -(WHIMPERS)
Kangaroo: I want that clover destroyed.
Vlad: Sure, what a big deal this is. For you, bro.
Kangaroo: I'd do it myself. But, being a lady, I prefer not to get my hands dirty. But I hear you have no problem with that.
Vlad: No. No problem. Easy peasy. But, I will only do this for a price. In exchange for a brand-new pair of... No.
-little kangaroo. -Rudy: Mom!
Kangaroo: Quiet, Rudy. Mommy's thinking it over. Huh.
Kangaroo: Well, thanks, but on second thought, I think I'm going to have the Wickersham Brothers take care of this for me.
Vlad: Yeah, of course, Wickersham. I mean, they're classy operation. They do... Wait! No! You can't go with Wickersham!
Kangaroo: No, no. No, no. The Wickershams would be perfect for this job.
Vlad: But, they're monkeys. Is not scary.
Kangaroo: Ah, thanks anyway. Maybe next time.
Vlad: Wait! Here's what I will do to precious clover. I will take it, I will crush it. And I will devour it.
Vlad: Bigger than it look. One second.
Holy moly. (COUGHING)
Hang on. (COUGHS, GAGS)
Vlad: Then I regurgitate it. Then I'm gonna devour it second time. So, two times devoured.
Kangaroo: Sounds nice. But I think I'll talk to the Wickershams.
Vlad: Wait. Here is best part. I do all, gratis. That's free, bro. What do you think? Huh? (CHUCKLING)
Vlad: Yes! Score! Thanking you. You won't regret.
Vlad: (CHORTLING) Oop!
Hey, big guy. Done for the day?
-(GROWLS) -Rest up,
because first thing tomorrow,
we're gonna find
someplace great for you.
Just until things settle down.
Gruff, you see those stars over there?
If you connect them,
they make a monkey.
-See his tail? -(GROWLS)
But if you turn it upside down,
it's a swan.
That one's a squirrel.
Oh, and over there, with the spikes?
Hedgehog! See it?
I knew you'd get it.
You just have to know how to look.
Imagine. You, a monster.
Of all the ridiculous ideas.
I know they're wrong about you.
They don't see what I see.
INT. WEDDING RECEPTION - A LITTLE LATER
A lavish celebration full of arctic animals dancing. We find Nick and Hopps at the head table, next to Mr. Big. They all eat TINY pieces of WEDDING CAKE.
Otterton is my florist. He’s like a
part of the family. He had something important he wanted to discuss. That’s why I sent that car to pick him up. But he never arrived.
Because he was attacked.
MR. BIG: No... he attacked.
Otterton. He went crazy. Ripped up
the car, scared my driver half to death and disappeared into the night.
He’s a sweet little otter.
My child, we may be evolved... but
deep down we are still animals.
Nick and Hopps trade a worried glance. OVER THE FOLLOWING WE CROSS-DISSOLVE TO NICK AND HOPPS WALKING IN THE RAINFOREST:
MR. BIG: (V.O.)(CONT’D) You want to find Otterton... talk
to the driver of the car. His name’s Manchas, lives in the Rainforest District. Only he can tell you more.
EXT. “RAINFOREST DISTRICT” - LATER THAT NIGHT
Nick and Hopps make their way across a mossy rope bridge high above the forest floor. It leads to a moss-covered apartment.
EXT. “THE CANOPY” - MOMENTS LATER
At the door of the DRIVER’S APARTMENT, they ring the bell.
Mr. Manchas? Judy Hopps, ZPD. We
just want to know what happened to Emmitt Otterton.
Beat. The door creaks open.
MANCHAS: (MUFFLED INSIDE) You should be asking... what
happened to me.
The door opens to the chain, revealing... MANCHAS is... a HUGE JAGUAR-- but he’s been badly beaten up. He has a black eye, and a scratches. Nick and Hopps are taken aback.
Whoa. A teensy otter... did that?
JUDY: What... happened?
Off Manchas’s look, we
A FLASHBACK --
Manchas is driving when he’s attacked from the back seat.
MANCHAS: (THROUGH DOOR GAP) He was an animal... down on all
fours... he was a savage.
The car spins out. Emmitt growls at Manchas then runs off.
THE CANOPY --
There was no warning, he just kept yelling about the “night howlers.” Over and over, “the night howlers...”
Nick and Hopps share a subtle look-- they have no idea what “night howlers” are.
Oh. So you know about the night
howlers too? Good, good, good. Because the night howlers are exactly what we are here to talk about.
(to Judy) Right?
Yep. So, uh, you just open the door
and tell us what you know and we will tell you what we know. Okay?
Manchas closes the door and starts to unlock a series of deadbolts. Judy gives Nick an impressed look.
JUDY: Clever fox.
There’s a commotion inside, followed by a scream.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Mr. Manchas?
The door creaks open just an inch. Nick and Hopps seem startled... Hopps slowly pushes the door open, revealing Manchas in the center of the room, hunched over and grunting.
JUDY: Are you... okay?
Hopps looks at Manchas.
RAAAGH!!! Manchas turns, right at them. His eyes are dilated, he’s turned savage! He’s poised to pounce on Nick and Hopps.
The Jaguar tears after them, he’s deranged, primal. Nick and
Hopps run! The jaguar is closing in.
What is wrong with him?!
JUDY: I don’t know!!
Nick and Hopps run across the bridge. Manchas closes in.
They jump off the bridge to a lower branch. They duck into a hollow log and Manchas follows them.
JUDY: (CONT’D) (to Nick)
Hopps frantically picks up her police radio.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Officer Hopps to dispatch!
INT. POLICE STATION - DISPATCH - SAME
We find Clawhauser showing a handcuffed PERP a video on his phone of pop star Gazelle singing and dancing. A RED LIGHT blinks on the desk phone, but Clawhauser ignores it.
Are you familiar with Gazelle?
Greatest singer of our lifetime-- angel with horns-- okay, hold on, keep watching. Who’s that beside her? Who is it?
Reveal: Clawhauser is dancing on stage with Gazelle.
GAZELLE: (ON PHONE) Wow, you are one hot dancer...
(digitized robo-voice) ...BENJAMIN CLAWHAUSER.
CLAWHAUSER: (joyous laughter)
It’s me! Did you think it was real? It looks so real! It’s not. It’s just a new app.
(finally notices ringing phone)
Hold on a second--
Clawhauser clicks the speaker button and--
JUDY: (V.O.) CLAWHAUSER!
Blue Rev. (mm/dd/yy) 62.
EXT. THE CANOPY - SAME
RAAGH! Manchas takes a swipe at Nick.
Clawhauser, listen to me! We have a
10-91! Jaguar gone savage! Vine and Tu-junja!
NICK: It’s Tujunga!
As they emerge from the log, Hopps slips, dropping her radio.
CLAWHAUSER: (ON RADIO) Okay, we’re sending back up! Hopps?
Nick and Hopps run, sliding around a corner. Ahead is a gondola station.
There! Head to the skytrams!
They run to the gondolas. Hopps darts out of Manchas’ way, but slips and is headed off the platform when she manages to grab on-- dangling from the edge. Nick searches for her...
Get in! Carrots? Carrots!
He tries to hold on to the gondola for Hopps, who is struggling to pull herself back onto the platform.
As the gondola pulls away, Nick tries to stop it to no avail.
NICK: No, no, no!
Nick backs up... the jaguar stalks him.
Buddy, one predator to another-- *
The jaguar charges, but before it gets Nick-- clank! It’s * yanked back in place. We see a HANDCUFF on its back paw, attached to a metal post. Hopps cuffed him!
Now, I can tell you’re a little
tense, so I’m just gonna give you a little personal space--
The jaguar thrashes, knocking Nick and Hopps over the edge. Hopps barely grabs a vine, but struggles to hold Nick in the other hand. As Manchas growls at them from above, Nick looks at the abyss below. Hopps looks around, her mind racing.
Rabbit, whatever you do, do not let
JUDY: I’m gonna let go!
No, you what? No, I said-- listen--
JUDY: One, two--
Hopps lets go, swinging them over to a netting of vines, kind of on top of each other. They can’t believe they’re alive. They look at each other, stunned, relieved...
Carrots. You saved my life.
Well. That’s what we do at the
(the branch snaps)
Nick and Hopps plummet. They are about to hit the ground, but a vine attached to their legs stops them right before impact.
Woo! A convoy of police arrive, screeching in front of them. Out steps... Bogo. Hopps smiles, the cavalry has arrived.
Well, this should be good.
MOMENTS LATER --
Hopps leads the cops up to the canopy, full of confidence.
I thought this was just a missing
mammal case, but it’s way bigger. (MORE)
Mr. Otterton did not just disappear. I believe he and this jaguar, they... went savage, Sir.
Savage? This isn’t the Stone Age, Hopps. Animals don’t go savage.
I thought so too, ‘til I saw this:
Hopps pulls back some leaves to reveal: the jaguar is gone. There is no sign of him... or his handcuffs. It’s like it never happened. Hopps’ eyes go wide.
JUDY: (CONT’D) What? He was right here...
BOGO: (not buying it)
The “savage” jaguar.
Sir, I know what I saw-- he almost
Or maybe any aggressive predator
looks savage to you rabbits. (calls out, to cops)
Wait-- Sir, I’m not the only one
who saw him! (to Nick)
Hopps turns to Nick, but before he can explain:
You think I’m going to believe a fox?
Well he was a key witness and I
(the last straw)
Two days to find the otter... (MORE)
or you quit... that was the deal. Badge.
Bogo extends his arm, waiting for Hopps to hand it over.
JUDY: But, Sir, we...
Hopps looks at Bogo, then looks at her badge, reach for it, when...
Bogo stops, and glares at Nick.
What did you say, fox?
Sorry, what I said was, “no.” She
will not be giving you that badge. Look, you gave her a clown vest and a three-wheel joke-mobile and two days to solve a case you guys haven’t cracked in two weeks? Yeah, no wonder she needed to get help from a fox, none of you guys were gonna help her, were you?
Hopps looks at Nick, stunned he’s sticking up
Here’s the thing Chief, you gave
her the 48 hours, so technically we still have 10 left to find our Mr. Otterton... and that’s exactly what we’re gonna do, so if you’ll excuse us... we have a very big lead to follow and a case to crack. Good day.
Nick guides Hopps to a PASSING GONDOLA, motioning her in.
NICK: (CONT’D) Officer Hopps?
The gondola pulls away, leaving Bogo and the rest of the police watching, flabbergasted.
she’s about to
INT./EXT. GONDOLA - CONTINUOUS
Hopps and Nick both stare straight ahead.
JUDY: Thank you.
Never let ‘em see that they get to
Hopps looks at Nick, a little surprised. Nick looks out.
So, things do get to you...
No... I mean, not anymore. But I
was small and emotionally unbalanced like you once.
NICK: (retreating into the
No, it’s true. I think was 8, or maybe 9, and all I wanted to do was join the Junior Ranger Scouts.
INT. YOUNG NICK’S BEDROOM - DUSK (FLASHBACK)
YOUNG NICK, tiny and cherubic, looks in the mirror. We see MOTHER’s paws tying the scout kerchief around his neck.
...so, my mom scraped together
enough money to buy me a brand new uniform because, by God, I was gonna fit in.
EXT. SCOUT BUILDING - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)
Young Nick bounds down the sidewalk and up the stairs.
Even if I was the only predator in
INT. SCOUT MEETING - MOMENTS LATER (FLASHBACK)
Young Nick enters a church basement, spots a GROUP OF PREY KIDS, all in scout uniforms. They wave him over.
NICK: (V.O.)(CONT’D) ...the only fox.
MEAN KID ANIMAL: (O.S.) Okay, Nick!
I was gonna be part of a pack.
MEAN KID ANIMAL: Ready for initiation?
Yeah! Pretty much born ready.
They high five Nick. It looks promising and fun.
NICK: (V.O.) I was so proud.
Suddenly, a BIG KID turns off the lights. Other KIDS switch on FLASHLIGHTS, shining them on Nick like gestapo spotlights.
MEAN KID ANIMAL:
Okay. Now raise your right hand and
deliver the oath.
Young Nick: I, Nicholas Wilde, promise to be brave, loyal, helpful, and trustworthy.
Mean Kid Animal: Even though you're a fox?
Young Nick: What?
Young Nick: No. No! What did I do wrong, you guys?
No, please! Tell me!
What did I do wrong?
Young Nick: (MUFFLED) What did I do?
-No... -(MEAN KIDS LAUGHING)
Mean Kid Animal: If you thought we would ever trust a fox without a muzzle, you're even dumber than you look!
JUNIOR RANGER SCOUT 1:
JUNIOR RANGER SCOUT 2:
Aw, is he gonna cry?
I, Nicholas Wilde, promise to be
brave, loyal, helpful, and trustworthy.
MEAN KID ANIMAL Even though you’re a fox?
Then, a bunch of KID ANIMALS tackle Nick. Soon, all of the animals pile on, kicking and shoving him.
YOUNG NICK (CONT’D)
No! What did I do wrong, you guys?!
No! Please tell me, what did I do wrong?!
With Nick pinned, the primary mean kid straddles him. Someone hands him a MUZZLE. The mean kid snaps it on Nick’s snout.
YOUNG NICK (CONT’D) (muzzled)
What did I do?!
MEAN KID ANIMAL
If you thought we would ever trust
a fox without a muzzle, you’re even dumber than you look.
Nick breaks free from the kids. Scrambles away from them in fright. As they laugh, he races out the door.
MEAN KID ANIMAL (O.S.) (CONT’D) Aw, is he gonna cry?
Once out sight, Nick panics as he struggles to remove the muzzle. It won’t come off. Finally-- painfully-- he pulls it off and throws it to the ground. He collapses, weeping.
THE GONDOLA --
I learned two things that day. One,
I was never gonna let anyone see that they got to me.
Hopps looks at Nick, who avoids eye contact.
JUDY: ...And two?
If the world’s only gonna see a fox
as shifty and untrustworthy, there’s no point in trying to be anything else.
Nick, you are so much more than
Hopps touches Nick’s arm as the gondola pierces the clouds. The city at dawn comes into view. It’s gotten too real for Nick. He abruptly changes the subject.
Boy, look at that traffic down
(putting on radio voice)
How about we go out to Chuck in Traffic Central-- Chuck, how are things looking on the Jam Cams?
Nick, I’m glad you told me...
NICK: (lightbulb moment!)
The Jam Cams...!
JUDY: Seriously, it’s okay...
No-n-shh-shush! There are traffic
cameras everywhere. All over the canopy. Whatever happened to that jaguar--
The traffic cams would have caught
Hopps gives him a chuck on the arm, impressed.
JUDY: Pretty sneaky, Slick.
However. If you didn’t have access
to the system before, I doubt Chief Buffalo Butt is gonna let you into it now.
JUDY: (beat, then)
No... But I have a friend at City Hall who might.
-(DOOR KNOCKING) -LARUE: Mayor?
Larue: Open up, Mr. Mayor! Mr. Mayor!
Larue: It's snowing! In the summer!
Mayor: Yes. Yes, it is.
Larue: It's a dramatic change in the weather. As if we were a speck floating through space. I don't know how you knew. But, somehow you did. And Who-ville is headed for disaster.
-Mayor: Oh, Horton. -Larue: What?
Mayor: Ah, nothing. I'm on it.
Larue: It's up to us to save the people of Who-ville.
-Whoa! (YELPING) -(SHRIEKING)
MAYOR: You're small,
but there are a lot of you. Ooh!
-(SIGHS) That's... -(SHRIEKING)
Okay. Anybody else?
-No, no. No enjoyment. This is not fun. -(LAUGHING, SHOUTING)
-It is a sign of doom. -(GIGGLING)
Ah, sweetie, that's...
No! No, no, no, no. Danger! Danger!
Stop having fun immediately!
This is dangerous. (GRUNTS)
-(GIRLS LAUGHING, CHEERING) -Okay.
Nyx: It's starting.
-What is that? -(RUMBLING)
It's so green.
I've never seen anything like that.
-MAYOR: Horton! -Huh? What?
-Hey, there. -(BACK CRACKS)
-(DRYER BLOWING) -We're in big trouble down here.
It's happening. It's snowing
in the middle of summer.
-It's the end of the world! -GIRL: Whee!
Hold on, Mayor.
I think I know what your problem is.
-(EXHALES) -(WIND BLOWS)
HORTON: (THROUGH DRAINPIPE)
There. That better?
That seems to have worked.
(SNIFFING) Do I smell peanuts?
Yeah, they're my favorite snack.
But they tend to linger.
Oh! (GASPS) Finwick, no.
-(BRANCHES SNAPPING) -Uh-oh. Hang on, Mr. Mayor.
I may have to put up a fight.
can be very dangerous!
You've called down the thunder, buddy.
You hungry for trouble? I'm an
all-you-can-eat salad bar. Take a bite!
Morton: (PANTING) I hate running.
-Don't do that. -Morton: Horton!
Horton? Oh... There you are. We got trouble. Wait. Stay, wait. Did you hear that?
Morton: No, I'm here. Okay. Listen. No, go. Kangaroo has gone nuts, bananas. She's telling everyone that you should be kicked out of Nool.
Horton: She said that? I thought we were friends.
-Morton: Word is she's gone to Vlad. -HORTON: Vlad.
Vlad. I know two Vlads. Is it the bad Vlad or the bunny Vlad that makes the cookies?
Morton: Yeah, Horton, she's sending you a bunny with cookies. I think we can assume it's the bad Vlad.
Horton: Yeah, that's a good call.
Morton: So, unless you're cool with giant, razor-sharp claws, ripping the flesh off your body...
Morton: I'd give rid of the clover.
Horton: I can't. I promised the Mayor. I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. And an elephant's faithful 100%.
MORTON: Please, for me...
just this once,
be faithful 99% of the time.
I've never gotten 99% on anything.
And I think I'm awesome. So come on.
Horton: I meant what I said, and I said what I meant.
Morton: I'm not gonna say it.
Morton: You can do that all day. It's not happening.
-Morton: An elephant's faithful 100%. -Horton: That's right.
That's my code. My motto.
But thanks for the warning.
Morton: "Motto." Okay.
Morton: But watch the skies. Keep watching the skies!
FAWN: Gruff? Gruff? Come on, Gruff. It's "chase" the fairy, not "run away" from her.
TINKER BELL: Fawn!
Tinker Bell: The Scouts, they were geared up and moving fast. Please tell me you took him away already.
Fawn: About that. I sort of, temporarily, misplaced him.
Tinker Bell: You lost him?
Fawn: I got this. I just have to find him before the Scouts do.
Fawn: Wait! He's going to build two more towers. One in Autumn, one in Winter.
Tinker Bell: I thought you said the legend wasn't real.
Fawn: Technically, I said he's not what they think.
Tinker Bell: But everything Nyx warned us about, it's happening. The clouds are green!
Fawn: Look, it doesn't matter what Nyx's legend says. All I know is, Gruff would never hurt us. Please, Tink, trust me.
Tinker Bell: I'll take Winter.
Fawn: Hey, Tink!
Mayor, you need to get
everyone on the ground, now.
Two, three, four.
I don't want to sound the alarm.
But there's a good possibility
we maybe attacked...
-by a giant, carnivorous bird. -MAYOR: What?
There's small chance
it could be bunny with cookies.
But, I wouldn't count on it.
Oh, they are formidable. Whoop.
HORTON: Mayor? Are you there?
Yeah, no. That's a great idea.
In order to get everyone mobilized,
I'd need the okay of the city council.
And they never listen to me.
I've been called boob. Several times.
-I can't do it. -You have to talk to them, Mayor.
-HORTON: Bad Vlad! Bad Vlad! -(VLAD CHORTLING)
Ooh! Bad Vlad!
Horton: That is definitely not a bunny.
(SIGHS IN RELIEF) Lost him.
Meant to lose him. And I lost him. Yeah.
(VLAD GRUNTS, STRAINING)
Vlad: This tree for real? Come on.
Horton: Hang on, Who-ville! This is gonna get rough!
Vlad: (SINGSONG) Now you're going to get it! Get ready for the best!
Horton: Leave me alone!
Vlad: (GRUNTS) Horton.
I just know he's gonna jump out somewhere.
-Vlad: Hello. (CHORTLING) -(SCREAMS)
-(ALL EXCLAIMING, MURMURING) -(YELPING, GROANING)
-Vlad: "Chess mate." -(GASPS)
Vlad: Now it's time for me to take clover and crush all the little people on it.
-(MIMICKING PLEADING) -Horton: Sorry.
This is where we get off.
-Vlad: Right in the beak! (GRUNTS) -(THUD)
Horton: (SIGHS) Cool line. Usually, I can I think of those things till later.
INT. CITY HALL - LATER THAT MORNING
We find BELLWETHER trying to balance a stack of binders while struggling to keep pace with Mayor Lionheart, who is walking quickly in front of her.
Sir? If we could just review these
(almost drops binders) Sir?
She almost steps on a LITTLE MOUSE LADY.
BELLWETHER: (CONT’D) Ooo, I’m so sorry... sir?!
Okay. I heard you, Bellwether. Just
take care of it!
(setting another binder
atop her stack)
Please. And clear my afternoon, I’m going out.
No, no! But, sir, you do have a
meeting with Herds and Grazing... sir, if I could just--
He continues through a door. Bellwether tries to follow, but the door shuts on her, spilling the binders to the floor.
BELLWETHER: (CONT’D) Oh, mutton chops.
As Bellwether picks up her mess, Hopps and Nick appear.
Assistant Mayor Bellwether? We need
-(THROUGH DRAINPIPE) Mayor? -Ah, Horton.
-Are you okay? -Um...
-(STRAINING) -Well, more or less.
-What happened? The bird? -Yeah, it attacked me.
Mayor, your people are in danger.
Huh? You know what? I'm gonna do it.
I am going to go out there...
and tell them what is going on.
Perfect. Now, quick, get going.
INT. BELLWETHER’S OFFICE - LATER
We’re in Bellwether’s cramped little office. Nick and Hopps hover over her while she sits at her computer.
We just need to get into the
traffic cam database.
Nick: (WHISPERS) So fluffy!
Nick: Sheep never let me get this close.
Judy: You can't just touch a sheep's wool!
Nick: It's like cotton candy.
Judy: Stop it!
Bellwether: Where to?
Judy: Uh, Rainforest District. Vine and Tujunga.
BELLWETHER: There. Traffic
cams for the whole city.
Oh, this is so exciting, actually! (STAMMERS) I never get to do anything this important.
Judy: But you're the Assistant Mayor of Zootopia.
Bellwether: Oh. I'm more of a glorified secretary. I think Mayor Lionheart just wanted the sheep vote. But he did give me that nice mug.
JUDY: Oh. BELLWETHER: Hmm.
-Feels good to be appreciated. -(INTERCOM BEEPS)
Bellwether: Ugh. That's a fun little name he likes to use. I called him Lion-fart once. He did not care for that. Let me tell you it was not a good day for me. Yes, sir?
Lionheart: I thought you were going to cancel my afternoon!
Bellwether: Oh, dear. I better go. Let me know what you find. It was really nice for me to be...
-Lionheart: While we're young... -Oh...
Nick: You think when she goes to sleep she counts herself?
Judy: Oh, shush.
Nick subtly touches Bellwether’s wool puff.
NICK (mouths, to Hopps)
Sheep never let me this close.
You can’t just touch a sheep’s
NICK HOPPS (CONT'D) It’s like cotton candy. Stop it!
Judy swats Nick, but accidentally hits Bellwether’s puff.
Rainforest District, Vine and
ANGLE ON the computer screen.
There! Traffic cams for the whole
city. This is so exciting, actually. Well, you know, I never get to do anything this important.
But you’re the Assistant Mayor of
Oh, I’m more of a glorified
secretary. I think Mayor Lionheart just wanted the sheep vote...
But he did give me that nice mug.
She motions to a mug that reads World’s Greatest Dad Assistant Mayor.
BELLWETHER (CONT’D) Feels good to be appreciated.
That’s a fun little name he likes
to use. I called him Lionfart once. He did not care for that, let me tell you. It was not a good day for me.
(pressing intercom button) Yes, sir?
I thought you were going to cancel my afternoon?!
BELLWETHER Oh, dear. I better go --
(to Hopps, while leaving) Let me know what you find. It was really nice for me to be--
While we’re young, Smellwether!
Bellwether finally opens her big heavy door and leaves.
You think when she goes to sleep
she counts herself?
Shush. Okay, traffic cams...
(looking at computer) Tujunga, Tujunga... we’re in.
Nick and Hopps watch the footage from the night before. We can see the jaguar going nuts. Then a BLACK VAN skids up, and some WOLVES hop out.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Who are these guys?
NICK: Timberwolves. Look at these
The Wolves suddenly capture the jaguar with a net. Judy GASPS, shocked. Nick is unfazed.
Betcha a nickel one of em’s gonna
howl. The wolves howl...
And there it is. What is it with
wolves and the howling? It’s like--
JUDY: (light-bulb moment)
Howlers! Night howlers! That’s what Manchas was afraid of... wolves! The wolves are the night howlers. If they took Manchas...
...I bet they took Otterton too.
All we gotta do is find out where
She clicks the monitor... but as the wolves drive off, they disappear through a tunnel and don’t come out the other side.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Wait. Where’d they go?
You know, if I wanted to avoid
surveillance because I was doing something illegal-- which I never have-- I would use the maintenance tunnel 6B... which would put them out...
He clicks on another camera. Nothing... then... the wolves emerge in the van.
NICK: (CONT’D) ...right there.
Hopps looks at Nick, impressed.
Well, look at you, Junior
Detective. You know, I think you’d actually make a pretty good cop.
NICK: How dare you.
Hopps goes back to clicking... we track the wolves through alleys and back roads.
Acacia alley... Ficus underpass...
They’re heading out of town...
Where does that road go?
(STAMMERING AND BABBLING)
WHO: Hey, Mr. Mayor!
My basement is in the attic!
WHO 1: The science museum's history! WHO 2: The lost-and-found's missing!
What's going on, Mr. Mayor?
Mayor: I'm declaring a state of emergency!
-(CRANE RATCHETING) -Councilman: Don't worry! Don't worry!
-The Mayor is just being a moron. -(CROWD SIGHS)
MAYOR: No, wait! Who-ville
is in terrible danger.
Everyone needs to get down to the underground storage area immediately!
Councilman: Fine! Fine. Let's do this democratically. Who wants the joy and glory and festivity of the Who-centennial to proceed as planned?
-Councilman: And who, like the Mayor... -Uh...
thinks it would be better to spend the Who-centennial in an underground storage area?
-Yeah! -(ALL BOOING)
MAYOR: Wait! You got to listen to me!
-Our whole world could explode! -(PEN CLICKS)
-(ALL GASP) -(AIR HISSING)
-Mayor: Much more quickly! -(AIR SPUTTERING)
And our world wouldn't make that noise.
Councilman: The people have spoken, Mr. Mayor. You're finished. No one believes you. No one supports you.
-(LAUGHING) -Mayor: Horton believes me.
Councilman: Horton? (CHUCKLES) Who's Horton?
Mayor: Horton is a giant elephant in the sky!
-CROWD: Huh? -Mayor: Don't bother looking.
He's invisible. And he's the one risking his life to get Who-ville which by the way is a speck on a clover, to safety!
-(SOFT GASP) -(QUIET GROAN)
-(LAUGHING) -(CROWD LAUGHING)
Mayor: I can prove it. Horton's voice comes out of this horn.
WHO 3: He's lost his mind.
Mayor: Horton! I have all the Whos gathered in Town Square. Let them know you're there!
Horton: Gee. (NERVOUS CHUCKLE) This is kind of high-pressure situation then.
FEMALE WHO: I don't hear anything.
Horton: Wow. I am really drawing a blank here. I know!
-(VLAD CACKLING) -(YELPS)
Mayor: Horton. Horton, we're waiting.
Mayor: Time to show everyone that you exist and... By extension, what a non-boob I am.
-(NERVOUS CHUCKLE) -(LAUGHING)
Mayor: Wait! Everyone, look at the wind. What do you think that that means?
Councilman: It means... (CLEARS THROAT) It means, obviously... (STAMMERING)
-Let the kite-flying race begin! -(CHEERING)
EXT. CLIFFSIDE ASYLUM - GOLDEN HOUR
The imposing CLIFFSIDE ASYLUM sits on the edge of a waterfall. Nick and Hopps, hidden on the side of the road, spy from a hundred yards away.
Nick and Hopps sneak up to the guard gate, where TWO WOLVES are stationed.
Using elaborate hand signals, Nick motions he’s going to sneak past first. He gets around the gate, but as he gets close... a wolf sniffs the air... he’s onto him.
Nick reaches around and grabs a piece of wood to use as a weapon. The wolf moves toward Nick... but before he reaches him... Ooooooooooo!
A distant howl grabs his attention. It’s Hopps, cupping her mouth to make the howl sound distant. The wolf hears it and can’t help but howl as well. Another guard approaches.
Gary, quit it, you’re gonna start a
GARY: I didn’t start it.
(more howling off-screen) Oooooooo!
WOLF GUARD: Oooooooooo!
More wolves start to howl. Nick looks at Hopps, impressed.
JUDY: Come on!
Nick and Hopps use the distraction to jump the fence and sneak into the complex.
You are a clever bunny.
Above, they notice a drainage pipe leading into the building.
VLAD: What a burn on you, Horton!
FAWN: Gruff? Gruff?
NYX: Just like the other two.
Just like the drawing.
CHASE: Over here!
It's headed towards Summer.
INT. CLIFFSIDE ASYLUM - LARGE ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
Nick and Hopps emerge from the drain pipe into the creepy asylum. They’re in a large, cavernous room, full of old MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. It’s like a combination of an old hospital and a turn-of-the-century zoo.
It looks like this was a hospital.
Judy shines her light down a corridor, at the end of which is a metal door with a blue light shining within. Nick nears the door, about to open it... the tension builds and then...
NICK: (turns to Hopps)
You know, after you, you’re the cop.
INT. CLIFFSIDE ASYLUM - MEDICAL WARD - MOMENTS LATER
Hopps cautiously pushes the door open to reveal: a room with modern medical equipment. Nick pops up behind her.
NICK: Okay. All clear.
Hopps rolls her eyes and cautiously enters and looks around.
All this equipment is brand new...
NICK: (O.S.) Carrots...?
Nick points to the ground, which is scuffed with CLAW MARKS.
JUDY: Claw marks...
Yeah. Huge, huge, claw marks. I
mean, what kind of--
RAAGH! A SAVAGE TIGER emerges behind the glass of a nearby cage, startling Nick and sending him running to Hopps.
Hopps swivels her flashlight to reveal: dozens of reflective eyes. Nick and Hopps make their way down a long corridor of cages, looking for the jaguar.
JUDY: Mr. Manchas.
He’s still feral, on all fours and pacing in a cell. They continue on, passing three, four, five, cages until finally, in the last cage: a FERAL OTTER. It’s EMMITT OTTERTON.
JUDY: (CONT’D) It’s him. We found our otter.
(to the otter, gently)
Mr. Otterton, my name is Officer Judy Hopps. Your wife sent me to find you. We’re gonna get you out of here now.
Otterton screeches at her and lunges toward the glass.
Or not. Guess he’s in no rush to
get home to the Missus.
Hopps looks back down the corridor of cells, counting.
...11, 12, 13, 14. Not including
Manchas it’s 14... (lightbulb)
Chief Bogo handed out 14 Missing Mammal files... They’re all here. All the missing mammals are right here.
Before she can respond-- CLICK! A door starts to open, Nick and Hopps retreat, stuck next to a DARK CELL.
LIONHEART: (O.S.) Enough! I don’t want excuses,
Doctor, I want answers.
Reveal: Mayor Lionheart berating the BADGER DOCTOR by his side. He looks serious, intense, tired.
Mayor Lionheart, please, we’re
doing everything we can.
Hopps whips out her phone, starts recording.
Really? Cuz I got a dozen and a
half animals here who’ve gone off the rails crazy-- and you can’t tell me why. Now, I’d call that awfully far from doing everything.
Sir, it may be time to consider
What? What do you mean biology?
The only animals going savage are
predators. We cannot keep it a secret. We need to come forward.
Hmm... Great idea. Tell the public.
And how do you think they’re gonna feel about their mayor, who is a lion?! I’ll be ruined!
Well, what does Chief Bogo say?
Chief Bogo doesn’t know. And we are
going to keep it that way.
Beep-beep-beep-- Hopps’ parents call in. She frantically tries to silence her phone.
LIONHEART: (CONT’D) Someone’s here!
BADGER DOCTOR: Sir, you need to go, now!
(calls out) Security! Sweep the area!
AN ALARM SOUNDS. The door to the cell Hopps and Nick are in triggers shut. They notice WOLVES approaching.
Great! We’re dead. We’re dead.
That’s it. I’m dead. You’re dead. Everybody’s dead.
This gives Hopps an idea. She looks at the HUGE TOILET.
JUDY: Can you swim?
What? Can I swim? Yes, I can swim.
The Wolves storm in, searching for the intruders... and see the swirling water of a toilet disappearing down the drain.
Hopps and Nick fly through the water slide like tubes of the sewer system, cascading over a waterfall. Both scream. They land in the river below. Nick pop up first. He looks desperately for Judy.
NICK: (CONT’D) Carrots?! Hopps?! Judy?!
She emerges, gasping for breath, holding up the bagged phone.
We gotta tell Bogo!
Tinker Bell: Gruff?
Tinker Bell: Gruff! There you are. We've been looking everywhere for you.
Tinker Bell: Gruff, it's me, Tink! Fawn's friend! The Scouts are coming for you. You have to hide!
Tinker Bell: Gruff?
Fawn: Tink! Tink?
Fawn: What did you do?
Horton: Ooh! Brain freeze!
HORTON: (OUT OF
BREATH) Give me back...
-my speck! -Huh?
-Vlad: Not this time, guy. -(SCREAMING)
Mayor: I am so sorry that I let you down, but...
This... This is bigger than me.
Mayor: Get the family together
and get somewhere safe!
-(WIND BLOWING) -Sally: I will! I believe you.
Vlad: I've got you now, elephant.
Horton: No! No! No!
(OUT OF BREATH)
Horton: Oh, no.
(CHORUS VOCALIZING SOFTLY)
INT. BOGO’S OFFICE - DAY
CLOSE ON BOGO’S PHONE: Gazelle and Bogo dance on stage. It’s the same app Clawhauser used earlier.
GAZELLE: (ON PHONE) Wow, you are one hot dancer...
(robo-voice) ...CHIEF BOGO.
Bogo is dancing along when, suddenly, Clawhauser bursts in.
CLAWHAUSER: Chief Bogo!
CLAWHAUSER: Wait, is that Gazelle?
(struggling to silence his
GAZELLE: (ON PHONE)
I am Gazelle, and you are one hot
CLAWHAUSER: You have the app too?!
(ecstatic) Oh, jeeeeez!
Clawhauser, can’t you see I’m
working on the missing mammal cases?!
Oh, yes of course! About that,
sir... Officer Hopps just called... She found all of ‘em.
Bogo’s eyes widen.
Wow! I’m impressed.
GAZELLE: (ON PHONE)
EXT. ASYLUM - DAY
Cop cars and helicopters surround the asylum. Hopps, flanked by Bogo and other COPS, leads Lionheart out of the building.
Mayor Lionheart, you have the right
to remain silent. Anything--
You don’t understand. I was trying
to protect the city.
You were just trying to protect
No. Listen, we still don’t know why
this is happening. It could destroy Zootopia.
You have the right to remain
silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law...
Nick hangs back, proudly flashing his Junior Detective badge.
(TINKER BELL MOANING)
Iridessa: Is she gonna be okay?
HEALING FAIRY: She needs to rest,
stay off her wings for a few days.
She'll be all right.
-Oh, thank goodness. -That's a relief.
Rosetta: See, Fawn, she's gonna be...
INT. ZPD - LOBBY
Bogo addresses the press. Behind him, POSTERS of the Savage Animals-- each one MUZZLED.
Ladies and Gentlemammals... 14
mammals went missing and all 14 have been found by our newest recruit, who will speak to you in a moment. But first, let me remind you--
Bogo’s voice trails off in the background as Nick and Hopps watch from the side. Hopps bites her nails, nervous.
Rrrgh. I am so nervous...
Okay, press conference 101: You
wanna look smart? (MORE)
Answer their question with your own
question and then answer that question. Like this, “Excuse me. Officer Hopps, what can you tell us about the case?”
(pretending to be Hopps) “Well, was this a tough case? Yes. Yes it was.” You see?
You should be there with me. We did
Well, am I a cop? No. No, I am not.
Funny you should say that, because
I’ve been thinking... it would be nice to have a partner.
She hands Nick an APPLICATION. Then-- click-- the carrot pen to him.
Here. In case you need something to
At twenty-two hundred hours, we
found all these missing animals... Bellwether gestures to Judy to come up.
BELLWETHER: Officer Hopps, it’s time.
BOGO: They appear to be
in good health, physically...
-(CHUCKLES NERVOUSLY) -...if not emotionally.
As Hopps goes, Nick smiles. He’s touched...
So now, I’ll turn things over to
the officer who cracked the case. Officer Judy Hopps.
Hopps takes a deep breath and steps up to the
Officer Hopps! / Over here! / Here!
(pointing to a REPORTER)
she holds out
What can you tell us about the
animals that went savage?
Well, the animals in question...
(glances at Nick)
Are they all different species? Yes. Yes they are.
Fawn: Come down.
I need to see you.
Nick smiles, gives a thumbs up.
Okay, so what is the connection?
Well, all we know is that they are
all members of the predator family.
So, predators are the only ones
That is accu-- Yes, that is
Wow. Why is that happening?
We still don’t know--
More disappointed rumbling.
JUDY: (CONT’D) (trying to appease)
Ah, it may have something to do with biology.
On Nick-- huh? The press reacts, too... big time. REPORTER: (O.S.)
What do you mean by that?
A biological component. You know,
something in their DNA...
REPORTER 4: (more aggressive)
In their DNA? Can you elaborate on that, please?
Yes. What I mean is, thousands of
years ago... um... predators survived through their aggressive hunting instincts. For whatever reason, they seem to be reverting back to their primitive, savage ways.
Nick doesn’t like what he’s hearing.
REPORTER: (O.S.) Of course they did.
Nick looks at the posters of the muzzled animals and shakes his head, disbelieving. FLASH BACK to his memory of being muzzled as a child.
MEAN KID ANIMAL: (V.O.) (during flashback)
Aw, is he gonna cry.
REPORTER: (O.S.) (on Nick, as flashback
Officer Hopps, could it happen again?
It is possible. So we must be
vigilant. And we at the ZPD are prepared and are here to protect you...
This sends the Press into an absolute frenzy.
Will more mammals go savage? / What
is being done to protect us? / Have you considered a mandatory quarantine on predators?
Bellwether steps in, eager to put an end to the questions.
Okay, thank you Officer Hopps, uh,
that’s all the time that we have. No more questions...
Bellwether ushers Hopps off stage.
JUDY: Was I okay?
BELLWETHER: Oh, you did fine.
Hopps walks across the lobby to Nick, completely unaware that she just started a controversy.
That went so fast! I didn’t get a chance to mention you or say anything about how we--
Nick: Oh, I think you said plenty.
Judy: What do you mean?
Nick: "Clearly there's a biological component? These predators may be reverting back to their primitive, savage ways?" Are you serious?
Judy: I just stated the facts of the case. I mean, it's not like a bunny could go savage.
Nick: Right, but a fox could, huh?
Judy: Nick, stop it. You're not like them.
Nick: Oh, there's a "them" now?
Judy: Ugh. You know what I mean. You're not that kind of predator.
Nick: The kind that needs to be muzzled? The kind that makes you think you need to carry around fox repellant?
Nick: Yeah, don't think I didn't notice that little item the first time we met. So, let me ask you a question. Are you afraid of me? Do you think I might go nuts? Do you think I might go savage? You think I might try to... eat you?
Nick: I knew it. (SCOFFS) Just when I thought somebody actually believed in me, huh.
Oh, I think you said plenty.
HOPPS What do you mean?
NICK (sarcastic, hard)
Clearly, there’s a biological component? These predators may be reverting back to their primitive, savage ways. Are you serious?
I just stated the facts of the
case. I mean, it’s not like a bunny could go savage...
Right. But a fox could? Huh?
Nick, stop it. You’re not like
Oh, there’s a them now?
You know what I mean. You’re not
that kind of predator.
The kind that needs to be muzzled?
The kind that makes you think you need to carry around Fox Repellent?
Hopps sighs guiltily.
Yeah, don’t think I didn’t notice
that little item the first time we
So let me ask you a question. Are you afraid of me?
(Hopps looks heartbroken)
Do you think I might go nuts? Do you think I might go savage? Do you think I might try to... EAT YOU?!
He lunges, like he’s going to bite her. She flinches and unthinkingly puts her hand on the repellent.
NICK (CONT’D) (calm, hurt)
...I knew it. Just when I thought somebody actually believed in me...
He shoves the application at her.
Probably best if you don’t have a
predator as a partner.
As he walks away, he takes off the sticker badge, crumples it and tosses it away.
JUDY: No. Nick. Nick!
REPORTER 5: Officer Hopps! Were you just
threatened by that predator?
We can’t friends?
even trust our own
That is not what I said! Please!
Are we safe? / Have any other foxes
But no one will listen. Not anymore.
Nyx: Stand firm!
Nyx: Nightshade powder!
Nyx: Steady! Hold your ground!
Nyx: Let's move it out!
Nyx: You did the right thing.
INT. NEWS STUDIO -
Two ANCHORS sit in
More bad by fear.
News footage shows Another shot shows
front of a graphic: TUNDRATOWN TRAGEDY.
FEMALE BOBCAT NEWS ANCHOR: news in this city gripped
a CARIBOU being loaded into an ambulance. a POLAR BEAR in a muzzle.
FEMALE BOBCAT NEWS ANCHOR: (CONT’D) A caribou is in critical condition,
the victim of a mauling by a savage polar bear. This-- the 27th such attack-- comes just one week after ZPD Officer Judy Hopps connected the violence to traditionally predatory animals.
MALE MOOSE NEWS ANCHOR: Meanwhile, a peace rally organized
by pop star, Gazelle, was marred by protest.
The news story cuts to footage of
THE PROTEST: Hopps is caught in the middle of the PROTESTERS, trying to separate them.
Go back to the forest, predator!
I’m from the savannah!
GAZELLE gives a sound bite to a NEWS REPORTER.
Zootopia is a unique place. It’s a
crazy, beautiful, diverse city where we celebrate our differences.
(gestures to PROTESTERS in background)
This is not the Zootopia I know.
Gazelle’s interview plays as VO over a series of shots:
ON A SUBWAY: Hopps watches a MOTHER RABBIT bring her CHILD close as a LION gets on the train.
The Zootopia I know is better than
GAZELLE (V.O.) (CONT'D) We don’t just blindly assign blame.
We don’t know why these attacks keep happening...
IN THE HOSPITAL:
Mrs. Otterton watches her husband flail like a madman in a padded room. Judy approaches her.
...but it is irresponsible to label
all predators as savages.
MRS. OTTERTON: That’s not my Emmitt.
On Hopps-- a look of exhaustion and distress. BACK ON Gazzelle’s interview--
We cannot let fear divide us.
Please-- give me back the Zootopia I love...
INT. ZPD OFFICE - DAY
The broadcast plays from Hopps’ desk computer. As she watches, Bogo walks up behind her.
Come on Hopps. The new Mayor wants
to see us.
JUDY: The Mayor? Why?
It would seem you’ve arrived.
INT. ZPD LOBBY - DAY
Clawhauser sighs and closes his laptop. He loads it into a box of his desk items. Hopps enters.
Clawhauser? What’re you doing?
Um, they thought it would be better
if a predator such as myself wasn’t the first face you that you see when you walk into the ZPD.
They’re gonna move me to Records.
It’s downstairs. By the boiler.
Hopps’ face falls. Bogo waits for her in the background.
Off Hopps’ heartbroken look, we
MATCH CUT TO:
A PHOTO of a SMILING HOPPS. Wider to reveal: The photo is on a PAMPHLET that reads, ZPD: Integrity. Honesty. Bravery.
INT. BELLWETHER’S OFFICE - DAY
Hopps looks at the pamphlet. Bellwether sits across from her at her desk.
Um... I don’t understand.
Our city is 90% prey, Judy. And
right now they’re just really scared. You’re a hero to them. They trust you. And so that’s why Chief Bogo and I want you to be the public face of the ZPD.
Bogo sits next to Hopps. She looks at the pamphlet again.
(struggling to find words)
I’m not... I’m not a hero. I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it.
Don’t give yourself so much credit,
Hopps. The world has always been broken. That’s why we need good cops-- like you.
With all due respect, sir, a good
cop is supposed to serve and protect-- help the city. Not tear it apart.
I don’t deserve this badge.
She removes her badge...
Judy, you’ve worked so hard to get
here. It’s what you’ve wanted since you were a kid. You can’t quit...
Thank you for the opportunity.
Hopps sets her badge on the desk and walks out. Bellwether and Bogo look at one another in shock and concern.
EXT. HOPPS’ FARMS VEGETABLE STAND - DAY
Hopps, with a thousand yard stare, works the carrot stand. She wraps some carrots in a newspaper-- Headline: GROWING UNREST DIVIDES CITY-- and hands them to a RABBIT FAMILY.
JUDY: A dozen carrots.
JUDY: Have a nice day.
RABBIT MOM: (to daughter)
Hopps reads the paper as Stu and Bonnie approach, concerned.
Hey there, Jude-- Jude the dude,
remember that one? How we doin?
JUDY: I’m fine.
You are not fine. Your ears are
Hopps remains fixed on the newspaper and lets out a sigh.
Why did I think I could make a
Because you’re a trier, that’s why.
BONNIE: You’ve always been a trier.
Oh, I tried. And it made life so
much worse for so many innocent predators.
Oh, not all of them, though. Speak
of the devil. Right on time.
A truck pulls up. Its sign reads: GIDEON GREY’S GOOD BAKED
STUFF... With Fresh Produce From Hopps Family Farms.
Is that... Gideon Grey?
Yep. It sure is. We work with him
He’s our partner. And we never
would have considered it had you not opened our minds.
That’s right. I mean, Gid’s turned
into one of the top pastry chefs in the tri-burrows.
That’s really cool, you guys.
GIDEON GREY, now paunchy, climbs out his truck.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Gideon Grey. I’ll be darned.
ADULT GIDEON GREY: Hey Judy-- I’d like to say I’m
sorry for the way I behaved in my youth. I had a lotta self-doubt that manifested itself in the form of unchecked rage and aggression. I was a major jerk.
Well, I know a thing or two about
being a jerk...
ADULT GIDEON GREY: Anyhow-- I brought you all these
He holds out some pies. KID BUNNIES come tearing across the field, bee-lining for the pies. Stu shouts at the kids.
Hey kids! Don’t you run through
that midnicampum holicithias!
RABBIT KID: (holding back the others)
Whoa, whoa, whoa!
ADULT GIDEON GREY:
Now there’s a 4-dollar word, Mr. H.
My family always just called them night howlers.
I’m sorry, what did you say?
Stu gestures to the flowers growing on the edge of the crops.
Oh, Gid’s talking about those
flowers, Judy. I use ‘em to keep bugs off the produce. But I don’t like the little ones going near ‘em on account of what happened to your Uncle Terry.
Yeah, Terry ate one whole when we
were kids and went completely nuts.
He bit the dickens out of your
(a dawning realization)
A bunny can go savage...
We stay on Hopps as she pieces it together.
Savage? Well, that’s a strong word.
But it did hurt like the devil.
Well sure it did. There’s a sizable
divot in your arm. I’d call that savage.
(as if doing an equation)
Night howlers aren’t wolves. They’re flowers. The flowers are making the predators go savage. That’s it! That’s what I’ve been missing!
Hopps races away, then turns back.
Oh, keys! Keys! Keys! Keys! Hurry!
Come on! Thank you, I love you bye!
Stu tosses her the keys to his pick-up. Hopps jumps into the truck, peels out, leaving Stu and Bonnie in the dust.
You catch any of that, Bon?
BONNIE: Not one bit.
Well, that makes me feel a little
better. I thought she was talking in tongues or something.
Horton: Mayor? Anybody there? Hello? Anyone?
NARRATOR: But clover
by clover by clover, he found...
that the one that he sought for was just not around.
Horton: Mayor? Hello?
NARRATOR: And by noon poor
Horton, more dead than alive...
had picked, searched, and piled up nine thousand and five.
Horton: Hello? Sorry to bother you, nobody. Knock, knock.
Horton: This is where you'd say, "Who's there?" If there were any Whos there. Get it? "Whos there?"
NARRATOR: All day he looked,
looked on and on.
until his hope was almost gone.
-(WIND GUSTING) -Horton: (GASPS) No, no.
No! Please, no! Oh! This isn't fair!
-NARRATOR: But wait! -(GASPS)
Could this one be the one? Was all this searching finally done?
Ah, yes. For this was the hour Horton have found them on the three-millionth flower.
Horton: Mayor! Mayor! I found you!
Horton: Mayor? Are you there? Mayor?
HORTON: (THROUGH DRAINPIPE)
Mayor, are you there?
(ECHOING) Mayor. Mayor?
MAYOR: (NASAL VOICE)
Uh, no. This is Floyd.
Can I take a message? (LAUGHING)
Horton: Mayor! You're okay!
-(LOUD CONCUSSIONS) -(CROWD EXCLAIMING)
Mayor: Horton! Horton! Stop! Stop it!
Horton: Sorry. It must have been rough down there.
Horton: I can't believe I found you. You really had me worried.
-(CROWD MURMURING) -Say! The mayor was right!
Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!
Mayor: Oh! Okay, I'm all right and so are you.
Mayor: (CLEARS THROAT) Citizens of Who-ville!
Mayor: I'd like you to meet our friend Horton.
-Mayor: He's going to help us. -(CHEERING)
Councilman: (CLEARS THROAT) I've got this.
-This is the chairman. -HORTON: Idiot!
You're finished in this town.
Is that understood?
Finished! You boob!
-(SPUTTERING) -Horton: No, I'm just joking.
Councilman: (NERVOUS CHUCKLES) Oh.
Councilman: (CHUCKLES) Good one.
Mayor: Horton, this is my wife Sally.
Sally: You exist! This means my husband isn't crazy. (CHUCKLES) Hooray!
Mayor: And a few of my daughters,
-Haley, Holly, Hooly, Hilda and Hedy. -ALL: Hi!!
Mayor: And here is Miss Yelp, my royal assistant.
-And here's Dr. Larue. -Larue: You saved us!
MAYOR: And Burt from accounting.
And Mrs. McQillicuddy.
And Mr. Farfoogan from the Clugan Farfoogans.
-ALL: Oi! Oi! Oi! -Mayor: And the old man in bathtub.
Sally: Let's not overwhelm the poor fella. He's never gonna remember all these names.
Horton: Well, I'll try my best. Sally, Chairman. Haley, Hooly, Holly, Hilda, Hedy. Miss Yelp, Dr. Larue, Burt from accounting, Mrs. McQillicuddy, Mr. Farfoogan of the Clugan Farfoogans. And wasn't there an old guy in a shower?
-MAYOR: Mmm, bathtub. -Horton: Ooh! Yeah.
MAYOR: We're all here, Horton.
And, we all believe in you.
Horton: Wow. That's awesome.
And it's a responsibility I do not take lightly. I promise you a future that that is safe, sound and stable. We will create a world where every Who is endowed with three indelible rights. To be determined at a later date.
EXT. ZOOTOPIA - SAHARA SQUARE - STREET
Hopps drives the farm truck to Finnick’s van. She knocks.
FINNICK: Who is it?
I need to find Nick. Please.
Finnick gives her a reluctant look, then softens.
EXT. BRIDGE - LATER
Hopps arrives at an underpass. She looks around, it’s a desolate, sad place.
JUDY: Nick? Nick!
There’s Nick, sitting on a lawn chair under the bridge.
Oh, Nick! Night howlers aren’t
wolves. They’re toxic flowers. I think someone is targeting predators on purpose and making them go savage.
Wow. Isn’t that interesting.
He gets up, walks under the bridge. She follows.
Wait! Wait, please-- I know you’ll
never forgive me. And I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t forgive me either. I was ignorant and irresponsible and small-minded... But predators shouldn’t suffer because of my mistakes. I have to fix this, but I can’t do it without you.
He sighs, but still won’t look at her.
JUDY: (CONT’D) (getting emotional)
And after we’re done, you can hate me, and that’ll be fine, because I was a horrible friend and I hurt you... and you can walk away knowing you were right all along, I really am just a dumb bunny.
It seems she lost him, then:
JUDY: (ON RECORDER) (CONT’D) I really am just a dumb bunny. I
really am just a dumb bunny.
Hopps cocks her head. Huh? Nick turns to her... holding her recording pen.
Don’t worry, Carrots, I’ll let you
erase it... in 48 hours.
Hopps sniffles and wipes a tear from her eye.
NICK: (CONT’D) Alright, get in here.
Hopps leans her head on Nick’s chest. He gives her a hug.
Okay. Oh, you bunnies... You’re so
emotional. There we go. Deep breath.
Are you just trying to steal the pen. Is that what this is?
You are standing on my tail, though. Off, off, off.
JUDY: I’m sorry.
INT. HOPPS’ FAMILY TRUCK - MOMENTS LATER
Hopps drives as Nick sits shotgun-- eating blueberries.
I thought you guys only grew
What’s the plan?
We are gonna follow the night
NICK: Okay. How?
(shows picture of weasel)
Know this guy?
Uh-huh. I told you, I know
EXT. ZOOTOPIA STREET - LATER
We find the weasel selling crappy knock-off merchandise on a street corner.
DUKE WEASELTON: Well, hello, step right up!
Anything you need... I got it. All your favorite movies! I got movies that haven’t even been released yet!
An ARMADILLO CUSTOMER scans an array of blatant knock-off movies like “Wreck-it Rhino,” “Wrangled,” and “Pig Hero 6.”
DUKE WEASELTON: (CONT’D) Hey, 15% off! 20! Make me an offer!
NICK: (suddenly appearing)
Well, well, look who it is. The duke of bootleg.
What’s it to you, Wilde? Shouldn’t
you be melting down a popsicle or something?
Hey, if it isn’t Flopsy the Copsy.
We both know those weren’t moldy
onions I caught you stealing. What were you gonna do with those night howlers, Wessleton?
It’s Weaselton. Duke Weaselton. And
I ain’t talking, rabbit. And ain’t nothing you can do to make me.
Weaselton flicks a toothpick in her face. Hopps smiles at Nick.
INT. MR. BIG’S PLACE - A LITTLE LATER
We find polar bears holding the weasel over the ice pit.
MR. BIG: Ice ‘em.
DUKE WEASELTON: Aaagh! Agh!
Ya dirty rat! Why ya helping her?! She’s a cop!
And the godmother to my future
granddaughter. Reveal: FRU FRU is pregnant.
FRU FRU: I’m gonna name her Judy.
Ice this weasel.
All right, all right, please! I’ll
talk! I’ll talk. I stole them night howlers so I could sell ‘em. They offered me what I couldn’t refuse... Money.
And to whom did you sell them?
DUKE WEASELTON: (PRE-LAP) A ram named Doug. We got a drop
EXT. SUBWAY STATION - A LITTLE LATER
Nick and Hopps approach an abandoned subway station.
DUKE WEASELTON: (V.O.) ...Just watch it. Doug is the
opposite of friendly. He’s unfriendly...
They arrive at the entrance and quickly sneak under the gate.
INT. ABANDONED SUBWAY STATION - MOMENTS LATER
They emerge on a platform and spot an abandoned subway car.
MR. BIG: (to polar bears)
Horton: (AS J.F.K.) And, uh, we will, uh,
put a speck on Mount Nool...
before the end of this, uh, decade.
Mrs. Quilligan: Oh! This, this elephant is crazy! Oh, my goodness. I gotta tell everybody. I need to get to the kangaroo. Whoo!
Mrs. Quilligan: Wait till they find out about... Oh!
Vlad: Oh! You should have been seeing me. I really let elephant have it. I chase him. I torment him. I break him into million little elephant pieces.
-(RUDY GASPS) -Vlad: It was thing of beauty. Really.
My best work. Classic Vlad.
-Kangaroo: And the clover? -Vlad: Clover is finished.
No way in million years Horton finds it.
Read my beak. Clover is gone forever.
(MRS. QUILLIGAN GASPING)
Mrs. Quilligan: I just saw Horton. And he is still talking to that clover!
-(KANGAROO EXCLAIMS) -(VLAD GULPS)
-(EMBARRASSED CHUCKLE) -Kangaroo: Idiot!
Vlad: Whoa, come on. I'm your bro. It's me you are talking to. We have history.
Vlad: Come on. Let's don't forget... I did this for free.
Kangaroo: What is happening to the Jungle of Nool? There once was a time when people were people...
-And specks were specks. -Mm-hmm.
Kangaroo: Well, I say, if you can't see it, hear it, or feel it, it doesn't exist.
Kangaroo: Our way of life is under attack. And who's leading that attack? Horton!
-(ALL GASP) -MORTON: Whoa!
Whoa, whoa! Wait a minute. This is Horton we're talking about. You all know him. He wouldn't hurt a fly. Except for that fly city he sat on. But he didn't that on purpose.
-Kangaroo: Shut up, mouse. -Morton: (CHUCKLING) Yeah.
That's weird. My brownies
are burning. I gotta go.
Kangaroo: Are we going to let troublemakers like Horton...
-poison the minds of our children? -(SHUDDERING)
Yummo: Not the children!
When Horton tells our children...
about worlds beyond the jungle, he makes them question authority. Which leads to defiance, which leads to anarchy!
Yummo: Yeah! Horton must pay!
-It's that speck! -Willie Bear: We have to do something!
-Mrs. Quilligan: For the children! -Yummo: For the children!
Kangaroo: Are we going to let him get away with this?
-(ALL SHOUTING) -YUMMO: Let's get him!
-Everyone get inside. Hurry! -This way! Hurry!
Come on, Calista.
-(SQUEAKS) -(FAIRIES YELLING INDISTINCTLY)
SPARROWMAN 1: Get inside! FAIRY 1: Scribble, get inside!
FAIRY 2: Fly away! SPARROWMAN 1: Get out of here!
Scribble: At least I loved once.
Fury: Whatever this is, it should have stopped by now.
Nyx: Just stick to the plan. Immobilize the NeverBeast, and the storm disappears.
Fury: Does the storm know the plan?
Nyx: Get everyone to cover until this blows over.
-SPARROWMAN: Help us! -(GRUNTING)
Nyx: Get to the shelter!
-And secure the doors! -(RUMBLING)
Nyx: Stop this! I order you, stop this now!
FAIRY 1: Do you need anything else?
FAIRY 2: Bring some extra bandages.
Silvermist: Tink. We need to get to the shelter.
It's not safe here.
Tinker Bell: I have to find Fawn.
Tinker Bell: Fawn.
Fawn: It's over. He can't hurt you anymore.
Tinker Bell: Gruff?
Fawn: He's exactly what Nyx said he was, a monster.
TINKER BELL: No, Fawn.
He's my hero.
Tinker Bell: When I found him in Winter,
he was acting really strange.
Tinker Bell: Gruff, it's me, Tink! Fawn's friend! The Scouts are coming for you. You have to hide!
Tinker Bell: Gruff?
Tinker Bell: If he hadn't pushed me away, I would've been crushed by the tree. I could have been killed.
Silvermist: Or worse.
Fawn: He was protecting you.
Tinker Bell: He saved my life.
Fawn: And I betrayed him.
Tinker Bell: Where are you going?
Fawn: To do the right thing.
JUDY: Come on!
-I told you, 100%! -(MORTON PANTING)
Horton: Morton, pick up your feet. Geez.
Morton: It's not me.
(RUMBLING GROWS LOUDER)
Horton: (LAUGHING) Oh. I see. It's an angry mob. Sorry, Morton. I thought it was you that was making all the...
-But it's... -(ALL SHOUTING)
Horton: Oh, darn.
Everybody! Come on!
Morton: Run, Horton! (YELPS)
-Yummo: There he is! -WICKERSHAM 2: Get the speck!
-Yummo: Let's rope him! -Wickersham: Let's cage him!
Horton: (NERVOUS CHUCKLE) Hey, fellas. Good to see you. All at once. You look really great as a horde.
Kangaroo: Horton, Horton, Horton. Look at that mess you've created for yourself. All this hullabaloo over a silly little flower.
Horton: It's a speck.
Judy: The weasel wasn't lying.
Nick: Yeah, it looks like old Doug's cornered the market on Night Howlers.
Kangaroo: Right. I mean, it's silly, really all this talk of roping you and caging you, and, well...
Kangaroo: we don't need to go into the details. The point is, this angry mob, all the trouble you're in. It can all go away.
(ALL GROAN DISAPPOINTEDLY)
-Horton: Really? -Kangaroo: Of course.
All you have to do is admit to everyone that there are no little people living on that speck. That you were wrong and I was right.
Kangaroo: You do that, and things can go right back to the way they were. But, if you don't, you're going to have to pay the price.
-(GASPS) -(CROWD CHORTLING)
FAWN: Hang tight, Gruff!
We're getting you out of here!
-(STRAINING) -Tinker Bell: We need help.
Fawn: Pull harder!
Rosetta: Oh, for goodness' sake, there is an easier way to do this.
Fawn: Thank you.
Fawn: Go! Take cover! Come on, Gruff!
Fawn: Gruff, let's go!
-Tinker Bell: Come on, Fawn! -Rosetta: Get out of there!
Vidia: Life or death moment, here!
FAWN: Listen to me.
You're having a reaction to the Nightshade.
Fawn: You can see my glow!
Fawn: Don't worry, Gruff.
-I'm gonna get you out of here. -(LIGHTNING CRACKLES)
Rosetta: Well, I did not see that coming.
FAWN: Nyx got it backwards.
He's not here to destroy us. The towers, they draw in the lightning, so he can collect it! It's what he's been preparing for the whole time!
(CELL PHONE RINGING)
Doug: You got Doug here. What's the mark? Cheetah in Sahara Square. Got it.
Doug: You serious? Yeah, I know they're fast. I can hit him. Listen, I hit a tiny little otter through the open window of a moving car.
DOUG: Yeah, I'll buzz you when it's done. Or you'll see it on the news. You know, whichever comes first.
(KNOCKING ON DOOR)
JESSE: Hey, Doug, open up! We've got your latte.
Doug: All right, Woolter and Jesse are back, so I'm leaving now. Out.
Nick: (WHISPERING) Hey. Where are you going? Get back here! What are you doing? He's gonna see you!
-(BEEPING) -What are you looking at? Hey!
Whatever you're thinking,
stop thinking it. Carrots!
Fawn: I understand. We're going to the towers.
-No! -It's too dangerous.
Fawn: For once, my head and heart, they're actually telling me to do the same thing.
TINKER BELL: Fawn, you can't!
Fawn: It's okay. That said, if things don't go well, Sil, you can have my rock collection.
Silvermist: (GASPS) Oh.
Horton: Huh. So I just have to say it isn't true?
Horton: Go ahead. Rope me, cage me. Do whatever you want. But there are people on this speck. And they have a Mayor, who has 96 daughters and one son name JoJo who all share a bathroom, whatever that is.
ALL: Ooh! Ah!
Horton: And even though you can't hear or see them at all...
Horton: a person's a person, no matter how small.
-(ANIMALS MURMURING) -Huh? Hmm?
Kangaroo: That was beautiful, Horton.
-Rope him! Cage him! -(ALL GROWL)
Kangaroo: And burn that speck in a pot of boiling Beezlenut oil!
As they sneak up to it... Hopps pulls open the window and looks inside the car. They both jump into...
INT. THE GREENHOUSE CAR - CONTINUOUS
They both see the rows of night howlers.
The weasel wasn’t lying.
Yeah, looks like old Doug’s
cornered the market on night howlers...
Click! A door opens off screen! They quickly hide under a desk as a TOUGH SHEEP LABWORKER enters.
He goes through the process of harvesting the eventually producing a small, blue paint ball howler toxin. Nick and Hopps watch it all.
The Sheep’s phone RINGS.
DOUG (into phone)
You got Doug here. What’s the mark? Cheetah in Sahara Square. Got it.
The Sheep loads a gun, cocks it. We see a MAP of a various animal targets.
DOUG (CONT’D) (into phone)
Serious? Yeah, I know they’re fast. I can hit him. Listen, I hit a tiny little otter through the open window of a moving car.
pellet of night
Hearing this, the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place for Hopps. She looks up at the picture of Otterton-- we FLASHBACK to see Doug hitting him with a serum pellet. Then Hopps looks at Manchas’s picture-- we FLASHBACK to that.
DOUG (CONT’D) (into phone)
Yeah I’ll buzz you when it’s done. Or you’ll see it on the news. Ya know, whichever comes first.
BAM, BAM, BAM! The goons have returned.
Hey Doug, open up! We’ve got your
DOUG (into phone)
Alright, Woolter and Jesse are back, so I’m leaving now.
Hopps looks around, what is she going to do. As Doug goes to the door to unlock it, Hopps creeps out of their hiding spot.
Hey. Hey! Where are you going? Get
back here! What are you doing?! He’s gonna see you! What are you looking at? Hey! Whatever you’re thinking, stop thinking it. Carrots! Carrots!
Mayor: They don't believe we're here.
Mayor: We've got to make some noise! We are here! We are here! We are here!
(SCATTERED) We are here.
We are here. We are here.
-We are here! We are here! -Mayor: Come on!
(OTHERS JOINING IN)
We are here! We are here!
-Mayor: Everybody! -We are here! We are here!
Mayor: We are here! We are here! We are here!
DOUG: It better have the extra foam this time.
JESSE: Hey! Open up!
Nick: What are you doing? You just trapped us in here.
Judy: We need to get this evidence to the ZPD!
Nick: Okay. Great! Here it is. Got it!
-Judy: No. All of it! -Nick: Wait, what?
-(OIL BUBBLING) -(WICKERSHAM GRUNTS)
Kangaroo: This will teach you not to make up stories about people on specks!
-(WHOS CHANTING MUFFLY) -Horton: Listen. There they are!
-Rope him! -Cage him!
Horton: It's not working. I can hear you. But, their ears aren't strong enough.
Mayor: We need to be louder! Get every Who to make noise! Everyone!
(CHANTING LOUDLY) We are here!
We are here! We are here!
Mayor: JoJo, where are you going?
Mayor: We need every voice, JoJo!
Horton: You need to make some noise down there, or we all be destroyed!
Nick: Oh, great, you're a conductor now, huh? Hey. Listen. It would take a miracle to get this rust-bucket going.
Nick: Well. Hallelujah.
Doug: We kinda got a situation at the lab.
-(GRUNTS) -It just got worse!
Fawn: All right, big guy. Just follow my glow.
NARRATOR: The Mayor grabbed
the tom-tom and started to smack it.
-(SINGING HIGH NOTE) -(HORNS PLAYING)
Narrator: And all over Who-ville, they whooped up all racket.
Narrator: They rattled tin kettles, they beat on brass pans. On garbage pail tops, and old cranberry cans. They blew on bazookas and blasted great toots. On clarinets, oom-pahs, and boom-pahs and flutes.
-(PLAYING FLUTE) -(HORNS PLAYING)
-(CROWD CHANTING) -Mayor: There!
We are here! We are here!
Mayor: Can they hear us now?
NICK: Mission accomplished.
Would it be premature for me to do a little victory toot-toot?
Judy: All right. One toot-toot.
Nick: Well, I can cross that off the bucket list.
Horton: Listen, please! It's the most beautiful thing ever.
-Yummo: I don't hear nothin'! -(SCREECHES)
Horton: I don't think so. But, keep trying!
Horton: (STRAINING) I'll never give in!
-(LOUD GRUNT) -(MONKEYS STRAINING)
Horton: Are you sure that every Who down in Who-ville is trying?
-(INSTRUMENTS PLAYING) -(ALL SINGING LOUD)
Sally: (ON MEGAPHONE) We are here! We are here!
-Mayor: Where's JoJo? -Sally: Probably at the old observatory.
CHORUS: (SINGING) We are here
It better have the extra foam this
BAM! Hopps kicks Woolter in the back, knocking him into the other two Thugs. Hopps locks the door.
WOOLTER (O.S.) Hey, open up!
The Thugs start banging on the doors.
What are you doing?! You just
trapped us in here!
We need to get this evidence to the
Nick picks up the case.
Okay. Great. Here it is. Got it.
HOPPS No. All of it!
NICK Wait, what?
Hopps rushes to the control room, tries to start the engine.
Great, you’re a conductor now? Hey,
listen-- It would take a miracle to get this rust-bucket going.
The train starts moving.
NICK (CONT’D) Well... Hallelujah!
INT. TRAIN TRACKS - SAME
DOUG (on the phone)
We kinda got a situation at the lab...
(noticing train) Oh! It just got worse!
Doug and his minions race after the train.
INT. SUBWAY CAR - SAME
Nick and Hopps race away, feeling fairly confident.
Mission accomplished. Would it be
premature for me to do a little victory toot-toot?
All right. One toot-toot.
Nick blows the train whistle.
Well, I can cross that off the
Fawn: Okay, Gruff! That's it!
Fawn: Pull up!
Fawn: I'm up here! Higher!
Gruff, fly higher!
Things are looking up, when:
BAM! Woolter just busted into the car. Nick slams the door closed right before Woolter gets to them.
I may have to rescind that victory
Noise from the roof above them... BAM! BAM! BAM!
NICK: (CONT’D) Maybe that’s just hail?
-(GRUNTING) -(ANIMALS CLAMORING)
Horton: Oh! Oh! Hey! There's our limit!
Fawn: You okay?
FAIRY: Is that Fawn?
Fawn: Two down, two to go!
Uh-oh. Jesse busts through the window. He’s stuck, but flailing at Hopps. Nick tries to pull him away.
Nick gets punched backward and notices Woolter charging toward the door at full speed. Right before Woolter arrives, Nick pulls the door open.
Woolter’s momentum carries him into Jesse-- dislodging him onto the tracks. Hopps is knocked out the window, but grabs onto Woolter’s horn. Hopps tries to hang on as the subway car hurtles down the tunnel.
JUDY: (to Nick)
Don’t stop! Keep going!
(about to get run over)
No! No! Please stop!
Do not stop this car!
-(SCREECHING) -(HORTON YELPING)
Horton: That's not supposed to stretch that far!
-Ow! -(STRAINING) Oh.
-(GASPS) -(GIZMOS CLATTERING)
Mayor: JoJo. You built this?
Whoa! (WHOOPING AND LAUGHS)
(CHANTING) We are here! We are here!
WHOS: (CHANTING) We are here!
We are here! We are here!
(CHANTING QUICKLY) We are here!
We are here! We are here!
Jesse dives to safety and Hopps gets bucked up onto the top of the train. Nick takes the wheel as the train emerges above ground. Hopps looks up to see... Another train coming toward them... on the same track! She sees a turn-off switch ahead.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Speed up, Nick! Speed up!
(staving off Woolter)
There’s another train coming!
JUDY: Trust me! SPEED! UP!
Woolter sees the train coming and tries to get unstuck, but he can’t. He struggles like crazy.
JESSE: Stop the train! Hey!
Then, at the last second, Hopps appears next to him:
JUDY: Hey. Need some help?
Hopps kicks Woolter off the train and he lands perfectly on the turn-off switch on the tracks below. At the last possible second, their train switches tracks-- just avoiding the oncoming car.
-(ANIMALS CLAMORING) -(HORTON GASPING)
You're making a mistake!
The train derails as it takes the curve. The night howlers catch fire.
NICK: (CONT’D) I think this is our stop!
Hopps and Nick dive out of the car and onto a subway platform... Just as the lab car EXPLODES.
Okay... Maybe some of the evidence
A second loud EXPLOSION. The train is destroyed.
JUDY: (CONT’D) Everything is gone. We’ve lost it
Yeah. Oh, except for this.
Nick holds up a case-- containing a gun and a pellet.
JUDY: Oh, Nick! Yes!
Judy SMACKS him on the arm. Hard. Nick grimaces.
Oh no! Oh no, no, no! Too fast!
NICK: (shaking head)
Come on! We gotta get to the ZPD.
Cut through the Natural History Museum!
-Rudy: But, Mom! -Kangaroo: This doesn't concern you, sweetie.
Back in your pouch!
-(MUSIC CONTINUES) -(PANTING)
We are here! We are here!
MAYOR: Everybody, don't stop!
Mayor: Keep going! This is gonna do it!
-We are here! We are here! -(INSTRUMENTS BLASTING)
-Mayor: Can they hear? -Horton: No!
-(CHANTING GROWS QUIETER) -(GASPING)
Fawn: One more, Gruff!
What are you doing?
Nyx: Saving Pixie Hollow!
Fawn: No, he was saving Pixie Hollow.
Fawn: Nyx, we don't have much time.
The fire is spreading fast.
Fawn: Listen to me.
Get out of here. Get everyone to safety.
Fawn: Gruff, it's too late.
How can we catch it all?
Fawn: Follow me.
INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - NIGHT
Nick and Hopps race through the empty museum. The ZPD entrance is just ahead.
JUDY: Oh! There it is!
They’re going to make it.
BELLWETHER: (O.S.) Judy! Judy!
Judy and Nick stop and turn. There’s Bellwether, standing behind them with TWO RAM COPS.
JUDY: Mayor Bellwether!
(out of breath, rapidly)
We found out what’s happening. Someone’s darting predators with a serum-- that’s what’s making them go savage.
I am so proud of you, Judy. You did just a super job.
JUDY: Thank you, ma’am.
How did you know where to find us?
I’ll go ahead and I’ll take that
You know what... I think Nick and I
will just take this to the ZPD...
Hopps turns toward the ZPD. Uh oh. One of Bellwether’s RAMS is blocking the way. Nick just now gets what’s going on.
HOPPS (CONT’D) NICK Run!
102. They take off-- away from the ZPD-- down a dark corridor.
Hopps looks over her shoulder as she runs-- not seeing a sharp WOOLY MAMMOTH TUSK sticking out. It slashes her leg, knocking her off her feet.
NICK: Ah Carrots!
Nick goes to her. Her leg is bleeding badly.
I got ya, come here, come here.
He carries her behind a pillar.
NICK: (CONT’D) Okay, now just relax.
Nick digs a handkerchief from his pocket. A few BLUEBERRIES fall out with it.
NICK: (CONT’D) Whoops... Blueberry?
BELLWETHER: (O.S.) Come on out, Judy!
Take the case. Get it to Bogo.
I’m not gonna leave you behind.
That’s not happening.
JUDY: I can’t walk.
Just, we’ll think of something.
Bellwether finally appears, flanked by the Rams.
We’re on the same team, Judy!
WITH BELLWETHER & THUGS --
Bellwether talks as they look for Hopps and Nick...
BELLWETHER: Underestimated. Under-appreciated.
Aren’t you sick of it? Predators. They may be strong and loud, but prey out-number predators 10 to one.
Bellwether sees a SHADOW-- RABBIT EARS. She gestures to the RAMS-- there they are.
BELLWETHER: (CONT’D) Think of it-- 90 percent of the
population, united against a common enemy. We’ll be unstoppable.
The Rams are about to pounce on Hopps and Nick... only to find the shadow is coming from a MUMMIFIED JACKALOPE being illuminated by a shop light.
BELLWETHER: (CONT’D) (to Goons)
Hopps and Nick are making a run for it. They’re going to make it to the ZPD! When suddenly...
BAM! A RAM tackles them both, knocking the case out of Nick’s paws. Both of them fall into a sunken diorama. Bellwether, with case in hand, looks over the edge.
BELLWETHER: (CONT’D) Well, you should have stayed on the
carrot farm, huh? It really is too bad; I really did like you.
What are you going to do? Kill me?
No! Of course not... he is.
Bellwether takes the dart gun out of the case, aims at Nick and... THWICK! She darts him.
JUDY: No! Nick?!
Nick starts to shake and crouch. Bellwether dials her phone.
Yes, police! There’s a savage fox
in the natural history museum. Officer Hopps is down! Please hurry!
Nick is starting to turn.
No. Nick, don’t do this. Fight it.
Oh, but he can’t help it, can he?
Since preds are just biologically predisposed to be savages.
Nick stalks Hopps, who tries to limp away.
BELLWETHER: (CONT’D) Gosh, think of the headline: “Hero
Cop Killed By Savage Fox...”
So that’s it, prey fears predator,
and you stay in power?
BELLWETHER: Yeah, pretty much.
JUDY: It won’t work.
Fear always works. And I’ll dart
every predator in Zootopia to keep it that way.
We are here. We are here.
Mayor: No matter what happens, I couldn't ask for a better son.
Mayor: Ah, hey. JoJo?
-Come on! Keep going! -We are here!
CROWD: We are here! We are here!
We are here! We are here!
(as Nick stalks her)
Oh, Nick! No!
BELLWETHER: Bye-Bye, Bunny.
Nick lunges. He attacks. Hopps screams. Bellwether smiles.
Blood, blood, blood! And death.
Bellwether looks confused. Nick stands up.
All right, you’re milking it.
Besides, I think we got it, I think we got it. We got it up there, thank you yakkety-yak-- you laid it all out beautifully.
Bellwether looks at her gun, in disbelief.
Yea, oh, are you looking for the
(holds it up)
Well, it’s right here.
What you’ve got in the weapon there-
- those are blueberries. From my family’s farm.
Livid, Bellwether sees a blueberry in the gun’s chamber.
NICK: They are delicious.
(licking fingers) You should try some.
I framed Lionheart, I can frame you
too! It’s my word against yours!
JUDY: Oooo, actually--
Hopps holds up the carrot pen.
BELLWETHER: (ON CARROT PEN RECORDER)
And I’ll dart every predator in Zootopia to keep it that way...
--It’s your word against yours.
It’s called a hustle, sweetheart. Boom.
Bogo and a TEAM OF COPS burst onto the scene. Bellwether looks to run but there’s nowhere to go. She’s nailed.
We are here! We are here!
We are here!
JoJo: (INHALES) Yopp!
We are here! We are here!
We are here! We are here!
Rudy: (GASPS) I hear it! I hear it!
-(ALL GASPING) -RUDY: They are there!
NARRATOR: And that "Yopp".
Narrator: That one small extra "Yopp" put it over. And all the Who noises burst out of the clover.
-I hear it, too! -Me too!
-So do I! -WHOS: We are here! We are here!
Kangaroo: Rudy, give me that! Come. Ru...
Kangaroo: (SINGSONG) Rudy,
get back in the pouch. Now.
Rudy: No, Mom.
Kangaroo: What? Wickershams, get that clover!
Well, anybody, take it from him.
-(GRUNTING) Hmm? -(WHIMPERING) Oh!
Iridessa: Can you see them?
TINKER BELL: Fawn!
Nyx: Help them!
IRIDESSA: Oh, no! SILVERMIST: Fawn.
TINKER BELL: Fawn, wake up! VIDIA: Is she okay?
Rosetta: (GASPS) No!
-This can't be. -(NEVERBEAST WHINES)
Hey! That's my big, furry monster.
-(ROARS) -(ALL CHEERING)
-Tinker Bell: Fawn! -(LAUGHING)
INT. NEWS STUDIO - DAY
A PREDATOR-PREY news team reads the headlines. FOOTAGE shows Bellwether being led to jail in cuffs and an orange jumpsuit.
PREDATOR ANCHOR: (V.O.) Former Mayor Dawn Bellwether is
behind bars today, guilty of masterminding the savage attacks that have plagued Zootopia of late.
Her predecessor, Leodore Lionheart,
denies any knowledge of her plot, claiming he was just trying to protect the city.
A FELINE REPORTER, KITTY COWLICK, interviews Lionheart.
Did I falsely imprison those
animals? Well, yes. Yes I did. It was a classic “doing the wrong thing for the right reason” kind of a deal.
BACK TO THE NEWS DESK --
In related news, doctors say the night howler antidote is proving
effective in rehabilitating the afflicted predators...
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
Mr. Otterton, who wakes up into the arms of his wife.
MRS. OTTERTON: Emmitt? Oh... Emmitt...
She hugs him and he holds her tight. We pull back to reveal Hopps in the room, watching their reunion.
MRS. OTTERTON: (CONT’D) (to Hopps)
Horton: You did it, Mayor. You did it.
Mayor: We did it!
-Yeah! -WHO: Whoo!
Mayor: Well done, Son.
All right, Mayor!
JoJo: Dad! You're one of the greats.
Horton: Whoa! Easy, everyone. Easy!
-Oh, hi, Vlad. -(ANIMALS GASP)
Horton: Well, I shouldn't. But...
(ANIMALS TALKING INSTINCTLY)
FAWN: Every fairy should know
the true story about the NeverBeast.
He is the brave guardian of Pixie Hollow.
He is our hero.
And his name is Gruff.
-FAIRY 1: Easy, easy. A little more. -(GROWLING)
FAIRY 2: Yay, Gruff!
BUCK: Thanks, Gruff!
Fawn: Well, how about that? They finally see what I see.
Fawn: Took them long enough, huh?
IRIDESSA: Hey, Gruff. SILVERMIST: Hi, Gruffy.
Rosetta: What do y'all think we should do now?
Iridessa: Actually, I made a list.
Vidia: Of course you did.
Tinker Bell: Oh! We should go truffle snuffling!
-With that sense of smell... -(YAWNING)
ROSETTA: Speaking of smells,
how about a bath? I've got a lilac shampoo that could do wonders for that fur.
SILVERMIST: I know a hot spring
that's just his size.
-(HEART BEATING) -With a waterfall!
-Tinker Bell: Fawn? -(NEVERBEAST YAWNS)
Iridessa: Looks like he needs a nap.
Rosetta: A little rest will perk him right up. Won't it, Fawn?
Fawn: His work is done. It's time for him to go back into hibernation.
Rosetta: How long are we talking about? A month? A season?
Vidia: A year?
Fawn: More like 1,000 years.
Silvermist: But that means...
Tinker Bell: We'll never see him again.
Fawn: It's time.
Vlad: Oh, man, that is nice touch. (CRIES)
I am a mess of this, right? Emotional!
Here come the water slide! (SOBBING)
♪ Do you long to be left all alone
♪ Set apart with a heart made of stone
♪ There's a light that you shine
♪ There's a love
♪ I see it in your eyes
♪ Every day, every night
♪ I know time may divide
♪ But fate is something we refuse to hide
♪ And it's real and it's right
♪ Something strange out of sight
♪ We say good night
Tinker Bell: Anyone who sleeps for 1,000 years deserves a decent bed.
Rosetta: And a fluffy pillow.
Rosetta: Make that a "Gruffy" pillow.
Silvermist: A spring-filled water bowl that never runs dry.
Iridessa: A night light, so you never have to be scared.
Vidia: A little fresh air to keep you cool.
Nyx: And the enduring respect of a grateful Scout.
Fawn: Hey, big guy. I won't see you again. But I know you'll always be there when we need you.
Fawn: (VOICE BREAKING) I'm really gonna miss you.
Fawn: (WHISPERS) I love you, Gruff.
EXT. ZOOTOPIA CENTRAL PLAZA - DAY
Hopps walks through the CENTRAL PLAZA of ZOOTOPIA. She looks around to see animals coming back together. She focuses on two KIDS: one pred, one prey playing soccer.
JUDY: (V.O.) When I was a kid, I thought
Zootopia was this perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything...
Hopps kicks the soccer ball with the kids.
Turns out, real life’s a little bit
more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy.
AT THE ZPD: Hopps enters to find Clawhauser back at his desk, unpacking. What’s more-- TWO COPS approach him with donuts.
We all have limitations. We all
make mistakes. Which means-- hey, glass half full!-- we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try.
EXT. CADET TRAINING GROUNDS - DAY
Reveal: Hopps is giving a commencement address to the GRADUATES of the Police Academy.
So, no matter what type of animal
you are, from the biggest elephant to our first fox...
Reveal: Nick is a cadet. He removes his shades, winks at Hopps.
I implore you... try. Try to make
the world a better place.
On stage, Hopps readies to pin a BADGE on Nick. As she approaches, they exchange a nod-- a small, sincere gesture. She places the badge, then gives Nick an official salute.
Look inside yourself, and recognize
that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.
Caps are thrown in the air. The music fades out, leaving just the APPLAUSE, which is interrupted by:
Horton: There's so many people to thank the good people of Nool, who put me in a cage and poked me with sticks.
Yummo: That was me!
Horton: My buddy Morton, for being the only who stood by me. Well, not right by me. He hid in the bushes. Sending me good thoughts. He's small.
Morton: Dude. You're a warrior poet.
Horton: And most of all, I'd like to thank the Mayor of Who-ville. Who believed me from the beginning.
Mayor: Oh, Horton. We're going to miss you.
Horton: (CHUCKLES) Gee.
JoJo: What are we gonna do without you, Horton?
Horton: Aw, don't worry. I'll always be around.
♪ And even as I wonder,
♪ I'm keeping in them sight
Mayor: ♪ You're a candle in the window
Sally: ♪ On a cold, dark winter's night
Mayor: Beautiful metaphor.
TOGETHER: ♪ And I'm getting closer
♪ Than I ever thought I might
Horton: Whoo! That's a little high for me.
-♪ Baby, I can't fight this -♪ Feeling any more
Yummo: ♪ I've forgotten what I started fightin' for
-Morton: ♪ And if I have to crawl upon the floor -SALLY: ♪ Crawl upon the floor
-Vlad: ♪ Come crashing through your door -MAYOR: ♪ Crashing through your door
ALL: ♪ Baby, I can't fight this feeling any more
JoJo: I can't fight this feeling
-♪ Anymore ♪ -Whoo!
(JOJO HOLDING NOTE)
NARRATOR: And so all ended well, for those Horton and the Whos. And for all in the jungle, even Kangaroos. So let that be a lesson to one and to all, a person's a person. No matter how small.
(CHOIR VOCALIZING SOFTLY)
BOGO: (PRE-LAP) All right! All right...
INT. ZPD BULLPEN - DAY
Hopps and Nick (now in uniform) sit together among ZPD’s finest. Bogo stands at the podium.
...Enough! Shut it! We have some
new recruits with us this morning, including our first fox. Who cares.
Ha! You should have your own line
of inspirational greeting cards, sir.
Shut your mouth, Wilde.
Assignments! Officers Grizzoli, Fangmeyer, Delgato: Tundratown Swat. Snarlov, Higgins, Wolfard: Undercover. Hopps, Wilde...
(beat of anticipation) Parking duty. Dismissed.
Just kidding! We have reports of a street racer tearing up Savannah Central. Find him, shut him down.
INT. / EXT. COP CAR (DRIVING SHOTS) - DAY
Hopps drives. Nick rides shotgun, eating a Pawpsickle.
So are all rabbits bad drivers or
is it just you?
She slams on the brakes. He lurches forward, accidentally jamming the Pawpsickle into his face.
JUDY: Oops. Sorry.
(as he wipes off his face)
JUDY: Dumb fox.
You know you love me.
Do I know that? Yes. Yes, I do.
They smile wide. They’re stopped at a red light, when suddenly-- a TRICKED OUT RED SPORTS CAR blasts through the light! They look at each other and smile even wider.
Hopps stomps on the gas. Nick hits the siren. The patrol car takes off...
EXT. STREETS OF ZOOTOPIA - MOMENTS LATER
The fleeing sports car comes to a screeching halt. ANGLE ON the license plate: FST NML. Hopps and Nick exit their car and approach the driver.
Sir, you were going 115 miles per
hour. I hope you have a good explanation.
But when they get to the driver’s window...
Flash? Flash? Hundred yard dash?!
Yep. It’s Flash the sloth.
FLASH: (several beats)
Cast (in credits order)
Ginnifer Goodwin – Fawn / Judy Hopps
Mae Whitman – Tinker Bell
Jason Bateman – Nick Wilde
Jim Carrey – Horton
Steve Carell – Mayor
Idris Elba – Chief Bogo
Rosario Dawson – Nyx
Carol Burnett – Kangaroo
Jenny Slate – Bellwether
Nate Torrence – Clawhauser
Will Arnett – Vlad
Seth Rogen – Morton
Lucy Liu – Silvermist
Raven-Symoné – Iridessa
Megan Hilty – Rosetta
Pamela Adlon – Vidia
Bonnie Hunt – Bonnie Hopps
Don Lake – Stu Hopps
Amy Poehler – Sally McDodd
Isla Fisher – Dr. Mary Lou Larue
Tommy Chong – Yax
J.K. Simmons – Mayor Lionheart
Octavia Spencer – Mrs. Otterton
Alan Tudyk – Duke Weaselton
Dan Fogler – Councilman / Yummo Wickersham
Jonah Hill – Tommy
Jaime Pressly – Mrs. Quilligan
Danai Gurira – Fury
Chloe Bennet – Chase
Charles Osgood – Narrator
Josh Flitter – Rudy
Jesse McCartney – JoJo
Niecy Nash – Miss Yelp
Anjelica Huston – Queen Clarion
Shakira – Gazelle
Raymond S. Persi – Flash / Officer Higgins
Della Saba – Young Judy
Maurice LaMarche – Mr. Big
Phil Johnston – Gideon Grey
Thomas Lennon – Scribble
Jeff Corwin – Buck
Olivia Holt – Morgan
Fuschia! – Drill Sergeant
John DiMaggio – Jerry Jumbeaux Jr. / Woolter / Jesse / Ticket Moose / Pig Reporter
Katie Lowes – Badger Doctor
Gita Reddy – Nangi
Jesse Corti – Mr. Manchas
Tom Lister – Finnick
Josh Dallas – Frantic Pig
Leah Latham – Fru Fru
Rich Moore – Doug / Larry
Kath Soucie – Young Nick
Peter Mansbridge – Peter Moosebridge
Grey DeLisle – Prologue Narrator
Kari Wahlgren – Robin
Byron Howard – Bucky Kudu-Antlerson / Travis
Jared Bush – Pronk Oryx-Antlerson
Mark Rhino Smith – Officer McHorn
Josie Trinidad – Landlady
John Lavelle – Mouse Foreman
Kristen Bell – Priscilla
Livvy Stubenrauch – Hedy / Hooly
Jack Angel – Old Time Who
Eva Bella – Helen
Emily Hahn – Heather
Madeleine Curry – Sharla / Gareth / Ticket Hippo Kid
Jan Rabson – Town Cryer
John Cygan – Who
Jess Harnell – Another Who
Debi Derryberry – Who Mom
Veronika Bonell – Hildy / Holly
Merit Leighton – Who Kid
Roy Conli – Wickersham Guard #1
Bill Farmer – Willie Bear
Tucker Gilmore – Joe
Melissa Goodwin Shepherd – Ticket Mouse
Zach King – Arrested Wolf
Annie Lopez – Who Girl
Noah Cyrus – Helga
Paul Briggs – Obnoxious Who
Mia Talerico – Katie
Fabienne Rawley – Fabienne Growley / Elephant Patron
Molly Jackson – Heidi / Haley
Katie Silverman – Hanna
Laraine Newman – Glummox Mom
Jackson Stein – Jaguar Actuary / Junior Ranger Scout Bully
Tim Mertens – Wickersham Guard #2
Colleen O'Shaughnessey – Angela
Dove Cameron – Jessica
David A. Thibodeau – Gary
Joe Pasquale – The Dentist
Tyree Brown – Who Child #1
Additional Voices: Isabella Acres, Ava Acres, Lori Alan, Carlos Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Bob Bergen, Aurora Blue, David Boat, Evelyn Wilson Bresee, Hewitt Bush, Jill Cordes, David Cowgill, Brian T. Delaney, Terri Douglas, Keith Ferguson, Eddie Frierson, Elisa Gabrielli, Pierce Gagnon, Spencer Lacey Ganus, Teresa Ganzel, Jean Gilpin, Jackie Gonneau, Nicholas Guest, Bridget Hoffman, John Kassir, Daniel Kaz, Dave Kohut, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Yuri Lowenthal, Sherry Lynn, Danny Mann, Mona Marshall, Mickie McGowan, Scott Menville, Jeremy Milton, Paul Pape, Pace Paulsen, Phil Proctor, Lynwood Robinson, Patrick Seitz, Lloyd Sherr, Brad Simonsen, Claire K. Smith, Shane Sweet, Fred Tatasciore, Jim Ward, Frank Welker, John Wheeler, Hannah G. Williams