Zootopia (partially found pre-rewrite version of CGI animated film; early 2010s)
Zootopia (also known as Zootropolis in some countries) is a 2016 CGI-animated film produced by Walt Disney Studios. The film received critical acclaim for its subject matter and well-written characters, but according to directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, the film underwent a significant re-write during production.
Footage from the pre-rewrite version is crudely animated, and most scenes never made it past the storyboard stage. A full script of this version has not yet been released, though numerous concept art from the original version has been made available through the film's art book The Art of Zootopia.
Original Plot Description and Rewrite
In the original script, all the predators in Zootopia were required to wear "Tame Collars" that would deliver an electric shock if the predator became aggressive. Nick Wilde would open an amusement park called "Wild Times" where predators could have their collars removed. Fearing that the predators would have their collars removed permanently, the city would send Judy Hopps to investigate Wild Times and close it down.
Ultimately, the reason why the film's plot was re-written because director Byron Howard felt that film's original plot made Zootopia be presented as a "world that was very dystopian right from the top and it didn’t feel like a place where we wanted to be. We instead wanted Nick to just get out of the city. But we were trying to make this version work, because it felt like, there’s a story there. But it got to the point where it was very hard to root for the city and we don’t want to create worlds that we don’t like, that we want our characters not to live in."
While the finished film's plot is very different from the original plot, a major change from it is that it switches the main character from Nick Wilde to Judy Hopps.
- The Mary Sue's article on the film's original plot. Retrieved 13 Sept '18
- Slash Film's article on the film's re-write. Retrieved 13 Sept '18