Do Zootopia and Robin Hood take place in an alternative Disney universe?

There’s no getting around it. When it comes to the Disney universe, Robin Hood is a problem.

A dedicated blogger can obsessively connect, say, 30+ Disney movies in to a single coherent universe, and still have no idea how to connect all that to a world of anthropomorphic animals living in medieval Britain  (and believe me, I tried).

Take for example King Richard – who is clearly a lion, but not in the same way Mufasa is a lion. Robin Hood is definitely a fox, but not in the same way Tod in The Fox In The Hound is a fox. At every turn, the Disney classic defied all attempts to link it to anything.

Then came Zootopia.

A world of right and wrong. Outlaws and justice. Foxes and bunnies who wore clothes and did jobs just like people. Obviously this is no coincidence.

Because Zootopia exists in the exact same world as Robin Hood.

Sloth

The origins of this theory came from an interview for Coming Soon, where the interviewer put forward this fan question to co-directors co-directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore about the world of Zootopia:

‘If I’m in the universe of Zootopia and I go back in time, did Disney’s Robin Hood actually happen?’

Rather than laugh off the question, the film-makers then gave the biggest endorsement of a fan theory since Frozen co-director Chris Buck confirmed Frozen and Tarzan take place in the same world:

Coming Soon

So what makes the co-directors so convinced? Well, for one thing…

The stars of both films are clearly related.

Nick Robin Hood

A hug felt across time.

Take Nick and Robin – both rebels that follow their own moral compass, breaking the laws of the land and flying in the face of authority where they see fit. Nick is of course more cynical than Robin but then so is the city of Zootopia, which has far has more moral grey areas than the simple times of medieval Nottingham.

Then there’s Judy and Skippy:

Judy Skippy 2

In Zootopia, the pen is mightier than the sword.

Both are as enthusiastic as they are optimistic – bursting to escape their rural life to fight for justice for the little people (no matter how much their families try to keep them home).

And of course the Mayor and King Richard:

Mayor Richard

Lions can make both great and terrible leaders in the Disneyverse.

Bold, brash and born leaders (and both equally ignorant when it comes to the treachery being committed by those close to them). The Mayor and King Richard are likeable, if ineffective, and make good in the end.

And what’s more, the villains of both worlds even hire the same henchmen:

Wolves

Technology may advance but wolf henchmen stay pretty much the same.

Nice pictures you say, but what evidence is there beyond visual similarities?

Well you know the Mayor of Zootopia, but did you catch his full name?

Lionheart.jpg

Wiki entry from Zootopia.wikia.com

That’s right…

Mayor Leodore Lionheart is the great-great-(etc)-grandson of King Richard ‘the Lionheart’.

Set 800 years after Robin Hood‘s medieval Nottingham, the American city of Zootopia is a continuation of that world’s struggle for justice for the little people against the corrupt officials in power.

Even if that struggle means idealistic young bunnies teaming up with cynical outlaw foxes.

Nick + Judy Robin Hood

It’s reassuring to know that even with 800 years and an ocean between them some friendships were meant to be.

But still I’m at a loss. How do these movies connect to the one unified universe of the Disney Theory?

They don’t.

Zootopia and Robin Hood have to belong in their own splinter universe set apart from the unified Disneyverse. Even the way magic users in the Disney universe can break the rules of the universe can’t explain how these coherent anthropomorphic worlds connect to the movies like The Lion King.

They’re just too different and too lacking in links to argue otherwise. There must be the Disneyverse and the ‘Hoodtopiaverse’.

Zootopia Planet

Which begs the question: are there any more movies that connect to this separate universe? Are there other Zootopia-like cities for birds and fish? (Zootopia of course only features mammals.)  Is the Pixar universe then its own separate universe? Or maybe the Game Central of The Wreck-It Ralph Theory still applies, and these separate universes can be connected by one giant computer?

But enough speculation. What do the creators of Zootopia think the connection is?

Wormhole

Now there’s an idea…

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3 Responses to Do Zootopia and Robin Hood take place in an alternative Disney universe?

  1. Furienna says:

    I have not seen “Zootopia” yet, but I love this theory. It would make total sense that “Robin Hood” and “Zootopia” take Place in the same world, except in two different eras and two different countries.

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  2. ozfan95 says:

    Um, there’s one more that you’re forgetting man. Chicken Little. Chicken Little features animals that are portrayed in a similar way to these movies. So, I think I connected another movie to it. Tell me what you think.

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  3. Atarifan95 says:

    No, actually, the first time a movie connected to the same universe as Robin Hood was made was 2005, when Chicken Little came out. Chicken Little was the first movie to be connected to the Robin Hood universe. Zootopia is the second movie to be connected to it.

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