One reason the scene works so well on repeated viewings is that it's essentially a sketch. The scene is just as funny on its own as it is within the context of the movie, and that's due to its brilliant concept.
Everyone who's ever been to the DMV knows how painful an experience it is. It takes forever, and to those forced to wait for hours, it seems as ...
The directors addressed this scene and their motivation directly, indicating that it was both a cultural homage and just a really good joke:
The gag works. During copious test screenings, Moore and Howard say they can consistently count on hearing adults crack up at the reference, coursing through the audience like a ripple the kids never notice.
It's a joke
The actual US DMV (Dept of Motor Vehicles) is renowned (at least in Film & TV) for slow service, long queues and poor efficiency & service.
Now this may not actually be the case but it's a common trope that a visit to the DMV will take a long time.
For an in-universe answer, if I may speculate:
Perhaps in the for-profit sector, sloths are stereotyped as being too slow to get any work done, and so no one hires them. Meanwhile, the city, with its Animal Inclusion Initiative, is willing to hire sloths for desk work where time isn't of the essence. Thus, the sloths tend to find employment in bureaucracies ...
There doesn't appear to be a clear reason behind how they decided to use certain animals and broadcasters for certain reasons.
The full breakdown is:
In the American, Canadian, French versions, he is a moose. The moose is called Peter Moosebridge which is a reference to Canadian news anchor Peter Mansbridge, who voices him.
In the Brazilian version, he's ...
I believe the moral of the story is "Don't judge book by its cover". The whole movie is against stereotypes.
The bunny should be a carrot farmer, because that's what bunnies do,
the predators are bullies an deep down everyone feels that way, because when assumption is made that only predators are going feral, everyone accepts it as truth.
You can see that ...
No agenda, or perhaps just an open one.
At the end Judy reflects that Zootopia is not a dream place, it's more complex than that.
I thought Zootopia was this perfect place.
Where everyone got along
and anyone could be anything.
Turns out, real life's a little bit
than a slogan on a bumper sticker.
Real life is messy.
Alan Tudyk confirms this
In a red carpet interview for Zootopia he addresses this directly.
Well, I have convinced Disney that I should be in everyone of their animated movies after Wreck-It Ralph and I've been doing a fairly good job of that, yeah. So in Frozen I was the Duke of Weselton and so in this movie I'm Duke Weaselton, because in Frozen I was ...
They aren't; neither of those characters is a goat.
The Zootopia character is a yak. His name is Yax, and look at him side-by-side with this picture of a yak:
Yaks are native to Central Asia; they're commonly kept as domesticated animals in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and parts of India and Mongolia.1
Meditation is associated with Buddhism, which is ...
This is done in order to better provide the moral of the film.
The lamb is usually a symbol of innocence and, by size, looks, and behavior, Dawn Bellwether resembles more of a lamb than a sheep. It also triggers some protective instincts.
In the end we get the twist that
So again the point is made that one should not rely on preconceived ideas.
Yes, but only in secondary canon.
In the film itself (primary canon), there are no platypuses. But the "expanded universe" novel The Stinky Cheese Caper and Other Cases from the ZPD Files, in which Judy and Nick visit the Australian-themed Outback Island, features a platypus named Singcor Swim (ha ha).
I found this answer by Googling "zootopia platypus", ...
In the US version of the film, the city is called Zootopia. As for why it was changed in the UK (and some other countries, apparently), IMDB has this to say:
Why is Zootopia called "Zootropolis" in some countries?
This was a creative decision made by Disney stating: "to merely allow the film to have a unique title that works for UK audiences....
This was actually made clearer in a deleted scene available on the Blu Ray. It happens when Nick and Judy are still investigating the case and she brings him to her apartment - where they suddenly meet her parents who came by for a surprise visit. When her parents are apprehensive about Nick, Judy defends him, saying they've been working together and that he'...
During the movie they become good friends. As to that ending scene and the future after that, it seems it's intentionally ambiguous. The directors (Mainly Rich Moore) seem to be having great fun playing with this fact on Twitter.
See here, the confirmation they are friends:
Diego Noriega @Diego_Noriega10:
@_rich_moore Already seen the movie and I have ...
Very good point has been made in the question. But there is another important point we should keep in my mind while asking this question. It was only Judy who witnessed all the process of manufacturing those popsicles. We already know that Judy is a cop in the movie. A cop can do nothing if he has no evidence. Evidence is must to prove a crime in the court ...
Possibly the order of events was:
Judy opens her parent's minds about trusting all animals, even predators, and giving them chances.
Judy leaves for Zootopia.
Judy's parents partner with Gideon Grey.
The partnership goes well and Judy's parents come to trust Gideon Grey.
Judy makes her unfortunate comments at the press conference, which are not enough to ...
As explained here, there was no official reason except for some PR fluff ("In the UK we decided to change the US title to Zootropolis to merely allow the film to have a unique title that works for UK audiences"). But the feeling is that a zoo/safari park opening in Scandinavia called Zootopia might have had a claim on the copyright of any merch labelled as ...
In addition to being a funny trait in a sloth, Flash choosing to be fast on the road also ties nicely into the movie's theme
of not judging a book by its cover.
A lot of Zootopia is about challenging stereotypes through animal metaphors. Says the film's co-director Byron Howard (in an interview here):
[What] I really take from [the film] is the theme of ...
Kid's movies and TV often contain jokes/references or other Easter eggs that only adults will catch. This entertains the parents, while going over the kid's heads. For example in Scooby Doo (2002) Shaggy meets a girl and she says her name is Marry Jane to which he replies, "That's my favorite name". Kids wouldn't understand that joke, but parents would. ...
Those people fearing a gay agenda see the movie "promoting" certain things, peoples, and behaviours; I see it more as "showing a modern world", a nowadays city where you have the rich, the poor, the weird, the gay and so on. But as we know, some people don't like to see some of "those" around, and see a purpose of enfatization where there is none. The movies ...
There is a very interesting article about "Symbolic Meanings of Goats" present on whats-your-sign.com.
Symbolic goat meaning can be hard to tackle because there are so many
symbolic implications the goat has to offer. This is largely due to
its long-term presence in human life/civilization.
They also encourage independent adventures and ...
It's a joke. or irony. Or both. "Significant"? No. It's just a play on the fact that sloths are slow, so to see them do something fast would be out of the ordinary. Or silly. Which would cause children to laugh. And it is a Disney children's movie.
I believe zootopia is like a regular zoo. If you go to a regular zoo, you can see lions, elephants, apes, birds, etc... , you don't see whales or dolphins only in an Aquazoo/park which Zootopia isn't.
If you look at the Zootopia Disney Wiki you can see the cast here and all the animals that are in the movie:
Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps, a rabbit