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The Detail In Zootopia That Makes No Sense According To Reddit

For the better part of the past three decades, the conversation around animated Disney offerings has largely revolved around its game-changing collaboration with Pixar Studios. And one look at Pixar's releases is enough to see why — the partner studios have released some of the best-loved animated films ever produced during that period. Disney has hardly thrown in the towel on releasing animated movies outside of its Pixar collab, of course, with the likes of 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph," 2013's "Frozen," and 2014's "Big Hero 6" regarded as modern classics for the studio.

So too is 2016's anthropomorphic marvel "Zootopia," which tells the tale of an ambitious young bunny named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) trying to make a name for herself as a cop in the titular city. Unfortunately, she finds the city plagued by corruption and conspiracy at the highest levels and eventually enlists the help of wily fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to bring down the bad guys. As far as non-Pixar Disney flicks go, you'd be hard-pressed to find one quite as clever, or charming, as "Zootopia," which scored well with critics and audiences (via Rotten Tomatoes) and set the box office ablaze to the tune of more than $1 billion (via Box Office Mojo).

It seems, however, some fans have one big problem with the film: They believe the cost of living in Zootopia would likely be prohibitive for its central characters.

Some Reddit fans are quite dubious about the cost of living in Zootopia

Redditor u/Ellikichi was the first to broach the subject of rent in "Zootopia," opening a lively thread titled "The rent in Zootopia is obscenely high." The user promptly backed up their theory with a lengthy, shockingly well-thought-out post that holds up the main character's theoretical incomes against the quality of their personal dwellings. And in u/Ellikichi's estimation, Nick and Judy are no doubt eking out a meager existence by living within the city limits.

The responses to u/Ellikichi's theory range from clever to dark, with u/improbable_humanoid offering that Nick's situation might actually be quite desperate: "alternative theory: nick is lying about how much he makes selling knockoff pop-sickles [sic] and how hard he works." Meanwhile, u/irrelevantberyllium argues that Nick's circumstance may be due to racial or socioeconomic bigotry: "But Nick is also a Fox. Maybe landlords have an issue with that, no one else seems too happy having a Fox around."

In another exceedingly well-considered post, u/forrestib pointed out we really don't know enough about Zootopian economics to form a valid opinion, stating, "We also don't know the value of a dollar in the culture of Zootopia. ... Inflation can drive currency values to be vastly higher or lower in unknown cultures with unknown histories in even subtly different universes." Clearly, people have opinions about living in Zootopia, and it'll honestly be difficult to revisit this film without now worrying about Nick's and Judy's well-being.