Mayor Swinton is a curvy-figured pig with pink skin, brown hooves, and a tuft of white hair curling between her ears. She wears a cream sleeveless dress with a black sash, a coral red jacket, and a flower necklace, as well as two bangles. Her eyes are violet and framed by long eyelashes.
- “Swinton was very urbane and intelligent, a politician of the people.”
- ―Co-director Rich Moore
Byron Howard relates that the crew found out on research that pigs are one of the most intelligent animals. However, they decided to change the role of the mayor to a lion, due to this animal's reputation as "king of the jungle".
In spite of the "soft and pink" personality Swinton displayed in the initial story draft, she was supposed to be a murderous, surprise villain and the main antagonist, secretly harboring a grudge against the dominant predators of the city, who began to disappear mysteriously. The surprise villain role went to Bellwether.
Role in the Film
It is unknown if this is intended to be the same character, however.
- Bryan Alexander, USA Today - 'Zootopia' mayor was originally a woman — and a pig, June 5th, 2016
- Byron Howard via Twitter, May 5th, 2016