Hello, my fellow Zootopians! Prepare to get Z.A.P.ped! It's time for this week's edition of the Zootopia Appreciation Post, or Z.A.P. for short. Every Saturday, I'm gonna be posting a different Zootopia-related topic that we can all discuss.
For today's topic, I would like to talk about the alternate ending of the museum scene.
Apologies for not doing this on Saturday.
As you know, near the climax of the film, Nick and Judy cut through the Natural History Museum to reach the Z.P.D. with the serum evidence. They're stopped by Mayor Bellwether, who is revealed to be the mastermind behind a prey-supremecy conspiracy. As the duo run for the exit, a ram headbutts them into a pit and the case lands on the floor. Bellwether shoots Nick with a pellet and he appears to go savage. However, they reveal that it was just a ruse to get Bellwether to admit to her crimes that were recorded on Judy's carrot pen. The authorities arrive and the sheep is arrested.
Now, I was looking through the Zootopia Reddit page and I came across an article about an alternate ending of the museum scene. In one pre-production script of Zootopia, Night Howlers caused affected individuals to become feral, but that did not necessarily translate into mindless physical violence. In this draft, Nick did get afflicted by the Night Howler serum for real, but the established friendship between him and Judy led his instincts to see the rabbit as something to protect, thus preventing him from attacking her.
In other words, the "Power of Love" would have saved her. I'm really glad they didn't go with this ending, because if they did, I think I would have hated the movie. It would be so cliché and lame! I mean, how are we supposed to believe that a drug that can make you mindlessly aggressive can be overrode by feelings of love? If that was the case, then shouldn't Emmitt Otterton have snapped out of it when his wife saw him in the hospital? I can't thank Byron and Rich enough for not going through with this ending.
So, what do you guys think? Sound off in the comments below!