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This Petition Asks Artists To Stop Creating ‘Zootopia’ Furry Porn

If a film’s success is judged by how much erotic fan art it generates, then Disney has already won 2016 with Zootopia.

The film is still months away from arriving in theaters, but that hasn’t stopped artists from creating loads of pornographic drawings with the film’s leads — rabbit-cop Judy Hopps and scheming fox Nick Wilde — as well as supporting characters like Shakira’s Gazelle and Chief Bogo. We’re not linking to any of it, but suffice to say, it’s not difficult to find.

There’s currently a petition at Change.org started by an anonymous individual asking “furries,” a subculture of people interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics, to stop producing Zootopia porn. The petition has received 223 signatures, and counting, but it seems that the individual who started it had a change of heart. In an update, the person, who identified as “Furries Against Yiff,” wrote, “[N]evermind i just looked at some of the porn and its actuially [sic] kinda hot please make more.”

Here’s the original text of the petition:

Zootopia is a movie made by Disney pixar that is about furries.

Furries are an Internet subculture Who are fans of anthropomorphic animal characters And they bring them to life in any way they can; In costumes, illustration, roleplay and animation. Anthropomorphic means like human But not entirely quite human. So animal mascots or animal cartoons Are the kind of characters I mean to refer to And every furry has a character like this. A character that they identify with And that’s their furry identity. Yes that’s who they are to the furry community.

But thats not all of it.. Some people (not me) like to make porn or “yiff” about furries. They are even doing this to ZOOTOPIA. The one chance disney gave us to make our spotlight in the world and people are making porn of it so then people will think that furries are nothing but sex freaks. Theyre ruining their own chances and ours as well. Pleas sign this petition to put an end to zootopia porn. I can’t stress this enough. We can’t mess this up. It may be the only chance weve got to show the world that we have dignity and arew normal people.

While the petition may have been made partly (or entirely) in jest, there will surely be further criticisms about the amount of pornographic content related to the film in the months ahead. In truth, this isn’t a “furry” issue; this type of material exists for virtually all animation project nowadays, animal-centric or otherwise. In fact, there’s a memetic Internet “rule” — Rule 34 — that describes this phenomenon, and it basically boils down to, “If it exists, there is porn of it–no exceptions.”

But Zootopia is a unique case; the characters are anthropomorphized in such a way that has resulted in a flood of pornographic fan art. In relation to Zootopia, Illumination’s upcoming The Secret Life of Pets, another film with a large animal cast, has thus far generated a mere fraction of the adult-themed fan art. There’s an interesting thread on Reddit with commenters discussing what makes Zootopia especially furry-friendly. The original poster began by asking, “Is it just me, or is Zootopia suspiciously furry. Like not just trying to be a cartoon about anthro animals, but a cartoon specifically targeted for FURRIES.”

That thread raises an interesting question: To what extent are Zootopia’s filmmakers aware that they are stoking an adult community of fans? Unlike earlier animal-centric Disney films like Robin Hood and Chicken Little, which skewed young, the gags and settings of Zootopia appear to be deliberately targeted at a broader, and more adult, audience.

An adult fandom is forming around the characters of "Zootopia" thanks to scenes like this one from the film's trailer.
An adult fandom is forming around the characters of “Zootopia” thanks to scenes like this one from the film’s trailer.

While the overall tone of the film remains family-friendly, there are plenty of elements in the early footage that are not strictly aimed at kids. The latest trailer, for example, includes not just a Godfather parody, but a scene in which Judy and Nick stumble upon an animal nudist resort. An earlier trailer took place entirely in the animals’ equivalent of the Department of Motor Vehicles. And much could be said of the film’s Gazelle character, a hyper-sexualized pop star in the vein of the character’s voice actress, Shakira.

So, while Disney may not be actively encouraging an adult fandom surrounding Zootopia, it would appear that they are intentionally attempting to attract an older crowd with mature and titillating content. This is likely the key factor that will cause teens and adults to engage with Zootopia in ways that they probably won’t respond to the rest of 2016’s crop of animal cartoons like Norm of the North, The Angry Birds Movie, and The Secret Life of Pets.

(Top image: Artwork drawn by Electrixocket)

  • Dustin Koski

    Stop making furry porn… AND START LIVING IT!

  • Really, how could this have even put a stop to it?

  • Kylo Ren

    This film looks great… I don’t want another “MLP” again… The show was decent but it was ruined by the fandom, I think the same thing is happening with Steven Universe….

    This is why I hate fandoms… they get too much into the thing they like, like it was real or something… it’s really weird

    • UsaMiKo

      Word to the wise my friend; NEVER judge a franchise by it’s fandom. You will miss out on a lot of great things if you do.

    • Geary

      I’m curious how little fandom interaction you have if you think Bronies and SU fans are remotely comparable

      • Mistwalker

        Well… I used to consider myself a Brony back in 2012 and 2013… I got a LOT of interaction, that’s why I said Bronies take the show too seriously, won’t stop making references in the Youtube comment section whenever someone makes a pony or horse reference.
        Although, I haven’t seen too much of SU fans behavior, only the fact they gave bad reviews to a real hotel with the same name as one that appears in the show.

    • Kit

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    • MrWolf

      [Comment removed by editors. Per our commenting guidelines, “Stay on-topic. Comments are not a place to discuss ideas not directly related to the post.” The topic of this post is ‘Zootopia.’]

    • kuzronk

      Ignore some bad apples on tumblr and 4chan and the shows don’t have bad fandoms.

    • And what’s the problem? Since when should it be “bad” to have a little ‘sub-culture’? It’s just people wanting to be happy, it’s not being forced so it’s not really bad.

  • Grant Beaudette

    I remember seeing that Reddit thread at the time and thinking it was a classic case of people seeing what they want to see.
    The fact that the trailer had the word “Anthropomorphic” in it got a lot of people in a twist thinking it was a secret Furry infiltration.

  • EHH

    Why are you even covering this? Last thing this needs is more attention…

    • cijfer

      Because even though you dislike this topic, you clicked and even replied. That means money for this website. The more something is disliked, the more money it makes by outraged people clicking on it.

      • Steven Stark

        I don’t believe that for one second. This isn’t Facebook or Youtube

        • Tabloids existed before Facebook and Youtube. In fact, they’re still in printed publication while the average newspaper is struggling to survive against the internet.

        • Chicken McPhee

          How do you think this site stays up, exactly? How do you think movie review sites stay up?

  • Tigercat919

    There’s loads of adults out there who take things a little too much. I am very interested in seeing Zootopia and I fear that all this stuff could create a fanbase that is far too extreme and rough. The MLPFIM and Steven Universe fanbases are already brutal as they are; we don’t need more creepiness or anger coming out from anything.

    Why can’t fans of stuff just like it for what it is? And if you want to make fan art of something, be more creative. Draw characters from something interacting with another series if you want, for instance.

    • You’d think they could try (I’m sure the worst I’ll see out of this is Zootopia OC’s running around DA or FA for a while). I often wondered if they’ll ever publish a comic book out of the film as well, since the world in the film might prove interesting material for future stories, but then I got an ugly though of fans trying to pester IDW for wanting to submit their characters in such issues if possible!

    • anon

      Maybe you should just stop telling people what they should draw or do?

  • Chaucer

    The My Little Pony brony website Equestria Daily just ran a poll asking if its readers either liked or objected to what the site calls “saucy” art featuring – well, intimate relations between characters meant for children. Sad to say that most were in favor of it. I suspect that there’s a certain, um, breed of people out there who get off on on the idea of sexualizing the characters of children’s cartoons – and it doesn’t matter which cartoon. For such people, the thrill is in the destruction of innocence. Pitiful. I used to defend the brony fandom, but I’ve become reluctantly convinced that most of it really IS comprised of pervs and furries. Oh, the humanity…

    • Geary

      In all fairness EQ also frequently linked to a comic where Princess Celestia was graphically depicted as a violent rapist. Bronies probably aren’t the best example of fandoms out there.

      • James STanley

        It’s intent was only to be dark comedy. Nothing more. Besides that was just one comic. Many other things that the site covers include a wide range of tastes, stories and genres crated by the fandom i.e Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction.

    • Charmander

      Excuse me, but that’s simply not true. The poll choices were to keep or to remove that kind of stuff from the site, and the most voted option, with above the 40% of the votes, wasn’t either “keep it” nor “remove it”, it was “I don’t care”. Maybe most of the voters don’t like “saucy” art, it’s just they don’t try to tell everybody else what they should like and what not. If your idea of “defending” the fandom is “as long as they behave as I want” then sorry, but you weren’t defending anything but yourself.

    • The saucy art is still behind tags so you don’t have to look at it if you don’t want to. And like Charmander said, the option with the most votes was that people don’t actively see them more than other art.

  • Patch O’Furr

    Good article Amid, even if it’s not for everyone.

    One other blog noticed the topic – “Disney Prepares to Cash In on the Furry Demographic with “Zootopia”
    https://www.inverse.com/article/8928-disney-prepares-to-cash-in-on-the-furry-demographic-with-zootopia

    That writer quoted my comments in the Reddit thread you linked. I often visit this at my news blog (the most active one for “Furry News”). There will be more under the “Zootopia” tag.
    http://dogpatch.press/tag/zootopia/ – (especially around opening week with a theater rented just for furries!)

    That petition is definitely a joke about “the topic furries love to hate”. Decades after Fritz The Cat, this stuff is barely shocking if you spend much time on the internet. (Also, lazy nerd bashing isn’t as easy as it used to be). Railing against porn doesn’t accomplish much except moralizing at grown ups. So, most fans have come to accept the dirty side, grudgingly or enthusiastically. Even if they don’t admit it. It’s an open secret that more furries appreciate it than don’t. It’s like those situations where science studies about regular-people porn couldn’t proceed, because they couldn’t find any test subjects who don’t watch it.

    The important distinction is that they get upset about being defined by adult stuff. I think they would prefer to have it considered only one optional aspect, like with any interest. It just comes with more freedom when artists draw it for each other. Even uninterested animation fans might appreciate how it comes with fewer assumptions that animation is for kids.

  • Mistwalker

    MLP and SU are not that good IMO (especially MLP), also FNAF have a huge fandom and the games are pretty lame gameplay wise (the story is good, I admit that), also there are great shows (winning tons of awards and recognition) with overlooked or small fandoms.
    But I agree, I shouldn’t judge a franchise by it’s fandom.

  • pixilbit

    I agree that it’s a Rule 34 issue, can’t really stop that sort of thing. Best way to treat it is two ways – Don’t give it extra attention, don’t go looking for it – and on the part of the people who draw it (or their friends) – encourage a sense of being considerate and respectful. If you’re going to post it online, don’t post it on relatively clean sites for the shock-and-laugh factor. If it’s a mixed-content website, label and tag it NSFW. Give people polite warning and the option to skip it.

    What I like about fan art is that – although I might not agree with the content sometimes – it makes me happy when an animated film or tv show encourages someone’s creativity to write or draw. Maybe that love of the media gives someone the push to start drawing and hone their skills. What starts off as a derivative tribute may lead to someone wanting to branch out and develop their own style someday, and maybe eventually go professional. Or not; it might simply lead to a couple years of fun interaction with your fellow fans. Long before MLP:FiM I saw fans doing art of Transformers, Gargoyles, Pokémon, Digimon, and The Lion King.

    So I’ve been wondering – since the late 1990s and early 2000s, has the increase in CGI had an effect on the drawing of fan art? Does the 3D look encourage less people to try adapting it into a 2D format, especially fans just beginning to practice their artistic skills? On the other hand, the increase of the Internet in people’s lives has made sharing artwork on social media and finding fellow fans all the more easier, so that makes it harder to tell.

    All I know is that Kung Fu Panda was really popular and I didn’t see much fan artwork. MLP:FiM fan artwork, on the other hand, was tidal in comparison. Was it just a popularity thing, or was MLP:FiM simply a lot less intimidating an artsyle for beginner artists to tackle?

    • GS

      That’s probably because Tigress has a man’s body-shape (narrow waist and serious man-hands).

  • MakoRuu

    Can’t stop laughing.

  • Inkan1969

    I could understand Disney going after people trying to sell “Zootopia” porn, because of the unauthorized attempt to make money. And I wouldn’t want any kind of porn to be exposed to minors. But this petition is wrong headed. Fanart like this is just an expression. You should be able to call it disgusting if you feel that way, and you have every right to keep it out of your life. But outright prohibiting people from doing this stuff anywhere goes too far, to stifling expression.

  • Donki

    That second paragraph of the original text from the petition is just taken word-for-word from “The Furry Song 2009” from the album “The Furry Album” released that same year by furry musician “Kurrel the Raven”.

  • Emilie Côté Bessette

    I don’t know if this movie is about furries but cartoon porn is so old, in books and animated form, but suddenly some people woke up and decided it’s not ok.

    It’s about the children but it’s misguided, if you have the children protection on your browser and search engine put it on default, the children’s eye will never cross this porn.
    It’s also about the image of the furries. No matter what you do, if you’re marginal, some part of the population will think it’s about a sick porn fad. I think it’s a good idea to promote a good image of the furries but not a good idea to morally judge cartoon porn and hinder other people’s creativity.

    Elvis was thought to be horribly sexualised, indecent, because of his hips movements. Now, Elvis, even if his biography is well known, is now the equivalent of a god. The people that found Elvis indecent are all dead now. Some people are bigots and your best intentions won’t change it.

    Also, I think, if a poor child where to be exposed to cartoon porn, maybe he’ll be shocked but he will be in the position to know that it doesn’t represent real life, that it’s a fantasy. Cartoon porn and live porn have nothing in common, it doesn’t have the same public, impact, issues etc.

    • Charmander

      You’ve made some really good points there, I couldn’t agree more.

  • Ritsu Tainaka

    As somebody who has actually drawn a decent amount of it, “No lol” .

  • powerstone05

    So…someone got trolled? Why is this news?

  • MrWolf

    What a pointless petition. There will always be “Rule 34” art of everything imaginable. Today’s politically correct marxist culture wants to ban everything it does not like or agree with. While it may drive this type of art underground, it will never be stopped in free society. If you don’t want to see adult art like this, stop searching for it & turn the “SafeSearch” filter on your search engine ON and stop trying to impose your values on other people. Stop trying to turn the world into your “Safe Space”.

  • Harvey Rothman

    With taglines like “nothing you’ve seen be-fur,” what did they expect? This is deliberate furbait, you cannot deny it.

  • DumbFurfag

    In a way, this makes sense. The movie looks definitely interesting from all the (official) material I’ve seen so far, so I’m not even surprised people are excited about it. This is what happens when you make a good movie furries can get to like. And furries simply can’t refrain themselves from drawing porn, that is just a fact everyone needs to get used to.

    And oh god, the spelling and phrasing in that petition is just awful. Probably written by a 12yo.

    ps: now I know what I’ll be drawing next :3

  • Jose Daniel Bonilla Jinesta

    yeah! stop that!

  • JohnH

    Whelp, glad I visited Cartoon Brew at home and not work today…

  • 1Subcultural

    There’s nothing bad in love. It’s one of the main feelings of human and every creature. I don’t think it’s bad that people show this feeling in art. Just don’t make rude pics.

  • Bitterbear

    This is actually beneficial to the furry fandom. There’s been too much of “humans with animal heads” as of lately. This is starting to bring back the old-school furry fan “art” style.

    • Guest

      The “human with animal” head is popular because it works best in porn.

  • ddrazen

    As an example of the fluid nature of the definition of furry, my ideal of furry characters are Ame and Yuki from Mamoru Hosoda’s “Wolf Children” in their intermediate state between human and wolf (attached). “Zootopia”‘s characters belong to the “funny animal” subset: animals acting like humans in order to skewer the latter in the name of satire; e.g., the “Godfather” riff (which was also used in the second Rugrats movie) and the DMV gags (which is where Marge’s sisters in “The Simpsons” work).

    There are nuances within the genre which have eluded casual observers ever since the article about furries in the March 2001 issue of Vanity Fair. To be succinct, not all furry fans are into furry porn.

  • Fox Populi

    I’m a proud furry/kemono artist, I never had nothing against porn (as long as in good taste and not vulgar) and I always liked the furry fandom… what I dislike about this fandom is the fact that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING must have a porn counterpart to spread around the web… Okay, “Rule 34”, whatever you want… I’m not saying porn art doesn’t have to exist because it will always exist. But… if we talk about limitating it, well.. yes, I agree. At least that kind of porn art that is basically vulgar and bad in taste.

    Taking an example brought by somebody. MLP.
    It was a KID show. Nothing more. Then what? PORN & CLOPPERS.

    And now if you think about MLP, you can NOT avoid thinking about all the porn made on it.
    Same thing happened for Sonic (I don’t even tell you what you can find in the Sonic fandom).

    I honestly don’t want those people to ruin movies, or even whole fandoms. (When I say “I am a furry artist”, people sometimes ask immediately for porn art… some more intelligent person doesn’t, instead.

  • Some Guy

    Whether one choose to like it or not, there’ll be porn of everything and the internet cannot be stopped.

    The Cartoon Brew logo itself looks like an erotic logo. 4chan will probably cook up something in a few minutes.

  • ea

    Does this mean the movie will get a rating above PG?

  • Lionalliance

    LMAO! are you serious lol?

  • otterhead

    I feel kind of sad about people like this. Have they no idea what goes on on The Internet?

    Pick a movie. A cartoon. Anything. There’s porn of it. Lots and lots of porn. Trying to stop it with a petition is truly hilarious.

  • wait, is this serious?

    If so, have you ever heard of “Rule 34”?
    Google it!

    You have no control over it and a petition won’t work.

  • M_Appel

    This is amazing^^
    Let them draw and fap to their Zootopia porn. It’s a little weird but there is nothing wrong with that.
    I only see problems with kids looking up the movie on sites like Tumblr and then they will stumble upon these images. But then again, there is worse stuff on the web.

  • Kris Åsard

    Every single brain cell that anybody employs thinking about this “problem”, let alone choosing “sides”, would be better spent being destroyed by alcohol.
    I’ve already wasted to much of my life on this pointlessness just by reading the blog post so I’m not even gonna

  • Hell Ray

    I don’t care about other people’s interest in porn, I just hope this pun heavy movie is better than good. Finally, a slightly less kiddy movie with animal puns. Thats all I asked for and not only am I getting it, Im getting something thats practically an apology for Chicken Little.

  • Conor Murnane

    I’ll start off by saying that that petition is asinine. If an audience likes something, they should have the right to create whatever kind of fan-art or tributes they feel like, and that’s never going to change.

    That being said, I am NOT a furry. I have nothing against furries, many of them are very smart and highly talented, but I have never ever been able to understand the appeal. As such, this film does not interest me so far.

    And, yes, I have been getting a very strong “fur-bait” vibe off of this, which I find concerning. Like I said, people can make whatever kind of fan-art they want, pornographic or not. But when the filmmakers seem to be deliberately appealing to groups with specific kinks, effectively giving them material to work with, it comes across as pandering and somewhat sleazy, especially in a children’s movie.

  • Jimmy McKee

    This petition is dumb flat out
    While i’m for positive respect for the fandom, forcing people to stop isn’t gonna help it

  • joestrike

    The illustration atop the article isn’t quite blurred enough (or too blurred, depending on your appetite for furry porn)…”So, while Disney may not be actively encouraging an adult fandom surrounding Zootopia, it would appear that they are intentionally attempting to attract an older crowd with mature and titillating content.” Sounds like the same exact thing, said in different words. I can’t think of a better description of furry art than depictions of anthropomorphic animals featuring “mature and titillating content.” In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if “Zootpia” creates a new generation of furs, the same way “Robin Hood” did in 1973.

  • Richard Harney

    Here’s an idea to the haters. Stop LOOKING at the furry porn.

  • Steven Stark

    You can’t stop porn on the internet with a simple petition signed. What would you like to do to end porn on the internet? That sounds really silly sorry. Some of these artists are making a living and feeding themselves and paying things like bills… What you want to do is end their careers because you find pornographic content offensive.

  • ValjeanLafitte

    Maybe covering this isn’t such a great idea, Amid. The last thing we want is to scare Disney off from making more funny animal movies. :(

    • zid

      Because nobody’s ever made Disney porn before ever. /s

  • Maikeru64

    I don’t really mind stuff like this, and as a furry, you see where I’m coming from. We did this with Robin Hood too. It’s just our own little fetish that a lot of people don’t understand. However, we only do stuff with adult characters only. We’re not as sick as people think we are. Rule 34 people. Even if we did stop posting stuff like this online, we would make it privately for our own. Disney is a billion dollar corporation, however, it does not have the rights to just hack our computers to get us to stop doing this. Besides, more pornography from this would probably make Fritz the Cat the Citizen Kane of adult animation. XD

  • megadrivesonic

    Wait that was an actual article, i don’t believe you. But Sadly it probably does exist.

  • marti386

    The only thing sadder than a “Drop The Furry Porn” petition is the people signing it. As if either is gonna change anything.

  • AP

    I don’t see it.

  • WUZLE .

    Yeah, good luck with that. There are quite a lot of artists who like to draw this sort of thing and they’re going to do it whether you want them to or not.

  • poniponiponiponiponi

    Can I get a source on that first picture? I need it… for reasons.

  • Yo

    You sound mad. Rule 34 will live on.

  • Incidentally, a fourth trailer was released, supposedly this is the “International” trailer, but is in Japanese otherwise, someone out there has fan-translated what is said, though some of it is still imperfect otherwise, but like the added spoilers none the less. I feel like I know what is going on here but don’t want to say anything as to ruin it for anyone (of course many countries will get to see this a few weeks before the US and Canada can anyway so I hope they’ll keep it to themselves as well).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsYbxZZhNdA

  • zid

    Actually the opposite is true. The majority of Rule #34 I see is decent if not amazing. And I see a LOT. Not really sure why you think it’s cool to call people ‘challenged’ by the way.

  • Jared

    Everyone is so upset about the furry porn that everyone completely overlooks the “hyper-sexualized pop star” remark. It’s a gazelle in a skirt and top. I’m failing to see the sexual appeal here. Or is this one of those “she’s showing her ankles, she must be a whore” things?

  • Don’t want Rule 34 to exist? Then don’t make characters in the first place. Hell, don’t even make a Titanic ship. (I’m actually not kidding here.)
    You can’t stop the Internet. Especially for things like this.