Bonnie and Stu are resident rabbits in Bunnyburrow, raising their many children simultaneously with the family farming business. Stu is the more cautious of the two and tends to clings to dated depictions of predators, heightening his sense of protection around his children; Bonnie is more understanding of her children's decisions and not nearly as paranoid as Stu, though she is not any more progressive than Stu, either.
- Mrs. Hopps loves and supports her daughter, but is a hare nervous about Judy moving to Zootopia to become a big-city police officer. Stu Hopps is a carrot farmer from Bunnyburrow. Along with Mrs. Hopps, he is worried about Judy moving to Zootopia and the untrustworthy big-city mammals who live there—especially foxes.
Role in the film
Bonnie and Stu, along with several of their children, watch their daughter Judy's community play based on the city of Zootopia during Bunnyburrow's county fair. After the play and returning to their carrot stand, the couple tries to sway Judy away from becoming a police officer when she grows older, as rabbits are not traditionally police officers, and encourage her to become a carrot farmer with the family instead. However, Judy voices her desire to make the world a better place by becoming an officer.
Judy eventually enrolls in Zootopia Police Academy years later and graduates as valedictorian of her class. At her graduation ceremony, Bonnie and Stu observe Judy being officially inducted, but also exchange looks of concern when they realize Judy's new job requires her to move to the city. At the train station, Bonnie, Stu, and the rest of Judy's family gather to say their farewells. Bonnie and Stu both express reluctance and acceptance for Judy in Zootopia, with Stu packing several fox-repelling items for Judy in case she runs into trouble with foxes, though Judy only agrees to take the fox repellent to keep her parents' worries low. At first, she gets on the train but rushes back to hug her parents and kiss their cheeks, assuring them that she loves them (and vice-versa), and Stu cries when she gets back on, but Bonnie tells him to pull himself together. Once in Zootopia, Judy is designated as a meter maid on her first day in the force, much to her dismay, and becomes disillusioned of Zootopia's perfection after she gets tricked by a fox herself. After returning to her apartment, Bonnie and Stu call her and learn what has happened, both becoming delighted that Judy is in a relatively safe position. However, they console Judy and remind her that being a carrot farmer is still an available option.
They keep in contact with Judy by phone, including one phone call later on that accidentally almost exposed Judy when she was spying on Mayor Lionheart for evidence. When the city is thrown into chaos between predators and prey, Judy, feeling guilty and ashamed for her part in causing it, resigns from the force and returns to Bunnyburrow, becoming a carrot farmer with her family. Despite having their daughter back, Bonnie and Stu notice how depressed Judy is and show her the good examples that have come out for predators: after being inspired by Judy, Bonnie and Stu partnered up with the fox Gideon Grey, Judy's former childhood bully, and his baking business. As Gideon apologizes to Judy for his past cruelty, some rabbit children run towards them for Gideon's pies. Stu immediately warns them to stay away from some violet flowers growing around their crops. When Judy asks what the flowers are, Stu explains that the plants cause severe psychotropic effects on animals, so he grows them to protect the crops from bugs. Gideon adds to this, mentioning that the plants are nicknamed "night howlers" by his family. Hearing this and having an epiphany, Judy takes Stu's truck to drive to Zootopia, leaving Bonnie, Stu, and Gideon bewildered over what got her so excited.
- Bonnie shares her first name with her voice actress, Bonnie Hunt.
- Both Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake have appeared in various projects together before, as well as being close friends.
- Their names are a play on "bunny rabbit" and "rabbit stew".
- In earlier versions of the film, Stu wore glasses.
- Stu is always mixing up his S and Z's and used to sign his name as Ztu.
- There are a couple of earlier scenes of Stu and Bonnie which were discarded from the final film:
- In the first one, when a depressed Judy returns to her apartment after her first day as a meter maid, she is called by her mother who is seen holding a baby and notices that something is wrong as she sees that Judy's ears are droopy and Stu asks if she used her fox taser and offers to pick her up in his truck and but Judy convinces them that she's just tired without revealing to them that she's just a meter maid and her mother tells to continue making chances for herself.
- In the second one, Judy and Nick go to her apartment and find Judy's family there, having dropped in for a surprise visit, worried about her not calling them, and they're shocked by Nick's presence and Stu asks Judy to pass him the fox taser and when Judy tells him that Nick is more than a fox, Stu worriedly assumes that he is Judy's boyfriend, and one of Judy's siblings find her meter maid uniform, revealing that Judy lied to them about being a real cop and an angry Stu tries to take her back home, but Nick convinces them to give her a chance to stay to solve her case, and they leave, but not before warning them about a savage animal being on the loose and Stu asking Judy again if Nick is her boyfriend, and she shuts her door in annoyance.
- A rabbit named Cotton is named as Judy's favorite niece on one of Byron Howard's entries on his twitter account
- Oh My Disney: "Meet the Characters in Zootopia".
- https://twitter.com/_rich_moore/status/723978341779296256 Rich Moore via Twitter
- 'Zootopia' Co-Director Jared Bush and Writer Phil Johnston Talk Perfecting Script Over and Over Again at Geeks of Doom, December 3rd, 2015