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Warden Swinton is a minor character in the 2016 Disney animated feature film, Zootopia.

Background

Development

Mayor Swinton Zootopia

Concept art of Mayor Swinton; Zootopia's highest public official.

In earlier drafts of the movie, Swinton was the mayor of Zootopia and the film's main antagonist. She led the conspiracy involving predators mysteriously disappearing, as she harbored a secret hatred towards that portion of Zootopia's population. She was portrayed as a calculated and highly intelligent leader, while animatics also imply her to be fairly vain.

Having a pig serve as the film's villain was partially inspired by the filmmakers' research; they discovered that pigs are amongst the most intelligent animals, which would make sense for a character leading a villainous operation while simultaneously fooling their people. The mayor was initially conceived as a pig not just to fit her intelligence, but also so that her appearance (a pink and soft animal) could be easily juxtaposed with her murderous, cold-blooded nature.[1]

Eventually, Swinton's role as Zootopia's mayor was scrapped in favor of the generally well-intentioned Mayor Lionheart. The switch from Swinton to Lionheart was based on the common conception that lions are "king of the jungle", making it seem logical to cast a lion as the leader of an all-animal city. Bellwether, meanwhile, was given Swinton's role as the main antagonist whose plans stemmed from a hatred of carnivores. Lionheart also became Bellwether's primary target.

Role in the film

According to directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, Swinton remained in the final version of the movie, but was reworked to appear in a cameo role as a police warden watching over the arrested Bellwether during the Gazelle concert end credits.

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References

  1. Alexander, Byran. "'Zootopia' mayor was originally a woman — and a pig". (Article) USA Today. Retrieved on June 5.


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Media
Film: Zootopia

Soundtrack: Zootopia
Video Games: Disney INFINITY: 3.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadZootopia: Crime FilesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Books: The Big CaseBig Trouble in Little RodentiaIt's a Hustle!Judy's Dream FilesJudy Hopps and the Missing Jumbo-PopSpirit and StrengthThe Stinky Cheese CaperSuper Animals! Zootopia Big Golden BookZootopia Little Golden BookZootopia Junior NovelizationZootopia Magical Story BookZootopia: The Official HandbookDisney Zootropolis Padded Classic Picture Story BookDisney Zootropolis Heroic Colouring BookThe Art of ZootopiaZootopia: Friends to the Rescue

Disney Parks
City of ZootopiaDisney Animation BuildingHappy Circle

Entertainment: "A Whole New World" A Magical Disney SongbookHakuna Matata Time Dance PartyMax LIVE: Gettin’ Goofy With ItSummer Blast
Parade: Disney Friends Springtime ProcessionalMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Storybook ExpressUsatama on the Run!
Firework: Happily Ever AfterWonderful World of Animation
Websites: Meet the Citizens of Zootopia

Characters
Judy HoppsNick WildeFinnickChief BogoMayor LionheartClawhauserBellwetherYaxFlashMr. BigKoslovFru FruMr. OttertonMrs. OttertonDuke WeaseltonBonnie and Stu HoppsMr. ManchasGazellePeter MoosebridgeJerry Jumbeaux Jr.Gideon Grey • Nangi • DougDr. BadgerPriscillaBucky and Pronk Oryx-AntlersonZootopia Police OfficersSwinton • Major Friedkin • Fabienne Growley
Locations
ZootopiaSahara SquareSavanna CentralTundratownBunnyburrowLittle RodentiaRainforest DistrictZootopia Police DepartmentDepartment of Mammal VehiclesJumbeaux's CaféZootopia Police AcademyMystic Springs OasisCliffside AsylumWild Times
Songs
Try Everything
Objects
PawpsicleJumbo-popNight howlersCarrot Pen
See Also
As Told by EmojiList of species seen in Zootopia
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