1 Character From ‘Frozen’ Shares the Same Name as a Villain From Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ — Well, Kind of
‘Zootopia’ premiered a few years after ‘Frozen’
The cold never bothered her anyway. This groundbreaking animated movie, Frozen, premiered in 2013, introducing the world to the sister duo, Anna and Elsa.
With both of their parents gone, Elsa is about to be the queen of her kingdom but there are a few things standing in her way. One of those is a trade partner who’s willing to do whatever it takes to find out the kingdom’s secrets.
A bit of a different movie, Disney released Zootopia in 2016 earning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. This told the story of one bunny who dreams of being a cop in the city of Zootopia, where prey and predator lived together in harmony — or so she thinks.
A character from ‘Frozen’ has a very similar name to a ‘Zootopia’ animal
After an unbecoming meeting with Anna and Elsa, the Duke of Weselton officially lost a trade partner. As a result, this character doesn’t appear in the second Frozen movie. The actor behind this character, Alan Tudyk, did go on to appear in other Disney productions, including the 2016 animated film Zootopia.
In this film, he portrayed a slimy salesman/thief, Duke Weaselton. Judy ends up getting this character arrested, but he caused plenty of trouble for this city. He even gets his name mispronounced, just like the Duke of Weselton.
The names of these characters aren’t a coincidence. Not only are these characters similar in their thieving plans, but they are voiced by the same actor. Disney is also known for its “Easter Eggs,” and Zootopia is no exception.
‘Zootopia’ held a few surprising Easter Eggs for Disney fans
There were a few other references to Disney films (some not even released yet) in Zootopia. Most of those were “officially licensed movies” sold by the one and only Duke. When Judy and Nick go to ask this character about the Night Howlers, they get a good look at his inventory.
That includes animal-themed spoofs like “Meowana” (instead of Moana,) “Pig Hero 6” (instead of Big Hero 6,) “Wreck-It-Rhino” (instead of Wreck-It-Ralph,) and “Wrangled” (instead of Tangled.) There’s even the DVD cover of “Floatzen 2,” complete with animal versions of Anna and Elsa.
These were, of course, intentional Easter Eggs hidden for Disney fans and Frozen fans. There was even a cameo from Kristen Bell, who voices Anna in the 2013 release. In Zootopia, however, she portrayed the slow-moving sloth Priscilla, who worked at the DMV with Dash.
The award-winning animated films, Zootopia, Frozen, and Frozen 2 are all available on Disney’s streaming platform. To learn more about Disney+ and to subscribe, visit their website.