RUMOR: Stolen Furry Fan Art Used In Shanghai Disneyland’s Zootopia Without Artist’s Knowledge

Dylan Kennedy Grey

RUMOR: Stolen Furry Fan Art Used In Shanghai Disneyland’s Zootopia Without Artist’s Knowledge

As photos and videos of the new City of Zootopia land at Shanghai Disneyland begin to surface online, fans were quick to notice something that might raise some hackles: one of the photos used in a prop appears to be stolen furry fan art.

Stolen Furry Fan Art Appears in Nick Wilde’s Cubicle

In a video shared on Let’s Meet Shanghai, the official Twitter account for the city, various views of the City of Zootopia that have never before been revealed are shared in quick glimpses.

One of the newly shared areas from this and other sources includes the inside of Nick Wilde’s cubicle, pictured below. This screenshot was taken around the 1:06 mark from this video.

Nick Wilde Cubicle Stolen Furry Fanart 12 1 23 source Shanghai Lets Meet x

Eagle-eyed fans noticed the photo on his desk includes an image of a fox clutching a hat to her chest, and speculated that the image was of Nick’s mother. At first, fans expressed excitement at this addition to Disney canon, since we have never otherwise seen Nick’s Mother’s face from the ‘Zootopia’ movie, but then the original source image was found.

Stolen furry fan art in Zootopia Land at Shanghai Disneyland
image source: einshelm on furaffinity.net

The photo on Nick’s desk currently in Nick’s cubicle at Shanghai Disneyland is a piece of furry fan art shared to an online furry art community called Fur Affinity by an artist with the username einshelm.

The direct source of the image received several positive comments when it was posted over 5 years ago, but has not received more engagement until the last couple of days. People shared that the image was stolen for the Shanghai Disneyland attraction with the artist on Fur Affinity.

On Reddit, fans discussed whether or not the furry fan art was used with permission in several posts, but the artist himself confirmed that the image had been used without his permission on X:

Though the land has not opened yet, these images and the close time frame indicate that the area should be completed, and any placeholder images should have been replaced by Imagineers prior to media presentations. Either someone conveniently forgot to replace this placeholder image with an asset that they have created, or an artist passed the work off as their own, or Shanghai Disneyland knowingly sourced art without crediting artists for the attraction.

Regardless of which of these options resulted in the stolen furry fan art remaining in the new land, Shanghai Disneyland hasn’t yet commented on the situation.

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