|~ Mr. Big|
Mr. Big is a (former) minor antagonist (later anti-hero) from Disney's 55th animated feature film Zootopia. He is an arctic shrew who is the most notorious crime boss in Tundratown.
He was voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
Despite being a mafia lord, Mr. Big is not completely evil, and genuinely seems to care about those related to him by blood, such as his daughter Fru Fru or his deceased grandmother, as well as those who have done him or a member of his family a service, as he spares Nick and Judy after finding out the latter saved his daughter's life. However, he will show no mercy to those he considers his enemies or those who he feels have slighted him, and will not hesitate to kill them.
Role in the film
When Nick and Judy are looking for clues related to Emmit Otterton's disappearance in Mr. Big's limo, they are discovered by two of his polar bear henchmen, Kevin and Raymond, who bring them to his hideout, where Judy is surprised to find out that he is a shrew. She tries to interrogate him about Emmit's whereabouts, but he tries to kill Nick and Judy by having his henchmen drop them into a pool of freezing water ("icing" them), but he is interrupted by his daughter, Fru Fru, who does not want her father to "ice" anyone at her upcoming wedding. Mr. Big tells her he has to, but Fru Fru points out that Judy saved her life before (referring to when she saved her from being crushed by a donut sign earlier in the movie), which makes Big decide to spare them out of gratitude.
Mr. Big then invites Nick and Judy to Fru Fru's wedding, where he tells them that Emmit is his florist, who wanted to talk to Mr. Big about some urgent business, which is why Mr. Big sent over the limo to pick Emmit up. He also informs that Emmit was last seen when he mysteriously went savage while on a ride in his limo and attacked his chauffeur, a black jaguar named Mr. Manchas. Judy wonders why a "sweet little otter" would do such a thing, but Mr. Big tells her that while predators may be evolved, they are still animals deep down. He then tells Nick and Judy that they should ask Manchas himself if they want to find more clues about Emmit, and directs them to his home in the jungle. Eventually, Judy and Nick found out that both Emmit and Manchas (who also turned savage) have been captured and illegally detained along with 13 more predators by Mayor Leodore Lionheart at Cliffside Asylum.
As civil unrest breaks in Zootopia following the arrests of Lionheart and the staff, Judy interrogates Duke Weaselton about his thefts of Night Howlers (which are the cause of several predators acting feral around Zootopia), When Duke refuses to talk, Judy takes action by bringing him to Mr. Big, informing the latter that Duke was the one who kicked the donut sign that almost killed Fru-Fru in the first place. With this information, Mr. Big demands Duke to talk or he will be iced, which finally forced a terrified Duke to confess that he sold the stolen flowers to a sheep sniper named Doug, as part of a notorious plot to outlaw all predators from Zootopia, all engineered by Doug's boss, who is none other Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether.
Mr. Big's last appearance is in the credits, where he and Fru Fru are shown dancing together on Koslov's palms at Gazelle's concert following the arrest of Bellwether and her accomplices for their crimes.
- Mr. Big is based on Vito Corleone and Tony Montana, though he takes more influences from the former than the latter. Notably, there are signs in the movie that Mr. Big may be Catholic, which the Corleone family is as well.
- "Mr. Big" is a name used to refer to a very wealthy and powerful man that is usually used humorously about a crime lord.
- Amusingly, Judy Hopps' friendship and cooperation with him technically renders her a corrupt cop.