In spite of this, Bobby Catmull is not a bobcat, but a cougar. Byron Howard explained that he was originally a bobcat, but was made into a cougar - noting the difference of tail and ears - because the crew didn't have the time to build a bobcat character model.
Rich Moore has confirmed that Bobby's last scene (when he turns and grins at the camera) was inspired by the Nude Organist, a recurring character from the British comedy TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Role in the Film
In an alternate opening, Bobby climbed a tree and was too scared to come down and became stuck. Judy Hopps was able to guide him down the tree with a laser pointer, as he became focused on the laser dot and forgot how scared he was.
- His synthesizer is labeled CATSIO, which is a play on CASIO.
- Bobby's name is never spoken in the film.