- “Zootopia is a unique place. It's a crazy, beautiful city where we celebrate our differences. This is not the Zootopia I know. The Zootopia I know is better than this. We don't just blindly assume blame. We don't know why these attacks keep happening, but it is irresponsible to label all predators as savages. We cannot let fear divide us. Please, give me back the Zootopia I love.”
- ―Gazelle's peace speech
Gazelle is one of the most popular celebrities in Zootopia, having many fans, which include Judy Hopps, Clawhauser, and even Chief Bogo. Her importance and popularity stems from the fact that she is very socially-minded and is all about acceptance and equality for all.
She is a model for Preyda, and appears on the covers of magazines such as Vanity Fur.
This is evidenced by the titles of her music; Judy listens to "Try Everything" while on the train to Zootopia, and the titles of multiple other pieces by Gazelle are shown. These were never played or mentioned otherwise during the film. She also is the model for the Zootopia welcome screen, and has an app to "paste your face on one of the background dancers, and Gazelle compliments your "dancing".
Gazelle is tall and slim, with a thin waist and large hips. She has golden brown fur, tall, spiraling horns and a lock of golden hair hanging over her brown eyes. Gazelle is quite fashionable; her usual outfit consists of a sparkly, red top and matching skirt and high-heeled shoes. She wears a gold bangle on each delicate wrist.
Despite being a pop idol, she is very humble and kind and loves singing. She cares for equality and loves Zootopia because she believes it is a place where people are equals regardless of whether they are predator or prey.
She even held a peace rally when the conflicts between predator and prey arose. All of her dancers are also shown to be predators, namely tigers, holding true to her values.
Role in the Film
Gazelle appears several times during the film, starting with an appearance on a building-sized screen in which she says, "I'm Gazelle. Welcome to Zootopia." She also appears on a popular app in which you can paste your face on one of her background dancers, and she will praise your dancing.Later on in the film, after the press conference that causes conflict between prey and predators, she organizes a peace rally. She says, "Give me back the Zootopia I love" at the end of her monologue. After prey and predators are reunited by Bellwether's recorded confession to the ZPD, Gazelle wraps the movie up with a concert for the citizens of Zootopia.
Role in Literature
Gazelle is seen dancing onstage with her tiger dancers, singing a song in honor of Zoo Year's Eve amid an applauding crowd.
After the launch of the first annual Skunk Appreciation Parade, Gazelle is seen singing on a parade float, cruising through Sahara Square. But meanwhile, an angered porcupine throws one of her quills into a skunk-shaped parade balloon. The balloon begins to deflate and zooms away, pulling Gazelle and her float along with it. Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde catch up to and board the float, and Nick cuts one of the ribbons on the float and ties a pair of scissors to the ribbon. Gazelle grabs the ribbon and Judy instructs her to pull. Gazelle uses the scissors to cut the rope that attaches the float to the deflating balloon, and the inflatable skunk floats harmlessly away. But the float, still moving, crashes right into a fountain.
At the end of the comic, Gazelle is singing in the parade again, surrounded by her tiger dancers, with the skunks and the porcupines.
In Popular Culture
Gazelle is the face of many popular brands and has evidently had a number of appearances in Zootopian media.
Gazelle is the face of Preyda, the popular clothing, and fashion accessory brand, and appears on a number of posters and advertisements around Zootopia. She also appears on the only front cover of Vanity Fur which has been released.
Thanks to her status as a major celebrity in Zootopia, she also appears on a major billboard with audio, saying, "Welcome to Zootopia." It is one of the first things outside of the main Savanna Central train station.
In the only major concert we see, she attracts a very large numbers of fans and supporters.
- "I'm Gazelle. Welcome to Zootopia."
- "Wow, you're one hot dancer, Benjamin Clawhauser!" (through app)
- "Wow, you're one hot dancer, Chief Bogo!" (through app)
- "I'm Gazelle and you are one hot dancer."
- "Wow, I'm impressed!"
- "Good evening, Zootopia! Come on, everybody put your paws up! Put your paws in the air, come on! Ponga sus patas en el aire, vamos! ¡Sacuda sus colas conmigo, venga! Shake your tails with me, come on! Yeah!"
- "If I'm staying in Sahara Square, I'm at the Palm." - The Official Zootopia Handbook
- "I'm inspired by everything in Zootopia. The beautiful animals... the peace and harmony... it just makes me want to siiiinnng." - The Official Zootopia Handbook
- Gazelle is one of the few characters seen in the film to wear shoes.
- Ironically, her voice actress (pop singer Shakira) doesn't normally like wearing shoes, at least for when she's performing.
- Gazelle, along with Jaguar, are the only characters to have their species as first names, although many have theirs inserted within their names.
- Gazelle is the only character heard to speak another language (Spanish) in the English recording, as she speaks in both English and Spanish during her concert performance. This is due to Shakira's Colombian nationality.
- Despite there not being any birds in the film, Gazelle mentions them in Try Everything.
- Co-director Rich Moore has confirmed that "Gazelle" is her real name (as opposed to a stage name). Byron Howard said they picked it because they felt it "sounded like a singer's name". (It is, in fact, similar to the name of the English singer Adele.)
- When asked about her age, Byron Howard said that it's mostly undecided, but that she's younger than Bogo, whom he's said to be on his mid-40's.
- Gazelle is the only gazelle ever to be seen in the film.
- Gazelle is featured on the online game Dancing With Gazelle.
- Besides Try Everything, Gazelle has released four other known songs that are parodies of songs from other Disney films:
- Let It Goat (Let It Go; Frozen)
- Part of Your Wool (Part of Your World; The Little Mermaid)
- Can You Feel the Fur Tonight (Can You Feel the Love Tonight; The Lion King)
- Ara-bunny Nights (Arabian Nights; Aladdin)