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Disney’s Zootopia lands in lawsuit trouble


Disney is facing a lawsuit alleging that Oscar-winning animation film “Zootopia” was copied from the work of author Gary L Goldman. Goldman’s credits include writing “Total Recall” and “Next” and producing “Minority Report”.

The complaint filed in California federal court comes from Esplanade Productions, Inc., which is being represented by the prominent law firm of Quinn Emanuel, reported Deadline. In the lawsuit, Disney is alleged to have a track record of ripping-off work including “The Lion King,” “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Up,” “Inside Out” and more.

“They did it with ‘Zootopia,’ too, when they copied Gary L Goldman’s ‘Zootopia’. Twice — in 2000 and 2009 — Goldman, on behalf of Esplanade, pitched Defendants his ‘Zootopia’ franchise, which included a live-action component called Looney and an animated component called ‘Zootopia,’ states the complaint.