Disney Accused of Stealing ‘Zootopia’

Zootopia-sued

Walt Disney was sued on Tuesday by Hollywood screenwriter and producer, Gary L. Goldman, who wrote ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Next’, for copying its blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film ‘Zootopia’ from his work without permission.

“The Disney Zootopia is substantially similar to the Goldman Zootopia,” says the complaint filed by Gary L Goldman’s Esplanade Productions. "Both works explore whether the societies can live up to utopian ideals and judge and credit others fairly as individuals not as stereotypes, based on conceptions of merit not natural order, and the protagonists are challenged to strike a balance between the utopian and counter-utopian positions, optimism and pessimism, nature and individuality, and self-acceptance and self-improvement," the lawsuit states.

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Disney rejected the lawsuit's claims in a statement.

"Mr. Goldman's lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations. It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn't create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court."

-Devashree Goenka