Zootopia is probably one of my favorite Disney movies to come out last year, and it got a lot of well-deserved rewards. What we didn't expect though, is that the movie is being sued for copyright infringement, and Gary Goldman is looking to collect.
According to Deadline, Goldman is suing Disney on the grounds that they took the themes, settings, plot, characters, and dialogue from his original pitch for the movie of the ame name back in 2000 and again in 2009. They even provided some character comparisons for Logan's character designs to the ones in Zootopia.
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The plaintiffs also want Disney to reveal every monetary deal connected to Zootopia in order to define damages based on the movie's success. Seeing that Zootopia made more than $1 billion in the box office, Goldman will be looking at one sweet payday if he ever wins the case.
Disney has also denounced Goldman's claim, releasing 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."
Some part of me is really hoping that Goldman's claims are false since I followed the BTS details after I saw the movie. I really liked seeing the evolution of the story from its original concept of having predators wear shock collars to not having the collars at all. If what Goldman claims is true, then that whole spiel about working on the story would have been a load of BS.
Let's just see how things turn out after the trial.