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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Digging for Gold, Yet Again! (Goldman Appeals!)

Zootopia Commission by Impendingsenseofdoom
Some things just won't things die.  The news story that possesses the traits of zombies is back, as Gary Goldman is back to, once again, suing Disney over Zootopia.  I'd comment more, but I've said all I have to say on the matter already, so this time I'm turning this article over to YFWE.  Just to be clear, my opinions on this matter do not reflect that of ZNN. So, take it away, man.  ~Andy Lagopus.

Though Esplanade Productions’ lawsuit against Disney alleging the company stole from its to make Zootopia was dismissed by a U.S. district judge in November, the company and writer Gary Goldman are back again with a new suit, which was filed Tuesday (Feb. 13) in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which published the full 54-page document from the attorneys for the plaintiff (alleging breach of implied-in-fact contract, breach of confidence and unfair competition), Esplanade and Goldman claim that Disney looked into multiple possibilities for what eventually became Zootopia before arriving at the final product by adapting parts of an idea Goldman says he pitched Disney twice in the 2000s.

Read on after the break!


Moreover, Esplanade alleges that Disney “adapted the small-town human creator of Zootopia, who goes to the big city to fulfill his wild ambition in the field of animation, into a cartoon character, Judy, who goes to the big city with a similarly wild ambition, to succeed as a cop. And Disney used Goldman's concept for Zootopia as 'a metaphor for life and for America,' where 'an animal can be whatever he wants to be.' Thus, Esplanade is informed and believes that Disney did not create its Zootopia from scratch but, rather, used Goldman's materials as the basis for its movie."

As this is currently simply a complaint filed in superior court (the original came in U.S. district court, and Esplanade and Goldman would not have been able to refile a lawsuit there, hence the change of venue), no trial date has been set as an L.A. County Superior Court judge must first agree to hear the case. The plaintiffs have requested a trial by jury and, should they succeed this time around, would seek damages and a motion to bar Disney from using elements of Zootopia it claims the company stole in the future. (Hint: things wouldn’t be looking good for a continuation of the story in any capacity.)

Read the full complaint below, via THR.

13 comments:

  1. Careful, Mr Goldman, you may find yourself facing Warner Brothers for infringing on the 'animals as people', 'animals dealing with humans in a shared world', and 'small time character goes to big city to succeed' story elements they've been using since the 1940s. This whole thing just Bugs me... sorry... I'll be going now...

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  2. Seriously? Again? Dose he at least have hard proof this time or dose he really just hate himself?

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    1. Though he's changed the legal track, the papers he is using are practically identical to the previous lawsuit.

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  4. There Are No Words For The Anger I Am feeling Right Now!!!! D:<

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  5. he knows that if he keeps at this he'll be put in jail, right

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  6. I really hope that he gets counter sued for wasting the court's time if (when) he loses this battle...again.

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  7. Are you kidding me? I thought we were done with this lawsuit! (Rolls her eyes and face palms herself)

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  8. Even if what he claims about pitching the original idea to Disney is true, he has made poor arguments and have failed to provide any specifics to prove that Disney used his idea. And judging by how Zootopia was developed, stealing his pitch was highly unlikely.

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  9. You'd think once it failed the first time he'd at least have the brains to bring something a touch different to the table the second round if he's going to try again...I hope either the judge dismisses it with contempt or the jury laughs him out of the courtroom.

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    1. Guy's trying to dress the same package in different wrapping paper. Dismissal with prejudice this time is needed, with an addendum that he won't file this again under a different legal track.

      I have every confidence that Disney will win this one out.

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    2. So do I. I want this lawsuit to end once and for all.

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