Two months ago, ZNN covered the complaint leveled against Disney by Gary Goldman and Esplanade Productions, Inc. claiming that Disney had stolen an old pitch presented by Goldman and used that to create Zootopia without giving him any credit. We discussed why we thought this motion was absurd back then, but now Disney’s lawyers are stepping up to bat!
In a move that nobody is surprised by, Disney has filed for dismissal of the case, claiming:
“This is just another example in a long history of plaintiffs coming out of the woodwork after a motion picture has achieved critical and financial success to claim credit – and proceeds – where none is due.”
In the motion to dismiss, Disney’s lawyers compare and contrast the final movie of Zootopia with Goldman’s pitch, referred to here as “Looney”, which contained a live-action story about an animator creating a world of anthropomorphic animals. Considering just how little actual detail about the proposed story was provided in the initial complaint, a lot of inferences had to be made, but from what Goldman and Esplanade Productions provided, it’s very clear that these two movies are nothing alike.
Not only that, but Disney goes into great depth to compare and contrast the characters put forward by Goldman with the characters in Zootopia. In my opinion, it’s somewhat laughable that Goldman is even trying to make a case based on this, when what he provided are not real characters so much as they are archetypes or rough sketches.
|I mean, just look at them side-by-side.|
Either way, I hope that the judge overseeing this case sides with Disney and rules to throw this claim out. If the legal team defending Disney sees this, remember…