Someone call Officer Hopps, because Disney just got hit with a wild case.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is facing a big time lawsuit claiming that the Oscar-winning film Zootopia was ripped off from a noted screenwriter!
In the complaint filed on Tuesday, Total Recall writer Gary Goldman claims the Mouse House jacked character designs, themes, bits of dialogue, and even the name "Zootopia" from a project he started developing way back in 2000.
Goldman says he registered a treatment for a live action film called Looney at that time, which was to be first installment in a Zootopia franchise that would also include an animated "Zootopia."
The writer alleges that he pitched the project to Disney executives twice — in 2000 and 2009 — and was rejected.
But the complaint goes further, alleging Zootopia is the only the latest example of the entertainment titan's long history of stealing movie ideas from others — including The Lion King, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Up!, Inside Out to name a few.
The suit, which accuses Disney of breach of implied contract, breach of confidence and unfair competition, states: