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Screenwriter Suing Disney/Pixar Over Stolen Cars Idea

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Screenwriter says Disney/Pixar stole Cars idea

Uh-oh. Here is some unwanted legal trouble for Disney and Pixar just in time for their upcoming release of the sequel to their animated hit Cars.

U.K. screenwriter Jake Mandeville-Anthony is suing Disney and Pixar because he claims the animated hit Cars and its forthcoming sequel are based in part on work he submitted in the early 1990s.

If his suit works according to plan, we won't be seeing Cars 2 on its scheduled June 24th release because he is is seeking an injunction to stop the release of the film!

Oh no! What about the children? Somebody think of the children!

According to the claim he filed this week, the screenwriter created a three-part screenplay titled "Cookie & Co.," about the true-life adventure race-car driver Michael Owen Perkins and a second work titled "Cars," which included a treatment, sample screenplay, 46 animated car character descriptions, 10 cars character sketches, and a marketing and merchandising plan.

He says he sent copies of his work to Disney and met in person with a Lucasfilm executive named Jim Morris in 1993 to deliver copies of his work. In 2005, Morris joined Pixar and is currently general manager of the company.

There are more than a few striking similarities among the characters in each of the works too.

Both have characters named "Stanley" modeled after a Model T Ford, lead characters modeled
after a "James Aston-Martin" sports car, feature the broken down truck character, and a handful of other similarities.

Hmm…inneresting. Why is this guy coming out of the wood work now when Cars was already a ginourmous hit?

Maybe he heard about the guy suing Dreamworks for clearly "allegedly" stealing the idea for Kung Fu Panda.

We're looking forward to hear how this case pans out.

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Knocked Up Sequel On Its Way…Sort Of

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sort of knocked up sequel on its way

These characters were HIGHlarious! This could DEF be cool.

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters from Knocked Up will get their own movie, which will be written, directed, AND produced by Judd Apatow.

Filming is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles this summer, and the movie is slated for release on June 1, 2012.

…Guess Seth Rogen was too busy with The Green Hornet and Kung Fu Panda sequels.

Are U excited for the "sort of" Knocked Up sequel?

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Dreamworks Animation Goes Sequel Crazy!

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dreamworks animation goes sequel crazy

Those of us out there who have been thinking that they should release several more Kung Fu Panda movies should get ready to celebrate…because it's happening!

While we'd also be innerested in seeing some new animated projects from Dreamworks, the studio's Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg has decided to focus a lot of the company's energy on making lots of sequels to their existing popular franchises.

Here's Jeffrey on the future of Madagascar:

"So today I can tell you pretty succinctly where Madagascar goes. Ultimately they will come back to New York, and they will come to terms with that, which they will do in this next chapter. Because of the way that movie concludes there’s probably one more for them. Yeah, there’s probably a fourth there."

And here's the Animation chief on the future of Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon:

"Kung Fu Panda actually has 6 chapters to it, and we’ve mapped that out over the years. How To Train Your Dragon is at least three: maybe more, but we know there are a least three chapters to that story. There are actually 8 books."

Well, we're sure you'll make lots of $$$ with these sequels, Dreamworks, but doesn't it bother you a bit that it's going to take 6 Kung Fu Pandas to tell your full story, whereas Disney/Pixar's Up did it in 96 minutes? Just sayin'!

Are U excited for tons of sequels from Dreamworks Animation movies? Or does this seem like overkill?

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