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Writer alleges Disney copied his plans for 'Zootopia'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/21/2017
This image released by Disney shows Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, in a scene from the animated film, "Zootopia." Screenwriter and producer Gary L. Goldman sued Disney on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in a Los Angeles federal court alleging last year's animated blockbuster "Zootopia" copied a franchise he pitched the studio in 2000 and 2009 as a way to explore life in America through a society of civilized animals. (Disney via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Disney shows Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, in a scene from the animated film, "Zootopia." Screenwriter and producer Gary L. Goldman sued Disney on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in a Los Angeles federal court alleging last year's animated blockbuster "Zootopia" copied a franchise he pitched the studio in 2000 and 2009 as a way to explore life in America through a society of civilized animals. (Disney via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter and producer is suing Walt Disney Pictures claiming the studio copied his ideas for the Oscar-winning animated film "Zootopia."

Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include work on film adaptations of "Total Recall" and "Minority Report," filed the copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in a federal court in Los Angeles. His lawsuit states he pitched his "Zootopia" concept to Disney in 2000 and 2009 and there are substantial similarities between his project and last year's animated blockbuster.

A message sent to Disney seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The suit states Goldman pitched Disney his "Zootopia" concept as a way to explore life in America through a civilized society of animals. Disney's "Zootopia" explores prejudice through a bunny's quest to become a respected police officer in a city where predator and prey co-exist side-by-side.

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