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Disney is being sued for allegedly stealing Zootopia

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Disney has been slapped with a lawsuit claiming it stole the idea for its Oscar-winning, billion-dollar-grossing animated film Zootopia from longtime Hollywood screenwriter and producer Gary Goldman.

Goldman, whose credits include the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Total Recall and Tom Cruise film Minority Report, alleges that Disney ripped off the theme, plot, and name of his Zootopia concept, which he pitched to the studio both in 2000 and 2009.

But Disney denied the allegations, stating that Goldman's lawsuit "is riddled with patently false allegations" and that they "will vigorously defend against it in court."

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