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'Zootopia' lawsuit claims Disney stole original idea from 'Total Recall' screenwriter

'Zootopia' lawsuit claims Disney stole original idea from 'Total Recall' screenwriter

“Zootopia” proved to be a runaway hit when Walt Disney Co. released the animated movie last year, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide and eventually winning an Academy Award.

Now Disney is being sued by a screenwriter who alleges that the Burbank-based entertainment giant stole his original idea and copied his designs for the movie’s animal characters.

Gary Goldman, a screenwriter whose credits include “Total Recall” and “Big Trouble in Little China,” said in a suit filed Tuesday in a Los Angeles federal court that he...

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