A Hollywood screenwriter and producer has accused Disney of copying the idea for its Oscar-winning animation Zootopia from him.
Gary Goldman, whose credits include Total Recall and Minority Report, is suing the firm and says elements of the film are based on his work.
He claims Disney copied themes, settings, plot, characters and dialogue and the title of his Zootopia concept.
Mr Goldman also claims he pitched the idea to the studio in 2000 and 2009.
The copyright infringement case suggests Disney works in “a culture that not only accepts the unauthorised copying of others’ original material, but encourages it”.
Gary Goldman wants damages, including from merchandise sales, to reflect what he calls Disney’s “wanton, deliberate, malicious, and wilful misconduct”.
In a statement responding to the claims, Disney said: “Mr. Goldman’s lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations.
“It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn’t create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court.”