The companies behind the animated film The Autobots are being sued by Disney and Pixar for plagiarism.
Since its release last July, the film has been denounced by Chinese netizens for its blatant plagiarism and poor quality. While the production company vehemently denies all accusations of plagiarism, web users have commented that “many innocent moviegoers took their kids to the cinema believing it to be Cars.”
Wherever would they get that kind of idea from?
According to Reuters, a court hearing was held in Shanghai on Tuesday over disputes regarding “copyright infringement” and “unfair competition”. The production company, Blue MTV, is involved in the lawsuit, as well media company G-Point and online content platform PPLive.
Disney wants the three companies to stop distributing the film and 4 million yuan ($607,000) in compensation from the former two parties, according to Shanghai Daily.
Beijing G-Point told Reuters that the firms had hoped to reach a settlement, but Disney wanted to go to court.
A verdict has yet to be delivered.
In an earlier interview with CNN, the filmmaker, Zhuo Jianrong, claimed to have never seen the movie Cars. He also told CNN that the main storyline of his move was “completely different from Disney’s,” and that their goal was to “teach children about thinking and innovation.”
Zhuo is also confident that the court case will not get in the way of making a sequel.
By Victor Fung