Judge Sides With Disney/Pixar In 'Cars' Complaint

Were characters from the popular Disney/Pixar "Cars" and "Cars 2" movies plagiarized from a British screenwriter? Not according to a recent ruling by a federal judge.

Last spring, Jake Mandeville-Anthony claimed the talking, adventure-loving autos from the animated films were based on his original idea. The screenwriter brought his claim to light last spring and said he submitted a script in the 1990's in which similiar characters appeared. At the time he made the claim, he also sought to prevent the release of "Cars 2."

Recently, Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank dismissed the case. Part of the ruling read: "Plaintiff's works, Cookie & Co. and Cars/Auto-Excess/Cars Chaos and Defendants' works, CARS, CARS 2, and CARS Toon: Mater's Tall Tales, are not substantially similarity as a matter of law."

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