AR-News: Disney's Animal Friends vs. "Bulldozing Bullies"
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Wed Oct 15 21:48:13 EDT 2003
Caterpillar sues Disney over film
Equipment maker says George of the Jungle 2 hurts
PEORIA, Ill., Oct. 15 Caterpillar Inc. has sued to
block next weeks U.S. release of Disneys George of
the Jungle 2, alleging that the direct-to-DVD movie
damages the heavy equipment makers reputation.
THE PEORIA-BASED companys trademark infringement
lawsuit contends the movie ties Caterpillar to an
evil attacking army of industrialists seeking to
destroy the jungle, a central theme of the Disney
Caterpillar contends the scenes will have a negative
effect on children and could affect the companys line
of childrens products, according to the lawsuit filed
Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Peoria against the
Walt Disney Co. and Buena Vista Entertainment.
While we have great respect for Caterpillar, we
consider this without legal merit and we expect the
audience will view these sequences for their comedic
value and not take them seriously, a Disney statement
Caterpillar contends its name and its corporate logo
are featured prominently in a final battle that pits
George and his computer-animated animal friends
against an army of Caterpillar Wheel Loaders a
narrator calls bulldozing bullies.
The lawsuit asks a judge to issue a temporary
restraining order to block Tuesdays scheduled release
of the movie and seeks an order that Disney destroy
all offending material.
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