AR-News: Disney's Animal Friends vs. "Bulldozing Bullies"

Pat Wolff wolffnm at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 15 21:48:13 EDT 2003


Caterpillar sues Disney over film 
Equipment maker says ‘George of the Jungle 2’ hurts
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ASSOCIATED PRESS 
 
PEORIA, Ill., Oct. 15 — Caterpillar Inc. has sued to
block next week’s U.S. release of Disney’s “George of
the Jungle 2,” alleging that the direct-to-DVD movie
damages the heavy equipment maker’s reputation. 
 
THE PEORIA-BASED company’s 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
sequel.
       
Caterpillar contends the scenes will have a negative
effect on children and could affect the company’s line
of children’s 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
said.
       
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 Tuesday’s scheduled release
of the movie and seeks an order that Disney destroy
all offending material.   
 

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