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Lions, Tigers, & Bears - Oh My Lawsuit

5/14/2008 6:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Did DreamWorks rip off someone else's idea and turn it into mega money maker "Madagascar"?
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In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Federal court, Joseph Davis claims DreamWorks straight-up pilfered his ideas from a script he sent them in 1999. In the docs, Davis lists similarities between his "Animal's Night Out" script and "Madagascar" -- namely that both works were about animals busting out of a NYC zoo. In one example, Davis' work featured a baboon having a midlife crisis at mealtime. "Madagascar" featured a zebra also having a midlife crisis during a meal. Was their soup cold?

Davis is suing for damages.

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shevell    

This is boring who cares, really the movie was out along time ago why is this just now coming up. Someone is just lookin' for a quick buck, THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!!!!

2289 days ago
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Concerned my country is slipping away because of the like of Harvey Levin    

Well let's see what are the odds?
Spielberg has never had an original idea throughout his career, and Geffen...well except for breaking up Sony and Cher when he THOUGHT he wasn't gay...

I would say it was probably Spielberg's first original idea (NOT)

2289 days ago
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Concerned my country is slipping away because of the like of Harvey Levin    

Shevell - the way it works in these cases is IF they really did take your idea, you want to WAIT until all the monies come in, usually a year or two later.
As if you speak-up and declare they took your idea right when the movies etc just came out they WILL hide and bury most of the profit so if you do win you won't get much.

But like you said who cares but that lawyer Harvey Levin as it fills space and time on this site.

My family was let down when we saw this movie as the best scence they used in all the ads and trailer so it wasn't that great.

After the "Everyone meet the pansies" scene there was nothing that funny going on. I'm suprised it made monie LOL

2289 days ago
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JDizzle    

O.K this movie came out in 2005. Was this guy under a rock? Why is he just now saying that Dream Works took his idea? Sounds funny to me, I think he is looking for some $$$$$$$

2289 days ago

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