The lawsuit says Inside Out infringes on a 2000 short film with the exact same title.
Disney and Pixar have been sued for allegedly stealing the idea for 2015’s hit Inside Out.
A Canadian man named Damon Pourshian has filed a lawsuit in federal court in California, TheWrap reports. The lawsuit says Pixar’s film infringes on a script Purishian wrote in 1999 also titled Inside Out, which eventually got turned into a short film a year later in 2000.
Pourshian claims his work has many similarities to Inside Out, as his script and short movie tell the story of a young boy named Lewis reacting to everyday life “through anthropomorphized representations of his bodily organs,” which are seen inside Lewis’ body.
The short film also shows these organs reacting to the real world and features a personification of Lewis’ brain which operates a command center. The short movie includes Brain, Heart, Colon, Stomach, and Bladder as the main organ characters, and they communicate and argue with each other.
The suit goes on to say Pourshian created the script and film at Sheridan College, which “has sent large numbers of its graduates to work at Disney and Pixar and is considered a ‘feeder’ school for Disney and Pixar.”
Pourshian’s classmates also reportedly noticed the similarities between the two projects upon viewing Pixar’s Inside Out. Purshian is seeking unspecified damages and for his name to be added to the Inside Out credits.
In Pixar’s Inside Out, the main character is a girl named Riley and the core characters are her emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.
This isn’t the first time Disney and Pixar have been sued for Inside Out, as a Nevada woman named Carla J. Masterson and a child development expert also filed lawsuits claiming the film infringes on their works and children’s program.