Chinese film 'The Autobots' sure looks a lot like the Disney hit 'Cars', and it's not just moviegoers who have noticed. Reuters' Anita Li says the U.S. entertainment giant is now suing the companies behind the film for copyright infringement.
A Chinese film that's got a little too close for comfort. Disney is suing the Chinese companies behind "The Autobots" - a film about a boy who invents smart cars that can speak to people. The U.S. entertainment giant saying it copied elements of it's own Pixar hit "Cars." (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER IN SHANGHAI, ANITA LI, SAYING: "Disney's got reason to be extra careful right now. It's making a major push into China. It opened its first Disneyland here last week, fresh off the success of films like "Zootopia" and "Big Hero 6" that were huge box office hits on the mainland." Local media say Disney claims the Autobots are rip-offs of Cars characters... And its movie poster is, too But that's not all.... Take a closer look and you can see the Chinese names on the movies are nearly identical. Local media say now Disney's demanding the Chinese companiese stop distribution - and is asking for about 600,000 dollars in compensation. Meanwhile The Autobots director denies he's guilty of plagiarism... Earlier he told media he'd never even seen the Disney/Pixar film... The movie reportedly has a 3D sequel planned for release next year... Which is interesting because the first Autobots film didn't seem to do very well... Of thirteen thousand reviewers on Douban - China's version of IMDB - 94% gave it only one star out of five. One critic writing "this is a fraud....a lot of people thought this movie was actually Cars and took their kids to see it.." Another saying... "this movie was only made in order to get government subsidies....if Douban had a category for shameless, this movie should be on it."