According to Deadline, a new copyright infringement and fraud suit against The Walt Disney Company over Muppet Babies has been filed.
Jeffrey Scott has filed a four-claim complaint in federal court yesterday against Disney. In the document, Scott alleges that ideas new and old for the Disney Junior and Disney Channel reboot that launched in 2018 were lifted from his work.
According to documents, Scott and his attorneys state that the Super Friends, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Dragon Tales alum “created the original Muppet Babies production bible, which he owns and in which he has a registered copyright, in the early 1980s.” Coming out of a long held verbal deal with the Jim Henson Company and previous rights holder Marvel Productions Ltd, Emmy winner Scott accuses now Muppets owner Disney of not keeping to the agreed deals of the past, as well as having sticky fingers in more recent years.
“In 2015, Disney began the early stages of developing the new Muppet Babies show,” the October 22 filing says (READ IT HERE).
“In early 2016, Disney executives met with Scott at their request, and he presented detailed ideas for the show’s updated structure, look and characters, and for new episodes, with the understanding on both sides that, if Disney used Scott’s ideas and produced new episodes, it would pay for Scott’s ideas and honor the commitments that Disney’s predecessor, Marvel, and Jim Henson, made to him,” the complaint continues. “A Disney executive then emailed Scott asking him to send Disney his ideas in writing, which Scott did.”
Scott is seeking a variety of monetary damages, a look at the Muppet Babies books for profit, and a “Developed for Television by” credit on the two seasons and counting digitally animated show.