Disney Threatens Lawsuit Over Brightspark Production's 'Braver'

The studio sent a cease and desist letter to the production company claiming that the film is causing confusion among it's consumers.

Disney threatens lawsuit over Brightspark Production's Braver
Disney threatens lawsuit over Brightspark Production's Braver
Disney has sent a stern message to Brightspark Productions, the makers of Braver. The forty-five minute animated feature bears a close resemblance to the studio's Brave, which was released earlier this year.

The studio sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Brightspark Productions withdraw the DVDs from the market, or else face legal consequences. Here is what Disney had to say in their official statement.

"People place great trust in the quality and creativity of Disney, and when it appears that another company is causing confusion among Disney consumers we will act to protect ourselves and the consumer. Disney believes Brightspark has demonstrated a pattern of misleading consumers with numerous releases that confuse and undermine the trust those consumers have in Disney."

Brightspark Productions replied with the following statement.

"All we've tried to do is give parents something their children will hopefully find entertaining. We came up with our title around 18 months ago and if we thought consumers would mistake our film for Brave, we would have renamed it."

The production company has released three other animated features with titles like Tangled Up (Tangled), The Frog Princess (The Princess and the Frog) and Little Cars (Cars)

Brave was released June 22nd, 2012 and stars Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Sally Kinghorn. The film is directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell.



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Comments (20)

  1. Robert Sneddon

    Brightspark are a bunch of con artists!
    The film in question is actually a fairly obscure Canadian feature from 2005 called `A Fairy-tale Christmas.
    So they didn`t even make it just renamed and repackaged it.
    Think trading standards needs to have a few words with them.

    2 years agoby @Robert-SneddonFlag

  2. BruceWayne

    @bawnian-dexeus You have no idea. I use to work at Blockbuster and at one point Asylum came out with their version of Sherlock Holmes which had on the cover:
    A kraken tentacle
    Fire breathing dragon
    A T-Rex
    No mention of Robert Downey Jr. or Jude Law

    It came out only a couple months after Sherlock Holmes came out in theatres and I had to ask every moron that tried to rent it "You know this isn't the one with Robert Downey Jr., right?" You'd be amazed at how many people were surprised and put it back.

    There were other times I had to return rented movies because idiots rented "Transmorphers" and thought it was "Transformers" then came back and yelled at me because they thought it was the Bay film.

    Yeah this is necessary because people as a whole need protection from their own stupidity.

    2 years agoby @brucewayneFlag

  3. Josh

    Just look at all those ripoff titles. So disingenuous of them to play this off like it's unintentional. This studio is like those bad Chinese knockoffs of branded toys.

    http://engrishfunny.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/engrish-funny-batman-spiderman-make-up-your-mind.jpg

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. skywise

    Obviously trying to cash in on Pixar's success.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. gumperman

    I call bullsh*t Brightspark Productions! You named your movie BRAVER 18 months ago, when you heard PIXAR was coming out with a movie called BRAVE dumbsh*ts! Your attempt at bankrolling on Disney & Pixar's success didn't work this time losers! I know, like they're really going to read this. :)

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  6. Replicant

    @rudy worst of all is I can't even believe Asylum keeps making em. Do people really buy into this sh*t enough to warrant making more? I know they're shooting these pieces of sh*t for just a couple of hundred bucks plus distribution costs, but still...

    @bawnian-dexeus You'd be surprised (I know I was)

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  7. Rudy

    @justice-kowaleski Sometimes the rip off movie doesn't have to have a similar plot to the movie it's ripping off, the rip off to Prometheus that was made by Asylum had to do with aliens attacking soldiers in a forest while using found footage style of filming.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  8. Rudy

    Disney is bitching about Braver when Asylum has been ripping off movies for YEARS!!

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  9. LuxoIII

    I'm surprised they haven't nailed the makers of Kiara The Brave and, get this, Ratatoing (yes, a movie about a rat chef). People who do this stuff (I'm looking at you, Asylum) should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. If your greatest ambition was to work on movies and you end up working on stuff like this, you are an utter failure.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  10. LazerDude

    BRAVER! they are not even trying to cover up the fact that they are ripping them off! they deserve whats coming to them

    2 years agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  11. Yahzee

    ... probably the only time I'm gonna say this but I'm totally on Disney's side. F*ck those copycats. "if we thought consumers would mistake our film for Brave, we would have renamed it" yeah right, that's exactly what they want

    2 years agoby @yahzeeFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Lawsuit aside, how dumb are consumers to confuse their movies?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. Salemwolf711

    For once i'm on Disney's side sue the hell out of them.

    2 years agoby @Salemwolf711Flag

  14. Dan

    Dumb sh*ts. They know their bullsh*t rip off is just that, a bullsh*t rip off. I hope Disney sues the sh*t out of them.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  15. artkid04

    Disney needs to sue these guys!!!!

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  16. Justice Kowaleski

    @jimthar Yeah but Kiara The Brave didnt really have anything in common with Brave at all except for the main character having red hair. My little Sister watched Kiara the Brave and it was a very trippy Children's movie about talking Planets and stuff lol. so i can understand why Disney didn't sue over that movie.

    2 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  17. Writer220

    I hate to point this put but there are other films that look similar to Brave however they do have different names. and there is another thing, the poster for Braver is spot on for one of the covers of the Last Apprentice. I've read most of the books but I heard that there are two new books and a spin off.

    As for Braver, they do need to change the name.
    Braver than a Few
    Braver than Me
    The Braver Zombie
    I Am Braver

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  18. the MovieGhost

    I can understand Disney being upset with this. If I had put out something as successful as Brave was, and someone else came along and made something with one letter to differ I'd be upset too. Change it you dolts.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  19. Jimthar

    there's also a movie thats already been released called KIARA THE BRAVE. you can find it at target. no lawsuit over this one?

    2 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  20. THE JOKER

    Brightsparrk knows it looks like Disney's Brave... stop being bitches and change the f*cking name... You do not entertain the children... Dreamworks and Disney does that... whor*s...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag