Contact Us

Michael Jackson’s Lawyers Threaten ‘Plants vs. Zombies’ Creators

Tim Whitby, Getty Images
An iPhone application called Plants vs. Zombies was forced to change one of its characters recently, after being threatened by the late King of Pop’s estate.

Launched in 2009, the app featured a “Dancing Zombie” bearing a striking, albeit animated, resemblance to Michael Jackson‘s legendary undead character from the music video for Thriller,’ replete with red leather jacket and curls.

A representative from PopCap Games has confirmed that lawyers representing the Jackson estate contacted them “objecting” to the character’s resemblance.

“The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the ‘dancing zombie’ in PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson,” a PopCap Games representative said in a released statement. “After receiving this objection, PopCap made a business decision to retire the original ‘dancing zombie’ and replace it with a different ‘dancing zombie’ character for future builds of PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES on all platforms. The phase-out and replacement process is underway.”

The “Dancing Zombie” now rocks a disco-themed look, hopefully lawyers for Simpsons character Disco Stu won’t disprove (“Disco Stu doesn’t advertise”).

Check out the Plants vs. Zombies app here.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboombox.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!