Sued, Ricky Gervais Denies 'Flanimals' Is Rip-Off

August 12, 2010 08:02:16 GMT

His representatives have responded to John Savage's allegation that the comedian's book copies the story from his 'Captain Pottie's Wildlife Encyclopedia.'

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Funnyman Ricky Gervais has been accused of stealing the idea for his hit book "Flanimals" in a new legal spat. British writer/artist John Savage claims Gervais' "Flanimals", an animated series about imaginary animals, is based on his own "Captain Pottie's Wildlife Encyclopedia".

Savage, whose book was published in 2000 - four years before "Flanimals", is suing the star for infringing on his artistic and literary copyright. Savage tells the BBC: "The next stage is the High Court will be sent a copy of the writ to Mr. Gervais' lawyers and they have two weeks to decide whether to defend or accede to my request."

A spokesperson for the comedian has denied the allegations, insisting, "This story goes back several years, when John Savage first made contact with Ricky Gervais' representatives. At the time it was made clear that the concept and illustrations of Flanimals pre-existed John Savage's work. To date Ricky Gervais has not received any formal court proceedings from Mr Savage."

Gervais' "Flanimals" has been a best-seller, spawning three sequels. It is currently being adapted into a Hollywood movie, due for release next year.


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posted by ydobon on Sep 21, 2011
I wonder if Jeff Lee, the creator of Q*bert, knows about John Savage and his "original" ceddy character.
posted by Tina on Aug 25, 2010
Yes, Captian Pottie's was such a success that it's already gone out of print. Already tried this unoffically several years ago, did he? Sad British Libel law is so easy to bring against a person everyone will jump on someone else's hard work and success to make them settle to avoid court costs. Greedy bugger.
posted by wogel on Aug 17, 2010
captian pottie is not origanal and better flanimals is better and gervais made it when he was 15 just hadnt puplished it first
posted by Ceddy on Aug 13, 2010
sov sage- Captain Pottie is a joke, he's meant to be! Gervais is a coward, why didn't he sue John Savage before? But who is heck?
posted by Xylophant on Aug 12, 2010
Gervais is a copycat, copycat, copycat, copycat, la la la la la. ok?
posted by Orse on Aug 12, 2010
BooooH to Gervais!!! Booooh to anyone who steals ideas.
posted by Hamselot on Aug 12, 2010
It is a poor copy, Captain Pottie is original and much much better.
posted by sov_sage on Aug 12, 2010
Captain Pottie is a joke...I compared the two and there is absolutely no similarity other than they are drawings of silly animals...heck, I did that as a kid, maybe I should sue Savage. No case here....

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