New Jersey-based children’s entertainer Mr. Ray is suing Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios because a character in Finding Nemo bears his stage name, according to Reuters. He is seeking $10 million dollars.
Ray Yodlowsky, known for songs like "Kalien the Alien" and "Roy G Biv," claims that Nemo’s inclusion of a stingray school teacher character named Mr. Ray would “obliterate and destroy" his reputation and the market for his products.
Yodlowsky issued a statement drawing parallels to Spike Lee’s battle to keep Viacom from re-branding The New TNN cable outlet as Spike TV. Neither Pixar nor Disney have released any statements.
Having earned more than $290 million dollars domestically since opening seven weeks ago, Finding Nemo is poised to pass Disney’s The Lion King as the highest grossing animated feature ever. Lion King, released in 1994, clawed up $310 million at the North American box office.