Following on from the news that Michael Jackson's estate has demanded that PopCap Games remove the Dancing Zombie character from Plants vs Zombies, an image of the character's replacement, Disco Zombie, has turned up over at PC Gamer. In grand Dancing Zombie tradition, this new character seems to infringe on another pop culture character. Is it just me, or does Disco Zombie look a heck of a lot like Disco Stu from The Simpsons? He's even wearing Stu's dead goldfish platform shoes from the "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" episode.
Popcap had this to say:
‘I can confirm that there is in fact a new ‘disco zombie’ (see image attached) and I would really appreciate if you could ‘be nice to the new guy’…the disco zombie is starting to feel like a second class zombie citizen, which is really unfair considering the length of time he spent doing his hair! I actually managed to catch up with him earlier today and, while he’s a little adverse to public speaking, he gave me the following (badly) written statement:
“Dear Alive Peeples, I am pleazed too join the big brainz at PopCap and can’t wait to meat you all. And yes, I du my own heir.”’
Hello, PopCap? Matt Groening and FOX attorneys on line one for you... Although I think it would be rather hypocritical of the long-running animated show to sic the lawyers on PopCap for this one. The Simpsons has run on parodic elements for two decades now. Surely if they can dish it out, they can take it.