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Popcap's P.v.Z. 'Dancing Zombie' is HIStory?

Posted on Tuesday, July 27 @ 18:47:31 PST by Chris_Hudak
The foulest stench is in the air...

...and it's coming from the party-poopers of the Michael Jackson estate. Apparently, one of these mental-giant guardians of pop culture only just recently got around to realizing that the Dancing Zombie in PopCap's hugely-successful iPhone game Plants Vs. Zombies bears more than a passing resemblance to the late great King of Pop, in his Thriller incarnation:the red-and-black jacket, the tight stylish high-waters, the exposed white socks, the blank-eyed zombie pallor.

What do you know, folks... they have a problem with it, and they're muscling PopCap to cease and desist, and to implement an update removing the offending, funky character—first from the iPhone version, with other platform versions of the game to follow suit..

PopCap, understandably, won't dignify the (dick-)move with anything more than a terse blanket statement:

"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. 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 is an entertaining visual gag, and only a small part of the game's extensive roster of lawn-stomping, reanimated dead: the best, of course, being the zamboni-riding zombie, the 'Zombonie”. But just the same, some people apparently just can't appreciate an awesome, well-meaning Epic homage when they see it. Way to show 'em how funky-wrong is your fight, Jackson Estate.




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