Michael Jackson Zombie Moonwalks Away From Plants Vs Zombies

After more than a year spent dancing into our hearts and gardens, objections from the King of Pop's estate cause PopCap Games to replace the killer Michael Jackson lookalike in Plants Vs Zombies.

The Dancing Zombie in Plants Vs Zombies will forever remain the Michael Jackson Zombie in my heart, even if plans are currently underway to replace him in all versions of the game with a disco-themed imposter. MTV Multiplayer's Russ Frushtick reached out to PopCap to ask about the change, learning that Michael Jackson's estate had contacted the publisher with objections.

"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 change has already been implemented in the iPhone version of the game with the latest update, with plans to phase out the dead pop singer across all platforms.

Michael Jackson Estate Forces 'Plants vs. Zombies' [MTV Multiplayer]

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    This is RIDICULOUS!!!

    the dancing zombie has been in plants vs zombies even before MJ died! if it were me then i would simply tell them NO! you didnt care before why should you care now.

    Political Correctness gone insane or the potential IP rights court case - either way the game will be poorer for it.

    While I'll be sad to see him go, think of the alternatives; Zombie JT!

    Rediculous! That looks like MJ does it? o.O
    Maybe the dance moves were inspired obviously... but the character himself?
    Fight it PopCap.

    Sad, sad sad day for dancing zombies everywhere. :(

      Michael Jackson from the Thriller video. So yes, it does look like him. Sigh go back to preschool noob.

      T-dawg.

        I am definitely all for the education of the people on 1984 Michael Jackson videos, but anyone that signs a post with their initial, followed by a hyphen and the incorrect spelling of dog, should "go back to preschool"

        Sigh.

    They should get some zombie backstreet boys going :P

    Madness. Is the estate also going to file complaints against anyone screening the video clip for "Thriller"?

    Now i would LOVE it if MJ came back as a zombie and started dancing on THEIR lawns!

    WHAT WOULD YOU DO THEN BIG SHOT SUIT MAN!!! WHAT WOULD YOU DO?!!?

    It's not "political correctness", it's ridiculous copyright and trademark laws again.

    There is no way that this should be actionable.

    Cant help but feel MJ would be happy having himself in a game, specially as a monster (even after his death). Thriller after all was due to his fascination with changing and monsters.

    That is very clearly an homage and not copyright infringement, so I think it's absolutely disgusting that the estate is doing this.

    That said, I can't tell a company like PopCap to fight the humungous estate of the 'King of Pop.'

    How about they complain to every single company that's ever featured a Michael Jackson homage? They'd be cease and desisting scores of companies. Absolutely disgusting.

    Lady Gaga zombie PLZ?

    plants vs zombies

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