The heirs of singer Barbara Luddy have sued the Walt Disney Co. for not paying her or her estate a share of the revenue from video sales of 11 films.
According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Luddy never granted Disney the right to use her performances in the films on recordings or videocassettes.
Despite this, Disney allegedly began selling cassettes of the films in 1987 .
The movies in which Luddy sang and spoke dialogue include “Lady and the Tramp ,””Sleeping Beauty,””Winnie the Pooh: The Motion Picture,””Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too,””Winnie the Pooh No. 3,””Robin Hood,””Winnie the Pooh,””Winnie the Pooh & the Blustery Day,””Pollyanna,””101 Dalmatians” and “Story of Pluto.”
Disney agreed in 1991 to extend the time in which Luddy’s heirs could sue until Aug. 15, 1993, the suit said.
Luddy’s children, Christopher Lefevre and Barbara Luddy Olsen, are seeking unspecified damages and an injunction against further distribution of the cassettes containing Luddy’s voice.