An advertising agency based in Fargo, N.D., has sued the creators of a Cartoon Network show for stealing the work they created for the state's transportation department, WDAZ-TV reported Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges that "Annoying Orange" creators Dane Boedigheimer and Spencer Grove, who are originally from North Dakota, saw the "Talking Orange" commercials that aired in the state from 2005 to 2009.
“They picked up, moved to California and started another version of it,” H2M attorney Jeff Landa said. “That’s essentially what our case is about.”
Boedigheimer said in 2011 that he had never seen the "Talking Orange" advertisements. He started "The Annoying Orange" as a YouTube show in 2009 before it hit the Cartoon Network under the title, "“The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange" in 2012.
Watch videos for both "Talking Orange" and "Annoying Orange" below: