Film studio DreamWorks, makers of the popular animated Madagascar films, has confirmed that it will be suing the Madagascan military junta for damaging its brand.
The studio said it had spent almost a billion dollars creating the idea of an animal-friendly tropical paradise, and did not need "dudes in berets waving AK-47s around screwing it all up".
The Madagascar films, featuring the adventures of a lion, a hippopotamus, a zebra and a giraffe, have won numerous awards in the United States, where they are believed to be documentaries.
According to DreamWorks spokesman Sly Barstid, the studio was disappointed that the Madagascan junta had opted for a violent overthrow of the ruling government.
"If they'd watched our moves they would know that you can't solve problems with rocket-propelled grenades," said Barstid.
"At the end of the day all you need is love, and the support of your friends. "And great lawyers because we're going to rip their f***ing throats out once this sucker goes to trial."
News of the pending lawsuit has reportedly panicked the Madagascan junta, with some top generals saying the new military government does not have the muscle to withstand a full assault from Hollywood.
It has also has denied reports that some hawkish factions within the junta are calling for reprisals and have recommended removing a lion, a hippopotamus, a zebra and a giraffe from the national zoo and cooking them live on national television.
However, this morning junta spokesman Kafufel Ramalamadingdong explained that the junta had not known about the DreamWorks films before they planned their coup, adding that if they had, they would have taken over a different country instead.
"We offer our sincerest apologies to DreamWorks, to Hollywood, and to the economy of California for the damage we have done their film empire," said Ramalamadingdong, adding that Madagascar would send food packages and commemorative coconuts to Los Angeles "for as long as it takes DreamWorks to get back on its feet again".
Meanwhile the producers of the upcoming animated children's features North Korea and Iran have decided to suspend production until further notice.