Quentin Tarantino Sues Over Alan Ball's Infernal Exotic Birds

Friday, 11 March 2011 10:34 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Quentin Tarantino Sues Over Alan Ball's Infernal Exotic Birds

While you read this, just imagine how incredible it would be as a wacky sitcom.  Apparently, Quentin Tarantino, the irrepressible writer-director responsible for Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, and Inglourious Basterds, lives next door to Alan Ball, the writer of American Beauty and creator of the HBO series 'Six Feet Under' and 'True Blood'.  On Thursday, Tarantino filed a lawsuit against Ball, claiming that the screeching of Ball's "exotic bird menagerie" has disrupted his ability to write from home.

According to THR's Heat Vision, Tarantino claims that he has repeatedly attempted to discuss the matter with Ball – one Oscar-winning screenwriter to another – but that the "blood-curdling screams" from Ball's macaws persists unabated.  The sound, which Tarantino additionally describes as "obnoxious pteradactyl-like screams," seem to have impaired his ability to be creatively productive. 

The lawsuit references the fact that Ball chooses to keep the birds in an outdoor aviary rather than indoors, on account of their "pre-historic sounding screams."  Tarantino's representation gets literary right off the bat by alluding to Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe with the quotation, "He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home."  For seven to eight hours a day, Tarantino says, the coterie of tropical birds denies his homestead such peace.

First, it's somehow perfectly evocative that Tarantino and his representation would use an airborne dinosaur that's been extinct for 65 million years to describe the sounds made by exotic birds.  Also, it's great that a legal document includes a Goethe quotation.

Second, I admire much of Ball's work, particularly the stunning series 'Six Feet Under', but I once had neighbors whose dogs barked ceaselessly, and you have to imagine that a bunch of exotic birds can produce sounds far more annoying than the incessant yipping of a few chihuahuas. 

Okay, law students, what's going to happen with this lawsuit?  Will Quentin Tarantino find relief from the squawking, or will Alan Ball retain his right to place his macaws where ever he pleases?  And for everybody else not currently studying law, what would you title a sitcom starring the writers of Pulp Fiction and American Beauty as wacky, contentious neighbors? 


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