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Evel Knievel’s son, Kelly Knievel, is suing Disney for allegedly modeling the likeness of the legendary stunt performer for the scene-stealing Keanu Reeves-portrayed character of Duke Caboom in final yr’s Toy Story 4. His publicity firm Okay&Okay Productions filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit in Las Vegas and Disney is able to combat his declare. However, simply how a lot are the 2 sides preventing over?
Kelly Knievel is reportedly requesting the Home of Mouse pay up for over $300,000 in damages for basing the character on his father. Duke Caboom is a fictional Nineteen Seventies period bike stunt rider, who’s known as “Canada’s best stuntman.” The character has since turn out to be a preferred toy and was featured in McDonald’s Comfortable Meal promotions in 2019. Kelly Knievel mentioned the next within the assertion asserting the lawsuit, per THR:
Evel Knievel didn’t thrill thousands and thousands around the globe, break his bones and spill his blood simply so Disney may make a bunch of cash.
Evel Knievel is rarely named in Toy Story 4, however Okay&Okay Productions claims Pixar based mostly the character on his father, who achieved over 75 bike jumps throughout his profession and died in 2007 of lung illness. Each Duke Caboom and Evel Knievel wore primarily white fits with a low collar, crimson stripes, a belt buckle and cape. In phrases of the Toy Story 4 character, Duke is repping Canadian colours solely (white and crimson) and a maple leaf, whereas Evel wore crimson, white and blue, with stars resembling the American flag. You possibly can try promotional materials for Duke in Toy Story 4 right here:
The stunt performer rose to fame in 1967 when he jumped the Caesars Palace fountains, and Duke Caboom was created to be a ‘70s-era toy. The lawsuit additionally connects the wound-up stunt cycle toy within the film to an actual Evel Knievel toy with related aesthetic and performance. Disney has communicated in an announcement that it is able to push again on Kelly Knievel’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that Disney particularly instructed the Toy Story 4 forged and crew to keep away from evaluating Duke Caboom to Evel Knievel, together with steering away from associating the film with different trademarked objects. One other instance of that is Tony Hale’s Forky character, who needed to work round calling him a spork for authorized causes.
Disney definitely made cash off its toys based mostly on Toy Story 4, which revamped $1 billion on the field workplace final summer season, changing into the very best grossing movie within the franchise but. It was definitely a enjoyable function to see Keanu Reeves tackle. We’ll maintain you up to date on how this lawsuit shakes out, together with different films and TV updates. For now, keep tuned for the following Pixar film set to be launched, with Soul popping out on November 20.