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Entertainment Evel Knievel's son sues Disney over Toy Story 4 character

10:35  25 september  2020
10:35  25 september  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Evel Knievel ' s son is suing Disney over Keanu Reeves' ' Toy Story 4 ' character Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year’s “ Toy Story 4 ” on Knievel , whose famous stunts included

Evel Knievel ’ s son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. An Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle toy released in 1973 featured a Knievel action figure clad in a white helmet and jumpsuit with red, white and blue embellishments on

Evel Knievel's son is suing Disney over a daredevil character in the animated film Toy Story 4.

a group of stuffed animals sitting on stage with stage lights and an audience: The character of Duke Caboom was voiced by Keanu Reeves © Rex Features The character of Duke Caboom was voiced by Keanu Reeves

Kelly Knievel has held the publicity rights to his father's name since 1998, according to his US District Court filing in Las Vegas.

The federal trademark infringement lawsuit claims that Disney-owned Pixar did not ask permission to use his father's likeness when creating the character Duke Caboom.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evel Knievel ’ s son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year’s “ Toy

LAS VEGAS — Evel Knievel ’ s son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year’s “ Toy

a large long train on a steel track: One of Evel Knievel's most famous stunts was at Wembley Stadium in London in 1975 © Getty One of Evel Knievel's most famous stunts was at Wembley Stadium in London in 1975

Knievel is seeking damages of more than $300,000 (£235,000) over allegations including false endorsement and unjust enrichment.

The 60-year-old said: "Evel Knievel did not thrill millions around the world, break his bones and spill his blood just so Disney could make a bunch of money."

Evel Knievel brushing the teeth while lying on a bed: Evel Knievel was seriously injured many times during 75 motorbike jumps © Getty Evel Knievel was seriously injured many times during 75 motorbike jumps

Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves in last year's film, was a 1970s toy who rides a motorbike and is "Canada's greatest stuntman", the lawsuit said.

Knievel was famous for stunts such as a motorbike jump over a row of buses at Wembley Stadium.

He was seriously injured many times during 75 motorbike jumps, but died from lung disease in 2007.

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Evel Knievel ’ s son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. The Walt Disney Co. says it will defend itself from what it calls Knievel ' s meritless claims. “ Evel Knievel did not thrill millions around the world, break his bones and

LAS VEGAS — Evel Knievel ' s son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year’s “ Toy

An Evel Knievel toy was released in 1973 with a white helmet and jumpsuit, with a motorbike that could be propelled with a wind-up device.

Disney and Pixar released a similar Duke Caboom toy along with Toy Story 4.

The toy also featured in McDonald's Happy Meals.

The lawsuit claims consumers and film reviewers "universally caught on to the connection", despite the film company and Reeves avoiding any comparison.

Jeffrey R Epstein, corporate spokesman for The Walt Disney Co, described Knievel's claims as meritless, saying the film company will defend itself vigorously.


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Disney responds to lawsuit against Toy Story 4 over Duke Caboom .
"The claims are without merit."Kelly Knievel – who has held the publicity rights to his father's name since 1998 – filed the lawsuit towards the end of September, claiming the filmmakers never sought permission to use Evel's likeness (via Hollywood Reporter).

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