Evel Knievel Family Sues Disney Over Keanu Reeves’ Toy Story 4 Character Duke Caboom
Eve Navel’s family is suing Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar for using Keanu Reeves’ character in last year’s hit film Toy story 4, Accused of trademark infringement over the use of the likeness of the legendary adventurer. In the animated film, Reeves voices Duke Caboom, a daring action figure with a white dress and toy motorcycle. The character appears to be a parody of the Aval Knife Stunt Rally bicycle toy released by the Ideal Toy Company in 1975.
“Defendants have used in commerce, and continue to use in commerce, equality, reputation and image Aval nai The same relationship is formed in the film Toy Story 4, through Duke Caboom’s portrayal of Defendants, and through the marketing, promotion, advertising and sales of Toy Story 4, and the creation, distribution, marketing, advertising, promotion, And in connection with the sale of the Duke Caboom Action Figure, without the consent or approval of K&K, “Kelly’s son and K and K promotions boss Kelly read the trademark infringement complaint filed.
According to the complaint, Kelly also alleged that the company “has suffered, and will continue to harm its business, reputation and goodwill.” The lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $ 75,000, and Kelly is also asking for “further and further relief as this Court may deem fit and proper.”
For their part, Disney has responded to the lawsuit, and the House of Mouse seems very confident that they will come out of the winning side of the legal battle. A company spokesperson said, “The claims are without merit and we intend to vigorously defend them in court.”
Toy story 4 Tom Hanks and Tim Allen respectively brought back the voices of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Like the previous installments, the sequel was also brought in for special roles with several guest stars Keanu Reeves. It stars Jordan Peel, Keegan-Michael Key, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Carl Rainer, and Betty White. The film was a massive hit at the box office, earning over one billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales. It also won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Business based on Toy story 4 En-Masse was also produced, including toys based on the Reeves-voiced Duke Caboom character.
Robert “Evel” Navel is perhaps the best-known stunt artist ever. Created the “Last Gladiator”, Nowell was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 after more than 75 motorcycle jumps. He died in 2007 at the age of 69, but the famed Daredevil is still fondly remembered for his trademark look and death defying jumpers. Milo Ventimiglia is set to play Niley in upcoming short series about his life and legacy.
The similarities between Duke Caboom and Ewell Navel seem very clear, but Disney may argue that a parody is legally considered appropriate for a copyrighted work. In any case, it will be for the court to decide if any damages are owed for the use of the character on the productions of Kashmir and K? Toy story 4. This news comes to us from Deadline.
Topics: Toy Story 4, Toy Story, Disney