Another lawsuit in the film industry is going after one of the biggest animated franchises on the market!
An artist named Jayme Gordon is suing DreamWorks and distributor Paramount for
blatantly "allegedly" copying the film from his copyrighted works, collectively titled Kung Fu Panda Power (pictured above).
That drawing looks nothing like DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda. It isn't even colored in! Ha!
The Kung Fu Panda Power creator says he submitted multiple packages to the Walt Disney Company containing original illustrations and stories, then went on to meet with then-Disney chairman Michael Eisner and president Frank Wells (He's even got a picture with them).
But that was SO long ago! How is this even relevant now?
Well, it turns out that the current DreamWorks topper, Jeffrey Katzenberg, worked for Disney under Eisner at the time of the meeting!
Katzenberg left Disney in 1994 to start DreamWorks and Gordon even sent more illustrations in to the new company, but were rejected with an acknowledgement of receipt!
Asserting copyright infringement, Gordon is demanding unspecified profits, statutory damages, and an acknowledgment of authorship on both Kung Fu Panda and its forthchoming sequel.
We can't deny that this guy has a pretty legitimate claim here and we're assuming he's got a HUGE paycheck coming his way considering the first film grossed $632 million worldwide.
So whose pumped to see Kung Fu Panda
Power 2 in May?
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