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Disney and Pixar sued by company that ‘Duke Caboom’s character was based on Evel Knievel’

Disney, Pixar and their subsidiaries are being sued for basing the Toy Story 4 character Duke Caboom on legendary stunt performer Evel Knievel.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, a company called K&K Promotions, whose president happens to be Evel’s son Kelly, “claims they own all rights to Evel Knievel’s likeness, persona and brand.”

They also claimed that Disney “did NOT get any kind of endorsement” from K&K Promotions to use Knievel as a source of inspiration.

Oh oh: Disney, Pixar and their subsidiaries are being sued for basing the Toy Story 4 character Duke Caboom on legendary stunt performer Evel Knievel; Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4

Oh oh: Disney, Pixar and their subsidiaries are being sued for basing the Toy Story 4 character Duke Caboom on legendary stunt performer Evel Knievel; Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4

K&K Promotions stated in their lawsuit that Knievel’s recognizable persona and legacy, including “ a nod to his famous’ 70s stunt bike toy, is littered throughout the Toy Story fourth episode.

Voiced by actor Keanu Reeves, Duke Caboom is intended to be a toy version of ‘the greatest Canadian stuntman’ and, similar to those of Evel Knievel’s old toys, ‘comes’ with an energizer to get excited and his bike . ‘

K&K Promotions also claimed that higher-ups at Disney “instructed” everyone involved in Toy Story 4, from the all-star cast to the post-production crew, not to “use Evel’s name during interviews and other trademarks.”

They believe that Disney tried to perform a similar stunt with the Toy Story character Forky, who, despite his name, is very similar to a Spork.

Ownership: According to documents obtained by TMZ, a company called K&K Promotions, whose president happens to be Evel’s son Kelly, “claims they own all rights to Evel Knievel’s likeness, persona and brand”; Evel pictured in 1976

No Permission: They also claimed Disney “did NOT get any kind of approval” from K&K Promotions to use Knievel as inspiration; Evel pictured in 1975

K&K Promotions described an interview in which Forky voice actor Tony Hale “performed mental gymnastics” while trying to avoid discussing Forky’s resemblance to the quirky utensil.

Another aspect of the lawsuit concerns the ungodly amount of Toy Story 4 merchandise produced by Disney that featured Duke Caboom’s image.

K&K Promotions said Disney was making a surprising amount of money on the merchandise and that they are “asking a judge for large damages.”

Everywhere: K&K Promotions stated in their lawsuit that Knievel's recognizable persona and legacy, including `` a nod to his famous '70s toy stunt cycle,' is littered throughout the Toy Story fourth episode.

Everywhere: K&K Promotions stated in their lawsuit that Knievel's recognizable persona and legacy, including `` a nod to his famous '70s toy stunt cycle,' is littered throughout the Toy Story fourth episode.

Everywhere: K&K Promotions stated in their lawsuit that Knievel’s recognizable persona and legacy, including “ a nod to his famous ’70s toy stunt cycle,’ is littered throughout the Toy Story fourth episode.

Toy Story 4 hit theaters in June 2019, bringing in $ 1.073 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise.

Often wearing his signature red, white and blue jumpsuit, Evil Knievel rose to prominence in the late 1960s as an entertainer and well-known daredevil.

He would draw audiences from all over the world as he attempted to soar over rows of parked cars on his trusty motorcycle.

Most famously, in 1967, Knievel attempted to float on his motorcycle “151 feet above the fountains of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.”

Merchandise: K&K Promotions said Disney made a surprising amount of money on the merchandise and they are 'asking a judge for large damages'

Merchandise: K&K Promotions said Disney made a surprising amount of money on the merchandise and they are 'asking a judge for large damages'

Merchandise: K&K Promotions said Disney was making a surprising amount of money on the merchandise and that they are ‘asking a judge for large damages’

But unfortunately he crashed and sustained significant injuries from the stunt, including a crushed pelvis and femur and a major concussion.

He gave up the extreme stunt word in 1980, but his legacy lived on in the show footage and his highly sought-after merchandise.

According to the New York TimesEvel Knievel toys “had hundreds of millions of sales for Ideal and other companies in the 1970s and 1980s.”

He died on November 30, 2007 at the age of 69.

Legend: Evil Knievel, often wearing his signature red, white and blue jumpsuit, rose to prominence in the late 1960s as an entertainer and well-known daredevil; Evel introduced herself

Legend: Evil Knievel, often wearing his signature red, white and blue jumpsuit, rose to prominence in the late 1960s as an entertainer and well-known daredevil; Evel introduced herself

Legend: Evil Knievel, often wearing his signature red, white and blue jumpsuit, rose to prominence as an entertainer and well-known daredevil in the late 1960s; Evel introduced herself

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