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Evel Knievel’s son sues Disney over Toy Story 4 character

ByMicheal Johnson

Sep 25, 2020

Evel Knievel, Duke Kaboom

Evel Knievel didn’t excite millions, he broke his bones and spilled his blood so that Disney could make money, ”he says.

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

Kelly Knievel has had the publicity rights to her father’s name since 1998, according to her filing in the United States District Court in Las Vegas.

The federal trademark infringement lawsuit claims that Disney-owned Pixar did not ask for permission to use his father’s image when creating the character Duke Caboom, Sky News reports.

Knievel is seeking damages of more than $ 300,000 for allegations that include false endorsement and unfair enrichment.

The 60-year-old said: “Evel Knievel didn’t excite millions around the world, he didn’t break his bones and shed his blood just so Disney could make a lot of money.”

Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves in last year’s movie, was a 1970s toy riding a motorcycle and is “Canada’s best stuntman,” according to the lawsuit.

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

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

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

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

The toy also appeared in McDonald’s Happy Meals.

The lawsuit claims that consumers and movie critics “universally understood the connection,” even though the movie company and Reeves avoided any comparison.

Jeffrey R Epstein, a corporate spokesman for The Walt Disney Co, described Knievel’s claims as unfounded and said the film company will defend itself vigorously.

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

Kelly Knievel has had the publicity rights to her father’s name since 1998, according to her filing in the United States District Court in Las Vegas.

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

Knievel is seeking damages of more than $ 300,000 for allegations that include false endorsement and unfair enrichment.

The 60-year-old said: “Evel Knievel didn’t excite millions around the world, he didn’t break his bones and shed his blood just so Disney could make a lot of money.”

Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves in last year’s movie, was a 1970s toy riding a motorcycle and is “Canada’s best stuntman,” according to the lawsuit.

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

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

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

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

The toy also appeared in McDonald’s Happy Meals.

The lawsuit claims that consumers and movie critics “universally understood the connection,” even though the movie company and Reeves avoided any comparison.

Jeffrey R Epstein, a corporate spokesman for The Walt Disney Co, described Knievel’s claims as unfounded and said the film company will defend itself vigorously.

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