If the “Toy Story 4” character Duke Caboom reminded you of Evel Knievel, you’re not alone. The company in charge of Knievel’s image and likeness thought so too, and now they’re suing.
K&K Promotions just filed suit against Disney, Pixar, and several subsidiaries. They’re claiming the stuntman driver toy that Keanu Reeves voiced in “Toy Story 4” is a clear and obvious rip-off of the legendary American motorcycle daredevil. K&K also claims they own all the rights to Evel Knievel’s likeness, persona, and brand and says that Disney/Pixar did not get approval to use any of it towards their character. Of course, there’s also the merchandise aspect. K&K say Disney cranked out a ton of products from “Toy Story 4,” including Duke Caboom toys, and made lots of cash from it. Cash that K&K now claimed they are owed.
Toy Story 4 earned more than $3,000,000,000 worldwide, and while the specific amount of K&K’s lawsuit is still unknown, they are committed to bringing Disney/Pixar to court over this.