DreamWorks Animation sued by artist who claims he created 'Kung Fu Panda'
A Massachusetts artist has filed a lawsuit against DreamWorks Animation, claiming the studio stole his idea for the multi-million dollar Kung Fu Panda franchise.
In papers filed yesterday and obtained by EW, Jayme Gordon alleges that the studio stole the concept of and characters from his copyrighted works, titled Kung Fu Panda Power. He claimed he created the characters in the late 1980s or early 1990s and pitched them twice to studios — once to the Walt Disney Company and again to DreamWorks in the late 1990s.
This is the second Kung Fu Panda lawsuit facing the company. Another writer, Terence Dunn, claims he pitched the story to DreamWorks executives in 2001.
Gordon is seeking damages and lost profits, “which cannot yet be fully ascertained, but which shall be assessed at the time of trial,” according to the lawsuit.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is scheduled for a May 27 release. DreamWorks is not commenting on the suit.