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Did DreamWorks Steal "Kung Fu Panda" Idea?

Posted: February 18th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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DreamWorks Animation is being sued by a man who claims to have created the inspiration behind the studio's "Kung Fu Panda" hit, which grossed $632 million worldwide.

An artist named Jayme Gordon filed a colorfully illustrated 28-page complaint in US District Court in Massachusetts, alleging that DreamWorks copied the film idea from his copyrighted works, called "Kung Fu Panda Power." Besides the title, Gordon claims that the studio also copies his animated characters, which he says were registered with the US Copyright Office in 2000.

In the late 1990s, Gordon says that he sent his illustrations to DreamWorks, where they rejected with an acknowledgment of receipt. Gordon is demanding unspecified profits, damages, and an acknowledgment of authorship.

Gordon's Drawings: (click to enlarge)


Source: THR


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johnny_boy writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 4:10:06 AM

Who gives a f*ck? That movie sucked balls.
trailertrash writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 4:27:58 AM

Jayme Gordon does johnny, He's thinking Out Of Court settlement.

DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 4:33:27 AM

Anything that stops this sh*te from doing more "Kuntfuk Pole" movies is fine with me.
gunner writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 5:40:57 AM

another FAIL by DreamWorks. SMH.
Nihilistic Michael Maus writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 7:27:35 AM

Did DreamWorks Steal "Kung Fu Panda" Idea?

If they did, they sure did f*ck it up.
Big_Daddy writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 9:16:49 AM

I drew a picture of Angelina Jolie holding my snake once, does that mean I can get in on this lawsuit?
bandolero999 writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 10:06:53 AM

yea dude Dreamworks ripped you a new *sshole and kept all the profits to themselves, and are gonna make even more millions now that a franchise is coming out and, hell they even got Van Damme to do a voice for the second one.SO they pretty much said thanks for making these drawings too bad you'll never be succesful

Van Damme thanks you as well
minkowski writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 3:23:38 PM

If this news is correct, the man has a damned good case, and if I were the judge, I'd only have to look at what Dreamworks did and compare their work to the man's artwork and the details of his character creation.

If Gordon really did do the sketches before the first film arrived, then Dreamworks is going to have to shell out some serious cash, as they should.

Stealing solicited work without compensation is theft. If you send in something to the studios, they have an obligation to compensate you if they choose to use your ideas, unless they've stipulated otherwise from the outset, and in this case, I don't believe they did.

I also find it morally repugnant that the very same companies that drag granny into court for file-sharing a film have no absolutely compunction helping themselves to whatever ideas intrepid and creative individuals send in for submission.

They say the love of money is the root of all evil, and when I hear these kinds of stories, I have to wonder if the old maxim isn't more true than I'd care to admit.
HideousSecretion writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 4:53:48 PM

Hey my great great grandfather drew a mouse once. Do I now own Disney? Every studio, publisher, etc has the same unsolicited submission policy that protects them from this sort of stuff. Gordon's case is weak. He made some sketches of animal martial artists and sent it to Dreamworks. He might as well sue the owners of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not to mention Dreamworks has waaaaaay more lawyers than Gordo. I doubt they even give him a small out of court settlement.
minkowski writes:
on February 18th, 2011 at 5:09:22 PM

If Dreamworks has a policy that in effect states "all submissions become property of Dreamworks", then by default Gordon has no case. It's as simple as that, and I said so from the beginning in my initial post in this thread.

On the other hand, if they do not, then Gordon has more than a mere 'drawing of a mouse', he has a similarly named kung fu panda look-a-like with even a similar sidekick. That's not fair play or fair game, it's theft.

He's also not asking to 'own Disney', as that analogue is a straw man. He in fact only wants proper recompense for an idea he submitted that was obviously used to make not one but several films.

Again, if Dreamworks has such a policy that allows them to lift unsolicited works for their use, leegal or not, then that's wrong and should be addressed per Congressional regulations, just as companies such as Dreamworks endless employ and lobby Congress to pass anti-piracy bills aimed at suing children and old women for sharing dodgy low-quality dvd rips of terrible titles.

And you also seem to be saying that's it quite acceptable for Dreamworks to take other artists' ideas, make a billion or so, and never compensate the originator one penny, all because they have the lawyers and the little guy has none, and that's not just indefensible, it is evil.

In other words, might not only makes right, it defines morality and law and to hell with the weak and poor.

I would also like to add that I don't think this guy would even have a lawyer if the matter was as simple as saying that Dreamworks has a legal and easily enforced policy of ingesting any and all unsolicitied submissions, but then I might just be underappreciating the prevalency of tort law.
zyban03 writes:
on February 19th, 2011 at 7:53:24 AM

Of course they did! When was the last time a major hollywood studio did anything original.

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