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Feb182011

DreamWorks Facing New Lawsuit over 'Kung Fu Panda'

Photo Courtesy - Dreamworks Animated(LOS ANGELES) -- Kung Fu Panda has a new fight on his hands.

The Hollywood Reporter says an artist named Jayme Gordon has sued DreamWorks, the studio behind the hit animated film, claiming it ripped off the idea for Kung Fu Panda from his own works.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Massachusetts, Gordon alleges the film borrows from a set of illustrations he created called Kung Fu Panda Power, which features characters that he claims are similar to the ones seen in Kung Fu Panda.  The suit includes copies of Gordon's artwork, accompanied by artwork from Kung Fu Panda that he says is strikingly similar to his illustrations, which he says he registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2000.

Gordon claims he pitched his Kung Fu Panda Power idea to Disney in the late 1980s or early 1990s, when DreamWorks executive Jeffrey Katzenberg was working for Disney and Michael Eisner was Disney's chairman.  Gordon's complaint even features a photo of him and Eisner allegedly meeting.

Gordon says that in the late 1990s, a few years after Katzenberg left Disney to help form DreamWorks, he shopped his illustrations to the film studio but was rejected.

Gordon seeks unspecified profits, statutory damages and an acknowledgement of authorship on Kung Fu Panda and its sequel, which debuts May 26.

DreamWorks is also facing a separate but similar lawsuit brought by Terence Dunn, who claims he pitched the idea of a kung fu panda bear to DreamWorks in 2001.

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