Toy Story 4 didn’t rip-off Evel Knievel with Keanu Re…

Evel Knievel’s son has failed in his attempt to sue the producers of the Toy Story 4 animated film over claims a character in the box office smash infringed on that of the late daredevil stunt performer.

Kelly Knievel took Disney, Pixar and other companies associated with the making of Toy Story 4 – the most recent flick in the hugely successful franchise – to court over claims it infringed on intellectural property rights associated with Evel Knievel.

The case centred around the use of a character – well, toy – Duke Caboom, voiced by gravelly toned motorcycle enthusiast (and A list celebrity we’re told) Keanu Reeves, which mimics similar-looking merchandise for kids that played on Evel Knievel’s profile in the 1970s.

In the film Duke Caboom talks a big game but actually – in a typical nudge, nudge, wink, wink Disney Pixar way – turns out to be a bit naff with his limited of-its-time capability to take off and not land properly. Don’t worry, he still plays his part in a heroic way in the end, it’s Toy Story after all.

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