The Walt Disney Company Faces Lawsuit Over Duke Caboom’s Likeness to Evel Knievel in “Toy Story 4”

When Toy Story 4 made its debut in theaters on June 21, 2019, viewers fell in love with the daring and humorous Canadian stuntman, Duke Caboom, played by Keanu Reeves.

Now, The Walt Disney Company is facing a lawsuit over this character due to its Evel Knievel likeness. According to TMZ, K&K Promotions (the company that owns the copyright and trademarks for Knievel) filed the lawsuit. They are requesting that damages be paid out over this infringement.

The lawsuit claims that Duke Caboom’s attire clearly matches that of Knievel. They also note that there was never any mention of Knievel in interviews surrounding the film, for many believe that Caboom’s character was created as a parody of Evel Knievel.

While it is unclear how successful this new lawsuit will be, it is clear that both Caboom and Knievel will continue to bring laughter and daring adventures to their fans across the globe.

Do you see the likeness between Duke Caboom and Evel Knievel? Let us know in the comments.

4 thoughts on “The Walt Disney Company Faces Lawsuit Over Duke Caboom’s Likeness to Evel Knievel in “Toy Story 4””

  1. honestly, I never even heard of Evel Knievel, but what I hope is that toy story 4 doesn’t get banned over this, like pooh in china lol

  2. Yes there is a similarity, but more to “Super Dave” Osborn who was a character created by Bob Einstein and that was in itself a parody of these dare devils. So I say to the Knievel clan – get over it! You didn’t invent and can’t trademark a motorcycle stunt driver just because you all had the most famous one.

    • Bang on Ken! I thought this was more a tribute to Super Dave as well. Especially the fact that Caboom is Canadian. If anything more a stereotype of the performing stunt rider.

  3. I can see the likeness, and remember the original EK wind-up stunt cycle. I wanted one, but never got it for Christmas.

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