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Kung Fu Panda lawsuit thrown out

Somewhat incredibly, it seems that an LA jury has agreed with DreamWorks Animation that they did not use ideas from a pitch by Terence Dunn in the development of their film Kung Fu Panda. Dunn’s alleged pitch was about a kung-fu fighting panda bear who was “adopted by five animal friends in the forest (a tiger, a leopard, a dragon, a snake and a crane), whose destiny is foretold by an old and wise sage, Turquoise Tortoise, and who comes of age and fulfills his destiny as a martial arts hero and spiritual avatar”. Dunn intends to appeal the decision, while Panda also faces another suit from artist Jayme Gordon, who alleges artwork for her Kung Fu Panda Power works was copied.

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