files/pictures/picture-35.jpgDreamWorks Animation was the victor in a Los Angeles jury case where the studio was accused of stealing the idea for KUNG FU PANDA, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Terence Dunn, who calls himself a writer/producer/teacher/philosopher, had claimed he pitched the idea of a “spiritual kung-fu fighting panda bear” to the studio before it put its version of a kung-fu fighting panda into development.
Dunn was seeking a portion of the hundreds of millions the franchise has made. DreamWorks had issued a summary judgment motion, but was denied and the case went to trial. The jury agreed that the studio had entered an implied-in-fact contract with Dunn, but didn't use his ideas.
Dunn and his lawyers plan to appeal.
This is only one lawsuit against DreamWorks Animation regarding the property. Jayme Gordon claims the film's look was stolen from his copyrighted KUNG FU PANDA POWER.