• Toy Story 4: Duke Caboom ISN’T Evel Knievel, Court Rules

  • Evel Knievel and Duke Caboom Court decides there was no intention to confuse the two famous stunt riders
  • Caboom Fails In the movie, Rejean, who got a Duke Caboom toy for Christmas, realises it can't do any of the things shown on the TV ad
  • Posing While he can't jump, Caboom can certainly pose!
  • Posing 2 Of course, being Toy Story, Caboom gets to save the day with his biggest jump ever.

Canada’s Favourite Stunt Rider Is His Own Man!

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Admit it: you’ve all watched Toy Story 4 and it’s guaranteed your favourite character was useless stunt rider Duke Caboom! Now, a court judge has dismissed an action brought by Evel Knievel’s son, Kelly, in which he claimed the character infringed on that of his late father.

Duke Caboom is Free To Crash Again

Even if you won’t admit it, I will: I love the Toy Story movies. Favourite character? Well, up to Toy Story 4, it had to be Buzz Lightyear. After TS4, however, it was no contest: Duke Caboom, Canada’s favourite and least successful stunt rider took top spot.

Bearing a striking resemblance to the 1970s Evel Knievel wind-up-and-let-go toy, Duke had to face up to the fact that he wasn’t very good as a toy, failing spectacularly to perform like he did in the TV commercials.

It was this resemblance (and possibly inability to actually do what he was meant to be able to do) that led Knievel’s son, Kelly to take Disney and Pixar to court over claims it infringed on intellectual property rights associated with Evel Knievel.

Toy Story 4: Duke Caboom ISN'T Evel Knievel, Court Rules
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Evel Knievel and Duke Caboom
Court decides there was no intention to confuse the two famous stunt riders

However, in a victory for useless toys the world over, the judge presiding over the case dismissed the action, saying there was no deliberate purpose by Disney to confuse Duke Caboom with Evel Knievel, adding it didn’t imply endorsement or association to Knievel’s stunts, jumpsuits and products.

There can be no doubt that Caboom really was influenced by the Knievel toy but, as every owner of the original has to admit, it never really did any of the amazing stunts it was shown doing on TV, just like Caboom. I prefer to think of the Toy Story character as an affectionate homage to the original.

So, can Duke Caboom continue with his career? Yes, he Canada!

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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