Chinese artist sues DreamWorks over 'Panda'
You knew Kung Fu Panda was going to draw a lawsuit from somebody at some time, but we'd have bet on the mother of some kid who got the flying fist of death right in the face and not some Chinese performance artist. Zhao Bandi, who is known for using pandas in his art and fashion designs (including panda prostitutes and concubines), has demanded an apology from DreamWorks in a Beijing court, Variety reports.
Besides admonishing DreamWorks for making lead panda Po's eyes green, which he says "has the feeling of evil," Zhao is torqued that Po's dad is a duck. Because that would make kung-fu-fighting animals just too unrealistic.
"Many foreigners think the giant panda is not just China's symbol, but also the Chinese people's symbol. Drawing the father of the giant panda as a duck is an insult to the Chinese people," Zhao said. "In a few years time, I'm worried some young Chinese people will think their ancestor is Donald Duck."
Zhao, who previously called for a boycott of the movie because he said it would upset Sichuan earthquake victims, doesn't want money, just an apology from the filmmakers. And a pony. And a house made of gingerbread on Gumdrop Lane.
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