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Published on Nov 20, 2013
Deposition testimony given by former Dreamworks development executive Michael Lachance on June 6, 2011 in which he answers "Umm, I believe so" when asked by Terry Dunn's attorney Theresa Macellaro whether he had conceived of the idea for "Kung Fu Panda". Then Lachance states that he doesn't know the date of "the actual day" on which he conceived of the Kung Fu Panda idea. When asked to give an estimate of when that day of conception was, Lachance states that it was within a two-year span of time--"sometime in 2000 or 2001"--and then exhibits an assortment of no less than 35 discernable facial and bodily gestures over a period of 29 seconds afterwards. (Terry Dunn alleged in his Complaint [Dunn v. Dreamworks Animation, BC438833] and in his trial testimony that Lachance's boss, Lance Young, Sr. V.P. of Development and Creative Affairs at Dreamworks, took Dunn's pitch of "The Adventures of Zen-Bear, the Kung Fu Panda" on Nov. 20, 2001 [that he had conceived of in 1992] and argued at trial that Young and Lachance in collaboration stole his story elements and used them as the basis of Dreamworks' "Kung Fu Panda" movie: "a spiritually-marked kung fu-fighting panda bear mentored by five animal friends of the forest [a tiger, dragon, snake, crane and leopard] who saves a peaceful village from animal marauders and whose destiny as a martial arts hero and avatar is foretold by a sage tortoise.")
See fully documented Timeline describing Terence Dunn's creation of his "Zen-Bear® the Kung Fu Panda" properties, his communications with Dreamworks, and his subsequent lawsuit ag. Dreamworks at: http://www.kungfupandalawsuit.com/ima...