Amateur cartoonist Jayme Gordon filed a $12 million (£9.7 million) claim against DreamWorks Animation, alleging the 2008 movie was based on drawings he had created nine years earlier.

Prosecutors claimed the 51-year-old fabricated part of his story, and backdated sketches he copied from Disney characters to strengthen his case.

Gordon registered a number of drawings with the US Copyright Office in 1999 of a giant panda character, named Kid, and titled his picture stories Panda Power.

However, after seeing a trailer for DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda in 2008, Gordon allegedly revised his drawings and re-registered them as Kung Fu Panda Power, a month before the film's release.

In 2011, he filed a lawsuit against DreamWorks for breach of copyright, but withdrew his claim two years later after DreamWorks bosses provided evidence suggesting the original panda characters he claimed he had sketched in 1992 had actually been traced from a Disney Lion King colouring book first released in 1996.

On Friday (18Nov16), a federal jury convicted Gordon on four counts of wire fraud and three counts of perjury, ruling that, beyond what were superficial similarities, his original Panda Power characters and story had little in common with Kung Fu Panda.

He faces up to 25 years in prison, and will be sentenced on 30 March, 2017.

Kung Fu Panda has spawned two sequels since its release in 2008, with all three films grossing a total of more than $1.8 billion (£1.4 billion) at the box office worldwide. The third instalment of the animated franchise was released earlier this year (16), and featured the voices of Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Hudson, and Bryan Cranston.