This week, an animation and media company has connected animator and director Kevin Bao, who is supporting PlayStation content. The name of Bao and the promo clip PlayStation in question that the PlayStation Japan had posted started circulating online on Wednesday after the startling resemblances to film, and other animators ‘ works from products such as Steven Universe and others noticed. Following these claims, Ellin Animation said it was unaware of the suspected plagiarism of Bao, and that it had ceased all portrayal of the works of the animator.
The Company Statement
The company then said that it has already ended representation of works of Bao and has reached the animator for answer on the subject. Ellin Animation commented on the situation around Bao and this promotion videos in a tweet on Monday, saying it had “no knowledge that the work of Kevin Bao has plagiarized.”
The Bao Evident
Bao is no longer listed on the director’s website, although it is evident that Bao at one stage had a director’s don’t current section. Social media posts also talked about Bao’s works, although apparently at least one of these was removed. Such adjustments allow the animation company to respond to the plagiarism allegations quickly, but Bao and Sony have not publicly responded beyond the video deletion of Sony.
Ellin Animation from Catsuka, an animated website cataloguing the claims and the evidence of alleged plagiarism, reports this response. Since the accusations first came out, Catsuka has updated other instances in which Bao has been reported to have plagiarised works.