Agreed the CG style of things like Clutch Powers, Ninjago and Chima always looked.... off to me. It was kinda straying into uncanny valley for me.
I know it's up in the air about who owns the JTTW IP, so, I've done some digging, and the JTTW IP is more than likely held by the Chinese Government, or is in the public domain.
It's how the Chinese system works. From what I can tell, if you are a native company or group registering an IP, you don't own the IP, the government does. You just have exclusive rights to use it.
If it's a foreign IP, the laws are the same as everywhere else.
Feel free to corret me if I'm wrong.