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Did Disney steal ideas from Kimba?
Yes, they steal the character designs and various shots almost 1 to 1, but plot-wise, they are 2 different stories.
Which makes this whole affair even more distasteful. Note that Disney did not argue that they “took some influence but not to the point of plagiarism”, they argued that they have never heard about Kimba – which IMO is bullshit.
In early concept designs, Simba was actually white. They at least figured out that would be pushing things too far, but the warthogs looking just like Pumbaa, Scar’s design, and his relation to the hyenas/wanting to usurp the throne, Simba losing his father, all of that happened in the anime, just under different circumstances. They did the same shit they did with The Thief And The Cobbler. I agree with the other poster though, you might as well just watch the anime (and definitely the 1997 movie) just for the sake of it. The story is too good to be left with such a shitty legacy, of just being another thing Disney copied.
I can’t imagine that the Lion King just randomly happened to have the same story as Kimba. That it was a big coincidence.
IIRC … I read a book about Walt Disney (the man), ‘Hollywood’s Dark Prince’. Actor Kirk Douglas visited WD’s home and was there, and they happened to film him and the footage wound up in The Wonderful World of Disney TV show. He was butthurt so he sued Disney. But he had a moment of clarity when he realized that he was suing DISNEY. Even back then (the 1950s?) he realized there was no possible way that would end well for him, so he gave up. (Again IIRC, I read that book a while ago).
Yes, Disney ripped off Kimba. No, you can’t do anything about it. I agree with the others, the best way to deal with it is to watch Kimba and appreciate it.
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