I remember a while ago when I was at an anime store, I saw Kimba the White Lion on the shelves and was thinking to myself, "Wow that must be some
sort of low-quality rip of The Lion King". I never expected that it would be the other way around. And I'm sure lots of other people were thinking
the same way which is totally unfair.
Kimba the White Lion was the first Japanese animated series aired on television from the 60's based on a manga that started in the 50's by Osamu
Tezuka. Much controversy has been stirred over the fact that Disney's Lion King has taken a lot
of material from the series, given no proper
credit and even denied having used the material even though it's painfully obvious
If they hadn't denied it. If they had just come out and said they were making a remake of Kimba the White Lion, they wouldn't be in all the trouble
they're in now. But they were too full of themselves, so they had to make it "based on an original story".
Did the Disney studio steal Kimba The White Lion and rework it as their "original story", The Lion King? They certainly give that impression
with their corporate stance ("we never heard of Tezuka nor Kimba until after The Lion King was released"). And why would they have filed suit to try
to prevent the showing of Tezuka Productions' 1997 Jungle Emperor Leo movie at the 1998 Toronto FantAsia Film Festival? (Jungle Emperor was the
original title for Kimba The White Lion.) It seems quite simple; Kimba had been kept out of sight in North America for 20 years by that time. And once
you can see the two together...
- Kimba the White Lion
What happens when a popular American company steals countless scenes, lines, characters and plots from a Japanese company? And why hasn't this been
made public? Why can Disney walk all over them and try to convince the world they actually make up their own material? I want everyone to know
Disney's a big lying, cheating fraud!
Here are some of the similarities I took a lot of notice to.
Kimba: Main character is named Kimba
Lion King: Main character is named Simba
Kimba: Original title was Jungle Emperor (1950)
Lion King: Original title was King of the Jungle (1993)
Kimba: Kimba's mother dies and comes back to help him move forward in the stars/clouds
Lion King: Simba's father dies and comes back to help him move forward in the stars/clouds
Kimba: Features a stampede
Lion King: Features a stampede
Kimba: Features a thorn patch
Lion King: Features a thorn patch
Kimba: Wise mandrill (baboon-resembling creature) as mentor
Lion King: Wise baboon as mentor
Kimba: White lion
Lion King: Originally a white lion in 1993, changed later
Kimba: Kimba has a tuft of hair in the middle of the head and dark rimmed ears
Lion King: Simba has a tuft of hair in the middle of the head and dark rimmed ears
Kimba: Antagonist is Kimba's aunt
Lion King: Antagonist is Simba's uncle
^ Notice the bird in the right hand corner
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Errrr. Disney is so hypocritical!!