I can’t find any evidence of a lawsuit ever actually being filed, much less that Disney bought them out to avoid a suit. The Huffington Post article even mentions the original animator was honored that Disney “may” have leveraged Kimba to inspire Simba…
Don’t under estimate the power of Disney to hide it retroactively.
But it was a big deal and in the news at the time when it happened. I actually can’t recall if there was ACTUALLY a lawsuit, or a threatened lawsuit, actually. But the point was that Disney clearly violated copyright and then tried to cover it up.
There are other stories surrounding Disney in this regard. I had a friend from High Shool/College who’s boyfriend actually worked for Dreamworks. There was this feud between Disney and Dreamworks because Disney had effectively taken a story idea from Dreamworks and made it. Well, it wasn’t quite so clearcut, actually. I think this was the Antz versus A Bug’s Life situation. Antz was originally pitched by Katzenberg, but Disney didn’t original do it. Bad blood existed, and Katzenberg when on to help form Dreamworks. They then started working on Antz, trying hard to beat out the A Bug’s Life that Disney ultimately decided to go with. Disney claimed Dreamworks stole the idea from them, when in actuality it was kind of the opposite.
Anyhow, in retribution, Disney tried to (or did? Forget the exact details now) buy the land surrounding the Dreamworks studios so that they couldn’t expand. Don’t recall how that played out, exactly. But in the end, Disney tried very hard to make sure everyone believed Dreamworks took the idea from Disney when it was the opposite. There was evidence to suggest that Disney only make A Bug’s Life because of Katzenberg’s departure.
Of course, my memory is hazy on the details, so forgive me if I misrepresent anything. Just conveying the gist of things.
Point is, Disney has deep pockets and will go to great lengths to protect its own copyrights…but will tread on others’ copyrights and use those same deep pockets to get away with it.
The real question is… was Kimba also based on Hamlet??
Saddest moment of Big Brother this season (and that is saying a lot) was when a “punishment” was that at a certain command, one of them had to read Hamlet aloud - and partway in, another braintrust said “Oh my god! This is just like The Lion King! But with people!”
Thanks for the response. Certainly not contending Disney is a perfect company that would never transgress on others. And there are definitely Kimba/Simba articles around (the Simpsons even took a shot at them in an episode) and lots of similarities, although lots of differences too. Just no lawsuit or takeover to hide their tracks…
In a similar fashion, Avatar is really just a re-telling of Dances With Wolves.
Actually, if you look at many Disney movies in the past couple decades, they tend to either be remakes of their prior properties, or else re-imaginings of existing fairy tales. Little Mermaid. Beauty and the Beast. Frozen. Tangled. Etc.
Yeah. I mean, part of this my memory. Threatened lawsuit and lawsuit are two different things. And maybe it wasn’t buying the company, but buying OFF someone. It may have been the latter. Money was involved, however, with Disney doing the paying.
I do recognize that there are certainly nuances to any story, though! Disney would never admit they got inspiration from Kimba, despite the obvious similarities. A FEW similarities can be understandable.
Oh well. We will be seeing “The Lion King” in live action next year, regardless.
Avatar was originally distributed by 20th Century Fox. Zero Disney involvement until the Pandora agreement with James Cameron to bring the IP into the parks. Of course now with the Disney takeover of most of Fox, Disney will end up owning Avatar going forward.
Honestly, I’ve never seen Hamlet. Other Shakespeare works, sure. Never Hamlet. Never had an opportunity to. But several years ago, I did read a book that was a re-imagining of Hamlet, called, “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle”. It was…weird. And so I’m guessing Hamlet must be as well, because the parts that I felt were the most weird about the story were those things drawn directly from Hamlet.
Back in high school, there was a Mel Gibson version of “Hamlet”. It was pushed on our Creative Writing class by our teacher as a movie we must go see! But it was at the theater for such a short time, I didn’t catch it. Never found it on DVD either. But after reading Sawtelle, my desire to see it (Hamlet) has diminished.
Anyone recommend a specific film adaptation that is particularly good? There is occasionally a Shakespeare festival that a local theatre participates in, but I’m not interested enough to pay theatre prices to see it.