The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

sacre bleu!
Has Disney done it again? Years after allegedly ripping off Tezuka Osamu's "Kimba The White Lion" to make it's monstrously-successful The Lion King, French author Franck Le Calvez claims that Finding Nemo is based on his children's book.

Disney's track record on intellectual property disputes like this is pretty damning. In the words of Cecil at The Straight Dope,

When The Lion King came out in 1994, a lot of people concluded that Disney--so zealous in defending its own intellectual property that it once demanded removal of Mickey and Minnie Mouse images from a day-care center--might have appropriated someone else's.

Not only that, but consider: Disney built itself up in large part, not only through its proprietary characters like Mickey and Donald, but also through film adaptations of public-domain properties like Cinderella, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid. So it's more than a little ironic that a company that's so protective of its intellectual property would be the product of so much copyright-free content.