YouTuber Alli Kat released a video on the similarities between Disney’s The Lion King and Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion, and it’s a perfect introduction to the 25-year-old controversy. Kimba was created in 1950 and animated in 1965. The Lion King, on the other hand, came out in 1994. However, immediately after Disney’s movie hit the screens, people accused the company of stealing the Japanese story.
But that sounds a bit fishy, considering that Allers had previously lived in Tokyo and worked in animation there during the 1980s, the time when Tezuka had already become known as ‘Japan’s Walt Disney’ and a remake of Kimba was airing on prime time television.
And that’s precisely why people are angry with Disney. Not the fact that The Lion King drew inspiration from other productions, rather, it’s that Disney has asserted that it was the studio’s first original animated film.
Check out the video below to watch the similarities between the movies side-by-side
Even The Simpsons made fun of the whole situation