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The New 'The Lion King' Resurfaces Plagiarism Controversy With 'Kimba the White Lion'


Disney's 1994 The Lion King movie might be an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, but it turns out there's another property from which the cartoon took inspiration. In fact, it took a little more than inspiration, if you ask some people. It's a controversy that first came to light when the Disney movie was released in 1994, and now it's back in the limelight thanks to Disney's new adaptation. 

In the 1960s, Japan's "God of manga" Osamu Tezuka created an anime series called Kimba the White Lion. Already, the similarities are too much! Kimba the lion? Was Disney just like, "Let's make it Simba. That's different enough"? Because no, it's not. But that's not where the similarities end. Not at all.