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Is the Lion King a copy of Kimba the White Lion?

You might not have heard of Kimba the White Lion but if you've seen The Lion King, you will be familiar with the story.

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The similarities between the two animations are startling and they've made some critics ask whether The Lion King plagiarises the characters and story in the Japanese publication which was sold between November 1950 to April 1954.

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If you're in any doubt about the similarities in The Lion King and Kimba the white lion, think about the main character's names - Simba and Kimba? Is the fact they rhyme a coincidence?

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If you're in any doubt about the similarities in The Lion King and Kimba the white lion, think about the main character's names - Simba and Kimba? Is the fact they rhyme a coincidence?

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Those involved with The Lion King like director Roger Allers have always claimed that there's no link between the two stories. "The whole time I worked on The Lion King the name of that show never came up," he told journalists hunting for the answer.

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Can it really be true that one of Disney's top rated and most loved movies is a rip off of a Japanese comic from decades ago? Did you know that the producers have already acknowledged that the movie's story was borrowed from Shakespeare's Hamlet?

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This controversy shows no sign of abating. Famous Japanese cartoonist Machiko Satonaka wrote an open letter to Disney execs in which he asked them to credit Kimba's influence over The Lion King. They didn't respond to it.

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This controversy shows no sign of abating. Famous Japanese cartoonist Machiko Satonaka wrote an open letter to Disney execs in which he asked them to credit Kimba's influence over The Lion King. They didn't respond to it.

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Star Matthew Broderick who voiced Simba has confessed that he was confused when his agent mentioned the role. He assumed that the agent had mispronounced the character's name and that he would be playing Kimba.

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Disney are such a huge player in the movie market that no one will fully challenge this so the debates to rage on.

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Disney are such a huge player in the movie market that no one will fully challenge this so the debates to rage on.

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