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Is Disney's 'The Lion King' Copied From a Japanese Anime 'Kimba, The White Lion'?

Is 'The Lion King' actually a copy of a very popular Japanese anime?

Raka Mukherjee | News18.com@RakaMukherjeee

Updated:July 24, 2019, 3:00 PM IST
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Is Disney's 'The Lion King' Copied From a Japanese Anime 'Kimba, The White Lion'?
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Disney's The Lion King animated movie just got a live-action remake, and is receiving positive reviews from most audiences.

In the midst of this, though, an old controversy is slowly re-surfacing: Is the original The Lion King also a re-make?

Ever since fans found similarities between Disney's The Lion King and a Japanese anime series created by Japan's "God of manga," Osamu Tezuka, called 'Kimba, the White Lion,' theories have sparked up whether Disney copied the plot and scene-by-scene recreated the anime, complete with even the name of the lion. (Simba/Kimba.)

The animator for Disney's The Lion King, however, had denied all allegations. "I can say there is absolutely no inspiration from 'Kimba,' animator Tom Sito had told HuffPost Entertainment.

With the live-action remake in the news, people are one again finding how despite the denial, a lot of things are still left in debatable territory.

Some fans even created a side-by-side play of the two, to show the similarities in the re-creation of the scenes.

The television cartoon series Kimba, the White Lion about African wildlife, began airing in the 1960s and was based off of a Manga comic called "Jungle Emperor Leo" by animator Osamu Tezuka.

Lion King creators may have denied all 'inspirations' from the Japanese series, a legal paper has pointed out that one of the co-creators worked at a place where the manga was very popular.

The 2019 live-action re-make has the star-studded voice Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver. Actor James Earl Jones reprises his role of Mufasa from the original.

The Hindi version has Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan voicing Mufasa and his son Aryan as Simba.

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