1: What makes you think that Disney would ever allow them to say bold?
Disney doesn't have a hold of any of these men. Everyone you mentioned is in their 60s and 70s and retired.
|"The Lion King director Roger Allers had previously lived in Tokyo and worked in animation there during the 1980s, when Tezuka had already become known as "Japan's Walt Disney" and a remake of Kimba was airing on prime time television. Animators Tom Sito and Mark Kausler, who both have story credits, have admitted to watching Kimba, and assumed many of their colleagues had too, especially if they grew up in the 1960s. Fred Ladd, who was involved early on with importing Kimba and other Japanese anime into America for NBC, stated there was at least one animator remembered by his colleagues as being an avid Kimba fan and being quite vociferous about Disney's conduct during production." (link)|
I'm aware of the Wiki page. But did you happen to read the article that was the source that paragraph of the Wiki is based on? Here it is.
The article itself paints a completely separate portrait. Furthermore, everyone in that article says exactly what I've been saying all along: The Lion King is based on Bambi. Some like Sito and Kausler have no problem saying that they were aware of the Kimba. But here are full quotes from them on the subject.
he had watched “Kimba” as a kid, but during the production process the animators were focused on creating a story that was more like “Bambi” set in Africa without the “animals versus man” theme:
"Nobody ever mentioned “Kimba,” and if any of us who knew of it thought about it, I guess we figured that since “Kimba” was always about the animals trying to get the humans to accept them as equals, the absence of humans in “The Lion King” made it obviously a different plot."
“Honestly, I think it’s seriously coincidence,” the animator said. “You know I’m not a spokesman for Disney, but I was there during all the story development and nobody consciously thought [about] that. I think when you do the kind of things that lions do, the grasslands and the kind of environment they’re in, and the type of props they would work with, trees and rocks and the other animals, I think some similarities are inevitable.” (For those wondering, Simba is reportedly the Swahili word for lion, which would explain the name similarities.)
So, are these guys just lying for no reason? I'm sure The Huffington Post would love to write an article nailing Disney to the wall for appropriating a foreigner's work. But the conclusion of the source of your source was exactly the opposite, and backs what I've been saying all along.
|2: That come off as disingenious. What the Japanese animators hope to see is simply Disney acknowledging due credit to Osamu Tezuka who died the same year that Disney started to make The Lion King.|
I'm not sure what's disingenuous. I said that Disney could have easily done that up front and it would have cost them nothing and probably gained them goodwill. All it would have taken was someone in the dozens of "making of" bits to mention that they took some inspiration from him. Who doesn't enjoy seeing a legend honored?
Above all. I can only keep saying this: Watch the show, not an edited YouTube video. It's just not the same.Last edited by NightlyPoe - on 19 July 2019