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The lion king a copy of Kimba?

i know theres already an article about this but i found more information.

Wolf QueenTCP(AF) :

Did the Disney studio steal Kimba The White Lion and rework it as their 'original story', The Lion King? They certainly give that impression with their corporate stance ('we never heard of Tezuka nor Kimba until after The Lion King was released'). And why would they have filed suit to try to prevent the showing of Tezuka Productions' 1997 Jungle Emperor Leo movie at the 1998 Toronto FantAsia Film Festival? (Jungle Emperor was the original title for Kimba The White Lion.) It seems quite simple; Kimba had been kept out of sight in North America for 20 years by that time.

I'm sure you've heard how every character in The Lion King has a matching character in Kimba, all the way down to the level of both having a sage mandrill mis-identified as a baboon.

The shame of the matter is that the Disney company is sticking to their official line --that their people never heard of Kimba before The Lion King was released-- even in the face of logic and evidence. As Robin Pen pointed out, if we were to take their statement at face value, it actually means they were stupid and irresponsible. But more than that, many examples say just the opposite of the Disney statement.

During planning sessions for The Lion King, Simba started out as a white lion until one of the animators spoke up: 'Not even OUR lawyers are THAT good!' Maybe so, but notice how both characters have a tuft of hair in the middle of their foreheads, and the very unusual dark ear rim. That alone shows how Kimba is the direct predecessor of Simba.

Both title characters turn to eating bugs to save their herbivore friends. In The Lion King, they blow past this idea in under a minute, but it was a major plot element in Kimba; the meat eaters tried eating plants until they hit on the idea of eating bugs.

And more... the patch of thorns... (This scene called the matching scene from Kimba immediately to my mind. I couldn't believe how much alike they were.)

dangling from a cliff with the villain above.The antagonist lion in Kimba was introduced as his 'aunt', while Scar was Simba's uncle.

and the stampede.

I've left for last the big thing everyone mentions when comparing the two works: the parent lion appearing in the sky. There's good reason people pay attention to this: When Kimba's mother appears to him in the stars shortly after being killed, it is one of the most touching and moving scenes in television animation history. And, several times during the Lion King, the idea of ancestors in the stars is mentioned. However, when Simba does have a vision of his father, it is in a cloud and (perhaps) the moon (there is a lot of light in that scene, which suggests the moon). This has a different parallel in Kimba.

Now as i finish my arcticle of with has anyone noticed that kimba and simba have a one letter difference.now you will find some pictures putting the lion king and kimba together so you can see the sameness.(sorry if thats not a word)

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January 18, 2010
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Harry Potter FTW
Well, you didn't show pictures, (I have seen some on google images, good point) but the descriptions did major similarities

January 18, 2010
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Harry Potter FTW
I agree with Canis Lupus. I think Kimba inspired The Lion King, Disney wouldn't do something like that. They changed several things, although the pictures you showed had BIG similarities.

July 05, 2009
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No weapon can sever the soul from me
Firstly, what's "Kimba?"

Secondly, the movies (all three) were based on Shakespeare: 1 & 1 1/2=Hamlet, 2=Romeo and Juliet.

June 18, 2009
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I think TLK is so much better then some stupid Kimba.

May 20, 2009
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The lion king was suppose to be a movie about Kimba, but the creator wouldn't give them the rights to it, so they changed a bunch of stuff around. Later the guy who created kimba said he was flatted that they made a movie based on Kimba.

So its all good. If that dude isnt pissed about it, then neither should you :P

March 04, 2009
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
kimba and lion king is not the same it very different.lion king has better looking characters and great songs.it also has cool dark characters like the shadowlanders.kids copy thier favorite characters.lion king make people cry.lion king is so popular they even show it on broad way and the story is different.kimba is just a regular show.and shiro was right about the whole thing :)

June 19, 2009
Norway Female Is not currently on the site
Wow! I watched a little bit of Kimba once, and it looked a LOT like TLK!lol

May 02, 2009
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Murfasa and Sarabi BOTH don't have black eartips. So were did Simba get his eartips? KIMBA!!!

May 02, 2009
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November 16, 2008
Switzerland Female Is not currently on the site
Anastasia Admin
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?vrdb-kRmJ3e4 If you search around
with that link you will get the plot of Leo. (Kimba)
personally LOVE Leo MORE. Leo was and IS been around longer than

November 04, 2008
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I'm a Lone Wolf: no pack
You're right, these pics are REDICULOUSLY (I hope I spelled that
right) similar.
Good article.

October 25, 2008
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
I think kimba is better

October 12, 2008
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i say kimba is a copy of lion king and kimba looks silly kimba dose
mean dung aniu was telling the truth

September 27, 2008
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
I agree with Canis Lupus. I don't like Kimba either. It piosions
people's minds to think that anything that was not a lion or ate meat
was "evil". Also I think Shiro is right. TLK is NOTHING like

June 18, 2008
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
I see how similar they are--good spotting. Why the heck did Disney use
the name 'Simba'? It might mean lion but it was very foolish.

May 31, 2008
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
I can't believe that the Disney company would actually do something
like that. Unfortunately they did. But of course i like the Lion King
much better

December 11, 2007
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
I love the Lion King! It's like, a sacred movie in my
family! LOL

I have to admit, the old series of
Kimba sorta sucked. But the remakes cartoon series of Kimba
is cute and.... I read somewhere that The Lion King was
actually inspired by something in the Bible. The color
white usually represents righteousness and "good" in the
face of evil. Maybe that's the reason why there was a white
cub at first?

September 10, 2007
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I think the Lion King was a better film even if the creaters
of the Lion King did copy.

July 10, 2007
Australia Female Is not currently on the site
Yep...i think they did, Kimba is coolie

June 24, 2007
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ive never heard of Kimba, was it realesed in

June 21, 2007
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i am so glad they made the lionking movies.kimba looks
simalar to the lionking but i saw the movie kimba onece on
t.v it was poorly aminated it was terrible and rubbish.go

May 05, 2007
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Kimba and Simba almost the same name

March 30, 2007
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
There is too much evidence that is compared side by side,
man! It's natural to see that TLK had to be an inspiration
from Kimba. (which is flattering as long as the credit is
given to the respective persons)
And "noyana", or
whoever you are...you are only 11 years old, so your
comments mean nothing to me. You are too young to know the
business and truth behind the makings of art and movies.
When you get older, maybe you will understand, and then you
can come back and talk to me on what you think you know.
Have a good day everyone!

March 16, 2007
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Westys changed Jungle Emperor Leo(I have it) to Kimab the
WHite Lion, they chnage dit sooo much! The orginal is way
better, Lune(Kimba)'s father is the great Leo, I forgot his
mtohers anme but she looks liekt he adult Kitty and his
sister is Lunakio

March 16, 2007
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But they sorta changed them, so its
still cool

Even though, Westys changed
the orginal "kimba"(who is Lune) from Jungle Emperor Leo

March 10, 2007
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I've never herd of Kimba, but that's really cool!

February 06, 2007
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
well you hve a point but the lion king could of been copyed
instaed of the other way around

February 05, 2007
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I think they must of,I'm not sure.:icon91:

January 21, 2007
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
I don't think the Lion King copied Kimba. It inspired TLK,
and inspiring is not the same as stealing. They owe a little
credit, but only a VERY little.

Besides I hate
Kimba. He wanted to make everyone vegetarians, and anyone
who ate meat was 'evil.'
Also, any predator that
wasn't a lion, cheetah or leopard cub was 'evil.' This
included hyenas, African Wild Dogs and Black panthers,
whilst in TLK it was only the hyenas.
Also, Nala is a
very different (and better) character than Kitty. All Kitty
did was giggle, bat her eyelids and need saving by Kimba
whilst Nala stood up for she believed in and could save

It is too much to ask to make people
give a up a great Disney classic for the sake of a cartoon
that was made 40 years ago.

November 26, 2006
Uk Male Is not currently on the site
I think there are good arguements both for and against...

But who the **** is Kimba? I've never heard of

November 21, 2006
Argentina Female Is not currently on the site
you're crazy,airashiikoneko.I agree with shiro

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