By Ryan Britt/Fatherly
Even the creators of the most classic kids’ movies had to rip themselves off from time-to-time. A viral tweet has demonstrated what many animation experts and historians already knew: Disney (and other animation studios) frequently copied existing scenes from some movies and just reused them with minor character changes in others.
A fascinating side-by-side video of several scenes from Disney movies is making the rounds on social media. In it, you can clearly see the exact same movements from The Jungle Book paralleled in Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh, down to the exact same way that Christopher Robin and Mowgli both throw their rocks over a cliff. The initial tweet from Fred Schultz has garnered thousands of responses, including several people pointing out similar duplication techniques in other Disney movies, and also, within different animation genres entirely.
Is this scandalous? Should you rethink your childhood? Hardly. Before the advent of computer animation, it’s important to remember – and remind our children — that animated features were hand-drawn. Also, by the 1960s and 1970s, Disney was not exactly the stalwart of animated classics we think of today.
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