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Anime Culture: Which came first? Simba or Kimba?
List creator: hamano
Created on: August 28, 2003 - 11:07 PM PDT
Description: Although Hayao Miyazaki is today often called "Japan's Walt Disney", before him there was Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astroboy and probably best known here for Metropolis and Black Jack. When I was a little kid in Japan in the early 1960's, I was a fan of

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The Lion King (1994)
  ALL the shows based on his cartoons, Astroboy (Tetsuwan Atom), Princess Knight (Ribbon no kishi) and most of all, Kimba (Jungle Taitei). When I moved to the US I watched Kimba and it helped me learn English, along with Prince Planet, The Eighth Man and
The Lion King (Special Edition) (Bonus Disc) (1994)
  Speed Racer. In high school, I read my Japanese friend's collection of Black Jack manga and the epic Firebird/Phoenix series and gained a new respect for the master. I was extremely bemused when Disney's Lion King first came out, and a major media
Kimba - DVD Boxed Set 1 (Disc 1 of 4) (1965)
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  controversy erupted first in Japan then here. Tezuka fans everywhere were pointing at the similarities between The Lion King and Jungle Taitei. Both feature orphan lion cubs that overcome adversities to regain his birthright as the king of his animal
Kimba - DVD Boxed Set 1 (Disc 2 of 4) (2003)
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  realm. In Japan many wondered why the Tezuka estate was not suing Disney for plagiarism. I think I know the answer. Tezuka, like Disney, was not shy about basing his works on older stories he admired. And everyone knows that he was a big fan of Disney.
Kimba - DVD Boxed Set 1 (Disc 3 of 4) (1965)
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  Tezuka's Metropolis was derived from Fritz Lang's Metropolis just as Disney's Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh were derived from others' stories. So if you examine Kimba it becomes obvious. Remember another story, about an orphaned fawn who regains his
Kimba - DVD Boxed Set 1 (Disc 4 of 4) (1965)
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  rightful place as King of the Forest? Disney's Lion King ripped off Tezuka's Kimba which ripped off Disney's Bambi! The Circle is complete! Hakuna Matata!
Jungle Emperor Leo (1997)
This is a feature-length movie based on the original Jungle Taitei anime and manga.
Metropolis (2001)
  Tezuka's Metropolis manga brought to the big screen after he died.
Black Jack (1996)
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  The original manga was one of Tezuka's later-day masterpieces.

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