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I agree,
Disney do tend to copy / remake old stories.. but they nearly always do a good job of it.
And Lion king is still a great movie.

Kimba is good too.. I have it on VHS tape :P

If you boil things right down, there's hardly ever a single original idea these days, as it is.
Oh, and a little tidbit that I share with drooling, rabid anime fanboys...
In the Swahili language, which is fairly commonly used in Africa.... simba = lion... whereas kimba = dung heap.
Then I knowlingly glare at them.
That usually shuts them up.

Fox G4:
I have an old children's book, "Simba of the White Mane" that was published in the 50s. I found it in the attic a short few years after the Lion King was in theaters. I skimmed through it, and found the book featured some similarities to the Disney film as well, albeit a totally different story because it had people in it if I recall.

Party Pony:
Wow.  This debate never ends.  

Won't take tons of time, but will mention...
1) Tezuka used Disney's BAMBI as the basis for his "Jungle Emperor" manga which became the Kimba animated series.
2) Tezuka's character was named Leo.  The US changed the name thinking Leo was too common for a lion's name.
3) The original Kimba is now on DVD from Rhino.  It is the US version which is pretty close, just a bit "cleaner" (ie less death) than the original Japanese.
4) Despite Disney's claim, a number of folks who worked on the film remembered Kimba.  No doubt some memories ended up in the film.
5) LION KING began as an animal version of Hamlet... and the final story is still true to that lineage.
6) Tezuka did a second series with an adult Leo which showed up on Christian channels beginning in the 1980s.  Features a very "fem" voice for the King of Beasts.
7) Simba was a grapefruit soft drink in the 1960s!

Kimba The While Lion? From what I know, yes, it is a lot like The Lion King. In Japan (where it came from, of course), Kimba was even called Simba.


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