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I've gotten over the fact that Disney just doesn't do original stories. Here's the orgin and the original story of Beauty and the Beast(scroll down for the story)
Beauty and the Beast
This was one of my absolute favourite stories as a child... when I saw the movie(I think in middle school french class...) I was absolutely appaled that they were allowed to steal the tittle of a story like that and change the plot details so much! :-(
But then, they are Disney and apparently, someone decreeded that it was allowed.

If someone can think of an original plot line by Disney themselves(no re-makes, no books-turned-movie, no sequels)... Then they will get a cookie. :-P


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Apr. 22nd, 2002 08:13 am (UTC)
This is what we've been doing for thousands of years. This is how folk stories have been passed down for generations.

The concept of "copyright" is only a recent phenomenon. And unfortunatley, one that we're going to be stuck with unless the Supreme Court wakes up and prevents congress from extending the length of a copyright by another 20 years the next time it comes around.

Actually, you can thank Disney for this too... dubbed the "Mickey Mouse" Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d105:s.00505:), in 1998, Congress passed a law that extended copyright from 50 years beyond the death of an author to 70 years beyond the death of the author. You see, before this law, Mickey Mouse would have entered the public domain in 2003. Of course, there's a vested special interest (namely Disney, movie studios, record companies, etc) to hold on to this and other icons very tightly.

Article I of The Constitution reads "Congress shall have the Power... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;" What part of "limited" do they not understand?

Sorry for the rant.
Apr. 22nd, 2002 12:11 pm (UTC)
Here, here!
There, there! :-P

Apr. 22nd, 2002 07:40 pm (UTC)
I hear yah Sister!
I guess my weird sense of wording and lyrical confusion seems to have worked somehow and gotten you fired up in something I find interesting myself.

I am quite anti-Disney for many reasons. One is the blatant commercialization and loss of ideals that happened after Walt Disney died (or maybe even a bit sooner, maybe, after he left the company). The Disney I know actually exists in the 1930's and earlier when they were just pioneers experimenting with animation to see what they could do. His work inspired many animators across the world and gave them the edge to try and do more and excel. I can think of quite a number of people who were influenced. Such is not the same today. The animation studios (Pixar doesn't count) are under Disney's thumb and keep are forced to produce animation that while visually pleasing, has about as much substance as a Chicken McNugget.

Yet the Disney animators are excellent at what they do: drawing and art. They can draw beautiful cinescapes, populte crowded scenes with CG characters, and do lots of other stunning visuals. Yet, this potential and talent is wasted on Disney who refuses to seek new ideas and concepts that could make them more than just a "Kiddie" company. They appease to an audience of kids younger than 10! Parents retch at these movies as well as anyone in Junior High and up!

Then there's the story telling. The constant licensing and re-using of old properties and making them into Disney hash is something that makes the retching even worse. They take classics, the kinds of things that are treasures, and BUTCHERS them! You can't even read the original book without thinking of the frikkin DISNEY version! It's terrible!


The Little Mermaid: she doesn't get her voice back.

Aladdin: Too many liberties taken to count.

Hunchback of Notre Dame: The gargoyles came from where? And wasn't this a sad ending story?

The Lion King: Supposedly original, but then again, I got 50 people behind me who will say otherwise.

Atlantis: This is a stretch of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in an attempt to make it original, but again, those same 50 people have their uncertainties.

Robin Hood: Making the characters animals didn't bug me too much, I suppose. Although considering Robin Hood: King of Thieves was a far more accurate telling compared to this one, since this is story wise going, the live action one does better. (Or you can always go with Men In Tights!)

Pocahontas: (assumes Comic Book guy voice) WORST MOVIE EVER!

Now here's the second thing that's starting to get on my nerves:

Sequels! Yes sir, Disney has run out of properties to buy, so they are STUCK with using ones they already have and CONTINUING THEM some 50 YEARS LATER OR SO!

COME ON! I have fond memories of things like Peter Pan as a kid, and I don't want them trashed because I find out that Disney made a sequel! I was satisfied with the end from the last one, and I don't need it going on now that I've grown up. I mean really! What part of HAPPILY EVER AFTER DOESN'T DISNEY GET?!

Worst one to date: Pocahontas 2. The person who thought that up should be dragged out into the street and shot (Garfield quote)

Now if Disney has the balls to try a LUPIN movie (and I mean the original Maurice LeBlanc Lupin, not Lupin III), then I will literally scream bloody murder and wage war on that company!

It's time Disney got it's head out of it's butt and started thinking so it could be LEGIT!

Dreamworks had the Iron Giant, Pixar has Toy Story (which I thought was very original, very touching, and the sequel was GOOD!), and Fox...still out on that one.

But it's time that someone stepped up and said to these animation giants to think for themselves more. (Actually, I think Fox has Ice Age now, so that may count)


~Steve the Nosey
Apr. 22nd, 2002 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I hear yah Sister!
Just a little note, Disney commissioned(or whatever the technical term is) Pixar to do Toy Story, A Bug's Life and a few others that I can't remember at the moment. The contract was for 5 movies, fine. But then Pixar stuff really took off and Disney realized that they could loose the Pixar contract, so they went to court(and won, of course) to get more sequels of the original five included in the already existing contract. Look for Toy Story IV and a sequal to A Bug's Life coming to a theater near you!
(Feel free to correct me on this information...)
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