It’s Like One Piece Is Ripping Off Disney And Tim Burton

It’s Like One Piece Is Ripping Off Disney And Tim Burton

On 2ch, Japan’s largest bulletin, a thread popped up with the title, “Concrete Proof of One Piece‘s Plagiarism lulz”. In this thread, an image showed seemed to detail how One Piece continues to knock off Disney and Tim Burton. Or does it?

In the above gallery, you can see comparisons from that thread. Most of the Disney examples are from either the 1989 film The Little Mermaid or the 1992 film Aladdin. There are a few from the 1993 film Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

One Piece did not begin its run until August 1997; though, it did make an appearance the year before, in 1996.

Yes, some of the comparisons are fairly clear, and it’s easy to see the outside influences in One Piece. The manga’s creator, Eiichiro Oda, has never been shy about professing his love for other manga or cartoons.

But, if I had never seen these comparisons, I’m not sure if I would have drawn them myself. Influences are only a bad thing if they result to dull, stifled copying. Influences are at their most beneficial if they are reworked and result in the creation of something new. Reading One Piece isn’t like reading The Little Mermaid or Aladdin — or even Oda’s beloved Dragon Ball. It’s like reading One Piece. It is its own thing.

If you are a One Piece fan, and you haven’t seen these comparisons before, they’re fascinating and do open up a new level of appreciation of what Oda has created. Good manga artists copy. Great ones steal.








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    • Yeah, what this guy said.

      The guy Oda takes inspiration from a lot of places and parodies them; like Emperio Ivankov and that transvestite from the Rocky Horror Picture show.

      All in all, awesome manga. Hopefully Luffy actually gets physical with Boa in the epilogue or something, and gets a Gohan like Goku.

  • If you look hard enough you can find evidence that somethings ripping something else off, sure there are some similarities but theres nothing that really says “ripping off” rather than “inspired by” in most of the pictures shown.

  • I stopped reading One Piece just 3 weeks ago. I think I’ve outgrown the childish humour. I thought there’d be a more mature tone that accompanied the time skip, but not really it seems.

  • Manga has been riffing off American pop culture for yonks! Has anyone read the electric tale of pikachu – Ash rides round with pikachu in his basket like it’s ET! Its hard to tell if its parody or a cop out, from the looks here it seems more like parody.

  • The ones of Sally and particularly the mad scientist are a bit of a stretch. Beyond the sunglasses, is there any similarity between those characters at all?

  • …this article is terrible. The comparisons are, putting it mildly, weak and based solely on small vague physical similarities.

    Not to mention the fact that Disney has made an empire through taking stories from the public sphere and making them exclusive intellectual property. But nah, let’s not even make mention of…Aladdin, Pinocchio, Hercules, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, ad infinitum.

  • There are some similarities yes, but art rarely exists without influence from other places. Disney itself took the ideas for many of its movies from existing tales and stories (*cough* Kimba the White Lion *cough*). There are also many tropes and common mythologies and illustrations, not to mention real life creatures and objects that a lot of artists borrow inspiration from and adapt into their work.

  • Comparing Brooke to Jack lost it for me, characters dont look similar, they are completely different personalities. Can i have whatever the person on 2chan was having?

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