• The remake of The Lion King is set to open this week, and box office projections are very high. 1 / 9

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  • But this remake of one of Disney's most beloved titles has re-opened the debate over Kimba the White Lion. 2 / 9

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  • Kimba the White Lion is an anime from the 1960s that bears many striking similarities to The Lion King. 3 / 9

  • Fans have noted for years how similar the two stories are in terms of style, character and plot. 4 / 9

  • Disney have always denied the claims of plagiarism & the original film's directors claimed they'd never heard of Kimba. 5 / 9

  • Over 400 Japanese animators and cartoonists signed a letter urging Disney to acknowledge and credit Kimba. 6 / 9

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  • The new remake has opened up questions over Disney's influences, originality & branding. 7 / 9

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  • But whatever the case, the new version of The Lion King is destined to make a lot of money. 8 / 9

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