10 Anime That Influenced Hollywood
The world of anime has had obvious influences on American animation with the likes of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Teen Titans. But the medium – because let’s be straight here, anime is a medium not a genre – has also has a more subtle effect on Hollywood, as current film makers have begun to show their love of anime in their work. Here’s a list of ten anime that have had an influence on Western cinema, from the tasteful homage to the not-so-subtle rip-offs.
Words by: Alex Jones
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10 KIMBA THE WHITE LION
Dir: Eichii Yamamato
What’s It About? Captive white lion Kimba learns from his mother how his father once offered a safe haven for wild animals in Africa, but was killed by a hunter after he angered villagers by stealing their cattle as food. Escaping life at a zoo, Kimba vows to return to his homeland and stand for peace just like his father had. During his journey he learns the advantages of human culture, and that animals and humanity must learn to understand each other to co-exist happily.
Who/What Has It Influenced? Similarities between Kimba and Disney’s The Lion King are far from subtle, to the point where Matthew Broderick (who voiced Simba) thought that Disney were remaking the show he watched as a child. Kimba animators Tezuka Productions opted against a lawsuit, believing they’d never win against the House of Mouse’s top lawyers.
Tags: Akira, Avatar, Black Swan, Brave Raiden, Chronicle, Dark City, Dragonball, Featured, Ghost In The Shell, Inception, Kill Bill, Kimba The White Lion, Monsters Inc, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa and the Valley Of The Wind, Ninja Scroll, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Scott Pilgrim Versus The World, The Lion King, The Matrix, Toy Story, Transformers, X-Men: First Class