Did you sit through Disney’s latest masterpiece Frozen, and think to yourself, “Hey, I’ve totally seen this movie before…”? If so, then we have two mind-blowing words for you: Lion King. Yes, that’s right. 20 years ago, you gave your heart to a cub named Simba not realizing that you’d be doing the exact same thing in 2014. The folks at Ninja Panda Productions found 12 (very) convincing examples that prove these two movies have some eerie similarities. For example, Frozen cuties Anna and Elsa are basically the reincarnations of Lion King‘s Simba and Nala. Want more? Their parents suffer tragic deaths, the main characters are exiled and the chilling villains vow to become king. Whoa, right? But this isn’t the first time good ol’ Disney has recycled things. There’s a whole Wikia page dedicated to showcasing recycled animation in their movies. A Tumblr user even created fancy GIFs illustrating borrowed scenes and characters. Disney probably never figured that the Internet would, you know, give people access to video-editing software that would allow them to catch the copycats frame-by-frame. Heck, someone also created a video about it with the random, but sweet sound of Christina Aguilera singing her hit “Candyman” in the background.
Now that big D has been caught, can we really blame them for recycling their own material? We’re taught that recycling is good for the planet, so why can’t the same rules apply for the world-renowned animators at Disney? As long as the movies are good — which they totally are — we think they can reduce, reuse and recycle away. And anyway, we’re all going to go out in droves to watch their movies no matter what.