At first glance, the world of anime and Disney animated films seem completely different. However, these two have more in common than people think. After all, Disney films have been a big influence on anime. Osamu Tezuka, the great godfather of anime, was known for drawing inspiration from Disney. Naturally, there are a few anime movies that are reminiscent of classic Disney films.
There are quite a few anime films based on classic fairy tales and myths, just like famous Disney films. In fact, there are several stories that were processed into anime before they were adapted by Disney. Anime doesn’t always play classic tales straight, sometimes adding a dark twist to the story. However, Disney is not averse to doing the same.
10/10 Toei has his own Mickey Mouse in Pero
The Amazing World of Puss and Boots
In 1969, Toei produced an animated film based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. The Amazing World of Puss and Boots. The Master Cat in this version is named Perot, after Perrault himself, and dresses like a musketeer. Feather plans to help a boy named Pierre look after the princess and defeat an evil ogre. All the while, Feather is an outcast among other cats due to being friends with mice.
Like Disney’s greatest movie, this movie had extra material. Hayao Miyazaki, the film’s chief animator, adapted the film as a spin-off manga. The film also had two sequels: Three Musketeers in boots as well as Puss ‘n Boots travels the world. Over the years, Feather has also become the mascot of Toei Animation.
9/10 This movie even adds cartoon mice to the story
Jack and the beanstalk
Jack and the beanstalk anime film based on the classic story of the same name. The story starts true to the original story from the beginning. A poor boy named Jack sells the family cow for magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk, giving Jack access to castles in the sky.
As the film progresses, elements of Disney style are added to it: a beautiful princess, an evil witch, and even an army of cartoon mice. The film is also known for its surreal animation and bittersweet tradition. For what it’s worth, Disney has also shown interest in Jack and the beanstalk story. This was the basis for “Mickey and the Beanstalk” in Fun and fantasy free.
8/10 Topcraft introduces viewers to the original story of Isekai
Wizard of Oz
Disney is not too associated with The Wonderful Wizard of Ozbut with projects like Return to Oz as well as Oz the great and mighty, it’s not for lack of trying. Allegedly at some point, Disney was even going to animate scenes for an MGM movie. L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz also inspired several anime adaptations such as the 1982 feature film Topcraft.
As in the book, a young girl named Dorothy finds herself in a fantasy world and must dare to meet a titled wizard in order to return home. Artwork is sometimes borrowed directly from John R. Neal’s original illustrations of the story of Oz. The anime movie was also influenced by the MGM movie in which Dorothy’s slippers are red instead of silver.
7/10 History sets the stage for Tchaikovsky’s music
famous Tchaikovsky ballet, Swan Lakethere have been several adaptations over the years such as the 1994 film, Swan Princess. Before that, Toei animation released an animated version of the story, Swan Lakein 1981. The film makes good use of Tchaikovsky’s music, as Disney did for sleeping Beauty.
Prince Siegfried falls in love with Princess Odette, cursed by the evil wizard Rothbart to become a swan by day. Unfortunately, Rothbart and his magical daughter Odile plot to separate the couple. In true Disney princess style, Odette even gets two little squirrel companions, Hans and Marguerite.
6/10 Sanrio turns ballet into stop-motion animation
FROM Nutcracker Fantasy, Sanrio adapted the famous ballet The Nutcracker, based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, into a stop-motion film. The heroine Clara finds herself in a dream world where her beloved Nutcracker toy must fight the evil rat king and his mother. Along the way, Clara is also tasked with rescuing her doppelgänger: a princess under the spell of the Rat Queen.
In the overthrow of the Disney tropes, the princess turns out to be a shrew who rejects the poor Nutcracker prince. Of course, Clara is the real heroine of the fairy tale and the one who really loves the Nutcracker. Eventually, Clara wakes up from her dream world with her prince by her side.
5/10 Greek myths retold in fantasy style
The wind of change
With the release of Disney Hercules, Disney fans plunged into the world of Greco-Roman mythology. movie Sanrio, The wind of changealso known as Metamorphoses as well as Orpheus Starspreviously adapted Greek myths into animated form.
Boy and girl act out these stories. The audience sees Actaeon transform into a deer, Orpheus challenges the underworld to save Eurydice, and Perseus kills Medusa, freeing Pegasus. Interestingly, the film’s format, a sequence of different stories set to music, was also inspired by an earlier Disney film. Fantasy.
4/10 Before there was Ariel, there was Marina
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story of a mermaid who dreams of the world above received an animation treatment long before the Disney film. AT “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersenthe mermaid is a blonde named Marina who sings the haunting song “The One I’ve Been Waiting For”.
The film has some touches of Disney, from Marina’s cute dolphin friend to the addition of an evil cat to the story. However, unlike Disney, the film does not shy away from Andersen’s tragic ending. Marina dies after her prince marries another girl.
3/10 The action of this tale takes place in a winter wonderland (when there is no magical spring)
Toei’s Twelve months, created in collaboration with Soyuzmultfilm, is based on the Russian fairy tale of the same name. At the height of winter, the evil stepmother sends the young girl Anya into the snow for snowdrops. Fortunately, Anya is friends with the personification of twelve months, who help the girl complete an impossible task.
This story has many elements associated with Disney films, from a resentful orphan heroine to helpful forest creatures. In fact, at some point, a canceled Disney animated film Penelope and twelve months was supposed to be an adaptation of the same Russian fairy tale.
2/10 This movie even aired on Disney Channel.
Before Disney released their version AladdinToei released Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp in 1982. Aladdin is a poor boy who, with the help of a magic lamp, outwitted the evil wizards and won the heart of Princess Badral.
Relatively faithful to the original story, the film includes characters cut from the Disney version of the story, such as Aladdin’s mother and the ring genie. A new character has been added to the story – Aladdin’s jerboa. Disney fans may know about this movie since it aired on Disney Channel in 1984.
1/10 The film is based on the films “Beauty and the Beast”
bellealso known as The dragon and the freckled princessdraws inspiration from The beauty and the Beast fairy tale, as well as its Disney incarnation. Suzu Naito is a young girl who struggles with her love of singing after the death of her mother.
However, Suzu becomes a singer with the help of an avatar alter ego dubbed “Bell”, who soon transforms into “Belle”. As Belle, Suzu learns of an invincible user known as the Dragon who has been attacked by a group of vigilantes. Suzu soon has to protect his new online friends from real threats.
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