QUOTE(Chiyo @ May 6 2006, 11:03 AM) [snapback]391303[/snapback]
See from what I can gather Disney wouldn't dare tackle something like The Prince of Egypt as its a religious tale. Even if their stories have hidden meanings, they don't do blatant Biblical stories.
And yes even if Disney does take ideas, most of their stories are, they make them their own one way or another.
I think the biblical thing is more of a matter of exercizing judicious diplomacy in their subject matter than anything else. Disney is a huge company with a very long legacy of being entertainment for just about everyone and they can't afford to estrange their very universal sense of appeal by writing for a religious audience.
And where's the outrage of fans with Miyazaki making Howl's Moving Castle, which was based on a book? Why aren't we peeved that Princess Mononoke is basically a rehash of his classic first film Nausicaa, which is so beloved in its original form by many. In my opinion, Mononoke improved on the theme, and Miyazaki does amazingly at making stories with an original, endearing style.
Disney does such, but in many many different voices. Ghibli is a much smaller studio, and thus while it is creative in storytelling, has a limited range of style. Disney, being a huge company employs many different artists and storytellers, some good, some bad, some amazing.
By the way- Walt Disney is most certainly not a theif for the Lion King. He died long before that film was produced.