Has Disney ever had an original movie idea?

d.healey

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For my own amusement I've been trying to think of a Disney movie that isn't based on some previous story.

Any suggestions?
 

Bluemount Score

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Well, not sure how far we can go if you are saying "based" on some previous story... what counts as copied and what as inspired?
What's about e.g. Pirats of the Caribbean?
 
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d.healey

d.healey

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Yeah I guess with pirates the ride is an original idea, but the movie is based on the ride.

what counts as copied and what as inspired?
Well I didn't say copied, but you're right, I think everything has some inspiration behind it. What I'm really getting at is Disney coming up with an original story for a movie. Closest I've found so far is The Aristocats. Although it was inspired by a previous story the plot of the film seems to be original.
 

gsilbers

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i think ALL movies derive from something else.

also, its not like walt or the CEO says: i have an idea and bam gets done and its original.
disney, who now owns fox, and marvel and lucasfilm also owns a lot of other companies and distirbutes other movies under the disney brand in other countries. plus they own movie studio productions in india and other countries. its more of a distribution thing than story thing.

so here is a list of all the disney companies (w/o fox etc)
and each of those sometimes produces stuff.

so technically speaking, JOJO Rabbit, which is pretty wierd and original is also a disney movie.
and also random things like Mars needs moms. wrench it ralph,

but here is a long list of disney movies

 

gsilbers

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since i worked doing the audio and files for netflix of fox, disney universal titles etcx back when netflix was still sending out dvds, i can tell you that there a soooooooooooo much content from these studios. the vault they have is soooo freaking huge. i had to grab movies from the 1940 to 2010 and its just absurb how many movies there are... and how little original stories there are. or its an algamation of different stories. or similar stories in another setting etc. every period had its orignal and then they built on that. kinda like how now its about superheroes thanks to marvel and every studio wants to do its superhere thing. well, same thing with gangters, cowboys movies etc. man i hate soo much cowboy movies. actually, after having seen so much in a 4-5 year period.. i pretty much hate all movies since i can just see the trailer and know exactly the storyline :/
 

jbuhler

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I mean, Disney's brand (at least for feature animation) is rummaging through our cultural heritage and reselling it to us, so there's that. But I think quite a lot of their live action production from the 1960s and 1970s was based on mostly original properties, e.g., The Love Bug.
 
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d.healey

d.healey

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i think ALL movies derive from something else.
Oh definitely, everything is built on what's gone before it. But there is a difference between adapting a novel/short story into a movie, and just writing a movie based on whatever the screenwriter's ideas are at the time.
 

jbuhler

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It was based on the 1961 book Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford.
I had no idea, and certainly knew nothing about it when I saw these films as a kid. But then, too, once you start looking at the credits a surprisingly large number of films both today and in the studio era are based on short stories or novels.
 

Symfoniq

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Watching the "new" Lion King with my kids the other day, I could only come to the conlusion that Disney thought the original film was perfect, as it was almost identical scene-for-scene.

Which begs the question: Why remake a perfect movie?
 
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d.healey

d.healey

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Tomorrowland is the first movie that comes to mind. Really good movie too.
Like pirates, based on a ride I think.

was Mickey Mouse a stolen idea I think? or not?
The Fleischer brothers created Fitz the dog (which eventually became Bimbo the dog) a few years before Disney created Mickey. And Steamboat Willie was based on Steamboat Bill.

Watching the "new" Lion King with my kids the other day
Lion King was based on Hamlet

It's quite hard to find any movie (not just Disney) that isn't an adaptation of an earlier work - and we worry so much about being original!
 
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