I remember this Japanese import when it was aired in the 1960s. I honestly tried to watch the show, but couldn't because it seemed pretty stupid to me at age 7. It just seemed like it was made for 4 or 5 year-olds and I was "too cool" to keep watching it. The stories and animation just weren't very well made.
Interestingly enough, though, I was totally surprised when I realized that Disney completely stole the story of Kimba for THE LION KING! Why would Disney bother to steal such a crappy cartoon? Well, for whatever reasons, the similarities are too strong for there to be any other conclusion than they stole it. Take a look:
KIMBA-- -a white lion who SHOULD be the king of the jungle but was forced to run when his father was murdered -the name "kimba" rhymes with "simba" -the bad lion's sidekicks are hyenas -the lion has a girlfriend and friends much like Simba's
The similarities go on from there, but I can't remember them all. All I know for sure is that there are unconfirmed stories that Disney later paid the Japanese producers an undisclosed amount of money to make any lawsuits disappear. For more info, try this web page: http://www.kimbawlion.com/rant2.htm
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