Speed Racer is one of the best comic/cartoon adaptations ever. It took the campy and insane source material and translated it with all the weirdness intact, and without making fun of it! It's entirely straightforward and not a farce. It's like the movie says, 'hey, Speed Racer is goofy as all get out, but come on: pretend you're a kid again and just enjoy it!'
I like campy bad movies. Ice Pirates is one of my favorites but this did not click with me.
That said, Speed Racer isn't what this topic is about. Speed Racer was an adaptation of the 1960's series (which was the English version of Mach Go Go Go). What the author is looking for are movies that were inspired by animes (or ripped them off), not live action adaptations of said animes.
And I'm shocked to see this thread make it to the second page before the obvious one is mentioned: Lion King obviously ripping off elements of Kimba The White Lion.
Oops, I mean Disney has created an original story that just happens to have many, many artistic similarities to Kimba and everything is coincidental. Honest. It's also a complete coincidence that Atlantis: The Lost Empire so resembles Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. Really. Nothing to see here. *whistles*
Others... a lot of anime fans suspected that The Lion King was based on Kimba the White Lion. And the Wachowskis admitted that Ghost in the Shell was a major influence on The Matrix.
"After a long absence, the original Thor returned to his comic book, only to discover that comics in the 90s were very different to what he remembered. But Thor quickly fit right in by going violently insane."
"You know, if everyone the Punisher killed turns out to be no more dead than anyone else who dies in Marvel Comics, he's going to be in BIG trouble one of these days."
- Both from Marvel Year in Review 1993
Teenagers exist since the early 20th, late 19th century.
On the other hand, young Christians and other people getting literally thrown to the lions? Totally happened, and amusing enough for the audience.
The Hunger Games was inspired by mythology,Iraq and Vietnam war,Roman gladiator games, and reality television.As you can see,it wasn't inspired by Battle Royale.The author's had stories told to her by relatives about the Vietnam war when she was a little girl.I think it was her dad or uncle that told her.She was channel surfing once and she saw coverage about the Iraq War and reailty television.As she was watching it,she thought,"the lines between these stories started to blur in a very unsettling way."I think what she meant was both programs look the same to her.The mythology story Theseus and the Minotaur inspired her as well.It's about 7 boys and 7 girls were sent in a labyrinth only to be eaten by a minotuar. Instead of a labyrinth,she decided to Roman gladiator games.Some pretty much,the kids in The Hunger Games were gladiators.
The third film will be a war story.Can't tell you much about spoiling the story.
Last edited by Wild_Child; 02-07-2013 at 03:53 PM.
The battle royale denial is so much fun to read.
Yeah yeah, sure, it's the Vietnam war who inspired Collins, lol, if you want, whatever. And let's not forget how the hundred years war inspired The Goonies or how Ramses attacking Syria was totally what gave Lucas the idea for Indiana Jones.
I can't comment on the validity of Hunger Games coming from the Vietnam war, never heard the claim before, but considering the author has outright denied that BR is her inspiration and the sum total of similarities is "Teenagers are in a government controlled death game," I'm inclined to believe her.
If Hunger Games had had something like the exploding collars, which are iconic to BR's setting, or it had been set in essentially the real world like BR or had central characters that were in some way directly analogous to anyone in Battle Royale, I would give the idea of BR being the inspiration more credit.
But none of those things are in Hunger Games. So... yeah, I remain unconvinced by the argument.
That is a huge difference between watching live footage of something like Vietnam (it shocked a bunch of people) during an impressionable young age and doing a book report on Alexander the Great or something.
Edit: I don't really care too much about either so I don't care if HG copied Battle Royale, but I'm shocked at the people who dismiss the possibility all together that someone could come up with a similar concept without stealing someone else's work or whatever the accusations are.
I remember reading somewhere that the series "The 8 Man" was one of the main inspirations for Robocop.
Last edited by Kevin M.; 02-17-2013 at 10:42 PM.
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Some people regard Paprika as the "inspiration" for Inception. Apparently Nolan based one of the chacters on Paprika's real version. What was her name? Can't remember.