Disney and Pixar have made some of the most successful movies ever, causing others to not only knock off the merchandise, but even the movies themselves! I mean, why create original content when you can just hope people are dumb enough to buy your cheap, crappy version of the same movie? I'm especially outraged by these knock-off movies because my mom used to buy them for me and hope I wouldn't notice. Nice try, mom! Here are six of the most blatant!
It's not a blatant rip-off — this movie is called What's Up, while the original was called Up. Once you get past the use of the word "up", the house lifted into the air by balloons, and the similar-looking characters, you'll see that What's Up has absolutely nothing in common with Up — just enough to lure you in. Whereas Up was a heartwarming story that gave anyone who watched it tons of feels, What's Up is loaded with racial stereotypes and a kid who gets roofied. Yeah, you heard me. There's nothing Disney/Pixar about roofies.
Kiara the Brave
Don't fooled by the combo of red hair and the word "brave" ... or do be fooled, because that is definitely what the producers of this crapfest want. This Indian release isn't even about Kiara — she's a secondary character that is clearly being used to manipulate people into thinking this film is at all like Brave. I guess it is kind of brave to take on Disney, a company that's notorious for going after copyright infringement, but I'm guessing this film is such a stinker it wasn't even worth their efforts.
I'll give this film credit for one thing, the title is actually funny in how it attempts to knocking off the original. The IMDB synopsis reads: "Marcelle Toing, owner of the best restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, must go on missions to steal ingredients from human restaurants to keep his meals the best." Well, it is set in Brazil so that's different. And Patton Oswalt isn't voicing Ratatoing. And I'm guessing that it's a huge pile of smiling poop emojis. But good job on the title. It did make me legit LOL, and that is a rare feat.
Disney actually went after Brightspark, a company that basically only releases knock-offs of popular animated movies. I mean, technically Rapunzel is a classic fairy tale and is therefore up for grabs. But the title and cover art of tangled Up are clearly trying to trick people into thinking it's something it isn't. Basically, Brightspark is like the Mother Gothel of straight-to-DVD releases. And to her credit, Mother Gothel wasn't doing it for money, just for youth and beauty. I guess that isn't really to her credit. Never mind.
The Snow Queen
Frozen is one of the biggest movies of the past few years, it's been ripped off numerous times. But as we all know, rip-offs are just sad and faded carbon copies of the originals, much like Demi Loavto's version of "Let it Go". I love Demi, but the pop version of that song is worse than an cheap knock-off animated feature could ever be. At least with the movies you might find some laughs because they're so crappy. Demi's cover just leaves you with the world's worst ear worm and an intense desire to poke an ice pick into your ear to make it stop.
The Frog Prince
It's fine to make a movie out of a classic fairy tale, but once again, this company is clearly copying the Disney version with their cover art and by making the lead an African American. The Princess and the Frog is one of the most under-rated Disney movies, I hate to think anyone missed it and watched The Frog Prince instead. But I guess without people who like imitations, people like Instagram joke-stealer The Fat Jew wouldn't have any success. Oh wait, that would be a GREAT thing.
Which knock-off was the most shameless? Let me know in the comments below!