Even Disney does it: Animators economize by reusing old scenes

When times are hard, you recycle. You make use of stuff you already had rather than spending to buy more. Even Walt Disney movies have done it, copying movements, gestures, and moments virtually line-for-line, pretty much tracing over old artwork and using old movies as visual templates for making new ones.

People in the animation community have known that Disney was prone to ripping itself off -- the duplication is managed through a practice called rotoscoping. But it took an eagle-eyed contributor on YouTube, that great connector of dots, to actually link up the copycat moments.In 1967, Mowgli received the exact same dog kiss in The Jungle Book as Arthur does in 1963's The Sword in the Stone. Robin Hood's Maid Marian does the same jig Snow White danced nearly 40 years earlier (which was itself copied from movies of young Marge Champion dancing, by the way). And Winnie the Pooh treads the same log that Mowgli did a decade before.

These days, an animator might pass off such bald repetition as an "homage," but not here. In the 1970s, some of us will recall, Disney's entertainment division was a faded shadow of its former self, and cutting corners kept the division alive until the glory days returned with The Little Mermaid.

Considering the original product was so ingenious and had been honed by decades of trial and error, who can really blame Disney if it wanted to virtually Xerox old moments when making placeholder flicks? It's not as if Robin Hood is anyone's favorite Disney animated movie -- there's not even a ride based on it.

The next time you feel the urge to spend when you ought to be saving, take a look at this mash up (or "re-hash" up) of Disney dupes and take heart. Even the greats have to cut corners when times are tough.

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