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(Cracked)   Check out these 7 classic movies that are actually rip-offs, so let's get Up and out of here, Ted   ( ) divider line 11
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2013-05-13 11:22:24 AM  
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And West Side Story was a ripoff of Romeo and Juliet which was a ripoff Pyramus and Thisbe.

And Camille was a ripoff of La Traviata which was a ripoff of La Dame aux camélias.

2013-05-13 10:39:10 AM  
2 votes:
First, we'll re-define the word "classic."
2013-05-14 09:39:45 AM  
1 vote:

Mikey1969: WELL, actually Airplane! was spoof of 70's disaster movies in general, most notably Airport.

Either way, it's not a ripoff of anything it's a spoof, so by definition, it has to appear to be like the movies that it is spoofing.

Actually, both are true. Airplane! was, indeed, a spoof of the 70s airline disaster movies. However, it *ALSO* was done so by essentially taking large portions of Zero Hour! and adding jokes; seriously, there are some exact dialog, scene-for-scene, and plot device copies between the two. So much so, that the only reason it was possible to do so without a slam-dunk lawsuit was that both were Paramount films.

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2013-05-13 04:53:20 PM  
1 vote:
The Up comparison is pretty lame.

FTFA: the only real difference between the films is that in Up, the old man goes on a bunch of zany jungle adventures with a fat kid and a talking dog, whereas in Above Then Beyond, the old lady dies and it's revealed to be a dream she had.

So in other words, Up shares the same premise -- a floating house -- and the other 98% of the story is different. Plus, the emotional center of Up is the relationship between the old man and his wife, and his unfulfilled promise to her. Yeah, maybe somebody at Pixar did see Above Then Beyond and and the visual image sparked the idea -- but to say that it's a ripoff makes as much sense as saying that Cars ripped off Bullitt.

"It's not about what it's about, it's about how it's about it" -- Roger Ebert.
2013-05-13 02:39:43 PM  
1 vote:

pizen: namatad:
get back to me when you read/see a story which isnt a mash up of these

/WOOT the bad guy is a girl!! how a original! or a machine. or it was all a dream.

Oh great, a TV Tropes link. So much for today's productivity.

2013-05-13 02:37:42 PM  
1 vote:

unlikely: Yes yes, and The Lion King is a ripoff of Hamlet

It's also a ripoff of a japanese manga.
2013-05-13 12:33:38 PM  
1 vote:
Stewie Griffin is such a dumb character.
2013-05-13 11:40:23 AM  
1 vote:
A T. S. Eliot quote that I think applies across artistic endeavors.

"One of the surest of tests is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest."
2013-05-13 11:14:54 AM  
1 vote:
Yes yes, and The Lion King is a ripoff of Hamlet and Star Wars is a ripoff of the Hidden Fortress, we're all very impressed.

When I hear someone cry "X is a ripoff of Y" what I generally hear is "Look how hip I am for liking this story before it was cool."
2013-05-13 10:35:07 AM  
1 vote:
When the Japanese movie was re-released for American audiences, they included a cheeky reference in the trailer, which almost makes it sound like The Hunger Games was a remake:

Hunger Games is sooooooo the crappy version of Battle Royale.
2013-05-13 09:57:12 AM  
1 vote:
They missed the number one rip of all time.

Airplane! is taken, in some cases almost word-for-word, from a movie called Zero Hour. Unfortunately, Zero Hour was supposed to be a serious movie. After watching Airplane!, it is itself a comedy.
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