These Disney Films Are Eerily Similar Due To Recycled Animation

Don’t worry, you’ve not been going crazy. The festive period can do that to you, but you’ve actually been very eagle-eyed. Observant. With Disney’s back catalogue wheeled out every Christmas, you may have noticed a bit of scene sharing, BuzzFeed explain…

A lot of classic Disney films use the exact animation frames in their movies

But did you know that a lot of classic Disney films use the exact animation frames in their movies?

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Yup, a lot of Disney frames are duplicates of other Disney films. Like this guitar playing dog from Robin Hood and his feline counter part in Aristocats.

 

Another example is with this affectionate dog scene from Sword in the Stone that is a carbon copy of a similar scene from The Jungle Book.

It’s even been used in more recent films like Beauty and the Beast which has the exact same dance sequence as Sleeping Beauty.

It's even been used in more recent films like Beauty and the Beast which has the exact same dance sequence as Sleeping Beauty.

The practice is known as rotoscoping, which is essentially a process where animators redraw over existing animation cells with similar character designs and movements.

Still not convinced? Well YouTube user Tommynka put together this video of two pairs of Disney films that have many of the exact same animation sequences.

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Most people think Disney did this to save time and money but in reality, it was done because animator Wolfgang Reitherman, who took over after Disney’s death, just wanted to stick what they knew would do well.

Most people think Disney did this to save time and money but in reality, it was done because animator Wolfgang Reitherman, who took over after Disney's death, just wanted to stick what they knew would do well.
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Basically, why fix something that isn’t broken?

So next time you watch a scene from a classic Disney that you think you’ve seen before, you probably have.

So next time you watch a scene from a classic Disney that you think you've seen before, you probably have.
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