We all know — and love! — mater, the simple tow truck from Disney/Pixar’s Cars with the funny accent and the “Git ‘er done!” attitude. That is why when one of our readers spotted this copyright-violating painting on a roll-up garage door in her neighborhood, she just had to warn us about it. “This is found on the side of a building in my city of Winder, Ga.,” she said, her words practically dripping with the despair I can only imagine she felt. Working up the strength to go on she continued, “I think it’s some kind of car shop.”
And, if that were not enough, she also wrote a long, heart-felt blog post about the horrible, horrible situation. I suggest you get a warm cup of tea and a china plate of comforting cookies before sitting in a comfy chair and reading her post in its entirety.
Take a look at this building…
…And compare it to this one…
Pretty similar, eh? In fact, as was pointed out in the always entertaining Scouting New York blog, pretty close to identical!!!
This is even worse than that castle in Dubai that looks just like Disneyland’s “it’s a small world,” or any of those Haunted Mansion clones that lazy architects have scattered throughout the southern United States. What’s next? Mountains that look like Big Thunder Mountain? Or is Mother Nature the only one respecting Disney’s intellectual property?
The Japan Probe Web site has quite a bit of information about Shijingshan Amusement Park park in China, which apparently saw no problem with wholesale duplication of America’s beloved Disneyland! In a follow-up report, the site says that the theme park is removing the most blatant violations — as if anything less than a massive apology and burning of offending materials could ever be enough!