An August 2011 episode of the animated television show Ugly Americans titled “Wail Street” included the following images:
This is obviously, definitely an attempt to depict Disneyland as a place to which demons go on vacation, and certainly it must have been created without Disney review and permission! How do we know this? Because of all the errors — things that certainly wouldn’t get past Disney’s crack legal review team!
For example (just to name a few):
- Mickey Mouse in the first picture is definitely off model. He looks like some kind of bizarre teleportation-device-failure mixture of our beloved Mickey and Richard Nixon.
- Doombuggies without rear shells? Please!
- The Mad Tea Party color scheme, seating arrangements, landscaping, and (judging from the arc of the spew) spin pattern are entirely wrong.
They may disdain valid copyrights, but have they also no respect for the truth? Particularly since this is a show targeted at children (it is a cartoon after all), that is just inexcusable!
The Daily Show showcased this MSNBC violation of our beloved Woodie! Not only is the poor cowboy forced to perform in a demonstration of political bias (when we all know that he is strongly apolitical), but his signature hat has been removed, and — adding the ultimate insult — he has clearly been duplicated using illegal cloning technology!
From the May 18, 2009, edition of The Daily Show — a horrible, disgusting, inappropriate, and terribly anatomically inacurate misuse of characters from that Pixar classic, Cars!
Now, I love John Steward as much as the next person — his hard-biting style of rogue journalism is exactly what this country needs at times — but he has certainly gone too far in this case. Are children really supposed to believe that this is where small cars come from? The shame!
I recently watched a few episodes of the show Family Guy at the recommendation of several television commercials. You can imagine my skull-crushing shock when I came upon the following image in the episode titled, “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Bucks”:
That’s right, it’s Walt Disney — the man, they legend, the genius, the copyright holder — himself, depicted drawing a young, saucy-looking Minnie Mouse! Now that is just not right (and if you watch the episode, which you shouldn’t, it gets even not righter — or so I’ve heard, in that I was not able to finish the episode, what with a table lamp having been thrown through the television screen in a moment of horrified desire to remove the offending image from my field of vision).
I certainly hope that this is an isolated incident in the annals of Famiy Guy copyright blasphemy. (If not, let me know in the comments and I will cry bitter tears of sorrow before posting what I can find of the offending images.)
American Dad. “Francine’s Flashback.” Traumatic. Disturbing. Copyright infringing.
The Simpsons have gone above and beyond this time! In Simpsons episode #LABF12, there is a gigantic, blatant, obvious, background violation of the intellectual property of Disney/Pixar’s Up — a movie that isn’t even out yet! How did the Simpsons creators manage this? Given the huge lead time necessary to create an animated television episode, the Simpsons’ writers must have known intimate details of Up for many months — perhaps even for years!
Is there a Simpsons spy in the Pixar camp? It would explain so much…
In The Simpsons episode #LABF09 from May 2009, we find the following possible Disney copyright violating image in the middle of an extended possibly copyright violating sequence:
True, the dwarfs on The Simpsons had non-Disney names — Drinky, Drunky, Homery, Greedy, Also Drunky, Jerky, and The Black One — but the art style, singing, and leveraging of European folklore are pure Disney. For shame!
It was with a mixture of horror and vague betrayal that we found this possible Disney copyright violation on, of all places, The Colbert Report.
We have great respect for Stephen Colbert and his support of corporate America, so it saddens us to see him maniacally abusing characters from The Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Disney’s upcoming Rapunzel, as well as a painting from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion on his April 20, 2009 show.
Please, Stephen — say it ain’t so!
Clearly The Simpsons has run out of ideas, because they’ve taken to cleverly stealing storylines from classic Disney cartoons! Have they no shame?
We have two — two! — major violations from last weekend’s Saturday Night Live.
That’s supposed to be Zac Efron and a recently unfrozen Walt Disney. Seriously? Even someone who isn’t that familiar with Disney history and trivia can see at a glance that looks nothing like Zac Efron.
And this — a travesty! If you’re going to pretend to be Disney, at least do a good job! No true Disney production would be this horribly centered!