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Counterpart[edit]

Kimba is the hero lion? In original he is named Leo. KIZU


"Under his original name Leo, the lion Kimba was the star of an animated series that enjoyed immense popularity in the U.S. and Europe in the late 1960s. The show itself was based on a famous 1950s children's manga "Junguru Taitei" by Osamu Tezuka, the creator of another beloved anime star, "Atomu" (Astro Boy). When it syndicated five episodes of the series in 1966, NBC changed Leo's name by taking the Swahili word for lion, "simba," and changed the first letter to create "Kimba.""

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Changing the Names for American Audiences : (amazing article a MUST read ):

"Most of the characters were renamed. Some of the original names were overly Japanese (Ken-ichi), others seemed out of character (Bubu for the most serious villain), and still others were acceptable but better names sprang easily to mind (Dan'l Baboon instead of Mandy.) Leo's name was changed to "Simba" -- short, catchy, and an in-group joke to anyone who recognized it as the Swahili word for "lion". However, only a couple of days before the first episode was to be recorded, it was learned that some Black-community entrepreneur had already registered "Simba" as the name for a proposed Black-power soft drink! Nobody was sure how this might affect their right to use Simba for a cartoon character, but obviously NBC would want to sell merchandising rights if the program was a success, and they would not want a name that might lead to conflicts if they wished to go into the same areas of marketing. It was decided to play safe, and the "S" in Simba was changed to a "K" to create a name that was absolutely original."

[http://www.kimbawlion.com/history.htm How Kimba Came To Be ] --Neuromancien 14:57, 2004 May 26 (UTC)

That article has been updated; there was no competing trademark involved. -- 69.143.145.97 21:26, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

mice or rats[edit]

I just watched this episode with my kids today. I believe that the rodents on the boat that Kimba befriends are mice and not rats. I'll check and make the change if I am correct.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 24.235.64.163 (talkcontribs) .

They were rats; it is stated as such in the show's soundtrack. -- 69.143.145.97 21:27, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
We're talking about the first episode, with the rodents on the boat, right? If so, then at least in the Dub, they're mice. There's a point where one of them is discussing the weather with a stork. The stork predicts a storm, and advises that if he were a rat, he would abandon ship. The rodent then exclaims, "But we're mice!" --Agape

Actually, the word for mouse and rat is Nezumi in Japanese. So it can go any which way ^-^" Leo Otaku 05:45, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

Simpsons Mention of Controversy[edit]

To whoever is reverting the article to remove important information: please stop. You are only decreasing the encyclopedic value of the article by removing the Simpsons reference. In any controversy, mentioning where it's been discussed in either the news or pop culture (such as the Simpsons) adds to the value of the article. Removing information of relevant nature to the article could be construed as vandalism, so please cease. Also, be aware of the 3RR guideline, which you are in danger of violating. Xuanwu 00:57, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Re: Irrelevant Pictures[edit]

An article shouldn't have 50% of its pictures irrelevant to its content. The picture you are adding adds nothing to the article. The Lion King controversy was mentioned on Entertainment Tonight, in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, etc. etc. Do we need pictures of all of them, too?? I would contend that this picture is totally unnecessary in the Lion King article as well. Far from 'important information', adding this picture comes across as some Simpsons fanboy sees an opportunity to spread the "Gospel".

Oh, and whatever you think 3RR may be, there is no such article. You should check your facts before you create dead links.

Pictures of the mentions you brought up aren't needed, though links to articles or show transcripts from when they did mention them are appropriate for the article. And I'm far from a Simpsons fanboy; if you note, the Lion King article also has a picture of the Simpsons show in question - synching this and that is just good article maintenance. Also, the Simpsons is considered by some a significant pop culture icon, so the controversy being mentioned there shows how widespread debate on the topic was to be integrated into a comedy show.
On the revert rule, I mistyped the link: it's WP:3RR. The fact you're unaware of this means you should read up more on Wikipedia Policy before continuing to edit, especially as your last comment borders on violating WP:CIV. Please be more respectful of fellow editors. Xuanwu 07:22, 27 July 2006 (UTC)
Since the picture references the look and usage of the Lion King, it is inappropriate for this article. "Syncing" the two articles in this way does not make sense. As for respect, it seems you were the one backing up your claims with threats.
I wasn't threatening you. I was making you aware of the 3RR guidelines. Part of those guidelines is that a person is to first be made aware of said rule before it is invoked (if needed). Since you've made a number of reverts very close to a 24 hour period, I thought you should be aware of it before an admin noticed and (possibly) gave you a 24-hour ban. Also, please sign your comments with four tildes (~). Xuanwu 05:09, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

Copyright vs. Trademark[edit]

"But, since 'Simba' was considered uncopyrightable..." This is a meaningless statement because no name can be copyrighted. Trademark, not copyright, applies to names. 68.77.111.101 20:36, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Unfair[edit]

I felt that the part of this article about the Kimba/Lion King controversy is somewhat biased on the Tezuka's side. I acknowledge that most of this article is probably written by Tezuka/Kimba fans and as such, dislike Disney, and what they "did". But come on. Grow up. This text could be written by a prosecutor in a court of law just as well. Wikipedia isn't here to slate any person or company. Wikipedia should list the both sides of things. Read this, and edit that part. Massively. Simba means a lion in Swahili either way, so it's quite enough to merit a weird coincidence and I see no reason behind Disney changing the name of Simba over Kimba. How many movies are there out there that include a talkative bird, a wise monkey and a villainous uncle? And there's nothing in both of them standing on a rock - that's what lions do in real life, they stand on rocks. Big deal. There are white lions in real life, and in the name of equality, Disney wants some diversity in their character span. No concept art is to prove anything. Get real, Disney did not rip the movie off from Tezuka, it's just the blind fans talking, and you all know it. --88.112.82.41 05:10, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I disagree. When I was a kid a watched The Lion King first. I loved the movie, and I still think that's a good movie, but... Few years later I watched the Kimba and I taught "What a Lion King plagiary". Then I find out that the Kimba is much older and I was very disappointed. I'm not Kimba fan either, but The Lion King is obviously a plagiarism. --Lošmi 23:06, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

I love Lion King to but really get over it , IT ripped of Kimba. Will- —Preceding unsigned comment added by WillTheWitch (talkcontribs) 18:26, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

"How many movies are there out there that include a talkative bird, a wise monkey and a villainous uncle?" I don't know... maybe you could enlighten us. Right now you come off as an ironic shill, and your trolling skills need work. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bombman (talkcontribs) 08:45, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

If something in our world exists it can be found in Kimba. The show is total mess of everything. Of course there are some scenes similar to The Lion King. Anime fans' attemts to find a plagiarism in other genres already produced some jokes. In case of TLK\Kimba they see wicked design even in scene where Sarabi licks new-born Simba. All lioness lick their cubs. OK Simba eats bugs like Kimba. But suggest any other way to survive for little lion cub. Not much room for maneuvers. And there is no word if Simba changed his diet later or not because it's not important for the plot. And so on. 217.66.28.169 (talk) 19:50, 12 September 2009 (UTC)


The reference to Disney only adopting the "Hamlet" angle after the controversey developed is inaccurate. As early as Spring of 1990 (4 years prior to release), on the the tour of Disney MGM Studios, references were being made to a film being concerning lions and being loosely based on Hamlet. Either they recognized they had a problem early or their story was correct all along. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tkchap (talkcontribs) 14:34, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:ReallyKimbaTheWhiteLion.jpg[edit]

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Fair use rationale for Image:Jungle Emperor Leo-1.jpg[edit]

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Golden Films 1994 animated film?[edit]

Why in the world does "The Jungle King" redirect here and whatever happened to the article regarding Golden Films' animated film with that title? T.W. (talk) 15:56, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
I agree, it should be a separate article, or it should at least not redirect to this article. Please have a look at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1125867/ 94.248.136.103 (talk) 21:20, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Voice Cast[edit]

The only main voice actors on Kimba were Billie Lou Watt, Gilbert Mack, Hal Studer, Ray Owens, and Sonia Owens (Who was uncredited) I doubt a famous voice actor like Mel Blanc, or a well known actor like Buddy Hackett would be uncredited if they been in the series. I am skeptical about the actors,Billy Beltcher, Jackson Beck, and Jimmy Macdonald being part of the voice cast of Kimba but I have no way of knowing for sure but being they are credited for voicing the same characters as other actors I doubt they were part of the series. Also the cast that voiced Kimba was not the same cast who voiced the sequel series Leo the Lon so no one who voiced a character in the Kimba series would be a voice for a character in Leo the Lion SimbasGuard (talk) 20:21, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Characters[edit]

Being that the characters of Kimba had different names in different translations and versions I think those alternate names should be included as it is all for the same characters. SimbasGuard (talk) 20:26, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Ambiguous sentence[edit]

In the first paragraph of "Plot" is the sentence: "His mistake is to steal the cattle from a near by village, as they had no other food."

Does "they" refer to the animals, or to the villagers? --SmokeyJoe (talk) 03:39, 28 February 2009 (UTC)


Inappropriate intro[edit]

The intro to this article is inappropriate. Rewrite please. Cid SilverWing —Preceding undated comment added 02:08, 10 March 2009 (UTC).

Separate the Manga?[edit]

Should the manga information be separated, to link to an article at "manga of the same name"? This might simplify the article, as you could then transfer the pertinent names and associations to the manga section. As it is, there are four or five referents to some characters. Pittsburgh Poet (talk) 18:17, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

Twisted influence[edit]

It was Osamu Tezuka who was inspired by Walt Disney animation and inimated Disney's style to create his artwork. That should be mentioned in "The Lion King controversy" section. Right now it looks like Osamu Tezuka created an original product which is not the case. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.253.212.215 (talk) 08:31, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

What nonsense. The Lion King didn't exist that far back. Whatever inspiration Osamu Tezuka derived from Walt Disney is unrelated. --108.197.205.181 (talk) 02:36, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

we have to know that inspitation is diferent to plagiary OSAMU TEZUKA was inspired by Disney classics animation movies to draw and make japanese animation but there is not a Mikey Mouse japanese or Goofy the Lion King is a good movie but not totaly original Disney has lost the inspitarion making sequel after sequels there is a lot of tales to do but no disney just make stupids sequels with reheated caracters where is the boldness that had Walt Disney? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 201.88.254.73 (talk) 13:26, 9 October 2013 (UTC)