Over at Trung Phan’s blog, he writes about how Disney itself only exists because they were able to re-use stories in the public domain.
There are at least 50 of them and — for some solid laughs — I made a table of select films in which Disney double-dipped the same Public Domain work: first with an animated version then a live-action remake.
Just 8 of these sources — including Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book), Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Sea Maid), Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland) and some little-known writer named Shakespeare (Hamlet) — have accounted for more than $16B at the box officeDisney Loves (and Hates) Public Domain
It’s a pretty amazing time to be alive. We not only get to enjoy all the work being created now, but all the human creativity of thousands of years ago.