Copyright Infringement: When the work of the original creator is reproduced, distributed, altered, performed, or displayed without their permission or expressed written consent.
Big Question: Is copying others' creative work ever acceptable?
Watch the video below. As a class, have a conversation about the questions that follow.
If you had to sum up your initial reaction in one word after watching this video, what would it be? Why?
Are you surprised that Disney has recycled parts of old animated films for new ones? Why, or why not? Does it change your opinion about Disney's creativity?
How do you think they reused animated sequences like this? How do you think that process works? (Hint: Check out this link to "rotoscoping.")
How do you think the animators for Snow White (1937) would feel if they knew animators for Robin Hood (1973) copied their work?
Does the fact that these are traditional animations (drawn by hand versus animated on a computer) make you feel any differently about their being copied? Why, or why not?
Some of the dogs from Lady and the Tramp are featured briefly in 101 Dalmatians. Do you think these cameos are a form of copying? Or is Disney simply referencing its characters and movies again for fun? Is there a difference?