“It’s Christmas morning! I haven’t missed it! The spirits have given me another chance!”
Scrooge McDuck from Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)
by Glen Keane
Inception was a box office hit last year that not only , but got an oscar nomination for best film, grossed millions of dollars and was told to be the most original and mind-blowing film of all time.
This plot pioneers such innovative story mechanics as dream sharing, thought theft, psychological limbo and escaping the subconscious through specific triggers, or “kicks.”Would it surprise you to tell you it was not the genius of Chris Nolan that created this fantastic world the film portrays; it was Donald Duck’s.
Well, not actually Donald Duck or Scrooge McDuck, but the animator for a 2002 comic book of these too characters. I know… you’re thinking “OMG! 2002? That’s eight years before this movie was released! But how? You can’t be right. You must be exaggerating!”. Sadly no. Sorry to all those sci-fi lovers and Nolan fans, that thought Inception was the most unique, original awesome movie ever. You practically got a Disney Duck story on a comic book with a lot of special effects on the big screen.
The old-time disney characters of the beagle boys pursue a new career as dream thieves, and pursue a journey into Scrooge’s to steal the combination of his vault (FAMILIA, RIGHT?). They have problem to differentiate dreams from reality and need special items (*ehem* TOTEMS), in order to tell them if it’s real or not.
So far does it ring any bells? Wait, because there is more. Then Donald (Leonardo Di Caprio)goes in Scrooge’s dream to get the Beagle Boys out and use controlled exits, such as the feeling of a fall that makes the dreamer snap out of it. In Inception it is the same, they just called it “kicks”. There’s also a limbo and even the lost wife that appears out of the guilt of Leo- I mean in this case Scrooge McDuck.
Many people don’t know this but Goldie is Scrooge’s old girlfriend who hasn’t seen her in about 50 years. Scrooge used to treat her bad when they were together and so because of guilt, she appears to him in his dreams, pretty much like DiCaprio in the movie. God, even the background in the comic above looks like the movie set when the building they are in starts to destroy and come down. Even Leo’s wife hairdo is similar to Goldie’s!
In conclusion, too many similarities don’t you think? Nolan should have given Donald some credit, although how insane he would have sounded if in his speech he had. Anyways, still, for the record. He didn’t create Inception; Donald Duck beat him to it.