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The “Good” and the “Bad”

There a several bootleg works out there that can be deemed as bad or a really good one inspired by its original counterpart. But the question is, is bootleg animation bad or good? Below are famous examples of different bootleg works in the parodies, mockbuster, and rip-off categories with how different they are from their original counterparts.

How is it good?

Good bootleg animations are usually parodies with a handful of mockbusters that viewers find a beautiful work of art. The original version of these parodies and mockbusters don’t sue their bootleg counterparts may it be because they asked permission or they see no damage to the integrity of their original work with the presence of its bootleg version. These bootleg animations are deemed good mostly because of how they respect the integrity of the original version, they give an alternative version for viewers to watch whilst respecting the presence of the original version. You can also see the quality of the bootleg work to be really great also.

How is it bad?

Bad bootleg animations are usually rip-offs with some bad examples of mockbusters. These are bad mostly because they try to get money from directly copying an original work without permission from their respective creators. These bootleg works normally have really bad quality and tend to confuse viewers that they’re the original version and make money out of it so that they watch their work and not the original one.


Happy Feet vs. Tappy Toes

As far as animated mock busters go, Tappy Toes is one of the least bad. It is far from a good movie, but unlike most other animated mock busters the DVD cover for it was really cool, and again it does attempt to do things differently to its inspiration Happy Feet instead of blatantly ripping it off. Other than the fact that it’s about a penguin learning to dance, the plot is somewhat different from Happy Feet, as it mostly deals with evil sea lions (which came from a minor plot point in Happy Feet).


Ratatouille vs. Ratatoing

Ratatoing takes place In Rio De Janeiro. The protagonist is a mouse named Marcell Toing, who is an amateur cook at a popular restaurant that is named after him. Ratatoing is a 2007 Brazilian rip-off of Ratatouille made by the infamous mockbuster animation studio Video Brinquedo. Some inappropriate moments for a family movie. For instance, Marcel’s rivals are sent to a laboratory where they’re subsequently experimented on by scientists (despite this, at the end one of the villains says that the captured rats have been treated well by the scientists working there) and Carol walks in a rather sexually provocative manner.


Mulan vs. The Secret of Mulan 

Set under the magnificent shadows of the Great Wall of China. This epic family tale unfolds as Mulan, a headstrong country girl and a heroic prince battle to save their homeland from the evil conqueror, Mala Khan. This film, written by Katherine Lawrence and Christy Marx, is based on the poem about Hua Mulan, which had been made as a film by Walt Disney Pictures the same year as Mulan, and combined with elements from another popular 1998 animated film, A Bug’s Life.


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