Was Inception inspired by Donald Duck?

Inception by Christopher Nolan has the lot; a beautifully convoluted but well realised plot; a mind bending premise, themes such as the state of our own reality and perceptions. Challenging to even the most hardy film goer. But then it turns out according to the noise out there in crazy ol’ web-land so has Donald Duck. That’s right.

Christopher Nolan’s ‘original’ film’s concept may not be so original after all. Earlier this week, an old children’s comic featuring Uncle Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck, believed to have been published in 2002 in the UK (and in the US two years later), which focused on an adventure that is eerily similar to Nolan’s masterpiece, surfaced. Crazy Ducks!!

Suspiciously, there was talk of the similarities when the film was first released last year, with an attorney even getting involved, “Dream manipulation has been around at least since Shakespeare’s fairies did it in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,'” the lawyer was quoted as saying. “The concepts of the comic and the movie may be similar, but that alone is not enough to claim infringement.” In any case Nolan is said to have pitched his 80-page ‘Inception’ treatment to Warner Bros. in 2001, before the comic was published.

But if Christopher Nolan had already submitted his insanely complicated film idea, and the Donald Duck writers didn’t see it until after the comic was released, how spooky that the two stories are so similar. Something ‘fowl’ is in the air.

In the film DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a corporate espionage thief who enters people’s dreams and steals valuable information. Dream invasion is the order of the day in the comic as well, with the story focusing on the Beagle Boys’ attempts to invade Scrooge’s mind while he is asleep. The idea is that the miser will be dreaming of his vast fortune, and the crooks can enter his subconscious to learn the combination to his safe. Anyone?

The comic even introduces more things that were present in the film, like ‘kicks’ that wake you up from the dream and the importance of falling.

The threat of Limbo hangs over characters in both films – eloquently put in the panel below (translated from Donald’s Duck Speak ‘Ach HACHFF THU KHHURKRY etc). He speaks much more clearly in type. Scrooge McDuck even makes peace with an old flame! And look, water coming from nowhere!!

I don’t know about you – but by my mind is blown! Whether Nolan is a fan of Donald Duck or not remains unknown but Steven Speilberg has made it clear that he definitely was. He admitted the first ‘Indiana Jones’ with Indy running from the giant boulder was inspired by 1954 Uncle Scrooge comic, ‘The Seven Cities of Cibola’ Don’t know about you but I’m going to pick up a copy of Donald Duck Adventures!! Clearly its an untapped source for revolutionary movie ideas!!

You bastard Nolan. What”s the plot for the next Batman film: some ducklings get lost in the big city and Batman takes them home to their Mama!?

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