The movie industry is competitive, and the race for people’s love and admiration often turns out to be really tough. Great ideas are never safe, because they tend to be exploited in whatever way possible. As a result, we kind of have a déjà vu experience while watching a movie we thought we’d never seen or spot a suspiciously familiar beloved panda in a place it doesn’t seem to belong.
Bright Side compared several movies whose similarities are interestingly undeniable. In some both are good and others are well-known movies paired with bizarre low-budget videos. But we invite you to take a look, it’ll give you both a laugh and something to add to your “must watch” list.
1. Madagascar (2005) and The Wild (2006)
4 friends from the New York Zoo — a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo — escape the zoo, shipwreck, and find themselves on the island of Madagascar. There’s no civilization, the island is populated with lemurs, and the friends have to adjust to their new living conditions and try to find a way back home.
The Wild (2006):
An adolescent lion named Ryan is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. His father and some other animals — a koala, a crocodile, a chameleon, a giraffe, and a squirrel — escape the zoo and go to Africa to find Ryan.
2. The Book of Life (2014) and Coco (2017)
The Book of Life (2014):
2 best friends, Manolo and Joaquín, have a crush on the same girl, María. The gods of the afterlife, La Muerte of the Land of the Remembered and Xibalba of the Land of the Forgotten make a bet on who will marry the girl. Their intervention leads to Manolo, who happens to be on a journey with his guitar thorough the afterlife, to return to his beloved.
A young Mexican boy named Miguel is raised in a family where music is restricted. However, he loves music and plays the guitar in secret. Once, on the Day of the Dead, he rebels against his family’s rule that restricts music and accidentally travels to the Land of the Dead. There, he is looking for his musical idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him get back home before the day is over, otherwise he will have to stay there forever.
3. Up (2009) and What’s Up: Balloon to the Rescue! (2009)
An old man named Carl is forced into a retirement home so the city can demolish his house to build a high-rise. However, he’s not planning to go, nor to let them destroy his house that’s filled with memories of his dead wife. So he lifts his house in the air with thousands of balloons and flies to South America as he and his wife had always dreamt of doing. But soon he realizes he has some unwanted companions in the form of a boy scout and a talking dog.
What’s Up: Balloon to the Rescue! (2009):
An old scientist makes a discovery — with the help of a magic stone and a big balloon he makes his house lift in the air. Along with his nephew, he plans to take a trip around the world.
4. Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Chop Kick Panda (2011)
Kung Fu Panda (2008):
A clumsy panda named Po, who works in a restaurant, got named the “Dragon Warrior” and is supposed to defeat an evil kung fu warrior who escaped from prison. He goes to train with the best warriors and becomes a true kung fu warrior to complete his mission.
Chop Kick Panda (2011):
A fat lazy Panda named Zibo, who works as a cleaner, dreams of becoming a warrior. He doesn’t know anything about fighting, but he has to stop an evil tiger who wants to take over his kingdom.
5. Sky Force 3D (2012) and Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014)
Sky Force (2012):
Sky Force is the most elite emergency fighting team in the sky. However, its team member Ace leaves it after a tragedy on a dangerous mission. Ace hasn’t forgotten his former life and when his new boss in cargo hauling puts his co-workers in danger, he overcomes his fears and takes action.
Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014):
Dusty’s engine is damaged and he can’t compete in races anymore. He joins a forest fire and rescue team and becomes a firefighter.
6. A Quiet Place (2018) and The Silence (2019)
A Quiet Place (2018):
In a post-apocalyptic world, the earth is taken over by blind monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing that hunt humans by sound. A family with a father, a pregnant mother, a deaf daughter, and a little son take a trip to the countryside to start a quiet life.
The Silence (2019):
The world is under attack by blind creatures who hunt humans by sound. A 16-year-old deaf girl and her family seek refuge, but on their way find a tongueless cult who want to exploit the girl’s heightened senses.
7. Ratatouille (2007) and Ratatoing (2007)
A rat named Remi is a great cook and has always dreamt of becoming a famous chef. He makes an alliance with a young kitchen worker and cooks the best food in a famous French restaurant.
A rat called Marcelle Toing is the owner of a restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. He steals ingredients from human restaurants and uses them to make and serve the best meals.
8. Shark Tale (2004) and Shark Bait (2006)
Shark Tale (2004):
A huge underwater city is populated with fish and a shark mafia is at work on the periphery and in the shadows. One of the fishes, named Oscar, once witnesses the death of one of the sharks — he pretends he killed it and becomes popular. Because of this, he gets attention from the most popular fish on the reef but has to deal with the consequences of his lie.
Shark Bait (2006):
After his parents’ death, a little fish named Pi goes to the Big Reef to find happiness. He falls in love with the most beautiful fish and becomes enemies with a shark.
9. The Thief and the Cobbler (1992) and Aladdin (1992)
The Thief and the Cobbler (1992):
A wizard plans to marry a Princess in order to succeed her father, the King, and conquer the city. He meets a cobbler named Tack and sends him to the royal castle to make his shoes, however, Princess YumYum falls in love with him and saves him. The Thief, meanwhile, is trying to steal the gold balls that protect the city. Together, Tack and YumYum are trying to save the city from the wizard and the approaching army.
Aladdin is a thief from the streets of Agrabah. One day he meets Princess Jasmine, the daughter of the Sultan, and falls in love with her. The evil wizard, Jafar, who wants to marry the Princess to get the throne, imprisons Aladdin and manipulates him to get a magic lamp. Aladdin finds the lamp and keeps it for himself, and now he has 3 wishes to get the love of his life back and save the city.
10. Battle Royale (2000) and The Hunger Games (2012)
Battle Royale (2000):
The Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students, takes them to an island, and forces them to play a game. They get a backpack with random things, including food and weapons, and they have to kill each other for 3 days until only one winner is left, who will be freed. Their teacher goes over the rules and kills 2 students to illustrate how serious and real the situation is.
The Hunger Games (2012):
A post-apocalyptic world is split into 12 districts and a capital. To keep everyone under control, the government sets an annual televised competition in which 2 teenagers from each of the 12 districts are randomly chosen to fight to the death until the last one is left to become a winner.
Do you know any movies that are strikingly similar? Let us all know in comments below!
7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids
Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?
Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.
1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.
When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:
- Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
- Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
- Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.
2. The pig the character has is an English King.
It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.
Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.
3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.
The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.
4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.
The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.
5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.
When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.
Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.
6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.
This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.
There are several interpretations:
- Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
- J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
- There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.
7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.
Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:
He sent them word I had not gone
(We know it to be true):
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?
This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.
Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.
What 20 Celebs Looked Like at the Start of Their Career
Celebrities are usually known for their biggest successful works, but most of them stepped into the entertainment world with smaller roles. A lot of them have been in the industry for so long that we’ve forgotten what they looked like when they first started. Taking a look at some of their earliest works is indeed a blast from the past.
Bright Side looks into some of the earliest works from certain actors and is amazed at how much they have grown within the industry.
1. George Clooney
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
3. Keanu Reeves
4. Brie Larson
5. Betty White
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
7. Drew Barrymore
8. Tom Hanks
9. Scarlett Johannson
10. Halle Berry
11. Harrison Ford
12. Denzel Washington
13. Reese Witherspoon
14. Angelina Jolie
15. Johnny Depp
16. Jennifer Garner
17. Robert Downey Jr.
18. Will Smith
19. Nicole Kidman
20. Sandra Bullock
Have you seen the early works of these celebrities before? Do you know what any other famous entertainers looked like when they first began their career?
14 Examples of How Perfect Photos on Social Media Can Mislead Us
Most Internet users tend to sugarcoat their lives, belongings, body shapes, etc. And Instagram is the perfect place to post these kinds of photos. It’s a world of successful, happy people who take colorful trips, make expensive purchases, and boast perfect bodies.
Bright Side found some “behind-the-scenes” photos of gorgeous shots from social media. Turns out, believing everything you see on the Internet is never a good idea.
1. A 3-minute smartphone photo session + 3 magic filters
2. The king of the road
3. It’s all about the right angle…
4. A popular festival on Instagram vs a popular festival in reality
5. Support is the real hero.
6. A dog can never spoil a shot.
7. Slightly added brightness
8. When summer starts, we see it on every other Instagram account.
9. The process of making up always finishes the same way.
10. Unicorns can be insidious.
11. Everyone wants a photo in a lavender field.
12. Bright cities in photos might not be as bright in real life.
13. Aboard a private jet
14. A fashionable breakfast
Do you edit your photos on social media to try to look better? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comments!
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