At this point, it’s hard to come up with a wholly original idea. In the era of endless franchises and live-action remakes, it takes a second to remember that live-action movies unattached to large cinematic universes still come out sometimes. Unfortunately, even the most original projects are still influenced by other pieces of art. It makes sense that so many anime programs and animated movies have sparked new ideas for so many directors.

There’s nothing wrong with a screenwriter or director taking cues from great animated stories. We see a lot of modern directors emulate Steven Spielberg, so it makes sense that ground breaking animated storytellers like Chuck Jones and Satoshi Kon also influence ...

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