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'Avatar' Is Hit With Rip-Off Controversy

October 27, 2009 04:44:11 GMT

While 'Avatar' has been claimed to be an original story from director James Cameron, it is suggested that the story may be a rip-off of Poul Anderson's 1957 sci-fi short story.


'Avatar' Is Hit With Rip-Off Controversy
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"Avatar" apparently couldn't stay away from controversy. After "Delgo" filmmakers threatened to sue for stealing their story ideas earlier, the upcoming sci-fi movie has been slammed with a rip-off report. I09 has recently reported that there are too many similarities between this James Cameron's feature project and a 1957 novella by Poul Anderson entitled "Call Me Joe".

Claiming to have been tipped by its reader, the site pointed out on the similarities from the wheel-chair bound lead character to the artificial created body. "Like Avatar, Call Me Joe centers on a paraplegic - Ed Anglesey - who telepathically connects with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet (in this case, Jupiter)," it began explaining.

"Anglesey, like Avatar's Jake Sully, revels in the freedom and strength of his artificial created body," the site went on detailing, "battles predators on the surface of Jupiter, and gradually goes native as he spends more time connected to his artificial body."

Soon after the release of the film's teaser trailer in August, "Avatar" was hit with a potential lawsuit from Fathom Studios after many pointed out similarities of the movie with "Delgo". Of it, a spokesperson for the studio said, "From what we have seen, we are amazed by the visual similarities between the two films and we are reviewing what legal options may be available to us."

"Avatar" is a live action movie directed, co-produced and written also by the "Titanic" helmer James Cameron. It lines up Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Sigourney Weaver as botanist Dr. Grace Augustine, Stephen Lang as Marine Corps Colonel Quaritch, Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, Michelle Rodriguez as retired Marine pilot Trudy Chacon, and many others.

This 20th Century Fox film follows an paraplegic ex-marine as he is thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival. It is set to hit the U.S. theaters on December 18.

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posted by lmao on Feb 19, 2011
lmao that maddddd dude totally just made my day XD
posted by ZimGirl on Sep 03, 2010
This movie's plot was pointless. my sister dragged me to see it. How the hell did the arrows in the 2nd battle break through the gunships windshield? extremely stupid. They ripped the name from The last airbender, and didnt they already make some thing called pandora? THIS MOVIE SUCKS ASS
posted by Majeston on Jul 22, 2010
Actully it is a perfect ripoff from the Urantia book story of Adam & Eve- -8 foot tall Blue people -Flying Fandors carrying the people -Materialized into the Blue bodies -The enormous spiritual Tree of Life all the basic elements stolen from the Urantia book
posted by haha on Jul 12, 2010
why so many dumb people here? it a movie, everybody rip among themselves ,if ripping other wasn allowed then the first person to make comedy or action or romance movie entitle to that and other are not allowed to make it,lol bunch of moron.
posted by Maddddd on Jun 27, 2010
I AM STILL MAD AT YOU!!!!!! AVATAR SHOULD ME TITLED "CALL ME SMURF-GULLY-HONTAS-TIMESPIRIT" YOU POOPYFACE CAMERON!!!! YOU ARE ANGERING ME SO I AM MAD AT YOU!!! I WANT TO BANG YOUR EX-WIFE. THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY ANGER TOWARDS YOU, I JUST THINK KATHRYN BIGELOW IS A HOTTIE AND I DIDN'T SEE HER MOVIES YET SO SHE DOES NOT MAKE ME MAD. I AM MAD AT YOU BECAUSE YOU GOT TO PUT YOUR WEEWEE IN HER SEXHOLE AND I DIDN'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I USE A LOT OF EXCLAMATION POINTS TO INDICATE HOW MAD YOU MAKE ME JAMES CAMERON!!!!!!!!! YOUR EX-WIFE LOOKS SO MUCH YOUNGER THAN SHE IS AND SHE IS HOT AND YOU ARE OLD AND SMELLY (I'M GUESSING) AND BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS IS THE ONLY GOOD MOVIE YOU WERE EVER INVOLVED IN!!!!!! I WAS MOVED BY THE LOVE STORY IN AVATAR BECAUSE I AM A BIG PROPONENT OF INTER-SPECIES RELATIONSHIPS AND I LIKE TO DO THINGS WITH DOGS AND PIGS (WHEN AVAILABLE) BUT IT ALL MEANS NOTHING BECAUSE YOU STOLE ALL YOUR IDEAS FROM MOVIES AND BOOKS THAT I NEVER HEARD OF OR CARED ABOUT UNTIL NOW AND I AM SOOOOOOOO MAD!!!!!!!! YOU AVATARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Maddddd on Jun 27, 2010
I AM ON THE INTERNETS AND I AM MAD AT YOU JAMES CAMERON!!!! YOU ARE A COPYCAT AND I WANT TO PEE IN YOUR COFFEE AND THE COFFEE OF ALL THE OTHER AVATARDS!!! I AM MAD!!!!!!!!!
posted by Sarc on May 17, 2010
Short Circuit = Wall-E
posted by savar on May 06, 2010
i admit avatar is a really fancy remake of past storeys but few movies now use "new" ideas most are now taken from books or other movies so i don't blame Cameron for that and why does it matter people liked it more than the original so cameron just make the idea better and it really is a great simply amazing film that makes me dream of having a dream about being on pandora (the name pandora is what bothers me most from pandoras box)
posted by BLAH on May 02, 2010
Wow, all of you people that try to say it is a rip off are fucking retarded. Yeah did you see that fern in the forest? looked a lot like a Jurassic Park fern....lol....anyways, no idea is completely original and their is a word for that....It's called a trope....Avatar is it's own movie...you people are dumb
posted by mike on Apr 27, 2010
almost all movies are rip offs of older stories that have been passed down thru the ages, they are just updated,I thought the world created in this movie was beautiful, and sometimes the simple plots are the best.every movie made is unoriginal by the standards people are giving
posted by you gotta be kidding on Apr 23, 2010
Tell me people, why the hell do you think Avatar is a ripoff? OH i know, because you are sheep, a bunch of assholes that have nothing better to do than pick on this movie because its more succesful and interesting than your existence. One basement hero points out THIS movies similarities to past material so you claim THIS movie is the first and worst ripoff hollywood has ever made. If you even gave a shit about ferngully, call me joe, delgo, and pocahontas than yeah you can say you had deva vu. but you dont, youre just a bunch of pricks that could never say something positive about a film with so much passion, ambition, and creativity. do you know what a RIPOFF really is? carnosaur is a ripoff, mac and me is a ripoff, critters is a ripoff. those movies only exist to ride on the fame of the material they are copying. "pocahontas" happened 15 years ago and is completely innacurate and a total ripoff of dances with wolves' plot to boot. and dances is SIMILAR to even older movies. See, Avatar is SIMILAR to everything mentioned by other commentors. Its was a great a retelling of a classic, and rarely used, story that allowed its audience to be immersed by having its main charachter learn and experience life on the other side and become engrossed in a beautiful world and finally have his life changed forever. a REALLY tired story would be: Humans come to an alien world, discover a alien race that is deadly, humans ship is damaged so they must survive on the planet till help comes, hero finds a way to win and then a twist happens, humans win and leave planet. SO STOP BITCHING,and, watch pocahontas back to back with avatar, the comparistons are limited and qute pathetic. If you think "The Handgover" isnt a blatant rehash of "Dude, wheres my car?" then youre in denial that calling avatar a ripoff is an excuse and not a reason. hey! why dont you call "Repo men" Pepo!
posted by 420smoke on Apr 03, 2010
Skully and Anglesey both are crippled, have special access to the artificial bodies, and eventually leave their human bodies behind. Specifically its those point that are key to the plot...(thats not generic screen play either)... thats why its a rip off
posted by Was on Mar 08, 2010
why don’t you say that the story Call Me Joe (1957) was stolen from the Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” ? or shall we say that the Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford stole the idea of "the smurfs" from Poul Anderson ? small blue creatures called Smurfs, Smurfette who was evil at first until Papa Smurf make her a real smurf !
posted by Trunkzy-Chan on Mar 08, 2010
Dont you people realize that everyone copy's off one another? There are soo many remakes people just change it a little bit just to make it their own. We have soo many movies stories of humans crossing with other aliens ect. Have respect for other peoples art..
posted by TruthBringer on Feb 28, 2010
Avatar is a blatant ripoff, fancy eye-candy made for shallow children. How can a piece of "art" be "good" when it is in no way creative?
posted by Rael on Feb 27, 2010
To all you people who are saying there are no original ideas these days... Your totally wrong. That's disgusting. Oh, and Mike... Shut up fool, you can't compare the evolution of certain scientific procedures to Creative Writing. You, my friend, lack the power of reason.
posted by mike on Feb 17, 2010
You are all fools. All concepts derive from inspiration elsewhere. You honestly think that someone just woke up one day and thought - that's how you split an atom. To all those who rubbish the greatness of the film - you lack intellect, save your money and go buy a fern gully dvd and stop complaining cause your insignificant.
posted by NooNoo on Feb 17, 2010
Although many have fallen in love with this film, as did I (who doesn't love a bit of fantasy!), I can see in many ways how it is a rip-off. Fern Gully was my first impression, then Princess Mononoke, but when I recently discovered the artist "Roger Dean" I came into knowledge that all visual effects and ideas for the film, are closely copies of all of his original work which he has been doing for over 50 years. Google him and see for yourself.
posted by lil_ol_me on Feb 15, 2010
the first time i saw avatar i immediately felt nostalgic for my old pocahontas video (that ive rewatched over and over) and then again i felt it was pocahontas meets ferngully. both great movies. aaaaand so was Avatar. a rip off - maybe a little but a little inspiration never hurt anybody :)
posted by mintholic on Feb 13, 2010
i liked avatar but it was really simaler to a japanese film called princess monoke i think. but i could see the differences but there were some simalaritys that were too simaler to be a coincadence
posted by 09jlien on Feb 09, 2010
Sorry, but I really think Avatar was a rip off of the disney movie atlantis :P
posted by My Name Is Fuckyou on Feb 08, 2010
Could this movie get any more generic?
posted by pathetic. on Feb 03, 2010
OMG!!!!1 I <3 THis MOvie!!@ I wish i was in this movie! the whole idea where that guy betrays his race! Best idea ever!!!1@ Been done a dozen times, silly child. By the way, ever notice that the real US military never deserts to the Iraqi people to help them gain their freedom? Nope, they just kill them and take their natural resources, sort of like avatar, minus the hero guy. No wonder you pathetic kids watch fantasy shit, reality is cold and hard.
posted by No on Feb 03, 2010
Wolfgang - No. Those movies came out within the same time frames. Dances with wolves was over FIFTEEN years ago, as was fern gully, and the book Call me Joe was fucking 50+ years ago. The other ones you mentioned are just like "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak", hollywood was going through a disaster movie craze at that time, with a side of non-gore family horror. I think that's a totally different situation since those movies are just similar and don't actually share plots, unlike Avatar and any of 10 things it undeniably ripped off.
posted by Avatar=RipOff on Feb 03, 2010
Avatar is a complete rip off of a number of things, so you basically payed for special effects. You payed to see shit we all knew could be done already. Oh, and Call me Joe sold a ton of copies, and Dances with Wolves did great too... so I don't think you can weasel out of this one just because ONE movie that avatar ripped off, flopped. You still have to deal with the fact that the idea is completely unoriginal down to every detail, and has been done 100 times. I'd say you fan boys are the ones with no life. Stick up for Cameron all you want, guess how original his last big movie was..... "TITANIC". HAHA, not only was it not his original creation, it had also been done at least 3 other times since the actual titanic. Ha, case closed.
posted by Avatar3001 on Jan 22, 2010
OMG!!!!1 I <3 THis MOvie!!@ I wish i was in this movie! the whole idea where that guy betrays his race! Best idea ever!!!1@
posted by thatoneguywiththefac on Jan 19, 2010
As was stated b4, if no one has ever heard of it, who cares, and everyone is ripping everyone off. Personally, I had never heard of "dances with wolves" or any of those other tittles (except pocahantas) so I really didnt care. It was an awesome movie, and I was depressed when I went home because I wasn't in the movie anymore. So yeah. It was kick butt.
posted by albert on Jan 18, 2010
it rips off pocahontis too. LOL
posted by cdrath on Jan 18, 2010
how about dances with wolves?
posted by Pigape McGee on Jan 17, 2010
Foster is actually a ghost writer for Cameron. He probably got paid for his "Midworld" contribution. He also wrote Alien if you recall. So yeah, probably no lawsuits there.
posted by tarikur on Jan 17, 2010
Most of the American people never saw the famous Japanese movie Princess Mononoke. Avatar copied everything from Princess Mononke.
posted by Cacan on Jan 15, 2010
Disny's pocohantis ? any one
posted by Trolls suck on Jan 13, 2010
Guys it was a good movie. Those of you that said it sucked have no life at all.
posted by asdf on Jan 12, 2010
wopty doo! it ripped off crap no ones ever heard. look its a great movie and to me its like saying "oh you cant do that some guy published a book only 3 people in the world read with that same line in there". i never heard of Dildo or whatever it is. Get over it Avatars amazing
posted by stormbringer5150 on Jan 10, 2010
simpsons did it.
posted by Anonymous on Jan 08, 2010
If Avatar ripped anything off, they did it better.
posted by Mrsflower on Jan 06, 2010
Avatar has also rip-off matrix
posted by Static on Dec 30, 2009
Alan Dean Foster's Midworld 1975. I think "borrowed" is a loose term for Avatar. Definitely a visually stunning movie, but give credit where it is due. Six legged mounts that individuals emfoil? Home tree? Sky people? The scene where a seed of the soul tree is place in the grave of a native? I watched all the credits and have read some of the online stuff. Cameron should admit where the entire planet idea came from and pay homage (as well as revenue) to one of the best scifi writers of all time. May be he could change the name Pandora to Midworld.
posted by blue on Dec 27, 2009
avatar just sucks, bad, poor, not good etc etc
posted by Me on Dec 26, 2009
Hey its simalar to Ferngulla too. But there are no orignal ideas anymore. Everyone is ripping off someone.
posted by Puck on Dec 22, 2009
I blame Obama
posted by Dave on Dec 20, 2009
Avatar also ripped off FernGully.
posted by Wolfgang on Oct 28, 2009
This is ridiculous. The creators of "Terra" (The Battle For Terra), should sue as well. Listen, Delga was a mistake. Should never have happened. You should not be compensated for a story you failed to make. Deal with the expenses and do a better job next time. There are many similarities between Rounders and Poolhall Junkies, but I never heard any complaints. I'm sure other people can come up with better examples (Six Sense and Stir of Echoes, Armageddon and Deep Impact, etc.).

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