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Did Christopher Nolan get the idea for Inception from an Uncle Scrooge comic?

08.06.2010

"Your bill is the scene of the crime."

Was Christopher Nolan inspired by Disney's Uncle Scrooge comic?

The interwebz is buzzing over the fact that this 26 page comic has some "eerie" similarities. Basically, the Beagle Boys have crept up on Uncle Scrooge while he is fast asleep in his mansion. During his deep slumber the Beagle Boys use this machine to enter the dreams of Scrooge. The machine is generally used by psychiatrists to enter the dreams of their patients. Anywho, they need to go into Scrooge's brain to get him to tell them the combination to his safe.

Donald then straps on the metal helmet connected to the machine in order to warn Scrooge about what the Beagle Boys plan to do, "...See, any question they ask you will cause you to think of the answer! And since the dream is what you're thinking, you you can't avoid answering a question! Aloud!"

"The Dream of a Lifetime" was published back in 2004 by Boom! Studios.

Others are saying that INCEPTION is more like 1984's DREAMSCAPE starring Denis Quaid. Quick plot summary: "A man who can enter and manipulate people's dreams is recruited by a government agency to help cure the President of the United States of his nightmares about nuclear war but finds a conspiracy is hiding the true reason behind the research."

In March, Collider asked Nolan where the idea came from. This is what he said:

"Well, I stole it. It’s a little risky putting yourself out there again stealing ideas, yes. It really came about as a result of…I don’t remember specifically where the idea came from except that once I started exploring the idea of people sharing a dream space-entering a dream space and sharing a dream. That gives you the ability to access somebody’s subconscious. What would that be used and abused for? That was the jumping off point. And clearly being able to extract information from somebody’s brain would be the obvious use of that because obviously any other system where it’s computers or physical media whatever, things that exist outside the mind, they can all be stolen…up until this point or up until this movie I should say, the idea that you could actually steal something from somebody’s head was impossible. So that, to me, seemed a fascinating abuse or misuse of that kind of technology.

I'd say it's a strange coincidence. To judge for yourself, read the entire Uncle Scrooge comic here. I cannot provide you with DREAMSCAPE. Hit up Netflix.

Extra Tidbit: Who knew that Uncle Scrooge comics were so crafty?
Source: E!Disney Comics

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2:05AM on 08/09/2010
Bull-Shit. Inception is a based on the 2006 animation movie called "Paprika". If you don't believe me, simply look it up.
Paprika IMDB, Plotline - Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others.

Not saying Inception is bad because of this, just
Bull-Shit. Inception is a based on the 2006 animation movie called "Paprika". If you don't believe me, simply look it up.
Paprika IMDB, Plotline - Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others.

Not saying Inception is bad because of this, just saying that all great movies can usually be traced back to an original source.
For the people who cannot accept the truth of this post and choose to give me a thumbs down, you can go fuck yourself.
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10:50AM on 08/08/2010
Is this going to happen with every good, popular movie?
Is this going to happen with every good, popular movie?
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9:46AM on 08/08/2010
I started to wonder if it was rip-off during that scene in Inception when Dicaprio was wearing a monocle and swimming through a silo full of gold coins with his three nephews. Blatant.
I started to wonder if it was rip-off during that scene in Inception when Dicaprio was wearing a monocle and swimming through a silo full of gold coins with his three nephews. Blatant.
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5:36AM on 08/08/2010
Hey remember that time Michael Bay made a movie and it make everyone feel equally less intelligent. Nobody had any problems with that.
Hey remember that time Michael Bay made a movie and it make everyone feel equally less intelligent. Nobody had any problems with that.
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1:42AM on 08/08/2010

you know...

just to play devil's advocate...there wasn't this much support for the un-original plot in avatar...hmmm. dosent matter really, i saw a boatload of movies that play with this idea and some were really good, but none were well executed as this one. hahahaha, nolan ripped off an uncle scrooge comic, this has to ba a joke. lets wait for the law suit.
just to play devil's advocate...there wasn't this much support for the un-original plot in avatar...hmmm. dosent matter really, i saw a boatload of movies that play with this idea and some were really good, but none were well executed as this one. hahahaha, nolan ripped off an uncle scrooge comic, this has to ba a joke. lets wait for the law suit.
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5:08PM on 08/07/2010
I read the Scrooge comic while listening to the inception soundtrack...it was bad ass!
I read the Scrooge comic while listening to the inception soundtrack...it was bad ass!
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3:50PM on 08/07/2010

He stole another

I read a comic about a guy dressed like a bat and then Nolan goes out and makes a movie about the same thing. Ridiculous.
I read a comic about a guy dressed like a bat and then Nolan goes out and makes a movie about the same thing. Ridiculous.
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2:43PM on 08/07/2010

Haha!!!

DiCaprio: So where did you get your inspiration for Inception? Phillip K. Dick, films like Dreamscape, Dark City, and The Matrix, or was it a famous philosopher?

Nolan: Are you fucking kidding me? It was more like a combination of LSD and Uncle Scrooge comics.

DiCaprio: Wow, you really are a genius!
DiCaprio: So where did you get your inspiration for Inception? Phillip K. Dick, films like Dreamscape, Dark City, and The Matrix, or was it a famous philosopher?

Nolan: Are you fucking kidding me? It was more like a combination of LSD and Uncle Scrooge comics.

DiCaprio: Wow, you really are a genius!
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9:35PM on 08/07/2010
That shit's fucking funny. I would give more thumbs up if I could.
That shit's fucking funny. I would give more thumbs up if I could.
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12:55PM on 08/07/2010
In my humble opinion, no artistic idea is ever completely original. Everything is inspired by something else. Inception was very similar to Dark City , but that doesn't change anything. Inception was a well directed, acted and executed movie that was thoroughly enjoyable and deserves all the praise it's getting.
In my humble opinion, no artistic idea is ever completely original. Everything is inspired by something else. Inception was very similar to Dark City , but that doesn't change anything. Inception was a well directed, acted and executed movie that was thoroughly enjoyable and deserves all the praise it's getting.
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11:01AM on 08/07/2010
I've seen this all over the Internet, and seriously, WHO GIVES A SHIT?
I've seen this all over the Internet, and seriously, WHO GIVES A SHIT?
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9:39AM on 08/07/2010

I think its cool how

good directors are never hung up on the definite originality behind their premises - it shows a lack of ego and an orientation with what's important: execution. As Ebert loves to say, it's not what a film's about, but how it's about it. Anyone who loved Inception simply because it had a clever premise is missing out on the whole experience of watching a movie.
good directors are never hung up on the definite originality behind their premises - it shows a lack of ego and an orientation with what's important: execution. As Ebert loves to say, it's not what a film's about, but how it's about it. Anyone who loved Inception simply because it had a clever premise is missing out on the whole experience of watching a movie.
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8:34AM on 08/07/2010
wow what a shock but really who cares, Nolan is a genius & made Batman the shit again, get a life people.
wow what a shock but really who cares, Nolan is a genius & made Batman the shit again, get a life people.
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6:13AM on 08/07/2010
All this prooves is that Mr. Nolan would be the best director for Live Action The Ducktales Movie.
All this prooves is that Mr. Nolan would be the best director for Live Action The Ducktales Movie.
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1:37AM on 08/08/2010
hahahahaha
hahahahaha
3:44AM on 08/07/2010

yeah yeah

...and if it was Uwe Boll copying one of Nolan's ideas you'd all be shitting on him right now.
...and if it was Uwe Boll copying one of Nolan's ideas you'd all be shitting on him right now.
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3:13AM on 08/07/2010

Do you remember that South Park episode

When Butters is worried that the Simpsons have already used all his ideas? It's like that, ideas are constantly regurgitated and re-packaged.
When Butters is worried that the Simpsons have already used all his ideas? It's like that, ideas are constantly regurgitated and re-packaged.
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1:43AM on 08/07/2010
An idea is like a virus, the small seed of an idea can grow to define you or destroy you.

In this case, it defines Nolan as one the best directors alive.
An idea is like a virus, the small seed of an idea can grow to define you or destroy you.

In this case, it defines Nolan as one the best directors alive.
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1:28AM on 08/07/2010

I remember this

the Episode when was it back in the 80's?? it seems so familiar...i wonder if theirs a Duck Tales Box set with that episode on it.
the Episode when was it back in the 80's?? it seems so familiar...i wonder if theirs a Duck Tales Box set with that episode on it.
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9:32AM on 08/07/2010
This is actually from 2004 dude
This is actually from 2004 dude
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12:28AM on 08/07/2010

Tired of this BS

It seems like any time there's a good movie out, or just a popular movie in general, there's always a group of people claiming the idea was stolen from elsewhere! Yeah so what!? Ideas lead to other ideas, if we couldn't develop on someone's original idea(s), then where would the world be today? NOWHERE. Just let it be, it's an original movie and I'm pretty sure you haven't seen it before, unless you own a time machine so... And so what if it took from anything a slight bit, Nolan sure as hell
It seems like any time there's a good movie out, or just a popular movie in general, there's always a group of people claiming the idea was stolen from elsewhere! Yeah so what!? Ideas lead to other ideas, if we couldn't develop on someone's original idea(s), then where would the world be today? NOWHERE. Just let it be, it's an original movie and I'm pretty sure you haven't seen it before, unless you own a time machine so... And so what if it took from anything a slight bit, Nolan sure as hell made it his own... I mean damn, Winnie the Pooh inspired Country Bears, they both have bears in them!!! Come on... Then again, I could be stealing this thought from someone right now.....
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2:44AM on 08/07/2010
Haha nice dude, couldn't agree more.
Haha nice dude, couldn't agree more.
12:25AM on 08/07/2010

Yeah...

kitschycool: Yeah, I do wonder. I suppose that just means that some people can use other ideas and make a wonderful movie and storyline with out souly relying on 3D special effects.
kitschycool: Yeah, I do wonder. I suppose that just means that some people can use other ideas and make a wonderful movie and storyline with out souly relying on 3D special effects.
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12:03AM on 08/07/2010
Doesn't matter where he got the idea. It's like Joe Cocker's cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends". Nolan owns it now.
Doesn't matter where he got the idea. It's like Joe Cocker's cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends". Nolan owns it now.
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11:53PM on 08/06/2010

2004?

I read that Chris Nolan pitched the idea to Warner Bros in 2002, though only managed to write a treatment. I don't know how much he developed back then, but I know this comic was released after the initial idea that Nolan had. Of course, entering the mind has been done before.

There are no pure original ideas. The good films just manage to take ideas and develop them to create something different. Chris Nolan added a lot more touches to the material, which made it his own. The basis
I read that Chris Nolan pitched the idea to Warner Bros in 2002, though only managed to write a treatment. I don't know how much he developed back then, but I know this comic was released after the initial idea that Nolan had. Of course, entering the mind has been done before.

There are no pure original ideas. The good films just manage to take ideas and develop them to create something different. Chris Nolan added a lot more touches to the material, which made it his own. The basis might have been done before, but the subplots and structure is still Nolan's.
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10:26PM on 08/06/2010
He had an idea and went with it. Of course there are things out there similar.
He had an idea and went with it. Of course there are things out there similar.
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10:19PM on 08/06/2010
Yes, every idea has to start somewhere.

But more importantly, Nolan took the idea and made a kick ass movie. Which takes a considerable more amount of work than taking an idea and making a movie that sucks.
Yes, every idea has to start somewhere.

But more importantly, Nolan took the idea and made a kick ass movie. Which takes a considerable more amount of work than taking an idea and making a movie that sucks.
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10:02PM on 08/06/2010

Just Wondering

How many commenting here stating "every idea comes from somewhere/it doesn't matter where an idea comes from, its where you take it" etc. were also those who condemned Avatar after the fact for having a story that was, as some stated, "incredibly derivative"?

I agree that it doesn't matter, but am simply wondering about any hypocrisy solely because its Nolan.
How many commenting here stating "every idea comes from somewhere/it doesn't matter where an idea comes from, its where you take it" etc. were also those who condemned Avatar after the fact for having a story that was, as some stated, "incredibly derivative"?

I agree that it doesn't matter, but am simply wondering about any hypocrisy solely because its Nolan.
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10:14PM on 08/06/2010
Avatar is the biggest film ever, and won awards, and was nominated for best picture. Not to mention it was directed by Cameron, and he has worn the crown of Hollywood since Titanic.

People like to root for the underdog, and like to lash out against the top dog. It's just human nature.

Spielberg & Hitchcock both dealt with the same bullshit backlash. And one day Nolan will too.
Avatar is the biggest film ever, and won awards, and was nominated for best picture. Not to mention it was directed by Cameron, and he has worn the crown of Hollywood since Titanic.

People like to root for the underdog, and like to lash out against the top dog. It's just human nature.

Spielberg & Hitchcock both dealt with the same bullshit backlash. And one day Nolan will too.
12:59AM on 08/07/2010
Personally, as long as you put your own spin to the story, im fine with that. Nolan went deeper into the concept. Avatar just was terrible with the script.

Movies are about simple stories and complex characters.
Personally, as long as you put your own spin to the story, im fine with that. Nolan went deeper into the concept. Avatar just was terrible with the script.

Movies are about simple stories and complex characters.
8:56PM on 08/06/2010
Every idea a person has comes from the sum of there life experiences. If people grow up reading sci fi and fantasy, chances are pretty damn good they are going to use those ideas to help form there own stories. Its not stealing at all.
Every idea a person has comes from the sum of there life experiences. If people grow up reading sci fi and fantasy, chances are pretty damn good they are going to use those ideas to help form there own stories. Its not stealing at all.
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8:53PM on 08/06/2010
Who gives a shit? It's not where you take the ideas from, it's where you take them to.
Who gives a shit? It's not where you take the ideas from, it's where you take them to.
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8:32PM on 08/06/2010

You forgot about Paprika.

Still. All stories steal from something. There is no such thing pure originality.

Inception was no more original than say Avatar. The big difference between the two is that Avatar's story was far more classical & mainstream in nature.
Still. All stories steal from something. There is no such thing pure originality.

Inception was no more original than say Avatar. The big difference between the two is that Avatar's story was far more classical & mainstream in nature.
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8:30PM on 08/06/2010
Please let there be no more Repo! vs. Repo Men type faggots making claims of thievery. Ideas are simple, any fucking asshole can have them.
Please let there be no more Repo! vs. Repo Men type faggots making claims of thievery. Ideas are simple, any fucking asshole can have them.
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8:28PM on 08/06/2010

THERE'S NOTHING NEW ABOUT THIS IDEA

Going into Dreams is a classic Sci Fi concept. Comics, Movies, TV shows have all done it before whether by some kind of machine or magic or something, remember 'The Cell' starring J Lo? No? Me neither. Nightmare on Elm Street ring any bells?
Going into Dreams is a classic Sci Fi concept. Comics, Movies, TV shows have all done it before whether by some kind of machine or magic or something, remember 'The Cell' starring J Lo? No? Me neither. Nightmare on Elm Street ring any bells?
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8:25PM on 08/06/2010

i believe

Nolan made an orignal film. did he get ideas from other places? i dont know, do i care? no. INCEPTION is still my favorite movie of all time.
Nolan made an orignal film. did he get ideas from other places? i dont know, do i care? no. INCEPTION is still my favorite movie of all time.
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