Behold the Tale of Avatahontas

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Many people, including myself, have been talking about how Avatar has let’s say, borrowed, a few story elements from other movies. I made comparisons to The Last Samurai, Dances with Wolves and Ferngully, but in my childhood, I missed out on seeing Pocahontas, so I completely overlooked what appears to be the most accurate comparison.

A fellow by the name of Matt Bateman made this little modified book report which chronicles just how similar the two stories are.  Having not seen the film or knowing anything about history, I can’t speak for it’s accuracy, but if it’s true then wow, yeah, that’s kind of something. But hey, it’s James Cameron, so it’s kind of like having your house robbed by Heidi Klum or something. I’ll allow it.

[via Reddit]

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6 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t call it a rip-off. I would call it an archetype. Avatar is getting made fun of the most because it is so obvious, but look at movies like Harry Potter, Star Wars, the Matrix. They all follow the same storyline, thus making them obvious archetypes.

  2. Well, I’d have to say, after a decade of shitty movie remakes, comic adaptations and sequels, this movie is almost refreshing in spite of story similarities to other films. There aren’t many original ideas anymore, while some films certainly have more similarities than others, and I think that if you’re going to revamp and tried and true storyline, might as well go all out.

    One unfortunate thing is that a lot of the opinions made about movies are just on what you see and hear in the theater. As a film student I know that a lot of work, even on small projects, is required for a good product. A hell of a lot of work went into the making of this movie, and storyline aside, it’s as masterful as they come.

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