Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Inception and Scrooge McDuck

Thanks to Ms T Brady for uncovering a curious Inception-related document at (of all things) a Thomas Pynchon discussion group. It seems that some years before Christopher Nolan delivered the script for his mind-bending psychological thriller, the good people at …

Sat, Aug 14, 2010, 00:19

   

Thanks to Ms T Brady for uncovering a curious Inception-related document at (of all things) a Thomas Pynchon discussion group. It seems that some years before Christopher Nolan delivered the script for his mind-bending psychological thriller, the good people at Disney devised an eerily similar — I mean eerily similarplot for a Scrooge McDuck comic. It really gets going on page two of Uncle Scrooge in Dream of a Lifetime.

In the story, The Beagle Boys, a pack of canine hoodlums, seek the combination for Scrooge’s biggest. most over-stuffed safe. Their plan is to use a device that allows psychiatrists to “mentally enter into the dreams of their subjects”. The Beagles — who would be a lot less conspicuous without the burglar masks and prison overalls — duly don the headsets and find themselves propelled into a world of surreal and unpredictable terrors.

Ah, the Nolanistas. On at least one website, a member  of that famously fanatical Christian (get it?) sect has taken offense at the snarky suggestion that the director stole his idea from the Disney comic. Enjoy Anklepat’s explanation of  ”Just one little glaring hole in your claims that Nolan thefted the inspiration behind Inception form Disney” on Videogum.

Calm down, mate. I don’t think anybody really believes that Nolan owes Scrooge McDuck a cheque. It’s just that there are only so many stories in the world.