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For Those Of You Who Don’t Think Avatar Plagarized Dances With Wolves At Least A Little Bit

Ok, if you saw my review of “Avatar” you know I loved it. But just because I love a movie doesn’t mean I can’t call it on some of its weak points… like the fact that it felt like a Dances With Wolves rip off.

Some people flatly deny this. To them I ask this question:

What movie am i descripbing here:

“A soldier for a stronger culture goes to observe a primitive culture. The stronger culture has plans for the primative cultures land.

While there, the soldier falls in love with the daughter of the leader of the primative culture.
The girl is already sort of betrothed to a strong warrior… and that strong warrior doesn’t like the soldier… but eventually comes around to liking him.

The soldier eventually changes sides and decides to fight along side of the more primative culture against his own people because he feels it’s the right thing to do”

So is the movie I just described “Dances With Wolves” or “Avatar”. If you say “both”, then you’ve just proved my point.


December 20, 2009 - Posted by | Opinion


  1. lol Nowadays a rip off is a rip off of a rip off!

    I say, take one single idea and expand upon that one idea. Don’t just take the exact idea and change a few things around, I believe they call that cheating! Or is it stealing… whatever.

    Comment by Soggie G. | December 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Not necessarily ‘plagiarized’ but certainly taken from the same mould.

    I can see the comparisons but isn’t a great story always there to be retold? Plagiarize seems like such a harsh term.

    For example I wouldn’t say Star Wars plagiarizes other stories but I’m sure you could pick out a dozen references from other popular stories, films or television shows within all of the original trilogy.

    Comment by Jason | December 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. Love your post. Agree whole-heartedly. But it also reminded me of Pocahontas. Your description can also be applied to that movie in my humble opinion. John Smith was a soldier and Pocahontas was the daughter of a leader.

    Comment by Gio | December 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. Yeah, I’ve never even seen Dances with Wolves and I knew Avatar was ripping it off.

    Comment by Darek-T | December 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. The Last Samurai ripped off Dances with Wolves as well.

    Comment by Sound Designer Dan | December 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. Its and archetypal theme/story. classic and age old. I love it! it was around way be for Dances With Wolves.

    Comment by Whamburger | December 21, 2009 | Reply

  7. I see a skit coming in the likes of the Star wars, Star trak comparision.

    South park recently made fun of this, they were building up to it but I didnt see it coming it completly caught me off gaurd when it happened.

    Comment by cloud720 | December 22, 2009 | Reply

  8. I never saw Dances with Wolves, sounds like a great story, you forgot to mention the dragons and spaceships 🙂

    Comment by Derbmeister | January 13, 2010 | Reply

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