Holy cow. CAUGHT! Christopher Nolan should go for a swim in a giant vault filled with gold JAIL CELLS! (Huh?) The point is: this is an incredible rip-off! (And apparently, the awesome floating hallway fight-scene that everyone loves so much was taken directly from a GummiBears Christmas Special.) In the original comic from which Christopher Nolan wholesale stole his idea, Scrooge McDuck’s totem is a 25-pound bar of solid gold. His limbo is an endless desert where each grain of sand is actually a microscopic gold coin. “All I want to do is go home and see my nephews and make sure they aren’t touching any of my stuff, I hate them, and this is my chance.” Your duck-mind is the scene of the duck-crime! And other cross-over Inception/Scrooge McDuck jokes. You can read the full comic here, or download a PDF here. (Via IWatchStuff.)

Comments (102)
  1. The DVD has a deleted scene where Leonardo DiCaprio goes for a swim in his money bin.

    • Leonardo is so hot.
      I’ve been following him since I first saw him on Tiger Beat and Growing Pains.

    • After a little sleuthing I learned an interesting truth regardng this Scrooge-Inception connection. The comic you reference is titled “The Dream of a Lifetime” and is found fully fleshed out at the following free worldwide Disney database = http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2002-033 What you neglected to mention as you bandied about your claims of idea theft is the fact that this Scrooge story wasn’t even created by Don Rosa until May 2002 and never saw the light of publication until December 2nd, 2002. So, unless Christopher Nolan could invade the mind of Don Rosa and extract his ideas for an as-of-yet unpublished and unknown story arc for a comic whose first publication was in NORWAY on Dec 2nd,2002, then Nolan could not have possibly thefted these ideas from Rosa when he “first pitched the film to Warner Bros. after the completion of his third feature, Insomnia (2002/I), and was met with approval from the studio.” Just one little glaring hole in your claims that Nolan thefted the inspiration behind Inception form Disney writer Don Rosa.

  2. I knew something was up when I heard the film was based in Duckburg.

  3. PLAGERIST FILMMAKER!!!

    (Just trying to share the workload Steve, don’t be angry.)

  4. This explains Ellen Page’s 2 dimensional acting.

    • DING DONG!

    • And the fact that she wore sailor shirts and no pants through the whole movie.

      • Pants are overrated and sailor shirts are underrated. I’m not saying that I’m currently dressed like that, but I’m not saying I’m not dressed like that either.

        • Between this and your giant, purple cloak, I guess the next cycle of Project Runway needs to be in Vermont.

        • I’m a total lurker, but your photo made me laugh. I used to live right down the street from the Birdman! He’s good people. Also, Gadue’s freaks me out. I’m fairly certain it’s a front for something much more nefarious.

          • Yesssssssss. I knew there was at least one Btron lurker! Birdman is good people, except when he is in the Muddys bathroom, screaming at you because he didn’t say anything when you knocked so you thought no one was in there and tried to enter. Not as bad as the time I walked in on two smelly dudes playing crossfire.

            And, yeah, man, Gadue’s So, so sketchy. The one time I saw anyone taking clothes out, they were loading it into a white van with some random other dry-cleaner’s name on it.

            Post more! Join me and Chaka Khans Mom in making this blog as unnecessarily Burlington focused as possible.

      • And the fact that she seemed to have an unlimited number of scarves that magically changed every scene.

    • Hey Notsewfast, you are not that bad. You want to hang out with my youngest son Scout sometime?

  5. All I know is, in my dream last night a team of slick, handsome men convinced me over the course of 2 and a half hours that this is both fake and gay.

    • I must of seen Leonardo in Titanic in the theather at least twenty times.
      I remember the manager coming up to me several times and suggesting that I not return to the theather for a while.
      It had some nonsense to do with me bringing a blanket and crying too loud during the movie.

      First time I saw Inception, I ran home to take a nap hoping Leonardo would be in my dreams waiting for me. He wasn’t there. Some say I got stood up, but I know he must of been busy. I still wait for him to respond to my letters.

  6. What’s up with the sassy lightbulb on the bedpost who’s all akimbo waiting for the dream to be over?

  7. And Gyro Gearloose got the idea for his shared dream machine from the Native Ducks, who shared dreamstates for ceremonies and precognition, peace pipe, sweat lodge etc, etc, etc

  8. Is this why Tom Berenger was making a duck face throughout the film? No? That’s just the way he looks? Oh.

  9. to be fair, this could just be like calculus and christopher nolan is newton and scrooge mcduck is leibniz.

  10. Gyro: He won’t wake up!

    Hewey: Give him the QUACK!

    (Sorry.)

  11. The Dark Knight was an obvious ripoff too…

  12. I hate it how some people think that just because something is mainstream it can’t have value. I’d love to hear what Blake Snyder has to say about Nolan now that his movies are finally understood. I mean I was a fan before Memento, and now he’s not as interesting as before, but he is still a visionary film maker. Mainstream film makers are always taking ideas from subcultures. In fact another “great” surrealist mainstream movie, The Matrix, basically took all of it’s ideas from other mediums, most importantly The Invisibles by Grant Morrison. You don’t have to be a sheep to get quality entertainment. Well i am off to watch random Flickr pages accompanied to the sounds of Godspeed you Will Know us by the Trail of death you Black Emperor, which as I’m sure you know it’s my friends mash up project consisting of Godspeed you Black Emperor and You Will Know us by The Trail of Dead music.

  13. My totem is a hurricane!

  14. Does this mean I don’t have to see the movie?

  15. I just want to know why a Scottish duck had a youth in the Wild West

    • Scrooge leaves Britain to find new life in the United States – and from there he journeyed around the world and built his empire. Basic stuff for lovers of the Duck family.

  16. So at what point does Goofy tell Donald “don’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Homo-animal-eroticism-yay?

  17. Well, hold on, now. Don Rosa has mentioned in the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion (in which this story is compiled) that he got the idea for this story from a fan, and then a few years later watched The Cell and realized that the reader must have ripped off the plot from *that* movie.

  18. if ian Mckellen sang the ducktales theme it would sound like this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqyD8E1QATs

  19. “He had himself declared sane by three different psychiatrists. He made it so I could never explain the depth of his love for swimming in huge piles of gold coins.”

  20. The hilariousness ratio of comments to the original post is OFF THE CHARTS. I can’t stop laughing. :)

  21. Not to be all BuzzKillGum but Nolan pitched his idea for Inception to Warner Bros in 2001, and this cartoon was published in 2002.

  22. I think it was The Smiths that said ”If you must write prose & poems the words you use should be your own, don’t plagiarise or take “on loan” ’cause there’s always some blogger, somewhere with a big nose, who knows and who trips you up and laughs when you fall!”

  23. I’m really sad there are no more comments. It was entertaining.

  24. Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see

  25. I should use direct quotes from this comment to trash a completely unrelated article.

    • I signed up here just to say thanky mucho for your superphonic excellent comment!
      I’m gonna go you even one better by suggesting that since most people use the same username and password for comments that they use for their bank accounts… that there may be even more “borrowing” of tangible assets.

      I’ve not seen the movie as I’m too busy commenting on peoples comments. I have a new artistic phenomenon which is to “report abuse” and then in the “comments” section that goes to the techie or shlump that supposedly reviews abuse reports, I “complain” about “people” “using” so many “quotations” and demand footnotes to substantiate them!

      Then I offer them a coupon for fried chicken. It’s spam, it’s wham.. it’s the whole package!

      Now back to commenting on peoples quotes, I can eat and sleep later! Maybe!

  26. Apparently the people who made these Donald Duck comics is a genius or something. I saw a MythBusters episode the other day where these ducks invented a contraption to raise a sunken boat with ping pong balls years before the MythBuster dude invented the same contraption to do the same exact thing.

  27. Gahahahah

    This is a great analysis of Inception vs McDuck…they even go scene by scene

    Inception vs McDuck

  28. COMMENT! DRINK! (WINE) BELCH! UH.. PRAY!

    I signed up here just to say thanky mucho for your superphonic excellent commentS!
    I’m gonna go you even one better by suggesting that since most people use the same username and password for comments that they use for their bank accounts… that there may be even more “borrowing” of tangible assets by the Hackinista!

    I’ve not seen the movie as I’m too busy commenting on peoples comments. I have a new artistic phenomenon which is to “report abuse” and then in the “comments” section that goes to the techie or shlump that supposedly reviews abuse reports, I “complain” about “people” “using” so many “quotations” and demand footnotes to substantiate them!

    Then I offer them a coupon for fried chicken. It’s spam, it’s wham.. it’s the whole package!

    Now back to commenting on peoples quotes, I can eat and sleep later! Maybe!

  29. I swear I must of watched Duck Tales a hundred times last year on VHS.
    Right now I’m into Kim Possible.

  30. After a little sleuthing I learned an interesting truth regardng this Scrooge-Inception connection. The comic you reference is titled “The Dream of a Lifetime” and is found fully fleshed out at the following free worldwide Disney database = http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2002-033 What you neglected to mention as you bandied about your claims of idea theft is the fact that this Scrooge story wasn’t even created by Don Rosa until May 2002 and never saw the light of publication until December 2nd, 2002. So, unless Christopher Nolan could invade the mind of Don Rosa and extract his ideas for an as of yet unpublished and unknown story arc for a comic whose first publication was in NORWAY on Dec 2nd,2002, then Nolan could not have possibly thefted these ideas from Rosa when he “first pitched the film to Warner Bros. after the completion of his third feature, Insomnia (2002/I), and was met with approval from the studio.” Just one little glaring hole in your claims that Nolan thefted the inspiration behind Inception form Disney writer Don Rosa.

  31. I have this comic as it was released in graphic novel form – “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion”

    Here are some quotes from the author Don Rosa (he had writings after each story about his making them) about this comic in particular:

    “For one thing, it’s the first story I’ve ever done that is based on an idea given to me by a Duckfan!”

    Then he goes on to talk about how this is usually discouraged for various reasons including that “The sad truth is that any idea that is sent unsolicited to any writer or TV series or movie studio, etc., legally becomes the recipient’s property -it can be used without any payment of credit given the sender”

    And here’s one last quote at the end of his writings on this comic:

    “Then, some years after I did this story, I happened to catch a movie on the tube called “The Cell”- it was an action-adventure about a psychotherapist who uses a revolutionary new machine which allows her mind to enter the mind of a patient to obtain needed info while she participates and interacts with the subject’s thoughts. Upon checking, I saw that this movie opened about one month before the helpful fan sent me that great story idea. A coincidence? Maybe. I hope so!”

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post, reply to, or rate a comment.