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Chip ‘n Dale movie accused of copying Kingdom Hearts fan art

Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangersan adult comedy sequel to the classic Tic and Tac cartoons of the 90s, is now available on Disney Plus. To like Loan player one, Detective Pikachuand other recent movies, Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers relies heavily on nerd culture SEO. However, it seems that at least one of these references deserved further verification. A Kingdom Hearts reference given in Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers looks like it was cropped from a fan’s drawing.

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During a specific scene in Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers, a wall of evidence is shown. Dozens of plastic bags are attached to the wall, each containing an object related to various cartoon characters. For example, Detective Pikachuthe tail of, the hair of Jimmy Neutron, the mustache of Yosemite Sam and the muzzle of the Pink Panther are depicted. Viewers spent a lot of time sifting through this wall of evidence to figure out each reference, but a set of hair labeled “192 C” left fans baffled.

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To be clear, many fans have linked the hair to Sora from Kingdom Hearts fast enough. However, the hair did not look exactly like an official art of Kingdom Hearts. It was 2D, after all, and not as big as Sora’s aggressively animated hairstyle. However, the connection is now established. Twitter user CableTown art was able to connect the Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers reference to a piece of Kingdom Arts fan art made by dutch artist Kimbolie12.


Additionally, the art shown in Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers looks nearly identical to Kimbolie12’s art, potentially cut from the art itself before being digitally enhanced for scene lighting. And to be clear, there’s no apparent acknowledgment of Kimbolie12 in the film or its credits. Disney is accused of pirating the art without permission.

We don’t know how this could have happened. Disney clearly has the resources to access a diverse range of Kingdom Hearts art from any of the games or associated media. This likely means the hair was used by accident, an artist either mistakenly believing Kimbolie12’s art was official or somehow not caring.


However, how it happened at this point matters less than whether it probably happened. A major film produced and distributed by Disney, an incredibly wealthy corporation, appears to have used fan art. What constitutes an appropriate remedy is unclear, although compensation seems appropriate. The ball is in Disney’s court.

Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers is available to watch now on Disney Plus.

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