Now you all probably thinking this is a joke. But this is no joke at all. The creators of Donald Duck (Most Notably Carl Barks) had some kind of crystal ball that could see into the future because you won’t believe what they did first:
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1. Scrooge McDuck Did Inception First!
8 years before Christopher Nolan put Leo di Caprio into our dreams, The Beagle Boys tried to get the code for McDuck’s vault in the exact same way they did in Inception. Weirdly the comic follows pretty much the same plot, Nolan however isn’t the most forthcoming when asked about where he got his inspiration from.
2. Scrooge McDuck Inspires the Entire Opening Sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Spielberg and Lucas are a little more open than Nolan when they both came out and said the entire opening sequence of Raiders was inspired by 2 different McDuck comics.
3. Donald Duck Invents a Method to Raise Sunken Ships
After a ship carrying live sheep (and a few other items) sank off Kuwait needed to be removed quickly due to decomposing sheep contaminating the water. Engineer Karl Kroyer designed a system that required buoyant balls to be pumped into the ships hull thus making the ship buoyant and bringing it up to the surface. As Karl thought this was a grand and novel idea he decided to patent it, however some Donald Duck fan (I assume) at the patent office managed to pick up on the fact that Donald Duck managed to do the exact same thing 15 years prior!
4. Donald Duck Discovers a New Molecule 20 Years Before Science
In 1944 a comic showed Donald Duck being hit in the head and inventing a new molecule called “Duckmite”. 20 years later Disney was told their little duck managed to create this never before know carbene (Methylene) perfectly!
Even more crazy: A year later, Disney got another letter, this time from Richard Greenwald, a scientist at Harvard. It let them know that not only had Donald Duck discovered Methylene years before, but that, in the comic, Donald also used Methylene to react with other substances in what was later confirmed to be a scientifically accurate way. And he did it “many years before ‘real chemists’ thought to do so.”
5. Scrooge McDuck Invented Manga
Osamu Tezuka is the father of Manga cartoons, and has had some of his works shamelessly copied by Disney. And Tezuka has said he owes his inspiration to Scrooge McDuck e.g. the big cutesy eyes, small mouths have now become synonymous with manga.
The 2 artists cannot work together due to different agreements with their relevant publishers however that hasnt stopped them from sharing Christmas Cards:
Found on: Cracked