Have you ever noticed that a lot of times films that are very similar come out at the same time? Some examples of this are the movies:
Ants and A Bug's Life
The Illusionist and Prestige
Surf's Up, March of the Penguins, and Happy Feet
Ratatouille, Flushed Away, a Tale of Despereaux
Megamind and Despicable Me
These movies all came out around the same time of each other and they are so similar! This could be anything from the storyline to the subject matter. Why does Hollywood put out films that are so similar at the same time?
It is in part to cultural trends, but a large part of why this happens is for the competition. Different film studios might hear that another studio is making a certain film or a certain kind of film and they want to get in on it and try it themselves! When this happens however, one or the other of the two films is going to be viewed as the "shadow" or "photocopy" of the other film! This not only makes competition greater between the two or more films, but the value of both efforts will be compromised and less money is made!
Recently, filmmakers have been creating films from Greek mythology.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief, the Clash of the Titans, and Thor
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