Did ABC rip off Once Upon a Time from Bill Willingham's Fables?

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  1. Dec 4, 2011 #1 of 22
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Bill Willingham thinks not.

    Which was pretty much my take on it, as well. I think people these days are far too quick to accuse A of ripping off B because of superficial similarities in general subject matter. The classic example is "The Mentalist is ripping off Psych," a statement that boggles my mind coming from anybody who's ever seen even a single episode of both shows.
     
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    gchance

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    Not to mention, how many times have you compared something with, "Oh, so it's like <x> only with <y>?"

    It's kinda like Psych, but a drama.
    It's kinda like Star Trek, only on a space station.
    It's kinda like Garry Shandling's Show, only with a goofy dad.
    It's kinda like Gilligan's Island, but a drama, with supernatural mysteries.

    I haven't read Fables, but I've read enough to know that the similarities are only as small as the ones I just mentioned.

    Greg
     
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    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Well I'll say it's your classic example, you sure do bring it up alot.
     
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    teknikel

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    Isn't this how a lot of shows are pitched?
     
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    Star Trek was pitched as Wagon Train in space and if you think about it, it could be a ripoff of Wagon Train.
     
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    teknikel

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    That's funny. I just finished watching Trek Nation and that is what prompted me to write this.
     
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    All shows, books, and movies are rip-offs of one of seven stories.

    Come on people. Think of something original! :D
     
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    Graymalkin

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    Given that Gene Roddenberry made his bones in the TV industry with "Wagon Train," it was a natural comparison for him.
     
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    Church AV Guy

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    I haven't watchd them all, but I think he was a recurring writer for "Have Gun Will Travel" also.
     
  10. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

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    A friend of my wife's think the show is pretty similar to The Sisters Grimm books that she and her son are reading. Having never read them, I can't really comment, but the Wiki description sounds pretty close.
     
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    I saw what you did there. ;)
     
  12. Rob Helmerichs

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    He's the real...

    Oh, never mind.
     
  13. mattack

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    I've definitely seen more than a single episode of both shows. (I think I saw most of the first season of Psych, and at least several episodes of the Mentalist). I do think they're very similar, in that The Mentalist is basically a more serious take on almost exactly the same idea.

    Much more similar than "all cop shows being the same".
     
  14. Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, I guess people like you boggle my mind. ;)

    I'd put the level of similarity at about 5%. Maybe 10% on a generous day.
     
  15. gchance

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    Are not! One guy's an ass, and the other's a smartass!

    Greg
     
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    I actually think that Once Upon A Time owes a lot to a wonderfull recurring segment on the immortal classic TV series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. It was called "Fractured Fairy Tales".

    There is a definate if superficial resemblance in both tone and plot devices. However OUAT is an hour long weekly drama being compared to an irregular approximately 5 minute segment of a 30-minute weekly series, so the parallels are far from exact. OUAT is intricate with many more characters than FFT, but I felt an immediate familiarity and appreciation for this homage to FFT, based on my love for the classic "Moose and Squirrel" show.
     
  17. mattack

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    Having the raison d'etre of each show being "main character notices subtle actions of people in a way that makes him appear psychic to regular people" is not a major similarity?
     
  18. Rob Helmerichs

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    It's a very superficial similarity, weakened even more by the fact that Shawn tries to convince people he's a psychic and Jane insists very stridently that he's not.

    But in both cases it's not at all the raison d'ĂȘtre of the show. It's window dressing.
     
  19. TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Don't feed the trolls......:D
     
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    :D:D

    Best laugh I've had all day!:up:
     

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