“Disney stole my work”, says the artist
We all know and love Disney, right? With its famous films, shows and theme parks, it has amassed an engaged and valued fan base. However, the company recently found itself in hot water after being accused of stealing a sculpture design from a freelance artist.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Disney World theme park in Florida, a number of purchasable sculptures have been made to celebrate the park’s debut. One of them is a sculpture of the Enchanted Tiki Room drummer. The Tiki Drummer is an animatronic figure that features in the Enchanted Tiki Room, which has been a staple in the park since it opened. But, Disney has been accused of copying the 3D Tiki design created by artist Andrew Martin.
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Martin shared the story of using his works on TikTok and Instagram. In the video, which has racked up millions of views, the artist explains how he designed the Tiki drummer based on the work of Disney artist Rolly Crump.
Martin created the design in 2018, but after posting the design on social media, people started asking to buy the figures. The artist decided to post the 3D model on Thingaverse so people can create one for themselves.
When you place the Disney model and the Martin model next to each other, there are certainly some important similarities between the two (see below), such as the position of certain notches and bumps to give the design a aged look.
It’s safe to say that there are some similarities between the two designs, but we can’t say for sure that Disney took Martin’s 3D model. Martin has since notified users on social media of the design, as it has mysteriously been removed from Disney World’s online store. But as the artist points out, we don’t know if Disney himself took the sculpture apart or if it just sold.
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