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* ''Film/{{Dune|2021}} got one in the form of ''Dune Drifter'', which amusingly is also an unofficial DelayedReleaseTieIn given it released the same month as ''Dune'''s intended December 2020 release date (before being delayed by the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic). From ''Film/{{Colin}}'' director Marc Price (and featuring a similar NoBudget aesthetic), it actually received [[https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dune_drifter some rather positive reviews]] from critics, though [[CriticalDissonance audiences were less pleased]].

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* ''Film/{{Dune|2021}} ''Film/{{Dune|2021}}'' got one in the form of ''Dune Drifter'', which amusingly is also an unofficial DelayedReleaseTieIn given it released the same month as ''Dune'''s intended December 2020 release date (before being delayed by the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic). From ''Film/{{Colin}}'' director Marc Price (and featuring a similar NoBudget aesthetic), it actually received [[https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dune_drifter some rather positive reviews]] from critics, though [[CriticalDissonance audiences were less pleased]].

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* ''Film/{{Dune|2021}} got one in the form of ''Dune Drifter'', which amusingly is also an unofficial DelayedReleaseTieIn given it released the same month as ''Dune'''s intended December 2020 release date (before being delayed by the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic). From ''Film/{{Colin}}'' director Marc Price (and featuring a similar NoBudget aesthetic), it actually received [[https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dune_drifter some rather positive reviews]] from critics, though [[CriticalDissonance audiences were less pleased]].


* ''WesternAnimation/Cinderella3D'', despite the name, is a Mockbuster of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. Both feature ugly animals in a Western setting that ride birds. It only came out a year after ''Rango'' was made, and it shows.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Cinderella3D'', despite the name, is a Mockbuster of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. Both feature ugly animals in a Western setting that ride birds. It only came out a year after ''Rango'' was made, and it shows.


* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year. As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' many assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]]. Ergo, ''[=DeepStar=] Six'' and ''Leviathan'' are ''also'' direct ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films (even the tagline for the former started with "Not all aliens come from space"). The twosome had an advantage though -- unlike most mockbusters they were major studio releases afforded enough money to come out as reasonably good-looking [[UsefulNotes/BMovie B-Movies]], and have their own fans.

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* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year. As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' many assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]]. Ergo, ''[=DeepStar=] Six'' and ''Leviathan'' are ''also'' direct ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films (even the tagline for the former started with "Not all aliens come from space"). The twosome had an advantage though -- unlike most mockbusters they were major studio releases afforded enough money to come out as reasonably good-looking [[UsefulNotes/BMovie B-Movies]], [[BMovie B-movies]], and have their own fans.


* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year. As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' many assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]]. Ergo, ''[=DeepStar=] Six'' and ''Leviathan'' are ''also'' direct ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films (even the tagline for the former started with "Not all aliens come from space"). The twosome had an advantage though -- unlike most mockbusters they were major studio releases afforded enough money to come out as reasonably good-looking {{UsefulNotes/BMovie}}s, and have their own fans.

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* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year. As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' many assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]]. Ergo, ''[=DeepStar=] Six'' and ''Leviathan'' are ''also'' direct ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films (even the tagline for the former started with "Not all aliens come from space"). The twosome had an advantage though -- unlike most mockbusters they were major studio releases afforded enough money to come out as reasonably good-looking {{UsefulNotes/BMovie}}s, [[UsefulNotes/BMovie B-Movies]], and have their own fans.


* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year. As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' most of these knockoffs (the exception being ''Lords of the Deep'') assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]] so they're ''also'' ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films to varying extents.

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* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year. As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' most of these knockoffs (the exception being ''Lords of the Deep'') many assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]] so they're underwater]]. Ergo, ''[=DeepStar=] Six'' and ''Leviathan'' are ''also'' direct ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films (even the tagline for the former started with "Not all aliens come from space"). The twosome had an advantage though -- unlike most mockbusters they were major studio releases afforded enough money to varying extents.come out as reasonably good-looking {{UsefulNotes/BMovie}}s, and have their own fans.


* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year.
As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' most of these knockoffs (the exception being ''Lords of the Deep'') assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]] so they're ''also'' ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films to varying extents.

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* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year. \n As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' most of these knockoffs (the exception being ''Lords of the Deep'') assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]] so they're ''also'' ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films to varying extents.

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* One of the more infamous runs on this trope was in 1989, when multiple sci-fi movies set underwater were made and released to capitalize on Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/TheAbyss''. That movie was released in August -- but ''Film/DeepStarSix'', ''Film/Leviathan1989'', ''Film/LordsOfTheDeep'', '''and''' ''The Evil Below'' beat it, arriving in January, March, June, and July respectively (the last direct to video)! ''The Rift'' arrived the following year.
As discussed by Drew [=McWeeny=] and Scott Weinberg on ''Podcast/EightiesAllOver'', because Cameron's previous film was ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' most of these knockoffs (the exception being ''Lords of the Deep'') assumed that the secrecy-shrouded ''Abyss'' would be [[RecycledInSpace that movie underwater]] so they're ''also'' ripoffs of the ''Alien'' films to varying extents.


How do all of these [[CaptainErsatz copyright-friendly guys]] get away with it? Often times, it's simply a matter of obscurity. Sure, that "[[Franchise/HarryPotter Larry Baxter]]" guy on the back of the cereal box who has to find the "[[GoldenSnitch Gilded Stitch]]" is pretty similar to some book you read, but how much money is there really to be made from suing some company that designs bargain-basement cereal boxes? They are also helped by the fact that many people assume [[AllAnimationIsDisney The Mickey Mouse-House Makes All Cartoons]] anyway; it's [[LoopholeAbuse not technically]] ''their'' fault if you just so happen to mistake ''[-Leo-] The Lion: King [-of the Jungle-]'' for [[WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}} a Disney film]]. As well, they're not actually breaking any copyright laws if, like the original, they're simply adapting [[PublicDomainStories Freely Shared Narratives]]. Somebody else already made popular films based on ''[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Deformed Guy In The Cathedral]]'' or ''[[Literature/TheLittleMermaid The Small Sea-Girl]]'', you say? [[SarcasmMode What a coincidence]].

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How do all of these [[CaptainErsatz copyright-friendly guys]] get away with it? Often times, Oftentimes, it's simply a matter of obscurity. Sure, that "[[Franchise/HarryPotter Larry Baxter]]" guy on the back of the cereal box who has to find the "[[GoldenSnitch Gilded Stitch]]" is pretty similar to some book you read, but how much money is there really to be made from suing some company that designs bargain-basement cereal boxes? They are also helped by the fact that many people assume [[AllAnimationIsDisney The Mickey Mouse-House Makes All Cartoons]] anyway; it's [[LoopholeAbuse not technically]] ''their'' fault if you just so happen to mistake ''[-Leo-] The Lion: King [-of the Jungle-]'' for [[WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}} a Disney film]]. As well, they're not actually breaking any copyright laws if, like the original, they're simply adapting [[PublicDomainStories Freely Shared Narratives]]. Somebody else already made popular films based on ''[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Deformed Guy In The Cathedral]]'' or ''[[Literature/TheLittleMermaid The Small Sea-Girl]]'', you say? [[SarcasmMode What a coincidence]].


See also [[ParallelPornTitles Similar Erotica Names]] (when this is applied to porn), [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct Crappy Ripoff Items]] (when this is applied to commercial products), [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Product Codes Removed]], and [[InNameOnly Same Name, Completely Different Plot Sequels]] (when old foreign movies have their titles for the re-release changed in order for them to cash-in from current blockbusters). Compare [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks They Imitated It, So It Isn't Any Good]], when fans complain about works for being unoriginal. If the copycat borrows not only the concept but whole elements from the original work, they may be guilty of UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}}. Also see [[MadeInCountryX Created in Nation Z]].

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See also [[ParallelPornTitles Similar Erotica Names]] (when this is applied to porn), [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct Crappy Ripoff Items]] (when this is applied to commercial products), [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Product Codes Removed]], and [[InNameOnly Same Name, Completely Different Plot Sequels]] (when old foreign movies have their titles for the re-release changed in order for them to cash-in from current blockbusters). Compare [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks They Imitated It, So It Isn't Any Good]], when fans complain about works for being unoriginal. If the copycat borrows not only the concept but whole elements from the original work, they may be guilty of UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}}. Also see [[MadeInCountryX Created in Nation Z]].
Z]]. Contrast with SpiritualAdaptation which is when work resembles another work but doesn't blatantly rip it off.


* In the tenth episode of the [[WesternAnimation/Animaniacs2020 Animananiacs reboot]], the Warners discover that Russia has created a knockoff version of not only their own show, but ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' and ''Series/MasterChef''.

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* In the tenth episode of the [[WesternAnimation/Animaniacs2020 Animananiacs Animaniacs reboot]], the Warners discover that Russia has created a knockoff version of not only their own show, but ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' and ''Series/MasterChef''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFruitties'' had aired for a full run once in the early 90s in Malaysia, but were popular enough that in 1998, a local ripoff called ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2T3yTJitJ4 Frootees]]'' premiered.

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* ''Squirrel King'' for the Megadrive is a knockoff of the NES ''VideoGame/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' game.

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