Super Mario Odyssey is a fantastic Switch game. One of the best parts of the title is Pauline’s performance of “Jump Up, Super Star!” This infectious song is catchy and is used at a very nostalgic, beautiful portion of the platformer. Someone in charge of the new Chinese cartoon, Tortoise Hare Battle, is clearly a fan of the tune. Not in a “fun homage” way, though. More of a “blatant theft of copyrighted material” kind of way.
I’ll be your indictment!
Take a listen to the theme song of Tortoise Hare Battle:
Lyrics: Liu Fangyi
MUSIC: SHANG PENG
Sang by: Wang Yalin pic.twitter.com/vIAbb6yxI4
— Chinese Nintendo (@chinesenintendo) February 21, 2019
Whoa! There’s a stark difference between “influenced by” and “I changed the lyrics while stealing the exact beat from Odyssey.”
Thanks to the Tweet from Chinese Nintendo, we have some names attached to this theft of copyrighted property. Either one or a whole bunch of people are at fault. How anybody in charge of this animation thought this kind of thing would fly is beyond me. Someone better change this theme song quick before Nintendo’s lawyers swoop in, Pidgit-style!
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Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.