'Has Hollywood Developed an Allergy to Originality?'

A humours animated 'Op-Doc' explores the rich history of adaptation, plagiarism, and other forms of appropriation in art. 

"Has Hollywood developed an allergy to originality?" a disgruntled movie goer asks the guy at the theater box office, sparking a debate about the rich history of adaptation, plagiarism, and other forms of appropriation in art. Pencil and watercolor illustrations bring their conversation to life and even Mark Twain weighs in at one point. This humorous short film by Drew Christie is a part of The New York Times' Op-Doc series. You might recognize Christie's signature style from his short Song of the Spindle, which makes the case for why humans should strive to be more like whales. 

For more work by Drew Christie, visit http://www.drewchristie.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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