Try that in any other creative endeavor and it gets labeled "outright theft of intellectual property."
Recently some Thai animators, created a nearly identical replica of Beauty and the Beast. Oh the horrors!!! Disney's patent on Beauty and the Beast would have run out long ago. This knockoff would be totally legal if it were a drug. If so, you could buy it at Walmart for $4.
 yes, it was released in 1991, but I'm sure the testing and development started years before.