The Chinese streaming release of Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time was recently promoted with a new poster by artist Huang Hai, but folks on social media were quick to point out the similarities between it and a poster Nico Delort made for 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are movie. When Delort first got wind of this, they commented that it “didn’t lift my style they actually sampled my Where the wild things are poster and clone-stamped the clouds.”
Beijing’s ZhuYe Culture Studio has since apologized for the act of plagiarism.
Here’s a closer look at the similarities between the two posters:
— 大哞 (@xiao55344) January 14, 2023
According to the official Japanese Twitter account for Evangelion and Chinese Weibo, the poster has been removed and neither the film’s staff nor Studio Khara were involved in its production. The piece of art was made independently in China, and ZhuYe Culture Studio confirmed the team used various elements without seeking the permission of the original artist. Both the studio and Delort said the two parties are in talks to resolve the issue privately.
Evangelion 3.0+1.0 dominated Japan’s box office when it was released in 2021.