The Beano's Numskulls Respond to Pixar's Inside Out

By James O Malley on at

The latest Disney Pixar blockbuster hit cinemas this week. Inside Out tells the tale of what goes on inside the head of a young girl, with each of her emotions represented by different characters.

If you grew in Britain, then chances are this might actually sound like a familiar premise, as it is almost exactly the same as long-running Beano and Beezer strip The Numskulls, which have been appearing in the comics since 1962.

Nigel Parkinson, who is one of the current artists at The Beano tweeted this week about the similarity, and showed Twitter users how this week's edition of the comic is handling the similarity...

“We had people from all over the world pointing out the similarities, which is very flattering but the Numskulls is a very British strip and we wanted to point out the differences,” Beano editor Mike Stirling told The Telegraph. “For one thing, the British bottle up our emotions. Our Numskulls are like technicians so we have them wondering. How come those Inside Out characters are so much more famous than us? Is it the emotions? So what would happen if they uncorked the emotions…?”

It seems that the similarity is just a massive coincidence. Though we can't help but wonder if the characters from DC Thompson's stable of properties could be the next lucrative Marvel-style shared universe. [The Telegraph]