You wouldn't think it, but there it is.
In the scholarly and scholastic world of scholars, there is a scholar, by the name of Volger, who has gone to great pains to expose this blatant act of plagiarism by the dizzy-knee scriptwriters.
( Mind you plagiarism wasn't so much of an issue back in the day.It's worth noting, for example, that most of Shakespeare's plays were adaptations of established stories 'Jazzed up a bit' by the bard to make 'em new and interesting, Hamlet included.)
Volger makes a fairly good case up until the bit where shaky comparisons are drawn between Pumbaa and Timon and Rosencrantz and Guildernstern.
But there are definite similarities.
Also 100% FACT
Shakespeare had a son called 'Hamnet' who died when he was 11. Coincidence? We think the public should be informed.
For reasons I wont go into, I've been having a long and hard stare at Hamlet of late,
and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the interweb seems nought but a stale promentary.
What a peice of work is a blog?
How noble in reason?
How infinite in faculty? how like an angel in apprehension e.t.c.
Tolstoy had it up to 'here'(imagine where 'here' is, and imagine it high). Up to 'here' he had it with Shakespeare. He published a strongly-worded pamphlet along the lines of:
People only like this shite because it's old-fashioned,
inaccessable, esoteric and silly, and it serves a social function like some big private joke between intellectuals designed to keep the uninitiated out.
Basically, what occured to Tolstoy was the same thing that has been occuring to Leaving Cert students since time immemorial: 'I know it's only me, but I'm starting to think this Shakespeare dude was over-rated'.
He says that Shakespeare has been a life-long source of "an irresistible repulsion and tedium" and proceeds to attack King Lear with plenty of vim and vinegar. Attractive as his notions are, to anyone doing Shakespeare for their leaving, they are wrong.
How wrong is best explained by directing you to George Orwell's response, and if you look up nothing else, look up that because Georgie really knew how to string a sentence together.
Wherefore I know not.