Matt Furie, the self-proclaimed originator of Pepe The Frog may have knocked off an animated frog created by Don Christensen, a famous pre-WW2 cartoonist.
Don Christensen was a prolific cartoonist who worked as a sketch artist for Disney (1937-1941) where he drew Pinocchio and Dumbo and Warner Brothers (1941-1944) where he worked on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig.
The likeness of both frogs is uncanny and calls into question the copyright claims Matt Furie has recently been issuing to those using Pepe memes for satire.
Don R. Christensen first used his animated frog character in a story from Coo Coo Comics #27, (published July 1946). All published works prior to 1974 must have their copyright renewed. After checking periodical renewals in 1974 Christensen never did renew which makes his animated frog character in the public domain and available for use by anyone.
Furie claims he originally created Pepe as a character for his Boy's Club comic which never garnered any success before the internet magically discovered Pepe the frog and began distributing a modified version in memes for political purposes and pointless humor.
In the 2016 Presidential election Pepe was embraced by Donald Trump supporters and became a symbol for their movement which prompted a very butthurt Furie to began threatening legal actions against conservatives using Pepe.