Walt Disney Company released their first animated featured film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. That was only the beginning of Disney’s new venture into animated feature films, and still continues to evolve decade to decade even today. But although new and original animated films are still being made, a new rise in re-make live action has become increasingly popular. Here is a list of some of the films already made.
- Alive in Wonderland (2010) / Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
- Maleficent (2014) / Maleficent Mistress of Evil (2019)
- Cinderella (2019)
- The Jungle Book (2016)
- Pete’s Dragon (2016)
- Beaty and the Beast (2017)
- Christopher Robin (2018)
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
- Dumbo (2019)
- Aladdin (2019)
- The Lion King (2019)
- Lady and the Tramp (2019)
With technology become increasingly more available and with the innovation of CGI, films such as Lion King, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast (to list a few) are possible. With an audience already at their door step, the generations growing up on these films already, meant that remaking the animated classics into live-actions would attract them back to the films again because of the nostalgic appeal, and possibly be bringing the younger generation along with them. Another plus is that the nature of these films are slightly more mature, so if you never wanted to watch a Disney classics without feeling it’s too ‘kiddy’, go catch a seat in front of a live-action. Personally, I still love the animation versions and love feeling like a kid again when I watch them, but maybe that’s just me(:
You may have noticed some films not on the list that were remakes back in the 90’s such as 101 and 102 Dalmatians. This is because technically the surge in original live-action remakes didn’t start until Alice in Wonderland (2010). At the beginning of making live-actions, they weren’t much of a hype, but by bringing in Johnny Depp (who was already well-know because of the Pirate’s series) the film was a success at the box office raking in $1 billion worldwide. The remake films released after were Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016); all which had a high success rate at the box office and set the foundation for the Disney company to continue to produce more live-action films. Well-known stars, box office numbers and positive reviews are what launched the success of these films and is why we continue to see more made by the Studio.
Another reason why the remakes are so important for the studio to keep producing is, money. Because there is already an audience for these films, given the generation growing up on them will return, it’s easy to estimate their success. It offers up a way to recycle beloved characters, stories and songs while offering something new. Merchandising is also a major bonus because the film will bring out a new release of products while also creating buzz around the animated film again. The next time you visit the Disney store be sure to check out the new merchandise for live-action films compared to animated films original products.
Live actions coming up
Are you ready for some more Disney Live-Action remakes? Well here are some coming up to get excited about!
- Mulan (2020) – Stream on Disney Plus *special access
- Cruella (2021)
- The Little Mermaid
- Peter Pan & Wendy
- Robin Hood
And MORE! Be sure to keep an eye out for their release.
While I am a sucker for the original animated movies by Disney, I will say my favourite remakes so far have been Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Maleficent. I am constantly amazed by the innovation these productions have, and although I think some were better unmade, I love the creativity and magic Disney strives to put in them.
What’s your take on Disney live-action films? Do you love them, hate them? I’d love to hear from you, be sure to drop your response in the comments below.
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*Sources : Disney, Insider