• Kyra Bennett

    What a great article! Thank you so much for writing this, it is important for people to understand no matter how many of these remakes Disney is putting out, they will never replace the amazing originals and they CAN be good. 🙂

  • Manuel Orozco

    I did love Cinderella and liked Maleficent. The only Disney remakes I’m looking forward to right now are Snow White, Peter Pan, Aladdin and Mulan. I’m not that big of a Mouse House fan to pay to see all these new flicks. Other than that, I agree remakes should not take away the magic of the original. Some remakes are made to develop the story to become more relevant in some way to today’s audiences.

  • Dante Panora

    The Disney remakes I’m most optimistic for are the less popular ones (Like the sword in the stone or the black cauldron) if they get to making them. I think Pete’s dragon is the best because it might have had less expectations to live up to so they took a few more risks.
    Honestly I think the biggest problems is that some of these remakes try to strike the balance between trying something new while still trying to remind audiences of the original, and just end up feeling like lesser versions (to me at least).
    Alot of people I’ve talked to who are excited about the upcoming Beauty and the Beast claim they’re excited because of how they watched it as a children. I get the impressions alot of people just want to see Beauty and the Beast but with actors they like, and that’s all it needs to be. That’s a perfectly understandable desire, but what does it say about the film industry as a whole where on the most anticipated movies in a long time looks to be just a 100+ million fan film? it may be more than that, but the new material I’ve seen doesn’t look that impressive.

  • COMPLETELY. AGREE.
    I like to just be here for the ride of what Disney has in stored to try and have a new take on classic animated movies
    I know and pretty much everyone else knows they can’t compare to the original, but it’s kinda fun to see what other people interpret the classics out in a new light
    These remakes won’t replace my love for the animated movies FOR SURE, but they do remind me of how much and why I love the originals to begin with
    This is probably one of my favorite articles on this site honestly 😀

  • Rachel Wagner

    I wouldnt have a problem if Disney didnt insist on downgrading the original films every time in an effort to puff up the new film. It makes me resent these remakes even if some are good. They add to the devaluation of 2D animation with the marketing choices they make

    • Kyra Bennett

      Just out of curiosity Rachel, how do they downgrade them, including the marketing?

      • Rachel Wagner

        Tons of quotes about how they are finally able to achieve their vision and how they are enhancing the original films and making them better. It’s not enough to sell the movie they have but they have to make a dig at how it’s superior and more relevant, innovative better than the original

        • Kyra Bennett

          Yeah those things irk me as well. If there is nothing to improve on (which in the case of Beauty and the Beast is true), then just explain how you want to possibly use some new ideas to tell a bit of a different story, that still keeps the spirit of what the original had with some new fun changes for those who love the story so much, that they will go to see their beloved tale again.

          • Rachel Wagner

            Yeah I agree. Market it as something different, a new take, rather than better or more enlightened than the original

          • Manuel Orozco

            Trust me, if I did enjoy the original BATB and did not get scared too much, I would be more cautiously optimistic but know that the remake will not live up to the original’s magic.

      • Rachel Wagner

        Like Emma Watson recently said “They’ve taken something well known and expanded upon it and gave it more depth” Excuse me? The original had plenty of depth. Again why not just sell your movie? Why must they always take a jab at the original in order to make the remake seem more innovative, relevant or necessary? It really irriates me. In contrast, a movie like Mad Max Fury Road just sold itself on its own merits as a movie. I never heard how it was better or enhancing the originals because George Miller loves the originals. Disney starts off apologizing for remaking a “perfect movie” and then Bill Condon says that they finally have the technology to realize the creative vision for the story. That vision was already realized.Thank you very much. Some of the movies are good but I just hate the marketing so much

    • Manuel Orozco

      This is partially why I’m not excited for most of this remake stuff coming our way these next few years.

      • Rachel Wagner

        Me too. Just waiting for Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh live action to talk about how technology has elevated the original material and allowed them to fulfill their creative visions. Urghhh

        • Manuel Orozco

          The only way the visual narrative will be convincing is if they can make MP Returns equally as visual lavish as the original. Even use some hand drawn animation

  • I agree, nothing is getting replaced! The original classics still exist! I just wish that Disney would remake more movies that weren’t all that great to begin with, like Pete’s Dragon for example. With a movie like that, there’s room for improvement. With a remake like Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King, there’s no possible way for it to be better than the original, because the original is perfect.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Or how about Bedkobs and Broomsticks

    • Rachel Wagner

      I agree with you. I loved Pete’s Dragon and wish more were remakes of imperfect films with potential like Black Cauldron or Sword in the Stone. Remake those

      • Bob Smith

        Remaking flawed or bad movies makes the most sense from a creative standpoint since those could use another shot at being good. The only problem is that not many people know about them because the originals don’t stir up much interest due to being so unimpressive. Maybe some good marketing can fix that, but it’s much easier to market a popular good movie like Beauty and the Beast.

        • Manuel Orozco

          How about a remake of Summer Magic that starred Hayley Mills Burl Ives and Dorothy McGuire?

          • Rachel Wagner

            Yes there are so many live action films that would make great remakes like Swiss Family Robinson

          • Manuel Orozco

            I liked Swiss Family
            Robinson. Other remakes I like to see are Toby Tyler and Flight of the Navigator. Pollyanna I’m not sure about. By the way Rachel have you got a chance to watch the movies I recommended.

        • Rachel Wagner

          Yep I agree with everything you said.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Well both remakes are on the agenda but they have been in development for a while now.

    • Dean

      But why live action? Why can’t there be animated remakes? It would look too similar? Not with today’s technology. Hand drawn can look absolutely beautiful.
      I dread Hollywood’s “live action only” stance when it comes to remakes.

    • That’s exactly the issue I have. They’re remaking films that were already great in
      the first place. I would like it if they were to remake films that are lessor-known or
      films that were critically panned. Remaking their best movies seems rather lazy.

  • Dean

    #3 Is absolute BS. They DO think the animated versions are inferior.
    @ 0:32
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nvJ6UfXA3tk

    ““The answer is technology has caught up with the ideas that were introduced in that movie.””

    • Rachel Wagner

      I agree. I’ve heard them talk about how the new films are elevated and superior so many times that I am convinced it is what they believe. It is certainly what they are marketing

    • Rachel Wagner

      This clip really irritated me also

  • Dean

    One thing that irks me is that they ride on the back of the originals. Come up with a new story, please. It doesn’t have to be a shot-for-shot remake. Come up with new songs, not use the ones that were written with animation in mind. They even reuse dialogue. Then they throw in lots of “hey, remember this?” moments. Yes, I do remember, from a better movie.

  • aquapyro

    My family loves these remakes, the only ones i don’t have a like is Alice. But to many surprise, my brothers and i were all born in the 90’s so we were supposed to love these animated hits from Disney, and we really do. Beauty and the Beast, however we never saw until just recently when the WDSC Bluray came out. And while we really liked it, we knew it worked cause it had a simple ABC structure. This is why we are more optimistic for the remake coming.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I was born in the 90’s as well

  • I’m all for remaking movies if the original failed at the box office and with the critics. That
    would mean that remake can improve upon the original while getting the attention of the
    public that the original didn’t get. Case in point, Pete’s Dragon. A film that was originally
    so-so, that was improved to something, that while not a masterpiece, is quite enjoyable.
    My issue is that it feels like Disney is remaking some of these films only to make a quick
    buck at the box office. Take something that’s well known, update it slightly, and persuade
    the public by using nostalgic. I hope Beast and Lion King are unique, but I have a feeling
    that they’re only doing this to make money, not because they want to do a new take on it.

    • Manuel Orozco

      If anyone else gets into the game soon, I would like to see remakes of Ferngully, Cats Don’t Dance Pebble and the Penguin Thumbelina and the Swan Princess