The Latest Disney Trend

Let’s have a talk about these upcoming Disney movie remakes.

About a week ago, I went to the mall with my friend Bubba. The local mall is home to my favorite stir-fry noodles. If I could, I would eat these noodles at least once a day. Sadly, my wallet and my waistline would probably protest this.

The best spot to eat said noodles is by the carousel (yes, our mall has a carousel) and the movie theater. That way, you can hear calliope music blaring in your ears while you eat, and you can look at the “Coming Soon” movie posters, too.

So while we were slurping up noodles (yes, Bubba got those stir-fry noodles too because they are amazing), I noticed that out of the ten movie posters on the wall, three of them were for Disney remakes (Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King).

These three posters gave me pause. I didn’t know how to feel about them. Still don’t, if I’m being entirely honest.

I wouldn’t call myself a Disney nut, but I own nearly every Disney animated movie on VHS. You name it, I probably own it. My sister and I would watch them together back when we shared a room as kids. We can quote from a Disney movie as well as anyone, and we have favorite songs from each one, too.

So I’m talking from the perspective of someone who has been steeped in Disney.

On the one hand, I’m extremely fond of all the movies. Seeing any of them remade does give my heart a little flutter because they are getting attention. It’s like hearing a remix of your favorite song on the radio. You just have to listen to it (before you judge whether it’s good or not) because it’s your favorite song.

But on the other hand, it’s also extremely irritating to me.

On multiple levels.

It feels like a cash grab. Is that just me? Am I the only one feeling that? And what makes this sensation all the more sour is the fact that even though I know it’s a way for Disney to make money, I’m still going to pay to go see them.

It also rubs me the wrong way because, at least in regards to Aladdin and The Lion King, the originals were perfect. I feel like the cartoon versions of those movies were made the way they were meant to be made, and trying to remake them is like trying to improve on perfection.

The same issue came up with the Beauty and the Beast remake they did a few years back. The original animated film was gorgeous. And while the live-action remake did add a few things, nothing they added really boosted the story because the story was already at its peak.

Dumbo is in a different category of remakes, similar to The Jungle Book. Early Disney movies did not have the narrative strength that more recent ones have had. Remaking those is like a civil service.

Well, I’m still going to see all these Disney movie remakes when they come out, like the Below Average person I am. (Actually, depending on the box office numbers, I may be square in the average category this time around.)

So what do you think about this latest Disney trend? For? Against? Or somewhere in the middle like me?

15 thoughts on “The Latest Disney Trend”

  1. Definitely in the middle. I’m a huge animated Disney fan, notwithstanding the various issues. Beauty and the Beast was my favourite and like you, I didn’t feel the live remake added anything. I probably won’t see Aladdin, but Dumbo? I’ll be there, tissues in hand.

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  2. I have to admit I’m mostly against this live-action trend. While there is the rare example of one of these adaptations outshining the original, the problem is that unless they tell a radically different story, we have a baseline when it comes to story beats, and if the film doesn’t live up to them, each imperfection is going to stick out like a sore thumb. Furthermore, it subtly reinforces the widespread snobbery against animation in general – even if these adaptations receive middling reviews. That the message is being enforced by the company synonymous with animation itself only adds insult to injury.

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  3. Oh this is extremely irritating to me too (and I’m also someone that is steeped in Disney). It really rubs me the wrong way, because the originals are perfect. To be honest, when these first started becoming a thing, I was open to watching them. However, I’ve ended up only seeing Cinderella (which was actually well done because it wasn’t just a blatant ripoff of the original, although it is a standard take on Cinderella- but being someone that loves every Cinderella movie I didn’t have a problem with that 😉 ) I actually have no interest in seeing any of the other movies- especially after seeing clips from the newer versions that do absolutely nothing for me :/ I do get why people are sold on the nostalgia though- I guess I’m just too cranky to bother with this trend 😉

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  4. Firmly against. I thought The Jungle Book remake was pretty good, as it was different enough to the Disney original. But I really didn’t care for the Beauty and the Beast remake. I love the original, and the remake, while pretty faithful to it, just didn’t work for me. The things that were the same were comparably worse and the things that were different had me saying, “Why the heck did they change that?” (Been awhile since I’ve seen it but, as an example, I remember they changed the way Maurice came across the castle. Instead of losing his horse and seeking refuge from a storm, he just breaks in to steal a rose, if I’m remembering correctly?)

    I just hope they leave The Aristocats, my personal favourite, alone.

    I have a great video for you on this topic. It really nails why the remakes aren’t visually translating.


    1. The Aristocats is your favorite?! Oh my god, you’re suddenly the coolest person I know! I don’t know anyone else who likes the Aristocats! That is awesome.

      That was a good video. It really captured the feeling of nostalgia (the teat that keeps on teating had me laughing). And I agree about the timeless quality of animation. The comparison to WALL-E really hit home too, since it’s my favorite Pixar movie.

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