by Anna Hartman – Student Life Editor
No matter where you look today, Disney remakes are somewhere. As soon as the giant movie company finishes one remake of an iconic film, they seem to start production on at least two more. The only real question at this point is; where does it end?
Disney already has many live action movies already on the agenda. So many, in fact, that the list never seems to end. “Mulan”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Dumbo”, “Snow White”, “Pinocchio”, “The Sword in the Sword”, “Peter Pan” and “Winnie the Pooh” are all rumored to be in production, by multiple sources and we will most likely see these films in theatres within the next several years.
Remakes of classic films are like a fine spice, all right in moderation, but can become excessive very quickly. These live action films are riding on the coattails of recently successful Disney remake, “Beauty and the Beast”, however the sheer mass of live action films capitalizing on this trend only serve to make Disney appear unoriginal.
Disney has shown repeatedly that they can make quality, original films, as was exemplified by the release of Moana in November of 2016. The movie was met with widespread critical and commercial success, and will stand with the best of Disney classics throughout the rest of film history. Instead of making more original creations like this one, however, Disney focuses on making an excessive amount of remakes, only doing well at the box office due to the success of the original films they were based on.
Although, yes, these remakes do have some benefits compared to the originals, such as increased graphical capabilities and additional character dimension being added to the classics. However, the effort being put into these remakes could be better spent on making new, original stories, rather than an excessive amount of remakes.
While there is nothing inherently bad about the quality of these remakes, there is nothing exceptional about them either. They are nice to look at, and nostalgic for many fans, however, at the end of the day, very few of these movies live up to the originals, and do not have the same atmosphere, and do not bring back the childhood fondness of the original movies.
These remakes do not show off the best Disney has to offer, and instead are a cheap way for the company to keep making money, but without having to come up with original ideas for stories. Disney has put out so many quality movies in the past, and could continue to do the same through the years, but instead insist on bringing these classics back, though they would be better left alone in favor of original stories.