Even if you lived in a cave on Mars you would know that this week was the release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. However, the release of the fourth live action movie in the last few years got me thinking, how much do we actually need these revivals?
Yes, it is fun to see popular actresses take the roles of much loved Disney princesses, but could Disney not spend the time and money on creating a new, original films to promote rather than rebooting the classics? Or is Disney simply running out of original ideas? I was intrigued by the thought of Hermione falling in love with a 3D CGI buffalo-man-bear as much as the next person but also a little skeptical, would this become a Disney classic for years to come? Doubtful.
When the originals are already much loved by children and hungover adults worldwide, I doubt the live action remakes will go down in history as the originals did, as animation is what makes Disney. It’s what we associate with the word Disney. And yes, you can throw in as many famous faces as you want but, when you have the choice in a few years, which one would you want to watch?
I admit, films like Maleficent that change the perspective of original films are welcome ideas as they have strokes of originality and charm we haven’t seen before; but films like Cinderella just seem to be brightly coloured versions of the same sickly sweet love story with a nicer dress and a prince with an actual name. I understand the thrill of bringing pictures to life but Disney’s recent obsession with churning out remake after remake makes you wonder whether it’s actually needed (or wanted) or is it just for the sake of generating more cash from a beloved and perfectly acceptable film.
With Aladdin, Mulan and The Lion King all confirmed to soon come to our screens, only time will tell whether they will become as classic and re watched as the originals.