Disney to release more live-action remakes. But what do we really think?
  • December 15, 2015
  • Rachel Loosley Creative Writer and Social Media Millennial

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    Since the release of the live action version of Cinderella earlier in the year,

    the question on every Disney fan’s lips has been this: which will be next?

    Those who approve of this move away from traditional animation won’t be disappointed, as Disney have announced they will be remaking more of these classics over the next couple of years.

    Tales like Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, and even Dumbo are lined up for the Hollywood treatment. But what do we really think about these re-imaginings? We spoke to a couple of Disney fanatics to see what they make of it all.

     

    The BFG

    Spielberg has used a mix of the latest CGI and live action to introduce Roald Dahl’s much loved yarn to a new audience. While the trailer doesn’t give much away, the glimpse of computer generated giant, along with the debut of young Ruby Barnhill, does intrigue.

    Who’s in it?
    With Wolf Hall’s Mark Rylance staring as the Big Friendly Giant himself, funny-man Bill Hader and acting royalty Penelope Wilton on board too, it promises to be a star studded affair.

    What’s the verdict?
    Lucy from Nottingham had this to say: ‘As a child I absolutely loved this film, especially the music and songs, so I have very high hopes for this new version. I am not a massive fan of live action remakes particularly when it comes to classic films from my childhood. However, from this short trailer it appears Spielberg has kept a lot of details from the original film and very little seems to have changed.’

    Release date: July 2016 (USA)

                   

                                               

     Beauty and the Beast

    Although this film won’t hit our screens for at least another year, there’s already been a lot of buzz surrounding it.

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    Who’s in it?
    The gorgeous Emma Watson has been cast as Belle, after previously turning down the offer to play Cinderella. Fans of Downton Abbey will be familiar with Belle’s hairy love interest, as Dan Stevens will play the part of the prince-turned-beast. They’re to be joined by screen legends Emma Thompson, Sir Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, and Frozen’s Josh Gad.

    What’s the verdict?
    We asked Katherine from London what she thinks of the proposed re-make: ‘While I enjoy seeing live action interpretations of Disney classics, for me they can never recreate the beauty or the charm of the animated films I love and grew up with.’ However, she adds that being an animator/illustrator herself, she may be biased!

    Release date: March 2017 (USA)

     

      The Jungle Book

    This take on Rudyard Kipling’s tales of Mowgli looks decidedly darker than its animated counterpart. The differences between the 1967 animal characters and those created for the new movie are astounding. The CGI bear, panther and tiger seen in the clip look almost as real, and just as scary, as something you’d see in the wild. While this makes for an impressive image, it does raise the question of whether it might be too frightening for a younger audience.

    Who’s in it?
    The line-up for this flick includes Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Scarlett Johansson. Johansson is to play Kaa, the hypnotic serpent. From the trailer alone, I personally need more convincing on that casting choice.

    What do we really think?
    Alice from Surrey had this response to the trailer: ‘Remembering this film from when I was younger I was drawn in by the bright colours, larger than life characters and the music. This remake appears to have a much darker side and has almost grown up with its audience who remember watching it in the 90’s. If ‘The Jungle Book’ was not written at the end I almost wouldn’t have recognised it.’

    Release date: April 2016 (USA)

     

    The Little Mermaid

    Again, no trailer – but a lot of talk.

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    We hear that rather than being the flaming redhead we all know from the original, this little mermaid will be blonde! This revelation has rocked the boat to say the least, as diehard Disney fans have taken to twitter to announce their feelings on the matter…

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    The reason behind this decision is down to the fact that the film will tell the original tale, written by Hans Christian Andersen, rather than the Disneyfied version. Her hair colour won’t be the only thing that will surprise, as the story itself is said to be much darker. No spoilers, but you have been warned.

    Who’s in it?
    The only actor to be confirmed for this adventure at sea is Chloë Grace Mortez, who has featured in 500 Days of Summer and Kick-Ass.

    What do we really think?
    ‘Ariel will always be a red head to me! Any new films with her without red hair isn’t really the Little Mermaid!’ Fran from Chichester tells us.

    Release date: 2017 (USA)

     

    What do you think? Are you excited about these new releases?

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