Top 10 Biggest Problems with Disney Live-Action Remakes

The Top Ten
1 They don't capture the same magic as the originals

The Lion King remake is probably the worst live-action remake yet. I'm quite baffled that there are so many people who cut this film slack. It's literally just a shot-for-shot revisiting of the original Lion King except in live-action. Don't get me wrong, the realistic animation in this film is monumental, but that's to be expected from Disney because all they do every year is flex on other studios on their technical achievements. I like the animation, but that is not surprising in any way (not to mention, they've done this kind of realistic animation years ago with the film Dinosaur). Other than that, the film had very little emotion and the personality of the original film was practically nonexistent here. The voice acting sounded so off for these realistic looking characters. It looked like I was watching a BBC animal documentary that was dubbed on a random YouTube channel. You see what I'm getting at here? The original films already had a bar set, and the creators don't do much to reach that bar.

2 Recreating animation into live-action proves too difficult

Disney films are among some of the most difficult films to recreate in live-action because they had their own personalities that made them stand out in the animation industry, with their themes, settings, music, animation, and especially characters.

True, but the only way Disney can be greedy in movie-making.

It worked in Beauty and The Beast.

3 They are primarily cash grabs meant to pander to an older audience

A majority of the people who go see these are not kids. They are adults. In fact, you could say the same thing for pretty much ANY modern Disney film, because in this day and age, adults have a strong appreciation for animated films and have had a long history with Disney. Adults are going to want to pay money to see these remakes for the nostalgia factor and absolutely nothing else. This feels like the Call of Duty series all over again. People will continue to pay for it until they finally realize that Disney doesn't care about you or their artistry. They just want your money.

4 In general, Disney is simply better at making animated movies than live action

Totally agree. When you think of the magic and legacy of Disney, you think of Mickey Mouse, the Silly Symphonies, Snow White, Cinderella, the Renaissance, and it's role in revolutionising animation and it's place in the Golden Era of American animation. It's the animation that makes Disney so magical and so memorable. Of course they have amazing original live action films like Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and cult classics like Hocus Pocus and Enchanted. And there's the awesome Disney Channel Sitcoms. But it's the animated films that lead the way for Disney.
If I can think of a positive mark Disney is leaving currently in the 2010's and now 2020's, it's again the animated canon. Encanto is just out of this world and I love and appreciate it so much. We Don't Talk About Bruno in my opinion is way better than Let It Go. Then there's Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Moana, Wreck-it-Ralph, and there's the upcoming film that I'm really excited about which is Wish. And of course Pixar is constantly surprising us.
I would love an animated film that is based off of an old traditional African folk tale, then we can get another black Princess. It would be so cool to have a Tribal African princess in the line up.

5 Personality traits that the animated characters had don't fit well with real versions of them

This one is obvious. Animated traits are not going to fit well with real life versions. With animation, you have more freedom with the style and exaggeration of characters. The same usually can't be said with real people. I'll never forget that reaction everyone had seeing Will Smith's genie form.

Real actors cannot deal with the originals. For example, Will Smith isn't bad at playing the Genie but I miss so much the craziness and funniness of the 1992 dubbed by the awesome Robin Williams and Richard Darbois (French). And that is the same for every characters: Belle and Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Mowgli in The Jungle Book...

6 The films are better off following the original stories rather than the watered-down Disney versions

You know all of those Disney classic films where the original stories are much darker and messed up? If they were to make live action versions of these fairy tales, I think they would've been better off following the original stories instead of the colorful and goofy Disney retellings.

Disagree, you follow the original story you get crap like lion king, but if you keep the stuff that made it special and provide enough difference to make I if wholly original you will have a movie that can stand alone. A remake in spirit if you will

7 The original song remakes are nowhere as memorable as the originals

I don't know how you could mess this up, but the remade versions of the original Disney songs sound nowhere as spectacular as they are in the classic films.

Enough with Beyoncé! The original soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Elton John was already fantastic. Her song is completely useless. It's just a marketing opportunity for both sides: for Beyoncé to advertise her single and for Jon Favreau who put one of the most popular singers in his cast

That's so true. The originals will always have the best music compared to today's remakes.

8 They're just used as a lazy way for Disney to make more money

This is obvious. Everyone knows why Disney is releasing so many remakes year after year. Simply because they unexpectedly made so much money off of Alice in Wonderland in 2010, they've gone haywire with these live-action remakes that utilize CGI. That was the only reason Alice in Wonderland made so much money, because there was a huge CGI film craze during the time which also applied to films like Avatar and Transformers. Disney is taking full advantage of the CGI trend and nostalgia factor to draw people in, and it's undoubtedly working. Do I blame them? No. If you offered me a million dollars to tell you a story that you already know about, why the hell wouldn't I take it?

9 They are boring and soulless compared to the originals

For sure. Just wastes of Magic more than anything.

For the most part yes, put some are pretty descent, especially the ones that aren't shot for shot remakes

They're running out of ideas so they're remaking old classics while using big budget CGI and putting in a bunch of popular actors lol.

10 Live-action remakes can't provide the same creativeness that animation can

At every levels. The dynamics of the cinematic plans, the emotions, the humour, the profoundness of characters, the colors, the songs... All elements that make Disney classics great animation movies for children and adults. There is some magic in the classics we can't find in the remakes.

They never do. They're just poor copies of them & only serve cash & are not entertaining.

Not true for the live action Black Cauldron.

The Contenders
11 "Updated for modern sensibilities"

Yep. They are so freaking woke and PC that it's insane.
Belle in the live action Beauty and the Beast sorta lost her charm and personality because they wanted her to be a 'strong feminist' character. Which lead to her being pretty mean. Because apparently accordingto Feminism strong women can't be sweet and nice.
And of course the race bending. Look at Ariel in The Little Mermaid. This is forced representation. Of course representation matters but this is not how you do it. You do not recycle old classic characters that have already established features in the name of representing black characters. It's also blatant hypocrisy. Imagine if a live action remake of Princess and the Frog made Tiana white? Imagine a remake of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and Will Smith's character was made Asian? Imagine if Black Panther was whitewashed? The outrage!
It's all just complete disrespect to the original character. Plus redheads are a minority hair colour so don't they need representation?
Halle Bailey's talent and beauty is being wasted.

12 They keep choosing the movies that people are most attached to

Just because they want more money doesn't give them an excuse to remake the most beloved classic movies into live-action waste.

If your going to make a Live Action version of a movie choose the movies that aren't as popular that can actually be improved on with a new look, like Lion King 2 would have been a better chose than Lion King, lion king 2 had terrible animation but great story, there is no way to screw that up

Sometimes it works. They are making the live action Black Widow because so many people love the character and she is a badass strong female lead ❤

13 Some of the remakes don't even feature any humans which makes it really pointless to remake

For real. Who would make live-action remakes without humans. Disney's taken it too far.

Definitely the animals had absolutely no emotion, not to much the computer animation wasn't that great, it wasn't bad, but you can definitely tell they weren't real animals

14 Kids today aren't going to know Disney movies as cartoons

Kids today are going to be watching the live action movies and think it's the original, without truly knowing the classic cartoon movies.

15 Same plot every time

Just shows you lack of originality they have nowadays.

Seems to work for the live action Atlantis.

16 They dominate in the box office

They're just milking the money instead of giving people what's right. Greedy move they're making.

17 They promote woke culture

They are using opposite characters that don't fit the stories. This is a serious problem with society now. Woke culture is spreading across the world. These films just keep promoting it & show us that Disney refuse to make a change for the better. How careless of them.

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