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 ...more - Mcgillacuddy

The original Lion King is good, but the live action remake (along with almost all the others) is an abomination. - shadomatrix

Aladin was one of the only good live action remakes - TheDarkOne_221b

I agree - sonictiger

2 They are primarily cashgrabs 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. - Mcgillacuddy

That's not true. You see the amazing job they did with Cinderella. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

So true. They’re greedy money stealers who only want money more than anything. Disney used to be magical, but now they’re desperate for money & don’t care about the fans anymore. They’re charging countless $ from live-action wastes. They’re screwing themselves & their fanbase up with these abominations. - SamanthaRosie

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

I'd rather watch Frozen a thousand times over any live-action remake from Disney. I'm not that big on Frozen, but at least the movie has personality and is original, which Disney live-action remakes do not have. Animation is what made Disney such a successful company in the film business, way before they even bought Marvel and Lucasfilm. While the quality of their later animated films don't compare to their classics, a majority of them are still really good and outstand any live-action film they've ever made in general, not just remakes. I swear, if I see a live-action remake of Frozen in the next decade... - Mcgillacuddy

True. Animated movies will NOT be replaced by live-action. They were a classic staple in Disney & charmed many fans. The live-action remakes are disgraces to the classics & show Disney’s no longer magical & only wants money now more than anything. - SamanthaRosie

The Maleficent series is amazing. ❤ - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

4 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. - Mcgillacuddy

It worked in Beauty and The Beast. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

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

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. - Mcgillacuddy

Seems like the problem they are having with the live action Little Mermaid movie. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

Everyone in The Lion King Remake in a nutshell. - RadioHead03

Their animated movies were classic & can’t be replaced. - SamanthaRosie

6 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. - Mcgillacuddy

The Live action Aladdin Soundtrack is amazing ❤ - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

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

7 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. - Mcgillacuddy

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 - germshep24

The Live action Pocahontas is going to follow the Disney animated Series which is amazing ❤ - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

FAR better. They’re the real deal. They’re original masterpieces that made everything magical. The live-action remakes have no magic value whatsoever & only garner on money hunger. They’re disasters. - SamanthaRosie

8 They are boring and soulless compared to the originals

Aladdin remake in a nutshell.

For the most part yes, put some are pretty descent, especially the ones that aren't shot for shot remakes - germshep24

The Live action Mulan is going to be, because no Shang or Mushu. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

For sure. Just wastes of Magic more than anything. - SamanthaRosie

9 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? - Mcgillacuddy

That's not true for the upcoming Live Action Tinkerbell movie. By the way it's gonna be LGBTQ Tinker bell x Vidia. Yay ❤ - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

Disney’s so greedy they only want money now. They’ve been desperate for it since the 2000s. They only want that more than anything now. They haven’t made good movies for years & only do all this garbage. There’s lack of creativity & value & they only serve money rather than entertainment. Mary Poppins Returns was the last good movie they made & they decided not to make anymore such good movies. All proving they only want money more than anything. It’s like a drug to them. Since Alice in Wonderland 2010 got so much money, they decided to go too far on the money-making. They only want money more than anything. - SamanthaRosie

Have you heard of Marvel owned by Disney and it is the most beloved Franchise of this decade - germshep24

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

Not true for the live action Black Cauldron. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

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

The Contenders

11 Same plot every time

Seems to work for the live action Atlantis. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

Just shows you lack of originality they have nowadays. - SamanthaRosie

12 Some of the remakes don't even feature any humans which makes it really pointless to remake (ex. Lion King)

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 - germshep24

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

13 "Updated for modern sensibilities"

It's not about "white tears", it's about how being "inclusive" is now the number one priority of filmmaking these days over plot and characterization.

Gay villain in "Beauty and the Beast", anyone?

Disney only cares about appeasing Tumblrinas now.

I.e. why Belle became such a radfem and Ariel is now black

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

That's not true. Look at The Live action Kim Possible movie. Nobody thinks that is the original Kim Possible. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

Kids today are going to be watching the live action movies and think it's the original, without truly knowing the classic cartoon movies. - Cassiopeiablack417

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

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 - germshep24

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 ❤ - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

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

No, but knowing their fan-base will literally flock to watch a live action version of their classic movies is a very good excuse to make them - germshep24

16 Shows the company's greed towards money

Not always true. Look at the upcoming Live action Scarlet Witch series. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

17 Lack of emotion

Not true. Look at the upcoming Thor movie. - AngelOfTheSkyStarsMoon

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1. Recreating animation into live-action proves too difficult
2. They don't capture the same magic as the originals
3. They are primarily cashgrabs meant to pander to an older audience
1. They don't capture the same magic as the originals
2. They are primarily cashgrabs meant to pander to an older audience
3. They are boring and soulless compared to the originals


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