Top 10 Worst Live-Action Disney Remakes

Lately, Disney has been having an obsession with remaking their films. There are even a lot more of them coming in the future. They can be hit or miss. So for my 200th list, let’s discuss the worst live-action remakes Disney has come out with.

The Top Ten

1 Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

This whole idea of remaking classic Disney films with live-action actors really worries me. Disney has always been at their best when they take risks and challenge themselves. That willingness to experiment with new ideas is what caused their Renaissance period of the 90s and their Revival period that started in the late 2000s. These remakes are the exact opposite of experimentation. The delay and eventual cancellation of a new animated film in Gigantic, and its replacement with more live-action remakes of classic films is a testament to this. Call me old-fashioned or an animation fanboy, but I'm seriously worried that kids growing up nowadays are going to recognize these recent remakes more than the animated originals. Seeing as how the Emma Watson Beauty and the Beast made over $1 billion at the box office, and that the original came out decades before they were born, I see a grim future where the general public ignores and undervalues the masterpiece orignal animated movies. The ...more - phillysports

Good film. A modern classic. - girlcool

Tim Burton has reeeally gone downhill. - Phillip873

The most misleading title in cinema history! I really hate the direction this movie decided to take. It looks more like a Narnia film. And I hate Narnia. When Tim Burton creates something original, it can usually be pretty entertaining. When he makes a movie based on an existing property, it can turn out pretty bad. And he’s working on a live action Dumbo movie. The Pink Elephants on Parade scene is gonna be weird. Alice herself is very uninteresting. The actress barely shows any emotion. There wasn’t any memorable moment from her. And since she’s the main character, that is not a good thing. The visuals look very terrible. There was never a moment when I believed that they were in Wonderland! Or in this case “Underland”. Of course, the best part of the film would have to be the Futterwacken. Not really. It was such a dumb dance and it was a waste of time. The entire movie is a waste of time. It just completely ruins what made Alice in Wonderland so great. Nothing about it ...more - MegaSoulhero

2 Beauty and the Beast (2017)

I didn't think it was that bad, but it was bland compared to the original. - Synchronocity

Emma Watson is a good actor for Hermione Granger but not very fitting for Belle

The only reason these Live action remakes of classic animated movies keep getting made is because of money, Disney knows that people are dumb enough to want to go see a live action adaptation of a classic Disney animated movie and the more these people go to see them the more live action remake movies Disney will make. - egnomac

My biggest complain with the movie is the acting especially Emma Watson as Belle who still feels like she's playing Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and the Beast is less intimidating and believable than his animated counterpart a lot of the other characters feel very soulless and bland especially Belle's father Maurice is just plain forgettable the only characters who truly stood out was Gaston, Le Fou and Lumier. - egnomac

3 Maleficent

I really hated this movie, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty was an awesome villain but in this movie though not an actual remake but an alternate universe kind of story it completely throws out a lot of who Maleficent is and instead portrays her as the good guy which I really hated because I really wanted to see her story of how she became the most feared Disney villain of all time and instead they rewrote her whole character, the rest of the characters are all completely forgettable especially the 3 fairies who were great characters in the original movie are now reduced to a couple of bumble idiots and the villain of the movie King Stefan is barely believable as a villain. - egnomac

They ruined the most wonderful evil character in all of Disney's movies.

Shut your mouth!

Sleeping Beauty needs an actual remake! Not this! They ruined a perfectly good villain! She’s not entirely evil in this movie! The best thing about her was how evil she was! They completely changed her! I love Angelina Jolie and I think she did a great job at playing the character. I just wish they hadn’t changed the character so much. The visual effects are decent but not exactly groundbreaking. The three faires are very annoying. The prince was very bland. Which isn’t surprising since he wasn’t an interesting character to begin with. The best thing I can say about this film is at least Aurora has more dialogue. This movie really sucks. - MegaSoulhero

4 102 Dalmatians

Patch's London Adventure was a better sequel than this.

My stupid music teacher made me watch this in music class this movie sucks and it actually gives chicken little a run for its money it’s not as bad as chicken little but it still sucks in terms of bad Disney films Disney is the best studio ever but this is one of their worst films and certainly deserves to be on this list.

Not only did 101 Dalmatians get a remake, the 101 Dalmatians remake got a sequel! I’m gonna be honest, I always forget this exists. It’s really forgettable. I never hear anyone talking about it. There is nothing worth talking about in this. Apparently the director of this film directed A Goofy Movie, Enchanted, and Tarzan. So what happened here? It has the same problems as the first one, but done even worse. So boring. I still enjoyed Glenn Close, though. However, the story is very cliché. I don’t know why the remake got a sequel. I’m glad it tried to be original, but it still wasn’t a good movie. - MegaSoulhero

5 Alice Through the Looking Glass

To me, this movie was a masterpiece compared to the animated classic.

This film is really good. - girlcool

Alice Through the Looking Glass. While it is a step up from the first movie, it’s still quite a mess. The story makes absolutely no sense, the visuals are trash, and the acting is mediocre at best. The movie keeps making different turns and it doesn’t flow very well. There’s just a bunch of things happening and most of what’s happening don’t really correlate with the other things. Johnny Depp can be pretty enjoyable, but he’s not enough to save the movie. I also really hate the villain. I just thought he was more annoying than evil. Like I said, it’s better than the first movie, but it’s still not good. - MegaSoulhero

6 The Sorcerer's Apprentice

This sucks. Night on Bald Mountain needs to come. Nutcracker will be bad. BRING CHERNABOG NOW! - asantalo

This movie’s overhated in my opinion. It’s by no means a great film, but I thought it was pretty cool. Nicolas Cage does a decent job, the effects are outstanding, and there are some pretty funny moments. This is coming from someone who loves the Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment in Fantasia. I still think the segment is better, though. This isn’t the only thing from Fantasia that they plan on making a movie on. There’s the Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie coming out this November. And I heard that they might be making a Night on Bald Mountain movie which I’m totally against the idea of. Still, I’ll probably check those out. Even if they might not be good. - MegaSoulhero

7 101 Dalmatians (1996)

How dare you, the original's a classic! This is the mediocre one! Focus you imbecile, focus!

Way better than the mediocre original - 445956

This was the very first live action remake that Disney came out with. And little did they know that it would start to become a trend years later. 101 Dalmatians the animated film I didn’t really care for. I also didn’t really care for this live action film. Why? Because it was pretty boring. The highlight of the film is Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil. She was very enjoyable. She really brought the movie to life. Something that changed about this movie that I really didn’t like was the dogs don’t talk. That kind of makes it harder to appreciate them as characters. The animated film gave the dalmatians different personalities. In the live action version, it’s hard to tell them apart. They’re not really seen as characters. Just animals. So I was disappointed by that. It’s hard to say that the movie was horrible since there are good things in it, but there was barely anything that kept me interested. - MegaSoulhero

8 Cinderella (2015)

Oh come on, this film is the most beautiful out of all those suckers. The visual style, the characters, the story, the music, everything! Someone remove this please!

I hate this film it's so boring I fell asleep in the theaters and cinderella is so weak here at least in the classic she was trying to escape when she got locked and here she's not even trying shes singing a dumb song

Cinderella was in need of a remake, and they failed miserably. Given many rants I have done in the past, you probably think that I hate women. I don’t hate women. However, the way that this movie portrays women is horrible. They basically say that you always have to be pretty and stuff. They even ruined the main character herself. The original character was harmless but still stood up for herself when she needed to. Here, she just lets her sisters and mother torment her and she doesn’t try to do anything about. She always tries to find the good in people. She has no spine. She just stands around with a dumb smile on her face. She even starts singing at the end when she gets locked in her room for some reason. This is why I’m looking forward to the Mulan remake. At least Mulan proves to people that you can be pretty and tough at the same time. Plus, the actress they got to play live action Mulan is quite possibly the hottest girl I’ve ever seen in my life. Really excited for ...more - MegaSoulhero

9 The Jungle Book (1994)
10 Pete’s Dragon (2016)

I thought this was good.

Pete’s Dragon was cute. I don’t get why people hate it. It was miles better than the original. Which I really didn’t like. That actually was a movie that desperately needed a remake. It did not age well. This one felt completely different from the original. The only similarities were that there’s a kid named Pete and he has a dragon named Elliott. Other than that, it’s a completely different movie. That doesn’t make it great, though. There are some story problems and some pacing problems. Also, I really hate the design of the dragon. Why does he have hair? It just looks really weird. Even the face looks weird. The dragon in Super Mario Odyssey looks a lot better. And I know I’m comparing a good dragon to an evil dragon. Still, their dragons. Speaking of dragons, How to Train Your Dragon 3 is quite possibly my most anticipated movie of next year. I’ve been looking forward to that. Anyway, I like the Pete’s Dragon remake. They did a great job at actually making it ...more

The Contenders

11 The Jungle Book (2016)

I honesty did not like this one, it just wasn't enough to entertain me and keep me watching - myusernameisthis

I honestly really dislike this movie - Gangem

This is one that Disney actually did right. - Randomator

Murray, Kingsley,
Elba, Johansson, N'yongo, and Walken were amazing excluding that Sethi kid.

12 Aladdin (2019)

This movie was so boring, when will Disney stop remaking these animated classics?

It’s really annoying that people are defending this movie because… it’s an Aladdin movie. I understand that the songs are amazing but everything this film does wrong is a disaster. And the fact that people call this the best Disney remake even though we have other good remakes like Jungle Book and Christopher Robin. I’m not saying I’m disrespecting people’s opinions. People are making this the new Frozen with this movie being a “trend” due to Will Smith’s Genie. I swear to god if this annoying “trend” happens to Lion King.

13 The Lion King (2019)

Should have saved my money and watched the 1994 one at home first then asked someone for the differences in this remake.

The Psycho of Disney and family movies at the same time. This is by far the worst remake yet. The RT score should have been Critics 33% and Audience 37%.

I likes it very much actually. Sure it wasn’t BETTER than the original but no live action is. - AwesomeJawson

This remake felt emotionless, just like these animals faces. It doesn’t offer something new.

14 Christopher Robin

So that's how Pikachu and the Pokemon gang look hideous. By using jumping on the furry bandwagon to create something that looks similar to this. To all movie companies, stop making every character look like furries.

This movie is so boring. Trust me!

This was not a remake. - NickXH

15 Dumbo (2019)

Take everything you loved about the animated version of Dumbo, and throw it in the trash. Because this remake perfectly takes that concept. This movie lacks the charm the original had, and make it soulless. - RadioHead03

Oh come on, I thought this was decent. Really cute and really better. I'm sorry, I didn't like the animated version.

16 Kim Possible (2019)

If they make a remake of Star vs the forces of evil or Gravity Falls, I am done with Disney

But it was 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, isn't that gimmicky?

17 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

This is the worst version of Nutcracker. This is an Alice in Wonderland rip-off. And those Disney twist villain cliche is taken at its worst in this one.

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