Disney Needs to Re-think Their Re-makes

Alycen Kim, Reporter

When we think of Disney, we think of those bright, animated movies from our childhoods. Younger people may reference new Disney animations, from original princess movies like Frozen and Moana to fantasy films like Wreck-It-Ralph and Zootopia.

But recently, Disney has been sprinkling in some so-called “live-action remakes” along with these newer movies. These remakes use real actors and computer-generated imagery (CGI) to reimagine their classic, animated movies. Some recent remake films include Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King.

To some, these “live-action” films show that Disney is running out of fresh ideas and is resorting to remaking their past successful films.

Many fans argue that the “new generation” will be able to enjoy these remakes of classic Disney movies with the same treasured characters and plots. However, even with the modern twists, the movies are boring and repetitive.

For example, there have been six iterations of the original 1967 Jungle Book, including the most recent 2016 film. At some point, Disney needs to stop recycling and reusing their decades-old plots. Almost everyone knows what The Jungle Book is about, so why does Disney keep drilling it into us?

They can at least be somewhat creative when remaking movies and try to incorporate different characters or film them from another character’s perspective.

As of now, Disney has even announced more upcoming live-action remakes for the next few years, including Mulan, Lady and The Tramp, and The Little Mermaid. I can only look at these posters so long for decent-looking CGI characters and a somewhat original storyline. But, knowing Disney’s recent loss of authenticity, I don’t have much hope.