Throughout the years, Disney has been known for their ability to turn a child’s dream into a reality. In recent news, Disney decided to take this notion one step forward and literally bring its movies to life.
The Walt Disney Logo
This year, Disney announced that it will be releasing eighteen new live-action movies of animated classics. The list provided here:
The list includes popular classics such as Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, and Mary Poppins, starring Emily Blunt, as A-list titular characters. With the success of The Jungle Book, being named the fourth highest-grossing film of 2016 to date as well as garnering a whopping $966.2 million in the box office, Disney has found that live-action remakes of animated classics can bring in the big bucks when it comes to the box office. In spite of this, many people have spoken out against the announced list, accusing Disney of “beating a dead horse”. It is as if Disney is taking classics such as The Lion King and squeezing every last cent out of the idea just to satisfy its lust for monetary gain. People do not like the idea of having their favorite childhood movies recycled into two hours of special effects. On the other hand, some people do like the fact that their favorite childhood films are being revitalized and remade into a real live-action sequence.
Still from The Jungle Book, “Official Trailer #2” (2016)
With this in mind, Disney is capitalizing on the lucrative market that live-action films have to offer. With the success of The Jungle Book and Disney’s upcoming picture, Beauty and the Beast, which is set to arrive some time next year, Disney will continue to remake these beloved childhood films into precious realities that could either make or break its box office numbers. If Disney can continue to ride the wave of successful films that it has produced in the last year, then maybe their box office numbers will reflect a more welcoming reaction towards this decision.