Over Thanksgiving break, my family and I drove a quick fifteen hours to Iowa (both of my parents are from there). During this trip, I decided to rent a couple of movies from Redbox to watch on the way up. Being an avid Disney movie viewer/fan, I decided to catch up on all of the re-makes of classic Disney movies that have been released within the last couple of years. The four movies I rented were Snow White and the Huntsman, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Tarzan and I loved each one!
It was really interesting to see how each, different, producer uniquely brought the movies to life. My first thought was how they intended on dealing with all of the over-fictional aspects such as talking animals, fairy godmothers, etc. I am, of course, aware that all of these movies are fictional and are designed to be your classic fairy tale, but transforming the characters into real-life people, in a real-life world and setting made me curious as to what would be done.
Snow White and the Huntsman, and Tarzan had completely different plots from the original Disney movie. To not give away key elements and plot aspects of the movies, I will just say that each movie did not completely diverge from the story and both included the essential elements needed to hold the original stories together.
The other movies pretty much followed the exact story line of the original movies, the only contrasts from the other movies were the animal aspect I mentioned earlier. The Jungle Book allowed the animals to talk in the movie, while Tarzan and Cinderella did not. Although these animals are main characters in both of the movies, their lack of dialogue surprisingly did not take away from the movie. I have to commend the producers for being able to still make the movie enjoyable despite muting the animal characters when they are the bulk of the movie and are present throughout the entire film.
All of these movies were very enjoyable to watch and the stories are timeless, Disney classics that I, personally, could watch over and over again. Disney movies do not just bring joy and happiness to the viewer, but they teach valuable, life lessons in them. I can’t wait to see what different Disney movie remakes producers will do in the future. I would love to see The Little Mermaid brought to life because it is my favorite disney movie. I also cannot wait to see the new Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson!