Dumbo’s release in cinemas today kicks off the 2019 run of live-action remakes of Disney classics!
After the successful remakes of Beauty and the Beast and Jungle Book, Disney are continuing to bring out new versions of classics, with the loveable floppy-eared elephant next. Whilst I’ve avoided watching the heart-breaking original since I was a child, I won’t be able to resist watching this remake starring the world’s most wonderful animal, with a touch of Disney magic.
The trailer suggests that there is a bigger focus on the human characters, played by well known actors, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. Whether this means we will learn to sympathise with these characters that exploit Dumbo in the circus we will have to see. But with a Tim Burton twist (Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd), the film will undeniably have a dark quality. A cruelty that will no doubt have me in tears!
The endless list of remakes have been splitting Disney fans. Whilst some think the animated originals should be left untouched, others believe it brings a new experience for new generations to appreciate. Rumours went around that Walt Disney had requested remakes be made every 10 years for this reason, but no such thing was recorded.
So what other remakes have we got to look forward to?
With this new remake and new cast, will we be transported to a whole new world? In the fictional city of Agrabah, we meet the street urchin, Aladdin who comes to be at hand of the Genie played by Will Smith. Whilst some have taken this decision hard, considering Robin Williams’ portrayal is impossible to live up to, I’m sure the successful actor will do the role justice.
The Lion King
After the success of Jungle Book in 2016, Disney have taken on another extensive use of CGI for animal based, audience favourite, The Lion King. With the same director, Jon Favreau, there’s surely only successful things to come for this movie. Not to mention the most incredible cast, including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones, who is returning to play Simba’s Dad Mufasa. It’s natural to say there’s going to be some incredible vocals! And we’ve only got to wait until July for this ultimate remake!
Whilst this classic isn’t released until the following year, I can’t wait to see ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ come alive! After rumours of having a white cast, Disney have confirmed that all of the primary roles will be Chinese with Liu Yififefi as Mulan.
Whilst these three films have fixed premiere dates, there are several projects to follow. Some have simply been announced but many are already in a state of development. As well as remakes of the animated classics, others include spin offs focusing on different characters such as Cruella.
These new films also arrive with the release of Disney’s streaming service, Disney+ of which many are set to premiere on this service. This is a tactical scheme for the conglomerate, hooking in fans and tying them down to yet another monthly bill. Who knows what this has in store for the few Disney films on Netflix (although I’m not over bothered due to the lack of ‘proper’ ones they have the rights to). And no, films such as Snow Buddies and Camp Rock don’t count! Fingers crossed for a cheap rate!
The following list are set in plan or rumoured:
- Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Jungle Book 2 – following on from the success of the first remake, incorporating more content from Kipling’s novels
- Lady and the Tramp – I’m certainly surprised seeing this one on the list. One of my favourites (being an avid dog lover) but I’m intrigued how this live action/CG hybrid will capture the romance of the beautiful Cocker Spaniel and rebellious mixed-breed stray
- Lilo and Stitch – “‘Ohana’ means ‘family’. ‘Family’ means ‘no one gets left behind'”. The beloved alien and his friend Lilo are back
- The Sword in the Stone – this historical story provides the perfect base for a live-action remake
- Little Mermaid – Alan Menken is joined by Hamilton’s Lin Manuel-Miranda
- Peter Pan