In the past few years, Disney has been remaking some of their best stories from years ago. The new films have all been created as live-action movies instead of the cartoon classics from many people’s childhood; this means that rather than 2D characters, we now see real people playing our favourite roles.
Disney hasn’t stopped making original stories altogether though, with recent releases like ‘Moana’ (2016) – a story about a young girl who sets out on a mission across the sea to save her island – and with the upcoming release of ‘Frozen 2’ in 2019, Disney is still coming up with new magical stories.
The remakes haven’t only been for the ‘Disney Princess’ brand.
Here are all of the remakes so far:
Alice in Wonderland 2010
This world famous fairy tale was written by Lewis Carroll in 1865, and first adapted into a Disney film back in 1951.
In 2010, Disney released a follow up to the original in a film directed by Tim Burton, who lived up to his reputation of creating weird and wonderful films.
Staring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as well as many others, this film looks at what happens when Alice returns to Wonderland twelve years after her first adventure. This time round, a lot more is expected from her when she discovers it’s her destiny to free the people of Underland from the nasty Red Queen.
‘Sleeping Beauty’ (1959) is one of Disney’s classic princess stories, telling the tale of Princess Aurora who is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent to fall into an eternal sleep on her sixteenth birthday, until she is kissed by her true love.
The 2014 remake shows the story from Maleficent’s point of view, giving a whole new side to the story. Starting in her childhood, the films shows how Maleficent – a fairy – started life as a protector of her land, but a betrayal turned her bad and left her wanting revenge on the king and his family. It doesn’t end as expected as it is discovered that Maleficent still has good in her.
Unlike those before it, this 2015 remake stayed very similar to the original 1950 fairy tale, with the biggest difference being that the new film is not a musical unlike the classic, although there is still some singing in it.
Following the widely loved story, we learn about ‘Ella’s’ past including the loss of her beloved mother and the introduction of her new ‘evil stepmother’ and her daughters. With the introduction of her fairy godmother, Ella’s life is turned around and she falls in love with the prince.
The Jungle Book 2016
‘The jungle book’ (1967) is the story of a boy Mowgli who is abandoned as a child and raised by wolves in the jungle. Not everyone in the jungle approves of him being there, so Mowgli must face the dangers of the jungle to get back to the ‘man village’.
The 2016 remake follows the same story of Mowgli travelling with his animal friends to return to the humans, however with twenty first century animation, the animals he meets along the way are brought alive in this stunning adaptation.
Beauty and the Beast 2017
Much like with Cinderella, the remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ stays true to the 1992 original. The story tells the tale of a cursed prince who was turned into a beast. Belle is taken as a prisoner by the Beast in exchange for her father’s freedom. With help from some friendly household appliances, Belle learns that the Beast is not as cold as he seems, and helps to free him from his curse.
In the 2017 remake, Emma Watson portrays the role of Belle as an independent village girl who doesn’t mind being different to everyone else. A strong message of staying true to who you are is clear throughout the film.
Disney is not going to stop remaking its films any time soon. Here is a list of all the upcoming releases known so far:
Mulan – Disney are currently searching for the female lead for this live-action remake set to be released in November 2018.
The Little Mermaid – This magical remake will include a mix of some of the favourite songs from the original and some brand new tracks.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – It has surprised fans that Disney’s first animated feature film has taken this long to be made into a live-action.
The Lion King – The original is the most successful traditionally animated film in history, but seeing as it contains no humans and will be created entirely from CGI, can this really be classed as a live-action?
Cruella De Vil – The villain from the classic ‘101 Dalmatians’ is set to get her own film based around her early years, similar to ‘Maleficent’.
Aladdin – Little is known yet about this remake apart from it will focus on the original story, and Will Smith is rumoured to take on the role of Genie following in the late Robin Williams shoes.
There are many other upcoming releases; however we still have to wait another year and a half for ‘Mulan’ so it’s probably best to not get too excited.