In 2010, Disney released one of the first remakes of the classic animated film, Alice in Wonderland. A few years later Maleficent was released, based on the movie Sleeping Beauty. Both of the films had different takes than the animated versions, and in general had mixed reviews that led to a lot of disappointment from Disney fans. However, Disney turned it around with the success of Cinderella, The Jungle Book (which, in my personal opinion is the best remake so far), and Beauty and the Beast. More remakes are planned for the future, including for two of Disney’s more successful films Mulan and The Lion King. Still, in the list of movies they are planning for live-action remakes, there are only a few films that haven’t been done before and many that have been done a hundred times over, like Peter Pan and several new movies for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Here is a list of films that I think should be included on Disney’s master list:
Out of all of the films being remade, I’m surprised this one isn’t on the list at all. The story of the demi-god Hercules is a very ancient one and has been told many times, but I think that a live version of this movie would be an appropriate instance where Disney would get to utilize great music and humor into a semi-serious story. Plus, admit it, a battle between Hercules and the Titans would always be awesome to see.
Odd choice, yes, but thanks to Beauty and the Beast we can see the excellent animations of inanimate objects that Disney is capable of. Not only would it be interesting to see this movie as a visual spectacle, but it would be great to hear a remaster of the soundtrack as well, and to introduce children and families to this old classic.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
It would be fun to see a story take place in the famous New Orleans, especially during the jazz age. After watching the Jungle Book, we know that Disney is capable of excellent CGI for animals and making them seem human, which is great for this kind of movie because about half of the characters are animals. A black female lead is not common in any live-action Disney films, so seeing that, an interracial relationship, and Tiana’s struggle for success in the middle of a segregated south are all excellent opportunities to explore.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
This is an underrated and surprisingly dark film, but fun and awe-inspiring as well. Maybe Disney has stayed away from this title because of some of the religious and sexual “desire” undertones, but they should take it on because it also presents some great lessons, including don’t judge a book by its cover and empathy.
Treasure Planet (2003)
Technically, Treasure Island was Disney’s first live-action movie ever, but this newer 2003 twist starring a Joseph Gordon-Levitt voice over would be intriguing to see in a live-action format. After seeing what Disney did with Star Wars, we know that they are fully capable of designing these space-faring characters in a serious manner without making them look campy. A modern perspective on the father-son like relationship between Jim Hawkins and John Silver is also something special Disney could portray.
The next few titles on this list are not Disney, but they still deserve a live-action version:
Dreamworks and other studios also have some classics that came out during the “golden age of Disney.” Hopefully, these studios will get the hint and realize the success they could have if they re-released these movies.
Anastasia (1997)- For its fantastic music and interesting story
The Road to El Dorado (2000)- For its humor and beautiful settings
Swan Princess (1994)- It would be great to see this retelling of the “Swan Lake” story in this version.
Who knows, maybe some of the films I listed will be remade in the future, but I still wish Disney would take the time to remake some of the more original stories, instead of focusing on different aspects of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for the 1000000th time and making a Maleficent “2”. So, which movies should be on my list that I did not include? Be sure to comment below!