Disney’s live-action remakes offer nostalgia
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With “Beauty and the Beast” coming out on March 17, many young people have been discussing Disney’s new trend of re-creating old animated movies, and with “Pete’s Dragon,” “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” this has turned into a trend instead of a one-time occurrence. In fact, there are 10 more remakes to come, including “Mulan” and “The Little Mermaid” according to teen magazine “Seventeen.”
There’s been mixed reactions as some people see this as a result of corporate greed while some people see this as an opportunity to relive their childhood. They both have legitimate points. Maybe remaking old movies didn’t start with the best intentions, but it is still enjoyable.
Many of the critics say that this is just a cheap tactic to rake in more money for the corporation, and they’re probably right. There isn’t much of a point to redo something that was done as recently as the 90s. It’s most likely not going to be
remembered in 10 years, much less make it into the cinematic history books.
However, it isn’t like the film studio hasn’t created anything imaginative or new recently. Between “Frozen,” “Zootopia” and “Moana,” they have created some well-done and original kids movies. Sure, “Frozen” and “Moana” were based off literature or mythology, but most Disney movies do that nonetheless.
Besides, they made the adult-oriented works child-friendly and varied the plotlines enough to be considered new. The live- action remakes aren’t creative premises, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect on Disney as a whole.
Also, they add to the older movies. In “The Jungle Book,” for example, Disney gave Mowgli a backstory and threw in some of the jungle’s mythology. In “Maleficent,” they looked at the classic from a new angle. They turned “Alice in Wonderland” into an action movie. They aren’t just cutting and pasting old scripts.
Additionally, some of these movies were created in racist and sexist times, so remaking these movies gives an opportunity for redemption. Aurora and Snow White, as kind as they have been, weren’t the strongest or most active protagonists, and don’t get me started on the racist portrayal of minorities in “Peter Pan” and “Lady and the Tramp.” Perhaps revising these mistakes is a good thing.
Moreover, what’s wrong with reminiscing? As long as you don’t spend your entire time living in the past, a hint of nostalgia never killed anyone. Movies are supposed to be a pleasant escape from the harshness of reality, and that’s exactly what this is: a time machine to our childhoods.