In a previous post, I explored the trend of Disney animated films getting green-lit for live-action remakes. This trend can no longer be ignored. In the past few weeks, it was announced that both Winnie-the-Pooh and Mulan are getting the live-action treatment.
Gary Wright, writer for Rotoscopers, presents his case for so many Disney live-action adaptions, highlighting the pros and cons of each side of the argument. The general consensus seems to be that if the films are done correctly, everything will be okay. If the films are done with little regard to the original source and are created haphazardly, people will not happy.
Good things can happen with Disney live action remakes. Rotten Tomatoes.com gave the recent Cinderella remake an 84 percent “certified fresh” rating.
However, is this new trend all for the money? As I mentioned in previous posts, Disney has all the power in the animation industry, so they can afford to experiment. Will audiences continue to see these live-action remakes in they years to come, or will the trend die out after a few years? Is Disney taking chances, or are they just in a creative rut? Can the live-action movies themselves breathe new creativity into the already established animated franchises?
There are many questions and viewpoints to consider in this case. More to come in further posts.