No animated Disney film will be left untouched by the live-action adaptation epidemic. Within the next year, people will have a difficult time trying to think of an animated Disney film that has not been adapted. The most recent victim has been The Sword in the Stone, based on the 1963 film.
In the early days of the epidemic, (circa March 2015) it seemed the majority of victims were Disney Renaissance films such as Beauty and the Beast and Mulan. Then it seemed no one was safe: Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Night on Bald Mountain, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio soon followed. It’s just too much.
A key breaking point occurred last week when Genies was announced, a live-action prequel to Aladdin. That was enough. The most bothersome outcome of this is the effect it will have on the generation of young kids. Their first impression of Disney’s classic and beloved tales will not be the original, timeless animated versions, but most likely the live-action remakes. They might only be aware of the live-action films.
So here and now, I will predict which films will next fall to the epidemic: Hercules and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
It seems there are a few Disney films that will not be touched: those which have animal protagonists. Try to image a live-action Lion King. It would contain realistic CG-animated, talking felines with a real African savanna background. Imagine a CG Timon and Pumba: eww. In all honesty, it would be a visual and emotional disaster. Or: does anyone want to see CG lamas? Kuzco is waiting.
The only thing that can stop this plague is if the films underperform at the box office. So, all you in the general public, if you want to stop this madness, do not pay money to see these movies. That will show Disney what we think of all this stupidity.