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Disney Remake burnout.

Discussion in 'Movies' started by SomeRandom, May 24, 2019.

  1. SomeRandom

    SomeRandom Still learning to be wise

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    Okay, so remakes/reboots are as old as cinema itself. Especially when "talkies" caught on and silent films were remade for a more modern audience. Even silent directors themselves remade their own works, like Cecil B DeMille who remade his popular epic from the 20s into the 50s masterpiece The Ten Commandments.
    Disney remakes themselves are nothing new.
    In fact, I actually grew up watching them. The live action reboot of 101 Dalmatians, I owned on VHS and didn't see the animated film at all until adulthood. I remember watching the remake of The Parent Trap as a tyke a lot. Same with the Love Bug. They also did a remake of Freaky Friday, which was just a touch after my childhood. I think.
    So this is not one of those "oh Disney has lost their way" kind of posts. I fully acknowledge that reboots are simply part of cinema in general.

    But I feel like they're over saturating their own market. I mostly ignored their reboots, but I kind of liked their Cinderella live action. I skipped Beauty and the Beast entirely because the animated version is one of my favorites, not just in the Disney canon but adaptions of the tale in general. Jungle Book was alright, though they should have been more faithful to the book in order to justify it's existence, IMO.
    And I thought Mary Poppins Returns was cute (yes, I'm aware it's a sequel.) For the most part I enjoyed it all the same. But Aladdin, Lion King, Dumbo, (Hunchback I think was delayed due to Notre Dame fire) I dunno, I kind of want Disney to go back to it's roots. I know they're also known for producing quality Live Action movies in the past and I like the MCU as much as the next fan. But I feel like they're spitting in the face of animation. Like their animated movies weren't good enough so let's make them legit by turning them into Live Action "real" movies.

    What's your take on the phenomenon? Do you have any reboots you prefer? And are there any movies (Disney or otherwise) you think would benefit from an update?
    I see many in the Disney fandom actually want a remade Black Cauldron.
     
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  2. ADigitalArtist

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    Gargoyles. That is all.
     
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    I don't mind remakes personally, even if I never see them. Like you stated, it's just a part of cinema. I thought the Live action Beauty and the Beast was decent, but I am absolutely looking forward to the Lion King. I saw the trailer for it in theatres and it made me tear up, it touched me right in the childhood, because this was an animated film I remember seeing in theatres as a kid.
     
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    I don't know why they would want to remake any of these classics. I liked a few of the Disney movies, and I enjoyed going to Disneyland as a kid. But I don't think I really got into Disney that much. Although the TV show on Sunday night had some interesting short subjects.

    But this whole remake/reboot business has put me off somewhat. But if the fans keep lining up and paying money for it, then the studios will continue to do it. It makes no difference to me personally, but it makes me think that a lot of movers and shakers in today's entertainment industry really have no pride. Maybe they can trick the fans into buying their dreck and make a lot of money, but the con can only go so far. Will they be remembered in a generation or two? Probably not. Walt Disney will be remembered for a long time to come, but the guy who remade Disney...who cares?
     
  5. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    What about Pocahontas?

    It is the most doable movie...without magic or talking animals....

    Ha...I forgot the willow...:D
     
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    The simple answer is that remakes make money without a huge risk. The cost to write the story is very low since it will only need a tune up and it worked once before, it is apt to work again.
     
  7. SomeRandom

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    Well in Animation, usually low risk ventures allow the company to gain money for future projects. In fact, Disney started the (America only) tradition of rereleasing their movies to the cinemas as a way to recoup losses incurred by still very successful movies at the time. This in turned created the "vault" as a way to combat the more accessible media as home release started to be a thing. Because Animation, quality animation, is normally very expensive by default. Disney is a business, first and foremost. It will look at what is successful and milk it for all it's worth. That's kind of what they've always done. As has Hollywood, really.

    My issue with Disney in particular is twofold. One, I think the constraints by the company's image squashes any real artistic license new directors can have with Disney owned intellectual property and therefore doesn't allow their remakes/reboots any real room to truly breathe. And two, frankly I think they're better than this. And with them practically buying the entire universe, they should start flexing their muscles a bit more. So to speak. Though I agree that Walt's name will outlive this trend.
     
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