Recently, Disney has created live action versions of their classic animated films, such as “Maleficent” (2014, based off of “Sleeping Beauty”) and “Cinderella” (2015), and have plans to do the same to others, such as “Beauty and the Beast” (2017), “The Jungle Book” (2016), and “Dumbo” (TBA).
However, there are many other Disney Classic Animation Films that deserve a live action remake. Here are just three out of the many that I would like to see remade in theaters.
Released in 1992, and based off of one of the stories told in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights”, “Aladdin” follows the story of Aladdin on his rise from an orphan living on the streets to the chosen suitor of the daughter of the Sultan, Princess Jasmine, with the help of a genie, a magic carpet, and his best friend, Abu the monkey. While it wouldn’t be Robin Williams playing the Genie, this classic story of rags to riches would be great on the silver screen.
Released in 1998, the character Mulan is based off of a legendary woman warrior from ancient China, originally described in a poem known as the “Ballad of Mulan”. In both the poem, and the Disney animation, Mulan takes the place of her aged and crippled father in the Imperial Army and fights against the Huns herself in order to save his life. The movie follows her as she gains confidence in herself and comes into who she truly is. This coming of age story, while common in a lot of movies now days, would be very interesting to see as a live action.
Released in 1995, “Pocahontas” is also based on the real story of the main character, a Virginian Native American, who was associated with the colonial settlement, Jamestown. Although the Disney animation film is vastly different from the true story, it is still interesting to see this Native American teach at least one of European settlers about acceptance, while breaking away from what was traditional in her own society. A beautiful movie like this deserves a live action counterpart.
There are a lot more amazing Disney animated films, but these are just three that I feel deserves to be revisited and remade into a live action film.