What Other Disney Movies Should Get The Live-Action Treatment?

Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast, The Jungle Book, and now Mulan*–Disney has figured out that they can make craploads of money by making the same movies over and over again, this time in live-action instead of animation. As a comment I read on another site said, “Do people think movies go bad, like unrefrigerated produce?” Apparently!

So which other Disney classics should get the live-action treatment? I’ve got some ideas:

The Lion King: no humans; hundreds of large, wild animals, including apex predators; a wildebeest stampede–seems like a no-brainer. Lions are probably good actors, right?

Robin Hood: same as above, except this time the animals are wearing clothes and have to regularly interact in large, prey/predator groups. Perfect!

101 Dalmatians: They already did one, so clearly it’s time for a reboot, this time with Lady Gaga as Cruella.

The Little Mermaid: There’s gotta be an actress out there somewhere who can hold her breath for a really, really long time.

Aladdin: People would love and not be horribly upset at all by a non-Robin Williams Genie!

Frozen: It’s been OVER A YEAR since this movie came out! Where is the remake? WHERE??


*I can’t lie, I will 100% watch a live-action Mulan.

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39 Responses to What Other Disney Movies Should Get The Live-Action Treatment?

  1. old man fatima says:

    No Disney, but has anyone seen Night of the Hunter? Hands down one of the scaries horror-thrillers ever made and one of my favourites, but I watched it again this year and the shittiness of child actors in the 50s does kind of bring the movie down a touch. It should be truly terrifying, but crappy Shirley Temple wannabe Pearl and her little Dudley Doright brother make it campier than it ought to be. I want to see a remake of this one! Robert Mitchum is a hard man to replace, but I think it could be so well done. I mean, it likely wouldn’t be. They’d make him an alien instead of a murderous preacher and there would be a wise-cracking teddy bear sidekick for the kids or whatever, but it *could* be really well done.

    I always loved the Fox and the Hound, but as much as I’d love to see it live-action I don’t think it would end up being well done. I could definitely get behind the Emperor’s New Groove.

    • The only problem with Emperor’s New Groove, aka the best movie ever, is that I couldn’t deal with the characters having different voices, which they’d have to since the two leads (and Kronk!) were white guys and Eartha Kitt is busy being a sexy badass in heaven. It’s one of those movies where the voice acting really made the characters. (They could dub over the actors, I guess? But that would be weird.)

    • hotspur says:

      According to wikipedia’s Night of the Hunter entry: “The film was remade in 1991 as a TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain.” I’m sure it’s great.

      • Commentatrix says:

        I just had a whole conversation with someone about RChambs! Basically, he was in this miniseries called Thornbirds (aka the OG Fifty Shades) that my mom and aunts were obsessed with and watched on VHS EVERY time we ever had a family reunion. He plays a priest who has a forbidden affair with a young Rachel Ward. So.

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    It’s not Disney, but I would watch a live action remake of the Last Unicorn.

  3. mordonez says:

    I think SNL is reasonably up on this with the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-led Bambi. What more do we need?

  4. Sota says:

    I can get behind remakes if they make as much sense as Robb Stark = Prince Charming. That one was spot on.

  5. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Also, I keep seeing previews for that Once Upon a Time show, and they are live action remaking every character known to man. Based on the commercials, I think the show looks terrible, but if live action fairy tale characters is what someone is looking for in a tv show, that would definitely be the right show for them.

    • I watched it when it first started–it was a lot of fun at first, but quickly devolved into a total mess.

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        Unfortunately, that is true for so many shows. I’m looking at you True Blood!

      • Erika says:

        I think I didn’t make it past two episodes. The premise was just too hard to suspect my disbelief for and the switching back and forth between “real life” and the fantasy world made it way too hard to follow for casual viewing, at least for me.

  6. catweazle says:

    Mulan is as close as we’re ever likely to get to a queer Disney Princess so I’m down with the live action version as long as Eddie Murphy isn’t involved.

    If they decide to do Sleeping Beauty I have a casting suggestion!

  7. artdorkgirl says:

    I think we have our live action Lion King:

    • artdorkgirl says:

      PS: I love this mostly because that little ginger cat looks like MY little ginger cat (he’s in my photo!!)

      • Sota says:

        At University of Minnesota football games they have a song/crowd thing similar to the kiss cam, where they play the Circle of Life song and then parents in the crowd hold up their babies like they are Simba and they show all the cute babies on the big screen. Its pretty funny.

  8. Kate says:

    I saw live action Cinderella last week and I’m upset to report that it was not that good! I missed the beautiful songs of the cartoon and the other Rogers and Hammerstein production. Also Cinderella’s ball gown was cheap looking!!! The wicked step sisters’ and step mother’s dresses were more interesting. Though the wedding gown was beautiful.

    There was a mom and aunt and little girl sitting next to me with tiaras and magic wands though, and that saved the day for me.

  9. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Apparently Tim Burton is going to do a live action remake of Dumbo. Just imagine the CGI to create giant elephant ears on Johnny Depp.

    Also, I haven’t seen that movie since I was a kid, so I don’t remember it, but holy hell does the plot description sound depressing!

    • Dumbo is SO messed up. Naturally, it was my favorite movie as a child.

    • hotspur says:

      Apparently my mother regretted taking me to see Dumbo because I could not get over the plot as a three-year-old.

      If Tim Burton remakes Dumbo, Tim Burton and I are through. Seriously, that might crush the last bit of goodwill left from Beetlejuice and Ed Wood.

    • Erika says:

      Given the appalling racism in the original, I’m very much in favor of a remake, although by pretty much anyone other than Tim Burton.

  10. mordonez says:

    Maybe a live action Fantasia? Am I doing this right?

  11. Commentatrix says:

    Now the only thing I can think about is how much I want to see Lady Gaga as Cruella in anything.

  12. Casey says:

    How about a remake of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” in which the human cast is animated and the cartoon characters are portrayed by actors in plushy costumes? And movie theaters supply free drugs!

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