Got nothing to watch at the moment? Love Disney? Here are some of their top remakes to keep you occupied!
The newest remake of Mulan was originally meant to be coming out today, but Disney has had to push it back, without announcing a new release date understandably due to everything going on at the moment. Regardless, Disney has always been at the forefront of the television and film industry, and have made so many classic films that will never be forgotten from people’s childhoods! As time passes, these classics do become quite old and out-dated, and so Disney have also been known for creating some of the best remakes of their old films. Here we take a look at some of the best Disney remakes to date!
The Lion King (2019)
As a complete CGI film, compared to the traditionally animated original film in 1994, this remake of the beloved tale used extremely advanced animation software in order to create The Lion King as if it were happening in real-life. Directed by Jon Favreau, who has also worked on Iron Man, The Jungle Book and many more, being one of Disney’s most popular directors at this current moment in time, he brought his own special twist to the fan-favourite story. With the film having several famous celebrities as voice actors, such as Donald Glover, Beyoncé and Seth Rogan, music composed by artists such as Hans Zimmer and Elton John – this film had it all. Released in July 2019 and with a running time of 118 minutes, the film had a massive budget of $250 million, and grossed over $1.65 billion in the box office, clearly showing how well it did with Disney fans across the planet.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The original Beauty and the Beast film, released in 1991, was a milestone for the company as it was their 30th Disney animated feature film, and to date one of their most popular films ever released. A typical princess story but with a different sort of ‘prince’, fans were ecstatic when Disney announced that they were going to release a remake of the original film, but this time as a live-action film with popular actress Emma Watson as Belle. With it being filmed with mostly British actors and actually filmed entirely in Britain, it was also seen by the public as a massive success. Spending around $200 million to create the film, it made over $1.2 billion in the box office, and was one of the stand-out films of 2017, winning countless awards from MTV, Teen Choice and Empire.
Directed by popular American Gothic filmmaker Tim Burton, this film went slightly under the radar when it was released in March last year. As a live-action film, compared to the original traditionally animated film which was released all the way back in 1941, it was a bit of a risk bringing back this film when a lot of people had forgotten about it, but it performed well in the box office when it was released, making twice as much as they spent on creating the film. This film was one of four live-action remakes released in 2019 by Disney, and is safe to say it was a good remake to entertain children as a replacement for the outdated original.
Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Another film directed by one of the world’s best, Tim Burton, the remake of Alice in Wonderland was one of Disney’s biggest films of the decade, or even in their history, with the filming being the second highest grossing film in 2010. With the film having an amazing performance from Johnny Depp as one of the lead roles, this was a turning point in the entirety of Disney’s films and their remakes, as people were starting to become more interested in their new style of live-action in comparison to their animated films. This film was a massive statement by Disney, as the film is currently the 43rd highest grossing film ever. The film is filled with twists and turns, as Alice has to fight against the Red Queen in order to save the world – this film is a must see.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Last but by far not the least, The Jungle Book remake released in 2016 and critics were astounded by another masterpiece from director John Favreau, so much so that a sequel is in development! The film was released in 3D also, and its visual effects, performances and musical score all helped the film to win several awards from the Oscars and the BAFTAs, with major Disney fans loving this version of the film even more than the original! The use of CGI to bring the characters and setting to life in a way in which the original couldn’t have ever dreamed of, this remake brought one of Disney’s most-popular original films back in to the spotlight, making it a whole new franchise for kids and adults to both enjoy!
Written by Matthew Nicoll