Opinion: Disney movie remakes are less magical

By Hannah Hoover | Staff Writer

Many audiences, particularly young viewers, adore Disney’s reinventions of well-known and beloved classic films. However, others prefer to preserve the integrity of old films and point out Disney’s Financial gains.

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Over the last decade, Disney has remade 11 classic movies, such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Cinderella and more, with at least 10 more films in the works. While all these movies have great performances they don’t come close to the magic and wonder of the animated classics.

The first remake Disney produced was Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway, which made more than one billion dollars in the box office. The second film, Maleficent didn’t quite reach the one billion mark, only making 758.5 million. Of the nine reboots following those two releases, only three hit the one billion mark again.

Although the re-creation of the animated classics introduces a new generation to the enchantment of princesses, princes, talking animals, evil family members, and magical spells, they don’t give the same nostalgic connection of the classic animated films. Disney movies don’t have to be new to reach a new generation of audiences.

 I spent my childhood watching Snow White and Pinocchio both of which were made before 1941. These classic movies provide an ageless connection to those of different generations and provide you a chance to create one yourself with your children or younger family members. There is a sense of nostalgia when watching the original movies with family and friends, the comfort in hearing the same voices, songs and seeing the same animated figures that the reboots lack.

The original movies also have better playlists than any new movies or reboots. The new Lion King reboot did have Beyonce and Donald Glover singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?,”  but it is still nowhere close to Elton John’s version. And even Will Smith himself knew his version of “Never Had a Friend Like Me” from Aladdin wouldn’t compare to the Robin Williams original.

With reboots such as Home Alone and Mulan in the works, it seems that Disney is only focused on recreating these movies because they have no other ideas and want to make money. The best part of watching Disney movies is that Walt Disney himself helped create a story and helped children imagine themselves as princesses, princes and heroes in their own right.

Producing the reboots to make money is disrespectful to the well-made and original movies who, despite their goal to make money, focused on the storytelling and character development of the movie instead of redoing the same things hoping to entice new kids to watch the movie and break box-office records.

These reboots are fine, but just in comparison to the old movies, they aren’t worth seeing simply because there is nothing new to add. They are the same stories repeated with different voices and actors that are strange and unappealing to older generations who are familiar with the songs, scenes and characters of the original. Even in the new live-action movies, the CGI effects look drastically different from the past movies and serve the connection to the classics. Remaking these movies is a disservice to those who helped create the originals, and it is painful to hear that some children might never imagine Kevin McCallister as Macaulay Culkin.

Disney should spend time focusing on how to tell new stories and ideas instead of making yet another movie that we have all seen time and time again.