From Mulan to Maleficent, Disney’s live-action remake fiasco has gone on for far too long.
Throughout next year, Disney will be releasing four live-action theatrical remakes. That may not sound like a great amount, but for comparison, there has been only one remake a year about every year or so. According to Newsday, the 13th most circulated newspaper in the US, “Disney plans to continue churning out the remakes. Next in line for real-people reboots starting this month are ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King.’” With all these movies recreated with the same storyline, when do we draw the line?
See Beauty and the Beast for example. Many people saw that on the 2017 Disney lineup and were immediately ecstatic. The thing is, the same movie was on the Disney lineup in 1991, a whole 26 years before the 2017 remake. Why are we paying for a movie that most of us already have in our own homes already? If Beauty and the Beast is truly a ‘tale that is old as time,’ then it shouldn’t have to be remade. That is unless we watch it.
Beauty and the Beast so far has made over $1.2 billion dollars in the box office. That is a one followed by nine zeroes. According to Business Insider, that’s more money than Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, widely considered to be the best Star Wars movies to date, made in its entire run, including the reissue and special edition release. All this money earned from a movie that was a rehashed version of a classic. Disney is playing with our nostalgia to suck money out of our wallets, instead of putting actual effort to create a unique storyline that’s never been seen before.
In order to make sure that I was not the only one that thought this way, I went to my fellow peers. Turns out that, out of a total of 60 surveyed, 36 people were excited for the new live action remakes, while 27 students thought that it was a bad idea to continue with these movies. So what can we take away from this? Turns out, we’re pretty split on this subject.
So now the question remains, what can we do about it? Well, put simply, nothing. Disney already has its hooks in our brains. They’re using us in their own little puppet show at the box office. Only about half of us like them, but they’re making ridiculous amounts of money, so there’s nothing stopping them. Movies used to be about creativity, but it has now morphed into businesses taking their best shot at a cash grab.
Obviously there’s not much we can do as a school, but that doesn’t mean we should give up. Are we going to let Disney get away with this robbery? So on opening night of Aladdin, instead of going to the theaters and throwing your money to that greedy little mouse, just take the original and pop it in the nearest VHS player. We will not let the largest movie corporation take away our morals.