The Pandemic We Didn’t Notice – Disney’s Live Action Movies

by Ishrat Zaman

I’m mad at Disney, Disney, they tricked me, tricked me, had me thinking live actions would be good… 

I’m sure many others like me grew up with Disney movies as a part of their childhood. Back in the good old days, there was nothing more exhilarating than falling headfirst like Alice down the rabbit hole of pure magic that Disney would weave into their films. Remember watching in awe as Cinderella transformed from a ragged dress to a beautiful ballgown and jamming to Sebastian’s rendition of ‘Under the Sea’ (arguably one of Disney’s best bops)? 

The 2D animated films have a charm like no other.  

However, while we’ve been stressing and worrying over coronavirus, another pandemic has emerged unnoticed… The plague of Disney live-action movie remakes has surfaced stealthily and silently over the past decade and is only growing in traction. Disney has taken many of the classics we love and reformed them for a modern audience – Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and 101 Dalmatians, to name a few. 

Now, I will not be a big, fat liar like Pinocchio and say that I dislike all the live-action movies that Disney has made. I think some live-action remakes have been excellent in their own right! I loved how Jasmine was more confident and empowered in the live-action compared to the animated version and became the deserving leader of Agrabah. And Maleficent was a HUGE improvement from the snooze fest that was Sleeping Beauty (pun intended) and portrayed a touching maternal relationship between Aurora and Maleficent.  

Despite this, Disney should be questioned for some of the live-action remakes they’ve made. For one, I didn’t see the point of remaking The Lion King and Lady and the Tramp, since the animals were rendered by CGI. Besides, their animated counterparts were far cuter (baby Simba, anyone?). And the mere thought of how Disney butchered the live-action of Mulan makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry.