|A Pace Odyssey
Over the past 95 years, Disney has been a truly inspiring part of everyone’s childhood. Their success has grabbed the attention of millions of viewers around the world, leaving them with a sense of awe and wonder. Recently, Disney has set much of their time turning all their classics into live-action remakes. Past movie remake success in the box office has led to Disney’s realization of one prominent thing that all their fans desire more than anything: nostalgia.
On April 10, 2019, the first official trailer for the live action movie The Lion King was released. We get to see some sneak peeks of our favorite characters from our childhood; waiting in anticipation for its release onto the big screen on July 19, 2019. It may seem as though it is a great idea to provide a new experience for the public, but is it really anything other than a cash grab?
Disney knows they have audience members eating out of their hands. What other low-risk way to make tons of money is there other than remaking what people already know and love? Familiarity brings a sense of calm that Disney knows anyone would pay for. Remakes do often offer a different twist to them, but they can never surpass the original. But then again, it doesn’t matter as long as they get their money, right?
The Lion King isn’t the only one that’s been remade in this year alone. Dumbo and Aladdin are also used as an attempt to show audiences a different perspective. Some argue that these remakes are ruining the feeling that the originals used to give them--such as the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don't fix it.” Others say that it is a perfect way to bring back memories in a new style.
Do you think Disney is gaining their massive amount of money in the correct manner? Or should they use their resources to make something new and original? Do remakes change the way you think of the original classics?