Disney Has Put Aside Entertainment; Bets On Classical Animated Live-Action Remake For Profit


This 2019, Disney shocked the world when it announced the remake of some of its animated classics into live-action movies. From its Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast revamps, the company bets on most of its all-time favorite animated classics, a move that sets aside entertainment according to critics.

It has become a phenomenon when Disney released its remake of the blockbuster hit Mary Poppins Returns which dominated the US theatres last December 2018. The mammoth movie studio, according to Quartz, indicated that the outcome produced more than 7 billion dollar worldwide, or roughly 19 percent of the global box office at that time.

Disney is known for remaking its classic animated films. Since 2016, the House of Mouse has been the top grossing Hollywood studio and has accounted for as much as 26 percent of the total box office, according to Cinemablend. This year, it will be another opportunity for Disney to top the movie scene as it officially releases its slate for 2019 upcoming movies.

Dumbo is the next big live-action adaptation of Disney, which is a remake of the 1941 movie about a young elephant who was abused due to its huge ears. He then exploited by a circus owner (Danny DeVito) after the children discovered he can fly. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie just came out yesterday, March 29.

Guy Ritchie in Sherlock Holmes will be directing Aladdin, and Will Smith is voicing the Genie, which garnered critics from several fans who reacted that blue version of Smith’s genie is not good enough. The movie is set on theatres this May 24, 2019.

The soundtrack of Disney’s beloved animated classic The Lion King is going to be great again, especially when news surfaced that Beyonce will portray Nala. The story follows Simba who, with the help of his friends, Timon and Pumba, needed to save his kingdom from the hands of his evil uncle, Scar. Lion King is set to take on the theatres this coming July 19, 2019.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will hit theaters on October 18, 2019. Angelina Jolie will reappear on the big screen for her role as ‘Maleficent’ in the sequel to the 2014 origin story of the infamous villain from 1959’s classic Sleeping Beauty.

Frozen 2 is seen to be another billion-dollar property of Disney and will make theaters busy. Fans are ready to hear another one heck of a song from the sequel that everyone will stick on repeat from November 22 until 2020.

Disney will also bring Mulan to life which was initially supposed to premiere in 2018. The film follows a young woman who disguises herself as a man, takes her father’s place in war and saves China. Chinese actress Liu Yifei was cast as the titular heroine in 2017, and Disney plans to produce the film in March next year.

Other Disney-related movies which are set to dominate cinemas globally are; Penguins from Disneynature on April 17, Avengers: Endgame on April 26, Toy Story 4, June 21, Artemis Fowl will be up on August 9 and Star Wars: Episode IX on December 20 during Christmas season.

Finally, looking at Disney’s 2019 lineup, one thing becomes clear: does the studio poise to create revenues that can beat last year’s profit or mainly to top the cinematic world in terms of high-quality entertainment?

The question has been raised to the company ever since it started remaking live-action films, which they formally responded in a conference back in 2018. Disney refused to sound like a businessperson, but obviously, everything revolves around making profits. Although the studio claimed that all its movies are products of people’s consistent call for revivals of classic Disney animated shows, it doesn’t deny the fact that the pursuit for massive sales return is slowly eating the company.

“It is both for monetary and entertainment purposes,” Z6mag acquired from 2018 interview of Disney after banking on Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. The remake became the fifth highest grossing film of all-time with a worldwide gross over 1 billion dollars. It is now the 34th highest grossing and remained unseated in ranking, as per Eonline. This highlights how strong Disney has been in the last decade, employing a strategy of remaking its classic animated films into live-action adaptations.

It is a business decision that made Disney put its classic films into the theaters, not because it responds to fans’ requests of sequels or a remake. Walt Disney Studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s pursuit of original ideas and not count on recycled formulas were neglected because the company is practically seeing billions in the universally beloved entry of Disney, which people are already familiar with.

The thing is, if massive revenues continue to pour in this 2019, it means that people are still entertained with Disney’s reanimation, so why focus more on making newer ones that barely made history? After all Beauty and the Beast which has bad reviews from several critics including Rotten Tomatoes was an unbelievable success as it grossed over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide, making it the on the 14th spot for the highest-grossing live-action musical film of all time.

It dawned on us that, entertained or not, Walt Disney doesn’t care. Does it check on reviews and evaluations whether people have been amused or the movie create a significant impact on our lives? Of course not. But, it is still making progress, especially on the entertainment world and it is unstoppable. This year, its 2019 slate would, for any other company, be about three years’ worth of tentpole movies, and may become the biggest hit live-action animated films of all time since 2016.

Now the question is: How long can Disney keep it up after all of its classic animated films have been remade?

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