Disney has been on a live-action rampage as of late. There will have been four theatrical releases from Disney by year's end (Aladdin, Dumbo, Lion King, and Mulan) and one for Disney+ (Lady and the Tramp). More are on the way, including classics such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, and Lilo and Stitch. I saw Aladdin, Dumbo, and the Lion King this year. I liked Aladdin, but the other two didn't do anything for me.
To me, these live action remakes are devoid of any soul. Animation is meant to be a dream world, an escape from the harsh truths of reality. Putting these films into 'live-action' takes them away from that fantasy element. For example, Lion King just had a bunch of CGI animals running around and talking. I personally found it funny when they just ran around, void of any emotion. It looked dumb. I do like myself some Christopher Walken, though.
All it needed was... more cowbell. You see, that's what Lion King also needed. Christopher Walken giving a speech to Simba, telling him to kick Scar's ass for enacting the terrible wrath of climate change. That would've made things much better. Also, Will Smith was actually pretty good as the Genie. Other than those two things, I don't plan on seeing these live action remakes Disney will continue to churn out. Even people like me not seeing them won't do the end of these productions any justice: my generation (myself included) grew up with these films and we foam at the mouth for any nostalgia (I am guilty of this regarding Nintendo gaming). As long as Disney hits that note of nostalgia with my fellow millennials and our offspring, they will continue to turn more out. You do have to admit that Will Smith as Shrek would be funny (please, no Shrek live action remakes, though!).
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