How Remakes Go WRONG – feat. Disney's The Lion King and Aladdin – Wisecrack Edition

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    Remakes: Why should we care? Between Aladdin, The Lion King,The Jungle Book, and whatever else Disney has planned, we're living in an age of "new and improved" stories. Join us as we explore what this means, and what makes a good remake.

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Comments • 3 201

  • Mi Ki
    Mi Ki  9 hours back

    I'm scared how Disney will remake Brother Bear. Since it's my favorite Disney movie, and I don't want them to screw it.

    • Horus SC
      Horus SC  10 hours back

      Fun Fact:

      For every ticket sold to watch a remake
      you get 2 copies of the original version sold.
      Plus all the overabundance of people reacting, opinionating, tweeting and v/blogging
      about something that shouldn't even have been paid attention to in the first place.

      Disney strategy is really simple.
      All you morons have to do is to stop watching everything they release.

      It's not like you'll live forever or you have your life for granted
      to waste time on an artificial product just to be part of
      (another meaningless) artificial social conversation, right...?

      Save money: stick to the classics.
      Be smart: stick to the classics.
      Stop polluting internet: *Stick to the classics* .

      • dog boy 2.0
        dog boy 2.0  16 hours back

        2:43 D A V I D C U M

        • ClosetGremlin
          ClosetGremlin  2 days back

          12:15 Disney in general about their remakes

          • Bridget Lee
            Bridget Lee  2 days back

            I surprisingly had no problem with the Cinderella remake- I think it was great!

            • Elizabeth H
              Elizabeth H  3 days back

              There’s no value in the Disney live action remakes. I regret going to see the few that I did before realizing what was going on

              • Peach JY
                Peach JY  4 days back

                i've only seen cinderella remake so far,other i have no idea. Wasn't inetersted in it at all,i already know the story,the plot so why should i bother? Live action movies also usually suck hard, disney might produce better movies than live action animes but still it's weird to see 2D story as real.

                • Scotty D.
                  Scotty D.  4 days back

                  The Aladdin remake was actually pretty decent, they did new songs and Will Smith brought energy to the genie role, whereas Lion King was simply a shot for shot remake of the original and was kinda boring honestly.

                  • Robert Aylor
                    Robert Aylor  6 days back

                    “Like an absurdly well-funded high school play”.

                    Thank you for finding the words I could not. My fucking hero.

                    • Alex Warner
                      Alex Warner  1 weeks back

                      10 Things I Hate About You was set in a Seattle high school but filmed at Stadium High School in Tacoma ✌️

                      • Juan Ontiveros
                        Juan Ontiveros  1 weeks back

                        Why didn't you guys talk about how Lion King is a direct rip off from Kimba the White Lion

                        • Kotone
                          Kotone  1 weeks back

                          Remaking black and white movies into color made sense because it added something. Just like remaking a 70s or 80s movie would make sense today because they could use HD or 4K as well as better special effects.

                          Remaking animated movie into live action is a bit trickier however. Many of the films have talking animals which work better in either 2d animation or stylized CGI than in live action or photo realistic CGI. The clothes are also fantasy/historical so there really isn't much updating to be done there. If they really wanted to make a better or different version of the movie than using a Frozen/Tangled style of CGI might have worked better than live action. It would still be 3D rather than 2D and look more 'modern' while still keeping the expressiveness that 2D animation has.

                          • G. Gayle
                            G. Gayle  1 weeks back

                            Disney is making remakes of their most popular 2D films for money and for a new generation of kids, I guess. I guarantee that no one would have had a problem if Disney remade some of their lesser know/less popular films into live action. That way they can keep the general ideas of the first films but update the story, societal relevancy, and visuals due to better technology. I would love a live action Treasure Planet.

                            • A J
                              A J  1 weeks back

                              DO NOT let ANY of your kids or family in general, see the new Lion King movie if they have never seen the original first. I'm sure many people will agree that the CGI work done for this film was truly an astounding accomplishment but overall this live action creation was a total insult and a huge embarrassment to Disney's greatest film of all time. The reason why the original worked and this one didn't was due to the fact that you could see the emotional expressions of the original characters. If you were to visit a zoo and record videos of lions and any of the other animals in the film and then edit them by inserting your voice into the video to make it look like the animals were talking, that pretty much sums it up. Regular looking animals don't work unless you can set aside the objective of realism.

                              • Arr Ziz
                                Arr Ziz  1 weeks back

                                How many here would be content with a live action 'Atlantis: the lost empire'?:

                                • Alana Williams
                                  Alana Williams  2 weeks back

                                  The only remake I’ve spent money on is Aladdin & just the quality of the production put into the Introduction to Prince Ali and the story-telling beginning and end were enough for me to be content with the concept of the remake...not to mention I’m just a huge fan of Will Smith

                                  • FlowUrbanFlow
                                    FlowUrbanFlow  2 weeks back

                                    People prefer a length of time for film? What? I don't even notice that.

                                    • Chris Ryan
                                      Chris Ryan  2 weeks back

                                      remix good, remake bad!

                                      • oHmega14
                                        oHmega14  2 weeks back

                                        Disney needs to go back to what they know. I think another 2D Disney Renaissance is just what everyone needs. My little brother and sister are both going to art school for animation, and it would be so amazing for them to have a new hand drawn Disney movie come out while they're in school. Wishful thinking, I guess...

                                        • morzansreddragon
                                          morzansreddragon  2 weeks back

                                          I'm always up for "Re-Adaptations" because films based on iconic texts that didn't stand out before, can make a difference!
                                          I can't wait to see, 'IT: Chapter Two' and 2020's 'Dune'. I also hope I'm not the only one that loved Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book', because despite it's identity as a Disney film, it was bold enough have some of Kipling's essence in it, while the original film didn't (not to bad mouth it in any way).

                                          • Jwarrior987
                                            Jwarrior987  2 weeks back

                                            I think that if any Disney remake might be good it would be Lilo and Stitch. The Technical progress of the CGI fits well with the "Aliens in Hawaii" plot, and a lot of the character designs seem easy to adapt in that way. Of course, that requires them to be as expressive as Rocket Racoon, not a literal racoon...

                                            • Iron Ox
                                              Iron Ox  2 weeks back

                                              If the remake is good, it's fine. At least to me. However a remake simply updating the visual and adding padding to a movie simply to cash in on nostalgia. That to me reeks of a lack of effort and of a lack of talent. Updating, and making a movie resonate with a new audience ala scarface is fine. Turning a movie like the fly from a midnight b movie to a brilliant bit of body horror was again damn fine. Of course I am also speaking as some one who loathed disney as a kid and do so now. So take my opinion for what it's worth.

                                              • PyroMancer2k
                                                PyroMancer2k  2 weeks back

                                                The thing with some of the older remakes like Ocean's 11 and Scarface is that the originals weren't current the cultural mindset. Most people these days recall seeing the Disney originals growing up so they remember the classics and it treads on their beloved childhood memories which is what is so jarring and turns people off. This takes them from being simply bad movies to horrible ones people poke fun of.

                                                Most of the movies we think of as classics today that were remakes people at the time didn't know they were remakes or if they did hear about it had never seen the originals and thus had no comparisons to draw. But with remakes of movies most people remember they can draw comparisons and people are generally adverse the change so it's going to be a huge up hill fight to get people to like them.

                                                Adaptations into another media like turning Lion King into a play can work well as it's a different media form and thus people will have different expectations and know that direct translation isn't possible.

                                                • Bill Craven
                                                  Bill Craven  2 weeks back

                                                  A huge thread of remakes is Ben Hecht's "The Front Page" (His Girl Friday being the clear winner as a comedy and switching out the gender to make the story more interesting; maybe someday we'll get the gay version, and Switching Channels being a low point, although I've never seen the Billy Wilder / Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon version) Also, Laszlo's "Shop Around the Corner" remade with Judy Garland as "In the Good Old Summertime" and eventually Meg Ryan as "You've Got Mail". Speaking of Meg Ryan, you have DOA, the remake of DOA, and No Way Out.

                                                  • Sir Random Critic
                                                    Sir Random Critic  2 weeks back

                                                    I made a rant about remakes hehe

                                                    • Miguel Sanchez
                                                      Miguel Sanchez  2 weeks back

                                                      They sucked out every bit of love from *beauty and the beast* ....
                                                      Despite having more time to focus on the romance, they spend LESSS TIME TOGETHER!!!! HOWWW!? WHY!???
                                                      The beast was Disney. Killing the beauty of the original... the irony is stunning.

                                                      • jake
                                                        jake  2 weeks back

                                                        my dude you've gotta start using hair conditioner, thank me later

                                                        • Monty Cantsin
                                                          Monty Cantsin  2 weeks back

                                                          We deserve the crappy Reboots, which is what the Remake has so often devolved into lately.
                                                          We've become immersed to the point of obsession with digital communication. There is less and less artfulness to our social reality and more hi-tech craft and pointless ultra-accuracy)
                                                          Reboots even get their name from computing.

                                                          A remake, like Scarface, was so compelling because it was artful, and even felt realistic (at the time).

                                                          These Disney Reboots literally lose Art (like in the Lumiere example), sacrificing the expressiveness of animation for the "realisticality" of ultra-high-resolution CGI.

                                                          Hollywood has become terrified of taking the financial risk of being artful, and has become obsessed with easy lure of higher and higher tech.
                                                          Since we've all become obsessively intermediated by all things digital, Hollywood has also lost it's need to figure out what the audience wants, and instead, just cribs it off of twitter and facebook trends, which leads to so much vapid moral messaging and thin dialogue and added plot.

                                                          • Snott 'n Frak Off
                                                            Snott 'n Frak Off  2 weeks back

                                                            You want to watch good animation with fantastic story lines? Watch anime - "Your Name", "Weathering with You", "Wolf Children", "Mary and the Witches Flower", "The Beast and the Boy" plus pretty much anything out of Studio Ghibli. This is just a small sample of the truely amazing animation coming out of Japan.

                                                            • Alexander Asher
                                                              Alexander Asher  2 weeks back

                                                              Since I am in my mid thirties, I am in the group that wants today’s kids to see the original animated versions that I grew up on. But this generation will have the “live action” version. They get (mostly) the same story, but won’t understand why we loved hand drawn animation in the first place. It’s all subjective.

                                                              • glenn symmons
                                                                glenn symmons  2 weeks back

                                                                Surprised that A Star is Born wasn't mentioned given that there's been four of them. Good analysis none-the-less

                                                                • James Gowan
                                                                  James Gowan  2 weeks back

                                                                  We loved it. Get over yourselves, “critics”!

                                                                  • Morten Aanstad
                                                                    Morten Aanstad  2 weeks back

                                                                    Who's "we"? And which "critics"? Are you trying to generalize and cherry-pick?

                                                                • Charles W Jansen II
                                                                  Charles W Jansen II  2 weeks back

                                                                  Pyramus and Thisbe throwing a frisbee, f-r-i-s-b-e-e. Now I know I have watched to 'mush' Wisecrack!!!

                                                                  • Aditya Kumar
                                                                    Aditya Kumar  2 weeks back

                                                                    How do you guys do your research? I’m just curious.

                                                                    • Charles W Jansen II
                                                                      Charles W Jansen II  2 weeks back

                                                                      I would add 5. The Reboot. This uses the same characters but changes almost everything.

                                                                      • MA KWEEN !
                                                                        MA KWEEN !  2 weeks back

                                                                        I think, diseny should only remake an animated film into live action if the original movie was supposed to be realistic.

                                                                        • Cj
                                                                          Cj  2 weeks back

                                                                          Only good after you make god collemore 3 forbidden gone equal

                                                                          • saberline152
                                                                            saberline152  2 weeks back

                                                                            we could always just boycot the disney remakes

                                                                            • simgirlone
                                                                              simgirlone  3 weeks back

                                                                              I would have much preferred to have seen Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella done in 3D on the level of Wreck it Ralph or Frozen. That would have been amazing.

                                                                              • eyeonus
                                                                                eyeonus  3 weeks back

                                                                                Best Disney remake: Maleficent. Worst Disney remake: All the others.

                                                                                • Cj
                                                                                  Cj  3 weeks back

                                                                                  And don't try to lie to yourself how could collemore have known

                                                                                  • Cj
                                                                                    Cj  3 weeks back

                                                                                    And yes it's real it was humorous cause the age difference but collemore is good

                                                                                    • Cj
                                                                                      Cj  3 weeks back

                                                                                      I'm nice it was easy work free real estate just watching emotionlessly

                                                                                      • darkisss
                                                                                        darkisss  3 weeks back

                                                                                        If 'The Thing' and 'Invaders' are homages, then 10 Things has to be as well. It goes beyond a straight adaption. It references through similar themes, but without the same plot developments, character development or message. So while it's not a readaptation, it is an homage to the source material, so a homage to the play.

                                                                                        • John Gnosis
                                                                                          John Gnosis  3 weeks back

                                                                                          What a bunch of sad autistic bastards you all are, when you intellectualize and pontificate over shitty films being so meaningful, that you make a critique like this. It doesn't make you smart or insightful, just an incredibly sad bastard, with nothing worth while to think about or do

                                                                                          • Cj
                                                                                            Cj  3 weeks back

                                                                                            3 kids

                                                                                            • Cj
                                                                                              Cj  3 weeks back

                                                                                              I care

                                                                                              • Cj
                                                                                                Cj  3 weeks back

                                                                                                And yes I'm 100% nice after collemore.but I'm not coming