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Disney's Live-Action Remake Trend

For the better part of this decade Disney has been releasing live-action remakes of their classic animated movies. Despite breaking numerous box-office records, anyone who is a longtime Disney fan knows that it's an insult to the studios legacy to redo films that are perfect just the way they are. Some people aren't old enough to remember the original animated versions of Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. So many younger audiences will come to appreciate the remakes without realizing they are cheap shot-for-shot remakes of the classic animated movies that don't offer any new material. But anyone paying close enough attention can tell it is not good for the studios image to remake old films. Disney like any other film company excels when it tries to innovate with new stories and new ideas. It is lazy on the executives part to redo what has already been done before.

But this type of behavior doesn't surprise me. Disney follows a certain formula when making their movies. After all the new Star Wars trilogy that Disney produced is trying to relive the glory years of the 70's and 80's. So it isn't surprising that Disney's strategy to make money is largely built on revisiting the past instead of trying to innovate with new ideas. It's never a good idea for a company's future to be built on revisiting the past. I imagine that this article wont do anything to stop that trend, but for the sake of integrity it would be wise for Disney to go back to doing what they do best which is making groundbreaking animated content.

It seems that no Disney animated classic is safe from being remade at this point.

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