Coming to life

Disney announces live-action remakes

After much contemplation, Disney has decided to bring some of their best films back on to the big screen in live-action, which means the films are going to be feature actual people. What was once a sweet animation is now coming to life.

Many people question the purpose of remaking animations into live-action films, but with time, Disney films have grown and captured a wider audience. With the availability of new technology, it is no secret that Disney would want to improve on films that could potentially bring in more cash and draw fans of the old animations into theaters for their release. As original fans move on from classic animations, the newer generation has emerged to take their place as the audience. Disney wants to revive classic films and remake them as a live-action fantasy, molding them into films similar to Harry Potter and The Hobbit.

The film that started it all was Disney’s remake of Alice in Wonderland, which made $1.02 billion worldwide in the box office, followed by Cinderella, with $758.4 million only three weeks after its release. After these remakes became a hit, Disney went ahead and continued with this previous live-action trend to bring the classic films that everyone once loved back to life.

Some of the upcoming films said to be live action include:

Source: The animated classic originally in 1967, will be coming to theater in live-act this April
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The animated classic originally in 1967, will be coming to theater in live-act this April

The Jungle Book

The film will be directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Alan Horn. They are working together to bring this classic story to the big screen, using the same techniques that the 2012 film, Life of Pi, had and incorporating all of their techniques together. As well as keeping the script and storyline the same, they are working on making the animals’ fur more realistic and making it more human for when it hits the screens. As for the actors, Mowgli will be played by Neel Sethi. Shere Khan, the tiger, will be played by Idris Elba. Mowgli’s partner in crime, Bagheera, will be played by Ben Kingsley, and the ever so friendly bear, Baloo, will be played by Bill Murray. The film will be released to theatres April 15, 2016.


Source: Originally released in 1977, Pete's Dragon will come to theaters in August
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Originally released in 1977, Pete’s Dragon will come to theaters in August

Pete’s Dragon

Being directed by David Lowery, he plans to stick the original script and storyline, but making it as realistic as possible. This live action film will follow a 10-year old orphan boy Pete, played by Oakes Fegley who lives in the woods and soon makes friends with a friendly dragon who also lives in the woods. A story originally created by Mr. Meacham, played by Robert Redford of a boy who lives in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. While his daughter grace, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, admired his ability to come up with such a fantasy story she soon realizes that it is true once she encounters 10-year old Pete who actually lives in the forest. Curious, she with the help of a young girl named Natalie, played by Oona Laurence, set off to prove the claim as true. The film is said to release in theatres August 12 of this year.

Alongside The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, Disney also plans to recreate classic animations like Mulan, Dumbo, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tinker Bell, Pete’s Dragon, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio, Chip and Dale and The Sword in the Stone.

The Jungle Book is not the only upcoming live-action film in production. Disney is planning to create an addition film to some of Disney’s classic films such as, Prince Charming, Genie and The Fantastical. While rumors have speculated on who will star in the new Beauty and the Beast remake, it has been confirmed that Belle will be played by actress Emma Watson. Although, Disney is speaking of recreating these Disney classics, there is no exact date for their release, as they are currently working on developing them. For now, people are just going to have to wait and hope for the best. For more information on possible upcoming animation remakes, feel free to check out