Disney recreates classics with stunning visuals

Haley Galvin

The Walt Disney Company has revamped their 20-year-old classics and continue to create modern interpretations of stories everyone loves with the release of their live action films, such as “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Lion King.” These films have taken the originals to a whole new level and skyrocketed in popularity.

Disney movies are often timeless and are stories to hold onto. They tell tales of happily ever after, peril and romance and the coming-of-age stories of countless characters. With each character there is something everyone can relate to, and Disney has been able to create a world of movies to entrance viewers for a lifetime.

“We grow up so fast,” freshman psychology major Hayley Scotti said. “Disney never grew up.”

She said the movies have become an outlet for her to hold onto her childhood, as they have for many others. The original films are great, but bringing them to life as Disney has been doing recently is a whole new world for viewers, which brings forth a reality the films previously lacked.

With the modern age of movies, Disney has found a way to keep up with the times by creating live action remakes of the movies everyone grew up with. The plot of the movies stay the same, but actors and computer-generated imagery are added to make the characters come to life and enter the real world.

Having live actors rather than animations also adds a relatable quality, which helps to bring the movies to life and makes them even more entrancing.

The CGI detailing is incredibly realistic, especially compared to the animated originals, something which prevents the remakes from becoming cheesy or drifting too far from the originals. Each animal and character that is recreated looks life-like. In the 2016 recreation of “The Jungle Book,” for example, the antagonist snake Kaa looks as if he was a real snake with intense detail, which adds to the experience.

For some, these new live action films are even better than the original stories they grew up on.

Jazmyne Rodgers, freshman computer science major, said she did not care for the original 1967 version of “The Jungle Book,” but after the remake, she developed a liking for the story. She said the remake combined her two interests of action and fantasy movies into one great film.

The live action movies have also brought in more revenue than the originals in several cases, according to IMDb box office numbers. In 2016, “The Jungle Book” had a gross box office total of $966,550,600. The original 1967 version only grossed a meek $64 million in comparison. This major increase in revenue can also be seen with “Beauty and the Beast,” which made $424,967,620 in 1991, and in 2017, it made a remarkable $1,263,521,126.

The live action movies add another realm to the films, which has shown to be more appealing to audiences and seems to be a growing theme that Disney is following. In the next few years, Disney plans to release several more live action films.

By the year 2020, Disney should have 16 live action films, including “Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Mulan,” all being released in 2019, according to IMDb.

“It’s like a separate reality to see my favorite character and live my life through them while I watch it,” Rodgers said.