Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The Jungle Book and the Disney Film that Can't be Remade
The success of The Lion King is no mystery. Since its release in 1994, the film has received some major accolades by achieving various awards and gaining massive critical acclaim. To this day The Lion King is recognized as one of Disney's best features. So why would it be taboo for The Lion King to receive a live action interpretation? The likes of Beauty and the Beast has just as many achievements as The Lion King and that film is getting a live action adaption. When it comes to the Lion King I think the movie falls under a category of films that simply cannot be remade.
To be honest with you I do not have a problem with remakes or reimagination of popular movies. As long as the feature can presents something that adds to the source, I am comfortable with seeing new take on classic movies. However even I have to admit that some movies just cannot be remade, and The Lion King is among that list. The timing of the film's release and its overall presentation is something I feel cannot be simply recreated. I think that no matter what a live action Lion King film does, it is always going to be compared to the original to the point where any anlyzation of the film will likely have a biased towards it.
There is no denying that this trend of Disney films has been successful, nor does it appear that these films are going away anytime soon. Yet despite its success, there are some Disney movies that are not fit for this venture; and I feel The Lion King is one of these films. Yes it is possible for someone to create a new take on the classic, but there are several factors that could easily work against it. As far I as I can tell it seems that Disney plans to leave The Lion King be, and I for one think it probably best to leave the classic in the era that defined it