by Abbie Dressler
Disney's has recently gotten the re-make buzz and has actually succeeded in making enjoyable live action remakes of classic Disney films including, “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” and last years “The Jungle Book”. The next classic to be retold is “Beauty and the Beast”.
The film is a live action re-telling of the original 1991 Disney animated classic (which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year). The film will be a musical like the original and feature new songs as well as the classic songs you know and love, while still following the same storyline as the original. But there are some new things to look forward to in the film. Director Bill Condon told people magazine that he wanted to make Belle a modern feminist saying, “In the original film she's someone who loves reading,and in this film she is equally concerned with teaching other girls to read.”
Emma Watson (Belle) also added a new backstory to her character, She told Entertainment Weekly: “In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,” said Watson. “I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also, what is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”. It's not just Belle that's getting a make-over, the enchanted objects and the Beast have a new look that is more realistic than the animated version.
The success that Disney has been having with re-makes is shocking,with 2015s “Cinderella” making 543.5 million dollars in the U.S alone in the box office and 2016s “The Jungle Book” making 966.6 million dollars in U.S box office sales and 2010s “Alice In Wonderland” making 1 billion dollars in U.S box office sales. So as you can see Disney has succeeded with these remakes by staying true to the original content but making it fresh and visually appealing with CGI animation and making the stories darker and edgier than the animated versions.Like in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (PG) Tim Burton made a visually stunning film that showed Alice as an adult returning to Wonderland which made it new and exciting.
But do older fans of the classics enjoy the new changes to the beloved stories they grew up with?. I asked BMHS senior Celina Mori what she thought of Disney retelling the classics, she stated ‘I feel like they're doing it too much it's like they have run out of original ideas” but is planning on seeing “Beauty and The Beast”. I then asked BMHS sophomore Meghan Dressler what she thought of the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ she stated ‘I don't really care but I liked ‘Cinderella’’ She added “I think the enchanted objects look creepy and the film doesn't look as good as the original”. Disney has announced that 17 live action retellings are in the works including ‘Mulan’ set to open in theaters November 2018 so whether you enjoy the retellings or not, they are not going anywhere. Disney's ‘Beauty and the Beast’(PG) in 3-D comes to theaters March 17 2017.