Teenagers are not encouraged to watch cartoons because the world of 2D animation is reserved for those under the age of ten, possibly explaining the weird look I get from my mother each time I start watching “Beauty and the Beast” for the umpteenth time.
There is only way to solve this dilemma – instead of taking five minutes to tell parents that cartoons are not just for kids, we shall spend lots and lots of money to literally bring our favorite characters to life.
In 1996, Glenn Close played Cruella De Vil in a live action version of “101 Dalmatians.” A sequel followed in 2000.
The hit ABC show “Once Upon a Time” traps these characters into the modern world with minor tweaks. For example, the fun and handsome Peter Pan sells his only son in exchange for eternal youth or the usually villainous Captain Hook turns from the dark side when he falls in love with Snow White’s daughter.
Following this is the Angelina Jolie film “Maleficent” released in May 2014. This film, taking a very Wicked-like persona of hearing what the bad guy has to say, reached 700 million dollars in the box office.
Our most recent accomplishment is the Mar. 13 release of “Cinderella.” The retelling of Disney’s second princess is a literal “rags to riches” story, cutting close to earning over 70 million dollars.
There are plans to recreate the recreation of the French fairy tale commonly known as “Beauty and the Beast” in 2017. Rumors reveal a possibility of having Emma Watson (star of “Harry Potter” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower”) play the main heroine.
Disney thought it would be fun to challenge themselves on making live action versions of “The Jungle Book” and “Dumbo,” supposedly this film of the famous elephant will be a Tim Burton one as well.
This is not the end of Disney’s live action revolution.
As Walt Disney once said, “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”