Disney has started a contemporary trend by turning some of its most cherished animation classics into live-action movies. Some of these films, such as The Jungle Book, have been enormous successes, while others, such as Pinocchio, have been big failures. Regarding whether Disney ought to remake renowned masterpieces, there is still a lot of debate among fans. But a number of their previous animated movies had glaring issues that today’s viewers can’t ignore.
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#1 Bambi Had A Dark Opening
Bambi was one of the first few Disney animated movies to be produced in 1942. After losing his mother and having to be raised by the many creatures that reside in the forest, the film follows the titular young deer.
Bambi also depicts the destruction of nature by humans and shows Bambi's mother being murdered by a reckless hunter. While many viewers think it's necessary to comment on the environment, some parents find this violent portrayal disturbing. The horrible killing at the beginning of Bambi may be cut out, or nature's devastation could be viewed in a more positive light.
#2 There were some problematic racial stereotypes in The Aristocats.
In the movie The Aristocats, a mother cat and her three kittens are taken from their home along with a wealthy elderly woman. They receive assistance from a street cat and his pals. Modern viewers have called attention to The Aristocats' use of racist stereotypes, nevertheless.
At the start of the movie, a message from Disney+ tackles these harmful stereotypes and claims it can help start a debate about a "more inclusive future together." Disney is correct to solve The Aristocats' issues, but remaking the popular tale with accurate representations of various cultures would be an alternative.
#3 Did you know that there were drug references in Alice In Wonderland?
One of the best Disney films based on classic literature is Alice in Wonderland. Modern viewers have drawn attention to the problematic way in which drug use is represented, nevertheless. The caterpillar can be seen smoking off of a water pipe in addition to using potions to alter her state of being.
The usage of strange and badly executed musical pieces has also been brought up by viewers in addition to the depictions of drug use. Disney turned this movie into two live-action adaptations of Alice in Wonderland, but these weren't new films; they were sequels. An Alice in Wonderland remake seems to ask for some modern changes, even if it's sometimes preferred for literary adaptations to stay closer to the source material.
#4 Native Americans were horribly portrayed in Peter Pan.
As it's difficult to look beyond some of the evident problems in the original, many Disney fans believe the Peter Pan sequel shouldn't have been released. The way the Native Americans are portrayed in Peter Pan is really problematic since they speak nonsense and smoke a lot of pipe tobacco. One of the most overtly racist selections is the song "What Made The Red Man Red."
Despite the numerous live-action versions of Peter Pan, a new animated version of this famous classic might still excite young viewers. The damaging prejudices would need to be eliminated in a remake.
#5 Hercules’ Timeline Should Match Mythology
Hercules has one of the most endearing Disney princes, yet there are also glaring mythological mistakes in the film. The film makes an effort to fictionally represent Greek mythology, including setting the action in Classical Greece. There are various glaring mistakes, like the fact that Heracles is actually his Greek name. In fact, Hera is not Hercules's mother rather, she is the story's real antagonist.
Disney has revealed a future live-action Hercules remake, but little is known about the cast or the storyline. Disney adaptations can attempt to stay as close to the mythology as possible without becoming overly gloomy or bloody.
#6 Modern Viewers Have Found The Fox And The Hound Sexist
A strange friendship is the subject of the melancholy tale The Fox and the Hound. The fox was let to live in the wild, while the dog was kept inside his owner's house as the story naturally ended. However, the female supporting characters are what really make the movie troublesome. The fierce and fearless elderly woman who takes Todd in is never given a name. She is just referred to as "Widow" instead.
Additionally, many have brought up how Amos Slade refers to the elderly woman as "female" in a disrespectful and hateful manner. Vixey, the female fox, motivates Todd to remain in the wild. Although The Fox And The Hound's message is commendable, a new version would give Disney the opportunity to enhance how women are portrayed.
#7 Pocahontas was filled with mistakes
Although Pocahontas is based on a young Native American woman in history, the animated film is not at all accurate to the real person. The war between both the Native Americans and the European invaders is simply put to an end by romance in the film.
Disney would need to totally revise and reconstruct the plot in order to replicate this historical account in an accurate manner. A remake would have to remove the problematic romance and the romanticization of European invasion, even if there is no simple way to show the murder and enslavement of Indigenous people for a suitable children's film.
#8 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Is Overall a mess
Snow White is a poorly treated female character in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She is the star appeal, although she is just used as a babysitter and cleaning. The 14-year-old girl being kissed while she is asleep has also attracted the outrage of viewers.
Disney's live-action Snow White is scheduled for release in 2024, however, the public still has concerns about whether the film will retain all of the original's flaws. There are several approaches to breaking Snow White's curse that won't raise any concerns about consent. In advance of the next movie, Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage has been outspoken about the questionable use of dwarfs as a story device.
#9 The Little Mermaid’s message was problematic.
Ariel struggles mightily to stay on land with the human prince she falls in love with in The Little Mermaid and live happily ever after. The concept of this young woman sacrificing everything she has ever known for a man offends current viewers.
The Little Mermaid, a live-action Disney production, will debut in May 2023. Some viewers are expecting that Ariel would be motivated by desires other than her affection for Prince Eric, even if there has been some debate among fans about how exactly the remake should resemble the original.
#10 One of the most problematic story lines is found in Sleeping Beauty.
One of the most adored Disney princess movies is Sleeping Beauty, but it also features one of the most troublesome plots. Maleficent, who serves as a shoddy justification for a woman's vengeance and hatefulness, is enraged about not being welcomed to Princess Aurora's christening, which sparks the fight. In the epilogue, Prince Phillip is similarly forced to use a "true love's kiss" to reawaken the cursed Aurora.
Disney's live-action Maleficent avoids the issue of Aurora being kissed against her will to remove a spell, despite giving the villain a backstory to support her angry spirit. Disney has to change its flawed strategy of saving women with just an extramarital kiss in all of its films, including Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The company needs to come up with another way to end a curse in a remake.#
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