Manny P. here…
“`Disney, not content with the success of its Pixar releases, Marvel movies, or Star Wars celluloid thanks to the Lucasfilm purchase, has started remaking its classic animated films in live-action form.
“`It began with Maleficent, a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s point-of-view, with Angelina Jolie starring. The film was a success; but, instead of continuing to put twists on older films, Disney started re-making them. Cinderella became a lavish period piece by director Kenneth Branagh; The Jungle Book was brought to life with jaw-dropping effects; and Pete’s Dragon got a humanistic update.
“`And now, with this fanciful formula, Disney has other live-action adaptations in the works. Good news for children of all ages. Just released is the stunning Beauty and the Beast. The cast includes Emma Stone, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline and Emma Thompson. Alan Menken will provide new tunes.
“`In development are Mulan (in 2018), The Lion King (with James Earl Jones and Donald Glover reprising their roles as Mufasa and Simba), Dumbo (with Director Tim Burton, and starring Danny DeVito), Aladdin, Oliver Twist, and Christopher Robin (a story featuring Winnie-The-Pooh).
“`Walt Disney would be proud.
Until next time> “never forget”