Disney used to have a long tradition of producing animated films based on novels, short stories, fables, legends, myths, fairy tales, etc. Animated films based on some kind of established pieces of fiction.
What happened to that? As far as I know there hasn't been a Disney animated film based on some established piece of fiction since 2013, after Frozen came out. Frozen is based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
I know once in a while they will produce an animated film based on an original concept.
Why is Disney making live-action remakes of their classic animated films?
Are they running out of ideas for original movies?
Are they running out of ideas for original animated films? I can think of a handful of novels, short stories, fables, legends, myths, fairy tales, etc. that they haven't made animated films out of. Or, at least, some original concepts for animated films they haven't done yet.
There is also Pixar's upcoming original films, Onward and Soul, both for 2020.
As for Disney remaking their own animated films, they are capitalizing on audience's nostalgia. It has proven to be successful, as the last two films, Aladdin and The Lion King, each made over a billion dollars.
Mulan is set for March 2020, and Disney has plans for The Little Mermaid and Snow White.
Some are good in their own right (The Jungle Book, Cinderella), some were just OK (Aladdin, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast), and the others are poor (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland).
Then there's Disney's TV series Once Upon A Time, which is heavily based on their Fairy Tale films. One of their seasons was a live action follow up to Frozen.
Tue 1 Oct, 2019 09:01 pm
They haven't done a short based on an existing story since their 2006 short The Little Match Girl.
Their shorts since then were either original stories or follow ups to their animated films (Frozen Fever, Tangled Ever After). Same with Pixar's shorts.
Wed 2 Oct, 2019 01:07 am
Have you read Gulliver's travels? Gulliver is sentenced to death in Lilliput for putting out a fire that was burning the royal palace? He put the fire out by pissing on it and they argued he was just looking for an excuse to piss on the palace any way.
What about the war between the bigenders and littleenders, how do you think Disney could handle that?
Don Quixote's examination of madness and a rejection of reality all tied up with The Spanish Inquisition should prove quite a heady mix for kids.
Animal Farm was made years ago, funded by the CIA.
I've read the book, it predates the sanitised version by over two hundred years.
Swift had a deeply pessimistic view of humanity. The last voyage takes Gulliver to a land ruled by intelligent horses, who have to deal with the bestial yahoos. Eventually Gulliver is kicked out of there because they just can't stand him. On his return he spends all his time in the stables because people disgust him.
A Modest Proposal is an essay advocating cannibalism.
Swift isn't the kid's author you seem to think he is.
I had not got far, when I met one of these creatures full in my way, and coming up directly to me. The ugly monster, when he saw me, distorted several ways, every feature of his visage, and stared, as at an object he had never seen before; then approaching nearer, lifted up his fore-paw, whether out of curiosity or mischief I could not tell; but I drew my hanger, and gave him a good blow with the flat side of it, for I durst not strike with the edge, fearing the inhabitants might be provoked against me, if they should come to know that I had killed or maimed any of their cattle. When the beast felt the smart, he drew back, and roared so loud, that a herd of at least forty came flocking about me from the next field, howling and making odious faces; but I ran to the body of a tree, and leaning my back against it, kept them off by waving my hanger. Several of this cursed brood, getting hold of the branches behind, leaped up into the tree, whence they began to discharge their excrements on my head; however, I escaped pretty well by sticking close to the stem of the tree, but was almost stifled with the filth, which fell about me on every side.
Wed 2 Oct, 2019 02:20 pm
I remember the animated Gulliver's Travels movie from the '30s: