October 21, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pondering Yondr -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies

Disney’s recent string of live-action movies feel lazy and desperate.

With the release of Maleficent in 2014, most audiences were thrilled to finally get a Disney live-action movie since the release of the Alice in Wonderland remake in 2010. The movie was an extreme success and raked in $750 million in worldwide box offices. However, moviegoers scratched their heads when a Cinderella movie came out a year later. Before Alice in Wonderland, only three live action movies came out with the Jungle Book (1994), 101 Dalmatians (1996), and 102 Dalmatians (2000). No one really questioned the release of Cinderella due to its great reviews and its entertainment value. After all, Cinderella is one of the most iconic Disney princesses and the casting choice of Lily James seemed fitting. I could even go as far to say that the audience enjoyed watching the next three Disney remakes in The Jungle Book (2016), Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and Beauty and the Beast (2017). All of them got decent to great reviews.

But the release of these movies showed the obviousness of Disney’s lack of original ideas. Since 2015, Disney only produced three movies that were not either sequels or remakes: Coco (2017), Moana (2016), and Inside Out (2015). Are they running out of ideas? I don’t think so. Those three movies were terrific and even won 4 Oscars combined. My question is: why isn’t Disney making more of these quality films? I remember watching Coco for the first time and it became my favorite animated movie of all time due to its ability to make me laugh and cry at the same time. The obvious answer for this would be money. Disney created some of our childhood classics and made lasting memories that will stick with us forever. However, they are still a business and the primary motive of the studio is to make money.

Since the release of Alice in Wonderland in 2010, the total gross for all live-action remake was about $7.1 billion and their budget totalled to only about $1.5 billion. This is essentially a 450% increase from its budget. Disney is currently following the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and of course, Disney’s plan will never be broken despite its money making tactics. On the other hand, however, it is evident that these live-action remakes aren’t going to make childhood memories. So, although it is so clear to many that Disney is pumping up cash so easily, why aren’t there enough people complaining? 

When asked for his opinion, SMHS senior, Aparoop Sen said, “I honestly just do it because it’s pretty cool seeing characters from my childhood in a higher quality. Nostalgia is a big part of it for me and for other people, I think.” Since it is clear that nostalgia is a big part of these movies being successful, what do parents think of it? Movie fanatic and dad of three, Srinivenkat Srinivasan, states that the reason why he still watches these movies is because “I grew up watching all these movies when I was young and seeing a remake of it in the theatres with my children is a great experience. I don’t mind if it just repeats what the previous movies have done” All in all, Disney is making truckloads of money by using nostalgia to their advantage and making low quality remakes of movies from decades ago. Although I see that they’re still a business at the end of the day, making some high quality original movies like Inside Out and Moana would make so many more kids happy and satisfied with their childhood. A realistically animated Lion King remake with Donald Glover’s voice isn’t gonna cut it.

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