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Disney Originals Vs. Live-Action Remakes

by Soraya Alcalá
  • Chantel Buchi
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What’s the first Disney original and remake that comes to your mind? Would you agree the classic version is the best? (*Raises hand*)

No one can deny our love for the talking candlestick, portly Gus-Gus, and the Hundred Acre Wood. (If you can’t name the movies, are you even a Disney fan?)

We have to say we love the animated, magical movies that take you to another world. The wonderful, nostalgic movies take us back to simpler times.

One reason Disney keeps doing remakes? They make enough money to pay for a lot more than “The Bare Necessities.”

The Disney remakes on our list made a whopping $8.76 billion at the box office (woah).

With Disney’s Mulan releasing in September on Disney+, we were curious to see how Disney’s remakes fared against the originals.

Top 5 Best Films:

  1. The Lion King (1994) – Original Film
  2. Cinderella (1950) – Original Film
  3. Beauty and the Beast (1991) – Original Film
  4. 101 Dalmations (1961) – Original Film
  5. The Jungle Book (1967) – Original Film

Top 5 Worst Films:

  1. 101 Dalmations (1996) – Remake
  2. Dumbo (2019) – Remake
  3. Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Remake
  4. Cinderella (2015) – Remake
  5. Christopher Robin (2019) – Remake

More Interesting Findings:

  • The king of Disney films is the 1994 release of The Lion King, scoring top marks everywhere the light touches.
  • Nearly every Disney original film outscores the remake, with the exception of Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent. Audiences didn’t sleep on this live-action adaption which tells the story from Maleficient’s point of view.
  • On average, we found that Disney’s remakes score 0.80 points lower than the original films on IMDb.
  • While Disney fans have supported remakes at the box office, our survey shows the originals are all preferred over the remakes.
  • Disney’s newest remake, Mulan will have to sell nearly 16 million copies to match the box office success of the original film. (15,956,214 to be precise) Will the live-action remake harness the strength of a great typhoon to make this film successful on Disney+? We’ll have to wait and see.

Methodology: To determine each film’s overall score, the following criteria were used:  IMDb rating (50% of scoring), box office earnings (30%), Reviews.org survey of audiences (20%).

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