Recently Disney has been teasing us with several movie remake and sequel posters an sneak peek trailers including Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Aladdin, Dumbo and Mulan. And today, Mary Poppins Returns premiers in theaters!
We also got a sneak peek from EW cover story of what Will Smith will look like in his role as Genie in Aladdin.
I keep hearing such negativity around remakes and new storylines based on some of the classic movies from my childhood and movies from when my older kids (now into early adulthood) were school age and to all they naysayers, I want to say…. Stop!
For those that say “leave well enough alone” or “don’t mess with that classic story” I want to tell you five reason this mom wants ALL of the Disney remakes and retellings!
Technology Makes Disney Remakes Extra Magical
I have to say, even I was a bit skeptical when Disney went with a live action Beauty and the Beast; I thought, how could they ever recreate Lumiere’s Be Our Guest scene, what with the dancing plates and food.
But they nailed it! It was even more engaging and beautiful than the animated version and I for one was all for it! They can do amazing things with computer animation, why wouldn’t we want to see updated, refreshed versions of our favorite scenes?
A Fresh Take on Disney Remakes Because Representation Matters
If the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda has taught us anything, it’s that a new fresh, multi-cultural spin on the classics is what we really need in the world right now.
We saw it in A Wrinkle in Time, Mary Poppins Returns and we’ll see it again in Dumbo and we saw it in Disney’s Nutcracker and The Four Realms. Changing the narrative on what was the norm in the classic movies is a must!
Movie Remakes Mean More Family Time and Connection
I have four children, three of them are college aged and one is a second grader. They’ve all been homeschooled exclusively for the last 7 years so they have spent quite a bit of time together but as the older kids have started driving, working full-time and attending college classes (even though they still live at home) they’re not around as often as they had been in the past.
This is especially difficult for my youngest, who is now almost 8 years old. It’s a change for all of us, but for a child of his age, creating and maintaining lasting family bonds is detrimental.
Disney movie remakes are one thing that everyone can connect with, come together to enjoy and make memories around and to me, as a mom with children with such an age gap, this is priceless.
I read A Wrinkle in Time in the 80s and sang right along with Mary Poppins, one of my first real dates was to see The Lion King in theaters, I watched Aladdin with my youngest on VHS countless times in early 2000, my older kids fell in love with Andy and Wood and ’em in Toy Story.
There are family memories that will live on in Disney movies and in Disney movie remakes there are older versions of movies to introduce the youngest to and new versions to watch together and make new memories.
So, to all the Negative Nancy’s saying, “Why don’t they make new movies” or “ugh, another Toy Story” I say, your perfectly imperfect opinion has been noted and I disagree. Give me all the Disney movie remakes!!