Disney Live Action Remakes: 2015-2019

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Cinderella (1950 / 2015)

Category1950 Animated Original2015 Live Action Remake
DirectorsWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske and Clyde GeronimiKenneth Branagh
PlotCinderella's widowed father married a widowed woman, Lady Tremaine, before his untimely death, leaving Cinderella in the care of a wicked step-mother and two ugly stepsisters. They force her to work as their slave. When a ball is held to determine who will marry the kingdom's prince, Cinderella is able to go to the ball through the help of her fairy godmother.
Length72 minutes101 minutes
SettingAn unnamed mediæval kingdom
Characters
  • Cinderella (Ilene Woods)
  • Fairy Godmother (Verna Felton)
  • Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's wicked stepmother (Eleanor Audley)
  • Jaq, a mouse (Jimmy MacDonald)
  • Octavius 'Gus', a mouse (Jimmy MacDonald)
  • Lucifer, a cat (June Foray)
  • Bruno, a dog (Jimmy MacDonald)
  • The King (Luis van Rooten)
  • The Grand Duke (Luis van Rooten)
  • Prince Charming (William Phipps)
  • Anastasia Tremaine, an ugly sister (Lucille Bliss)
  • Drizella Tremaine, an ugly sister (Rhoda Williams)
SourceThe French fairy tale popularised by Charles Perrault, 1697
Songs:By Mack David, Jerry Livingston and Al Hoffman.
  • 'Cinderella'
  • 'A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes'
  • 'Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale'
  • 'The Work Song' (Cinderelly Cinderelly)
  • 'Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo'
  • 'So This Is Love'
Sequels
  • Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)
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The Jungle Book (1967 / 2016)

Film1967 Animated Original2016 Live Action Remake
DirectorWolfgang ReithermanJon Favreau
PlotMowgli, an abandoned baby boy, is found in a basket in the jungle by Bagheera, a panther. He is raised by wolves in the jungle, but when he is older his life is threatened by Shere Khan the tiger, who hates all humans. Although Mowgli wishes to stay in the jungle, developing a close attachment with Baloo the carefree bear, Bagheera feels only by living in a village surrounded by people will he be safe from Shere Khan.
Length76 minutes102 minutes
SettingA jungle in India.
Characters
  • Mowgli, an orphaned 'man cub' boy (Bruce Reitherman)
  • Baloo, a bear (Phil Harris)
  • Bagheera, a panther (Sebastian Cabot)
  • King Louie, an orang-utan (Louis Prima)
  • Shere Khan, a Bengal Tiger (George Sanders)
  • Kaa, a python (Sterling Holloway)
  • Colonel Hathi, an elephant (J Pat O'Malley)
  • Akela, a wolf (John Abbott)
SourceThe Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895) by Rudyard Kipling
Songs:All by the Sherman Brothers, except 'The Bare Necessities' by Terry Gilkyson.
  • 'Trust in Me'
  • 'Colonel Hathi's March'
  • 'The Bare Necessities'
  • 'I Wanna Be Like You'
  • 'That's What Friends Are For'
  • 'My Own Home'
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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Category1951 Animated Original2016 Live Action Sequel
DirectorsClyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred JacksonJames Bobin
PlotBored with life in Victorian England, Alice wishes she could live in a world of nonsense. Soon after, she follows a waistcoat-wearing white rabbit down a rabbit hole to Wonderland, a world where nothing makes sense.
Length75 minutes
SettingWonderland, a fantasy land found down a rabbit hole.
Characters
  • Alice (Kathryn Beaumont)
  • Mad Hatter (Ed Wynn)
  • Queen of Hearts (Verna Felton)
  • King of Hearts (Dink Trout)
  • Tweedledum and Tweedledee (J Pat O'Malley)
  • March Hare (Jerry Colonna)
  • Caterpillar (Richard Haydn)
  • Cheshire Cat (Sterling Holloway)
  • White Rabbit (Bill Thompson)
  • Pat the Dodo (Bill Thompson)
  • Dormouse (Jimmy MacDonald)
SourceLewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871)
Songs:The songs are strongly based on the work of Lewis Carroll, using many of his verses. Lyrics adapted by Bob Hilliard, Music by Sammy Fain except where stated:
  • 'Alice in Wonderland'
  • 'In a World of My Own'
  • 'I'm Late'
  • 'The Caucus Race'
  • 'How D'Ye Do and Shake Hands' (uncredited)
  • 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'
  • 'Old Father William' - by Oliver Wallace and Ted Sears
  • 'We'll Smoke the Blighter Out' - by Oliver Wallace and Ted Sears
  • 'All in a Golden Afternoon'
  • 'A E I O U' - by Oliver Wallace and Ted Sears
  • ''Twas Brillig' - by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
  • 'A Very Merry Un-birthday (The Un-birthday Song)' - by Mack David, Al Hoffman & Jerry Livingston
  • 'Very Good Advice'
  • 'Painting the Roses Red'
  • 'March of the Cards'
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Pete's Dragon (1977 / 2016)

Film1977 Animated Original2016 Live Action Remake
DirectorLive Action: Don Chaffey
Animation: Don Bluth
David Lowery
PlotA young boy named Pete flees from his abusive adopted family in the company of an invisible dragon named Elliot1 to the fishing town of Passamaquoddy. Although most of the townsfolk dislike Pete, he is adopted by Nora and her father, Lampie, who keep the lighthouse. Also in town is the quack Doc Terminus, who would stop at nothing to own a profitable dragon, while the Gogans close in on Pete...In 1977 a five-year-old boy named Pete survives a car crash that claim the lives of his parents, and shortly afterwards meets a dragon. Six years later Pete, who is used to a feral existence, meets humans for the first time; a woman named Grace and her partner's daughter Natalie. After escaping from hospital he is taken back to Grace's house. His survival is considered impossible and his tales of a dragon initially dismissed except by Grace's father, who is renowned for telling tall tales, and by Natalie's uncle Gavin, who seeks to exploit the dragon.
Length124 minutes99 minutes
SettingEdwardian Passamaquoddy, MaineWoodland in Pacific Northwest in the 1970s/80s
Characters
  • Pete, an orphan (Sean Marshall)
  • Elliott, a dragon (Charlie Callas)
  • Dr Terminus, a quack (Jim Dale)
  • Nora, a loving lighthouse keeper's daughter (Helen Reddy)
  • Lampie, a lighthouse keeper (Mickey Rooney)
  • Hoagy (Red Buttons)
  • Lena Gogan (Shelley Winters)
  • Merle Gogan (Charles Tyner)
  • Grover and Willie Gogan (Gary Morgan and Jeff Conaway)
  • Pete Healy, an orphan abandoned in the woods when he was five who has befriended a dragon (11-year-old: Oakes Fegley, 5-year-old: Levi Alexander)
  • Elliot, a dragon (John Kassir)
  • Grace Meacham, a forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard)
  • Jack Magary, he's a widowed lumber mill owner and he's okay, Natalie's father and Grace's boyfriend (Wes Bentley)
  • Gavin Magary, Jack's brother who co-owns the lumber mill and loves hunting (Karl Urban)
  • Natalie Magary, Jack's daughter who is the same age as Pete (Oona Laurence)
  • Mr Meacham, Grace's father who once saw a dragon (Robert Redford)
  • Sheriff Gene Dentler, local law enforcement (Isiah Whitlock Jr)
SourceInspired by a short story by Seton I Miller and SS Field
Songs:By Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn:
  • 'The Happiest Home in These Hills'
  • 'Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)'
  • 'I Saw a Dragon'
  • 'It's Not Easy'
  • 'Passamaquoddy'
  • 'Candle on the Water'
  • 'There's Room for Everyone'
  • 'Every Little Piece'
  • 'Brazzle Dazzle Day'
  • 'Bill of Sale'
None
BechdelFailPass

This is the only live action remake to date to be shorter than the original film. Other than the title and the character names Pete and Eliot, the two films have nothing in common other than both being slow and ponderous. This is the only live action remake to be adapted from being a musical to a straight drama.

Beauty and the Beast (1991 / 2017)

Category1991 Animated Original2017 Live Action Remake
DirectorsGary Trousdale & Kirk WiseBill Condon
PlotA generic prince is transformed into a handsome Beast when he is unkind to a passing gypsy woman. She also, rather unfairly, takes her vengeance out on his servants too, turning them into household items. Unless the Beast can learn to love before petals drop off a rose, the curse will never be broken. Meanwhile, a young woman called Belle struggles to find her way in the world.
Length91 minutes124 minutes
SettingOnce Upon a Time in Mediæval France
Characters
  • Belle (Paige O'Hara)
  • Beast aka Prince Adam (Robby Benson)
  • Gaston (Richard White)
  • Lumière, a candlestick (Jerry Orbach)
  • Cogsworth, a clock (David Ogden Stiers)
  • Mrs Potts, a teapot (Angela Lansbury)
  • Chip, a teacup (Bradley Michael Pierce)
  • Maurice, an inventor (Rex Averhart)
  • Lefou (Jesse Corti)
  • Philippe, a horse (Hal Smith)
  • Footstool, a dog transformed into a footstool
SourceLa Belle et la Bête (1740) by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, popularised by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (1756)
Songs:By Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
  • 'Belle'
  • 'Beauty and the Beast'
  • 'Gaston'
  • 'Be Our Guest'
  • 'Something There'
  • 'The Mob Song'
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Christopher Robin (2018)

FilmThe Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)Christopher Robin (2018)
DirectorsWolfgang Reitherman and John Lounsbery Marc Forster
PlotDeep in the 100 Aker Wood, where Christopher Robin plays, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends enjoy their enchanted neighbourhood and have a series of adventures, usually involving a small smackerel or two of hunny.
Length71 minutes100 minutes
SettingAshdown Forest, Sussex in the 1920s
Characters
  • Christopher Robin (Bruce Reitherman (1966), Jon Walmsley (1968), Timothy Turner (1974))
  • Winnie-the-Pooh, a bear (Sterling Holloway)
  • Piglet (John Fiedler)
  • Eeyore (Ralph Wright)
  • Rabbit (Junius Matthews)
  • Owl (Hal Smith)
  • Kanga (Barbara Luddy)
  • Roo (Clint Howard (1966-8), Dori Whitaker (1974))
  • Tigger (Paul Winchell)
  • Gopher (Howard Morris)
  • Narrator (Sebastian Cabot)
SourceAA Milne's books Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928)
Songs:All by the Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert Sherman)
  • 'Winnie the Pooh'
  • 'Up, Down and Touch the Ground'
  • 'Rumbly in My Tumbly'
  • '(I'm Just A) Little Black Raincloud'
  • 'Mind Over Matter'
  • 'A Rather Blustery Day'
  • 'The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers'
  • 'Heffalumps and Woozles'
  • 'The Rain Rain Rain Came Down'
  • 'Hip Hip Pooh-Ray! '
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Dumbo (2019)

Film1941 Animated Original2019 Live Action Remake
DirectorBen SharpsteenTim Burton
PlotMany of the animals who live in a circus train receive babies delivered to them by stork, including Mrs Jumbo, an elephant. She has a son whom she names Jumbo Junior, but the other elephants cruelly nickname him 'Dumbo' because of his extremely large ears. After defending Jumbo Junior from an extremely aggressive child, Mrs Jumbo is locked away. Jumbo Junior fails to provide a successful climax to a circus stunt and as punishment is relegated to a being a clown. He has only one friend in the world, Timothy Mouse, before a group of crows persuade him he can use his giant ears to fly.
Length61 minutes
SettingFlorida in the late 1930s/early 1940s
Characters
  • Jumbo Junior, aka 'Dumbo', an elephant
  • Timothy Q Mouse, a mouse (Edward Brophy)
  • Mrs Jumbo, an elephant (Verna Felton)
  • Elephant Matriarch (Verna Felton)
  • Mr Stork (Sterling Holloway)
  • Jim Crow (Cliff Edwards)
  • The Ringmaster (Herman Bing)
  • Casey Junior, a locomotive (Margaret Wright)
  • Clown (Billy Bletcher)
  • Narrator (John McLeish
SourceDumbo the Flying Elephant by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl (1939)
Songs:Music by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace, Lyrics by Ned Washington
  • 'Baby Mine'
  • 'Casey Junior'
  • 'Look Out for Mr Stork'
  • 'Song of the Roustabouts'
  • 'The Clown Song (We're Gonna Hit the Big Boss for a Raise)'
  • 'Pink Elephants on Parade'
  • 'When I See an Elephant Fly'
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Aladdin (1992 / 2019)

Film1992 Animated Original2019 Live Action Remake
DirectorsRon Clements & John MuskerGuy Ritchie
PlotIn the land of Agrabah, a power-hungry Grand Vizier, Jafar, seeks a magic lamp which has the power to grant wishes. The only one capable of getting the lamp is a street urchin named Aladdin, who meets and falls in love with a beautiful princess.
Length87 minutes
SettingFictional Arabian country of Agrabah
Characters
  • Genie (Robin Williams)
  • Aladdin (Scott Weinger)
  • Jasmine (Linda Larkin & Lea Salonga)
  • Jafar (Jonathan Freeman)
  • Abu, a monkey (Frank Welker)
  • Iago, a parrot (Gilbert Gottfried)
  • Sultan (Douglas Seale)
  • Razoul (Jim Cummings)
  • Magic Carpet
SourceIncluded in Les Mille et Une Nuits, aka Arabian Nights, translated into French by Antoine Galland in 1710
Songs:Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman unless stated:
  • 'Arabian Nights'
  • 'One Jump Ahead' Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Tim Rice
  • 'Friend Like Me'
  • 'A Whole New World' Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Tim Rice
  • 'Prince Ali'
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The Lion King (1994/2019)

Film1994 Animated Original2019 Live Action Remake
DirectorsRoger Allers & Rob Minkoff Jon Favreau
PlotThe birth of baby lion Simba means that Scar is no longer first in line to the throne of the Pride Lands after his older brother, King Mufasa. Through an alliance with hyenas, Scar successfully gains the kingdom, however Simba survives. Simba, blaming himself for his father's death, lives a life of no worries, before one day returning to reclaim his inheritance.
Length85 minutes
SettingAfrican Pride Lands
Characters
  • Scar, a lion (Jeremy Irons)
  • Simba, a lion (Matthew Broderick, Joseph Williams, Jonathan Taylor Thomas & Jason Weaver)
  • Mufasa, a lion (James Earl Jones)
  • Zazu, a hornbill (Rowan Atkinson)
  • Timon, a meerkat (Nathan Lane)
  • Pumbaa, a warthog (Ernie Sabella)
  • Nala, a lioness (Moira Kelly)
  • Rafiki, a mandrill/baboon (Robert Guillaume)
  • Sarabi, a lioness (Madge Sinclair)
  • Hyenas (Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings)
InspirationHamlet (c. 1599) by William Shakespeare
Songs:Written by Tim Rice and Elton John:
  • 'Circle of Life'
  • 'I Just Can't Wait to be King'
  • 'Be Prepared'
  • 'Hakuna Matata'
  • 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight'
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1According to Pete, Elliot has the head of a camel, the neck of a crocodile, the ears of a cow and is both a fish and a mammal.

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