Disney pushes into the realm of realistic animation

Alyssa Kelley, People Editor

   Over the past decades, Disney has been innovating the entertainment industry with their timeless tales. While they mainly produced animated films, the newer live action movies have been gaining a lot more traction in the media, starting with the remake of the Jungle Book in 2016. Even after receiving mixed reviews on the attempted realistic animation used, Disney has continued to remake their classics, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Mulan.

   Aladdin is Disney’s newest release, and a lot of fans were concerned whether it lived up to the original. 

   “To be honest, it was different because it didn’t have Robin Williams in it, and I thought it was going to be like the earlier remakes and be trash, but it wasn’t,” said Stephanie Carrillo, class of 2021.

   Another movie many questioned was The Lion King, done in realistic animation. Many fans questioned the decision and put the CGI itself on blast when the trailers were released. Despite the worries, viewers seemed to enjoy the movie.

   “I saw The Lion King, [and] I liked it. It was really good,” said Isabella Castronovo, class of 2020.

   I am not sure where I stand on Disney’s remakes. While I enjoy the old movies, I think it would be nice to see them producing new stories with the same quality level used on the remakes. I am curious to see how Mulan will play out after hearing about all the changes made to it. It may open a new door for Disney to start introducing more serious and realistic stories while still retaining their child-focused audience.