Live-action remakes are the current craze over at the Mouse House. Disney dropped Mulan on Disney+ this past Friday to pretty positive reviews. However, not every Disney live-action remake has won the hearts of audiences. Jenelle Riley at Variety has compiled a list of the best Disney live-action adaptations, which excludes retellings, like Maleficent and sequels to adaptations, like 102 Dalmatians.
Here is Riley’s list of live-action adaptations ranked from worst to best with our own commentary:
10. Dumbo (2019)
Tim Burton’s style, while mesmerizing, was maybe not the best choice for a children's film about an adorable elephant. At least it starred Danny DeVito!
9. The Lion King (2019)
The Lion King made big bucks at the box office, but failed to really enchant audiences. While the animals were hyper-realistic, many of the fun expressions from the original animated version were lost, causing the new version to fall flat.
8. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Ah, Tim Burton is back in his comfort zone. Alice in Wonderland has always been a trippy story and Burton’s outlandish style fit perfectly in this Disney classic.
7. Lady and the Tramp (2019)
The modern retelling of Lady and the Tramp remedied a few of the controversial aspects of the first movie, while staying true to the lovable heart of the animated film.
6. 101 Dalmatians (1996)
101 Dalmatians was the first true live-action Disney adaptation, and Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil is simply terror-ific!
5. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Beauty and the Beast stayed true to the original, while also adding more backstory to Belle and giving the Beast a mesmerizing song.
4. The Jungle Book (2016)
The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau turned toward the grittier side of growing up among wild animals and it was a success! This version of The Jungle Book is a great movie for both kids and adults.
3. Aladdin (2018)
No one can ever replace Robin Williams as the Genie, and thankfully, Will Smith didn’t try to. Instead, Smith added his own flair to the classic character. Plus, Jasmine FINALLY got a song!
2. Cinderella (2015)
Cinderella has been adapted over, and over, and over again, but this particular adaptation gave new life to the classic tale.
1. Mulan (2020)
Mulan tops Riley’s list because it stays true to the message of the original, while carving its own path through action-packed sequences, intimate moments, and heartfelt scenes.
Do you agree with Riley’s list? What movies would you have ranked higher or lower? Let us know in the comments!