The Case of the Disney Re-make

You know what they say, “If it ain’t broke, remake it!” At least, that’s how we think the saying goes. From Fuller House to Kim Possible, remakes are the biggest thing around. Studios have learned that just because nostalgia is priceless, it doesn’t mean they can’t make serious cash from it.

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So, we decided it was time to talk about this phenomenon. In this episode, we discuss the Disney (mostly) live-action remakes.

Movies Mentioned Today:

  • 101 Dalmations (1996)
    • Directed by Stephen Herek
    • Stars Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Hugh Laurie, and Mark Williams
    • Fashion Designer Cruella DeVil plots to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to create the perfect fur coat but from there chaos ensues.
    • Budget $75,000,000 (estimated)
    • USA opening $45,073,479
    • USA Gross $136,189,294
    • Cumulative Worldwide Gross $320,689,294
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
    • Directed by Tim Burton
    • Stars Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, and Anne Hathaway
    • Alice is older in this version as a 19 year old who is proposed to in front of friends and family.  When she runs from the situation she follows a rabbit down a rabbit hole into the curious world of Wonderland.
    • Budget $200,000,000 (estimated)
    • USA opening $116,101,023
    • USA Gross $334,191,110
    • Worldwide Gross $1,025,467,110
  • Maleficent (2014)
    • Directed by Robert Stromberg
    • Stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning
    • Maleficent is an innocent fairy turned vengeful due to a betrayal.  This treachery leads her to put a curse on young Aurora.  As the child grows Maleficent finds that she may be the key to peace in the kingdom.
    • This film takes after the famous book and Broadway musical “Wicked” by showing the evil character as the protagonist
    • Budget $180,000,000 (estimated)
    • USA opening $69,431,298
    • USA Gross $241,410,378
    • Worldwide Gross $758,539,785
  • Cinderella (2015)
    • Directed by Kenneth Branagh
    • Stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, and Richard Madden
    • Lily James was not a well known actress and this was her first starring role in a movie
    • You should know the plot of this by now!
    • Budget $95,000,000 (estimated)
    • USA opening $67,877,361
    • USA Gross $201,151,353
    • Cumulative Worldwide Gross $543,514,353
  • The Jungle Book (2016)
    • Directed by Jon Favreau
    • Stars Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, and Ben Kingsley
    • Bagheera (a panther) and Baloo (a bear) accompany a man-cub named Mowgli through the Jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan.
    • Budget $175,000,000 (estimated)
    • USA opening $103,261,464
    • USA Gross $364,001,123
    • Cumulative Worldwide Gross $966,550,600
  • Pete’s Dragon (2016)
    • Directed by David Lowery
    • Stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, and Oakes Fegley
    • Pete, an orphan of 6 years found in the forest, tells his new caretaker Grace about his friend Elliot the dragon.
    • Budget $65,000,000 (estimated)
    • USA opening $21,514,095
    • USA Gross $76,233,151
    • Cumulative Worldwide Gross $143,695,338
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    • Directed by Bill Condon
    • Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and many more
    • A self-centered Prince is cursed and must find someone to love him before time runs out.  Belle, an odd townswoman who loves books, may be his only chance at breaking the spell.
    • Budget $160,000,000 (estimated)
    • USA opening $174,750,616
    • USA Gross $504,014,165
    • Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,263,521,126

Upcoming Disney Re-makes Mentioned:

  • Lion King (July 2019)
  • Aladdin (May 2019)
  • Dumbo (March 2019)
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Lilo and Stitch (TBA)
  • Prince Charming (TBA)
  • Lady and the Tramp (TBA)

*We mention a movie called Magic Kingdom which is still in development and has been for several years.  The general plot is to be about attractions at the theme park coming to life and interacting with each other.


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