It happens every time a live-action Disney remake comes out. Social Media lights up with updates of “Why did this get made?” So why exactly is Walt Disney Studios remaking their animated classics? The first obvious answer is money..the big money grab. It’s a way of doubling revenues on stories the studio already owns, including the reselling of all the merchandise. Could it be more “sinister” than that? What I find interesting are the titles they’ve chosen to remake thus far and the specific changes they made to those stories.
It may be the conspiracy theorist in me, but it appears Disney is remaking the more problematic stories from its past. You know the stories that butt right up against identity politics and “woke” culture. In a way, it’s Disney attempting to “cover” their past sins. The brilliance of the plan is by retelling the stories with stronger roles for women and adding a diverse cast, you can still take your kids to Disney Parks, take photo opps, and not have to apologize for the problematic princesses.
“…it appears Disney is remaking the more problematic stories from its past.”
I’m not necessarily judging the decisions by Disney to remake their films, nor am I criticizing its diversity message or politically correct tone. What I fear is the army of internet trolls digging through the life’s work of Walt Disney with the sole purpose of branding him a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, white man. More on this at the end.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
It all started with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. While not a critical success, it was a financial one. Instead of the blue-dressed child on a wild drug-hazed adventure in Wonderland, Mia Wasikowska’s Alice escapes an arranged marriage to keep her mother’s English high-class status intact. Alice goes to Wonderland and becomes a self-confident warrior who defeats the Jabberwocky.
Wokiness: Alice is a strong woman with a particular set of skills and chooses to run her father’s business instead of marrying it away.