“Woke” Disney and the Theory Behind the Classic Remakes Image

Jungle Book (2016)

Moving to Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book. This one kind of blows my theory out of the water as it remains relatively faithful to the spirit of the original and accomplishes an amazing technical feat of building a CG-Jungle world to surround a single human character.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Now Disney starts to pour it on. Beauty and the Beast was the first film that completely ruined the original classic. Ironically, Belle was already a strong female character in the original. But what Disney has done is retell their Oscar-Nominated Best Picture feature and shove in diversity with an ethnically diverse cast of background and supporting characters, while keeping the main cast…ugh, white. And sneaking in an innocent gay moment with LaFou (Josh Gad).

Wokiness: Ethnically diverse background and supporting cast. Dips its toe, barely, into LGBT territory.

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  1. Lynn says:

    I agree with your article on why Disney is remaking their classics and it’s because of this manipulation that I won’t see them.
    The classics were fine and I feel like telling Disney there’s no need for this apology tour your doing with these pointless remakes.
    In a sense they are apologizing for nothing because really Disney was just following the source material from fairytales as they were. I took no offense to what their original classics did and never will.
    Once upon a time it was about storytelling now it’s about opinion telling and that makes the story fall flat every time and they don’t age well.In fact the remakes feel too preachy.
    I’ll be glad when this remake trend is over and Disney remembers what they once were.
    They were once a source of inspiration but right now they are not except for something original that comes along in a blue moon.

    • S Explains says:

      Disney has a lot to apologize about in the sense that Disney has made a lot of racial insensitive movies/shows and remaking them is a sign of remorse. I do agree that some of the originals were just following some sort of twist on the original storylines but you have to understand Disney writes their own scripts and they know what their movies showcase better than the viewers. Some things are just inappropriate to put in a movie when all groups of people will see them.

      • no says:

        In a way I guess that makes sense but you completely dismissed what this comment was saying. Please re-read it and then bring up a reasonable argument.

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