It’s a New Spin On a Tale as Old As Time

Since when is reusing an old idea a bad thing? Corporate giants such as Disney and Universal rose to power in the global economy on the basis of the ideas they are now reusing, so returning to them is acceptable.

Recently, Disney has been receiving both criticism and praise for their live action remakes of their classic stories, such as “Aladdin,” “Beauty and The Beast” and “The Lion King.”

These remakes maintain the same story, but by using innovative technology such as CGI (computer generated imaging), they are more lifelike and realistic. This kind of technology and realism is good for movies because it engages the audience with something that is more relatable to them, creating not only a box office success, but also legions of new fans along the way.

Most fans would jump at the chance to see a movie they like fitted to the modern film taste. According to Business Insider, both the “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” live action remakes released in 2015 and 2017 outperformed their original counterparts at the box office. Both films made over $500 million apiece, with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” being the second highest-earning film of 2017, behind “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

In short, remakes make money. money that can be used to create original movies. Yes, there have been many remakes of popular stories, but they bring revenue that can be used to increase the budgets for movies with original stories. “Moana” and “Zootopia,” two of Disney’s recent major successes, required money to create This might not have been as easy to do without surplus money from successful movies that grossed more than they cost to produce.

Because CGI and other technology are expensive, movies that are successful need massive gross profit in order to be considered successes, making unpredictable original concepts all the more boom or bust, and in turn making remakes a safer bet. If films do well, the money will come back around for the next remake or the next big, original story in a cycle that benefits the fans of originals and remakes alike. Lots of people rate a remake poorly because it tweaks, changes, or leaves something out from its predecessor, but many of those changes are improvements.

For example, the 2017 version of “Beauty and the Beast” improves upon the character of Belle’s father, who existed for comedic purposes in the original. However, the remake makes him a character with much more depth, including loyalty to his daughter and a pivotal role in Belle’s development as a protagonist.

Best of all, remakes bring in new generations of fans. Take the original “Cinderella” from Disney, for example. For kids born after 2000, that movie is over 50 years old. Remakes provide modern views and modern HD quality to classics that keep the popularity and nostalgia of classics going.

Continuing to support your favorite movies is the duty and responsibility of a fan, and hopefully, they can make it something fans and their kids can continue to enjoy for many years to come.