Dear Disney, Give Us More Movies Like ‘Moana’

Walt Disney Studios made some of the most magical and unforgettable stories ever told. They made iconic films like “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Lion King” and many more that a lot of people grew up watching. It seemed that Disney could crank out imaginative adventures nonstop. However, then they ran out of ideas.

D.J. Hwettinger Staff Writer


Walt Disney Studios made some of the most magical and unforgettable stories ever told. They made iconic films like “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Lion King” and many more that a lot of people grew up watching. It seemed that Disney could crank out imaginative adventures nonstop. However, then they ran out of ideas.

With the recent live action remake of “The Lion King” coming out on DVD, I can’t help but look back at all of the movies Disney has been putting into theaters and ask: Does Disney really care about the magic, or the money? Since 2015 some of their most frequent content has been a live action remake of the most magical stories that they told. “Cinderella” came out in 2015 and the movie could not have felt more pointless. The original “Cinderella” from decades ago is still an iconic story with unforgettable characters and beautiful animation. After the “Cinderella” remake, then came “The Jungle Book.” The original “Jungle Book” was a thrilling and heartwarming story about a boy who was raised by wolves and had fought to protect his people. The only reason that the “Jungle Book” remake existed was solely for the special effects. The movie did not feel like a magical story, it felt like a little boy running around in front of a blue screen for two hours.

This is a common theme in all of these live action remakes: all style, no substance. In their most recent sequels and remakes: “Mary Poppins Returns,” “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin,” we saw an even greater effort to put it into the animation; doing so, the characters felt so flat and the stories definitely pale in comparison to their source material.

It has been almost five years since Disney produced one live action remake after another, which served to prove that they have run out of ideas. Only once in a while are, they able to produce true magic. The prime example of this is “Moana,” which is a brand-new story that follows brand new three- dimensional characters (Moana and Maui), in a thrilling story surrounded by breathtaking animation. Instead of making more movies like this, there are now talks of doing a sequel to the disappointing “Aladdin” remake, a “Frozen” sequel coming out later this month, and many more live action remakes on the way. Disney needs to make more movies like “Moana.” Not a sequel to Moana, or a live action reboot. Their creative team needs to sit down, take their time, come up with more unforgettable characters, and more magical stories for new generations to love. With Disney being a company worth $130 billion, I’m sure they can take the time to come up with new stories. wolves and had fought to protect his people. The only reason that the “Jungle Book” remake existed was solely for the special effects. The movie did not feel like a magical story, it felt like a little boy running around in front of a blue screen for two hours. This is a common theme in all of these live action remakes: all style, no substance. In their most recent sequels and remakes: “Mary Poppins Returns,” “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin,” we saw an even greater effort to put it into the animation; doing so, the characters felt so flat and the stories definitely pale in comparison to their source material. It has been almost five years since Disney produced one live action remake after another, which served to prove that they have run out of ideas. Only once in a while are, they able to produce true magic. The prime example of this is “Moana,” which is a brand-new story that follows brand new three- dimensional characters (Moana and Maui), in a thrilling story surrounded by breathtaking animation. Instead of making more movies like this, there are now talks of doing a sequel to the disappointing “Aladdin” remake, a “Frozen” sequel coming out later this month, and many more live action remakes on the way. Disney needs to make more movies like “Moana.” Not a sequel to Moana, or a live action reboot. Their creative team needs to sit down, take their time, come up with more unforgettable characters, and more magical stories for new generations to love. With Disney being a company worth $130 billion, I’m sure they can take the time to come up with new stories.

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