Enchanted spinning wheels, fairy godmothers, mad tea parties, woodland creatures wearing neckerchiefs and impossibly tiny shoes – it’s all part of the animated Disney classics we fell in love with as children.
And, since we live in an age where reinvention and re-adaptation seemingly never end, Disney is taking what’s old and making it new again, starting with a live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
Yes, the one that was first released in 1967 as an animated film – produced by Walt Disney himself – and had us forever singing “Bare Necessities” after seeing it.
You’re humming it now, aren’t you.
While you picture Baloo dancing around with a prickly pear not picked by the paw but the claw, check all six animated favorites Disney has transformed into live action features thus far:
And so, the magical redux begins… 1 of 7
The Jungle Book 2 of 7
Yes, a live action version was already released in 1994. But this is super new. So new, it doesn't even have a release date, producers or a director attached, Disney's remake of the 1967 animated film, the last film to be produced by Walt Disney himself, has some impressive footsteps in which to follow. Now to start dreaming up contenders to play Mowgli...
101 Dalmations 3 of 7
Released in 1996, the live-action remake of the animated 1961 Disney film of the same name starred Glenn Close as the villainous Cruella de Vil, and Jeff Daniels as Roger, the owner of Pongo, Perdita and all their spotted offspring. Played by real-life dalmatian actors, not a single dog could actually talk. Bummer.
Alice in Wonderland 4 of 7
Released in 2010, the computer-animated-meets-live-action remake directed by Tim Burton, and based on the 1951 Disney film of the same name (inspired by Lewis Carroll's 1865 fantasy novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its 1871 sequel Through the Looking-Glass of course), starred Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Despite its short theatrical release and plenty of mixed reviews, the film remains the 14th highest-grossing film of all time. Boo. Yah.
Cinderella 5 of 7
Yes, a 1997 live action version with Brandy in it happened. Moving on. The new, upcoming live-action fantasy film - scheduled for a fall 2014 release - directed by Kenneth Branagh (the Shakespearean-quoting, English lit-loving nerd in me DIES), is a re-imagining of the 1950 animated film of the same name. Starring Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (!), Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden as The Prince (Rob Stark lives!) and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, production on the film is scheduled to start this fall in London. I call field trip. Just saying.
Maleficent 6 of 7
Scheduled for release on July 2, 2014, the live action fantasy-thriller film was inspired in part by Disney's 1959 Sleeping Beauty, and stars Angelina Jolie as the evil fairy and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. The film will focus on the Sleeping Beauty story, but from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent. Vivienne Jolie-Pitt will play the child version of Princess Aurora, and word on the street has it Pax Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Jolie-Pitt will appear on screen too. CANNOT. WAIT.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 7 of 7
Ok, so this one's a bit of a stretch considering it's not a movie, but ABC's Once Upon A Time - a fairy tale drama series that premiered on in 2011 - may be the show that got the reboot ball rolling. Set in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, its residents are actually characters from various fairy tales - think Snow White, Prince Charming, the Seven Dwarfs, Princess Aurora, Mulan, the Mad Hatter, the Evil Queen, Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio, you see where this list is going - that were transported to the "real world" town and robbed of their magical memories by a powerful curse. Created by Lost and Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the pilot episode was watched by 12.8 million viewers, including me. The second season's finale was watched by 7.2 million viewers, again, including me, and earlier this spring, the series was renewed for a third season and got the go ahead for a spin-off called Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Yep. I'm a total fan girl.
Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures
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