#2: Disney Animations That Were Adapted to Live-Action Films
Just as the name suggests, we’re going to look at trailers for a few films which were originally animated movies that were redone with real people, so to speak. I love these trailers, and films, because they attempt to capitalize on the hopeful and content feelings that a fairytale brings to us. While they may not all be excellent movies, they serve as an excellent example of Disney’s influence on both entertainment and storytelling. (Click on the picture to see the trailer!)
The first trailer is from a little film called A Cinderella Story (2004) with the beloved Hilary Duff and early-2000’s heartthrob, Chad Michael Murray…*sigh*. The story, naturally, follows the course of Cinderella (1950), a timeless tale about the struggles of a young, unfortunate, yet very beautiful girl who falls in love with a Prince, even though she was never supposed to meet him. My favorite part of this particular rendition was the Evil Stepmother, played by Jennifer Coolidge (Holla, fellow Emerson Grad!), who, as usual, was hilarious. This film just brings me back to the glory days of Lizzie McGuire and the Duff Empire!
I actually have not yet seen this next film…well, actually “not yet” would imply that I have plans to see this movie eventually, which just isn’t true. This is Beastly (2011), a masterpiece starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, and Mary-Kate Olsen, taking after the classic story of Beauty and the Beast (1991). Alex is a high school jock; very attractive and very selfish. As punishment for his ignorance, Mary-Kate, an evil witch, turns him into a “beast” (which, honestly, he actually doesn’t look all THAT atrocious), and has one year to find someone who will truly love him. Through a series of corny events, of course, he does find that person in Vanessa, who gets to know who he really is behind the ugly facade. Here’s the catch: It got HORRIBLE reviews. It got 4.9/10 on IMDB.com, and 16% on RottenTomatoes. So do if you dare…and if you do, let me know how much you hated it.
This last film I am very intrigued by. It is a French film called The Sleeping Beauty (2011), or La Belle Endormie, based on one of the animated films I wrote about in my first Trailer Time, Sleeping Beauty (1959). In this version directed by the innovative Catherine Breillat, Sleeping Beauty, who is named Anastasia, has a curse put on her at birth by a witch, who says that at age 16, the princess will prick her hand and die. However, three fairies (originally Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather) alter the curse so that instead of dying, Anistasia will just fall asleep for 100 years and live in a world of dreams. AND (if you’ve read my blog before, you know how I love ratings), it was very well received! Surprisingly, it only got 5.9/10 on IMDB.com, but it got a high 78% on RottenTomatoes, which is usually the source I agree with most. I am very excited to get my hands on this movie someday!
Have you seen these films? Which one was your favorite?