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2019 to feature a handful of old Disney movies with a new twist

Sabrina Alberti, Sports Editor

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With 2019 coming into full swing, Disney has some new year’s resolutions of their own up their sleeve. Always striving to top themselves, Disney has a lot to live up to coming off the heels of a mostly successful 2018 featuring films such as “The Incredibles 2,” “Christopher Robin,” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Continuing the trend of the past few years in bringing their classic animated tales to life, Disney has a wide slate of anticipated remakes and original new films this year. Such films include live action remakes such as  “Dumbo” and “Aladdin,” in addition to sequels such as “Toy Story 4.”

Ever since drafting his first character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and beyond, Walt Disney continued to improve upon his work with dedication to his craft and a strive to change the world. When Walt Disney passed away on December 15, 1966, animators started creating new characters like Minnie Mouse and Goofy to continue his legacy. Today, the company continues to base itself on the high standards Disney established, and releases a stream of films to the public every year.

In one of the most anticipated Disney films for 2018, Emily Blunt exceeded all expectations in her remastered role of Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins Returns” when the film was released this past December. “Hamilton” writer and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda also gave new life to Burt, the chimney sweep, as a new character, Jack the lamplighter.

“Mary Poppins Returns,” for instance, acts as a successful example of the company continuing to keep classic films and tales alive by adding on to their former legacies. Received positively from both critics and audiences, “Mary Poppins Returns” earned four nominations at the Golden Globe including Best Actress in Animated Film.

The movie competed with other major motion pictures such as “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and Marvel’s “Black Panther” to win the Satellite Award for Best Art Direction and Production Design.

Following the success of “Mary Poppins Returns,” Disney is hoping to continue their impressive film legacy in 2019. Fan favorites such as “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” will hit theaters later this year as live action remakes of their original films, while “Toy Story 4” will continue the story of Woody and Buzz this summer.

Children and adults alike around the world have been looking forward to seeing some of their favorite childhood cartoon movies transform into real worlds in film. “The Lion King” in particular has many fans excited, as computer-generated imagery (CGI) technology has the potential to enhance the original story and bring it to a new generation of young kids.

Although Disney has an impressive roster of films for the forthcoming year, many are concerned with the company’s “lack of originality” and over-reliance on recreating classic tales for the past few years. Despite inspiring new generations of movie-goers and financial stability at the box office, live action remakes such as “Cinderella” (2015) and “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) in recent years have been met with lukewarm reception from critics and fans for not enhancing the original source material to a noteworthy extent.

Fortunately, the talent behind the live-action remake films this year is abundant and promising for all three outings. Jon Favreau, famed director of the highly successful 2016 live-action remake of “The Jungle Book,” will be at the helms of the 2019 “The Lion King” remake. In addition the creative Tim Burton will be behind the live-action “Dumbo” releasing in March of this year.

The live-action “Aladdin” will also host a range of talented actors, such as Will Smith’s portrayal of the Genie, and newer actors, such as Mena Massoud’s portrayal of the title character. The strike between both new and old actors makes the remake promising and gives it the potential to even surpass the original.

Beyond live-action remakes, the much anticipated “Toy Story 4” is scheduled to release this June. The narrative of the fourth installment will include a new character, Forky, joining Woody and the gang on an adventure. Additionally, a sequel to 2014’s praised animated film “Frozen” is scheduled to release later this year.

Disney continues to blow their viewers away one movie at a time, and they aren’t planning on retiring the magic anytime soon.

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2019 to feature a handful of old Disney movies with a new twist