Nala (The Lion King)

8. Nala (The Lion King)

Premise: Like Snow White and the Huntsman, but with a lion as the warrior princess.

Starring: Zoe Saldana as Nala and Gary Oldman as Scar.

Simba is the hero of The Lion King, but his BFF Nala is the one who never deserted the Pride Lands in the first place. Even as the kingdom turns to shit under Scar’s rule (and even as Scar tries to make her his queen in the stage version), she manages to stay sharp and spirited.

It’s time we give this kickass heroine her due, and find out just how she kept it together all those years Simba was off Hakuna Matata-ing. Even better, maybe this time she can take down the oppressive regime without waiting for Simba to show up.

The Genie (Aladdin)

9. The Genie (Aladdin)

Premise: An origin story inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.

Starring: Dan Castellaneta as the Genie. He’s voiced the character before.

The Genie was doing his genie thing long before he met Aladdin, who ultimately set him free. Let’s find out exactly where he came from. As a bonus, since Aladdin is based on One Thousand and One Nights, Disney would have plenty of source material to mine for inspiration.

Granted, the toughest part of a Genie spinoff would probably be the casting. Robin Williams’ performance was iconic, and especially after his death it’s hard to fathom the idea of another actor slipping into that lamp. But other actors have played the character since Aladdin, and should again.

Disney sidekicks

10. Zazu (The Lion King), Sebastian (The Little Mermaid), Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast), Baloo (The Jungle Book), Jiminy Cricket (Pinocchio), and Scar (The Lion King)

Premise: Like The Avengers, but with the exasperated mentors of famous Disney characters.

Starring: Martin Freeman as Zazu, Kevin Hart as Sebastian, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Bill Murray as Baloo, Kyle Chandler as Jiminy Cricket, and Gary Oldman as Scar.

You knew it was all leading up to this. After all, no one wants a plain old franchise these days; they want an entire Marvel-style universe culminating in one star-studded team-up. Here’s Disney’s opportunity to present a mega-crossover that validates all of those “all Disney movies belong to the same universe” theories.

Zazu, Sebastian, Cogsworth, and Jiminy Cricket have plenty to bond over, as the ones keep their impulsive charges out of trouble, while laid-back Baloo could keep the mood from getting too frazzled. All that cute banter could culminate in that other hallmark of a Marvel-style movie — the big, city-destroying third act, where the heroes band together to defeat a powerful villain like Scar.

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