Posted on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
If you’ve been paying attention to movie news over the past year, then you’re probably aware that Disney has been digging around in their vault for inspiration by giving some of their animated classics the live-action treatment with revisionist takes on the same story, or spin-offs following other characters from the movie.
Just this year alone we’ve gotten word of Tim Burton directing Dumbo, Alex Ross Perry writing Winnie the Pooh, and Reese Witherspoon starring in a Tinkerbell movie, not to mention live-action takes on Mulan, Pinocchio, Prince Charming and now an Aladdin prequel called Genies.
It’s a lot to keep track of, but thankfully, a helpful new chart has surfaced online to help Disney fans keep track of all the sequels, spin-offs and remakes from the past and the future, and there’s even some interesting information to be gleaned from the chart as well. Check out the Disney sequel spin-off chart after the jump!
Here’s the helpful chart put together by Cartoon Brew:
As helpful as this chart is, it’s also a little frustrating, mostly because we can see just how much effort Disney is putting into remaking their classic titles for a new audience when they should really be putting more effort into original ideas to create new classics. It’s certainly harder to do than recycling old properties, but that’s how those original stories became classics to begin with.
Cartoon Brew also notes how sparsely touched the classic library was when Michael Eisner was at Disney. The only sequels that were made based on Disney’s animated favorites were Fantasia 2000, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure and Return to Never Land, and two of those were direct-to-video sequels.
But the recent shift can’t entirely be blamed on CEO Bob Iger‘s penchant for rehashing old stories, because the shift to live-action remakes and spin-offs actually coincides with the collapse of the home video market, making direct-to-video sequels not as lucrative as they once were for the studio. The last of those films was The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning in 2008.
Despite Disney’s efforts to revamp their classics, there’s some properties that remain untouched (though who knows how long that will last). As of now, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Great Mouse Detective, The Sword in the Stone and Oliver and Company haven’t had any sequels, remakes or spin-offs head into development. (Disney has a new Robin Hood project in the works, but it’s not tied to their classic animated adaptation.) And despite the fact that adaptations of fantasy novels are still going pretty strong, there’s no new Black Cauldron film in the wings.
Don’t forget, there’s also remakes of some of Disney’s other films too, such as Pete’s Dragon. So we might also see an influx of remakes of the studio’s live-action library as well, especially ones with hybrid animation. As for any future spin-offs, Angie Han came up with a list of some characters who deserve their own movie, so check that out right here. Otherwise, stay tuned to find out what else Disney has cooking.Cool Posts From Around the Web: