By Alexandra Margelu, Hannah Jones, Madison Nualart
MAY 23, 2019
Fantasy turned into reality! Disney is taking childhood movies and morphing the originals into new live-action films. Disney movies have always been a big part of childhood. They build morals, create dreams, and expand imaginations. With the new Disney sequels that are coming out, children that are all grown-up now, have the opportunity to experience the magic all over again.
According to InStyle.com’s Alexandra Whittaker, multiple Disney sequels and revamps are being produced such as Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Lady and the Tramp, The Sword in the Stone, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, as well as The Little Mermaid. Whittaker explains that Disney has intellectual property (IP) which means the company has rights to any of its stories, books, scripts, movies, etc. Disney is extremely protective of its intellectual property and if any individual or company attempts to recreate their artwork they will be sued by Disney for copyright and trademark infringement.
With all of the new film productions that Disney is introducing to the public, a rumor was circulating. According to Dan Evon of Snopes.com, in November 2018, @Samanthapaigeu tweeted “I was today years old when I found out that Walt Disney put in his will that all Disney classics are to be remade every 10 years, so each generation gets to enjoy them.”
Her tweet accumulated over 368,000 likes on Twitter. She claimed that Walt Disney’s will required that in order for new generations to relate to, and understand, the original films, the company must remake its classics every ten years. This is not likely because when Walt Disney died he was not the major shareholder of his company.
Walt Disney Studios may not have remade all of their productions but they have re-released their beloved films to movie theaters approximately every seven years in order to introduce them to younger viewers. One man’s dream evolved to spark the imaginations of millions of children. The Magic of the Disney movies touches every watcher’s heart.