Why Disney should focus on creating original content

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It goes pretty much without saying that Disney is at the forefront of the cinematic world. In addition to releasing all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and animations, Disney has recently been delving into the live action scene with new movies such as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” as well as “Mulan” and “The Little Mermaid” in 2020.

I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t loved at least one Disney movie. Growing up, it seemed as if almost every trailer I saw was for a Disney film. Most of my childhood memories are of me sitting excitedly in the theater singing along to the soundtracks. With their dazzling use of technology combined with incredible plots, people just can’t help but come back for more. 

That said, Disney should be less concerned with remaking old content and more focused on creating new content instead. From an economic standpoint, remaking old content may not be the best decision for the multi-billion dollar company. Once Disney runs out of movies to remake, what’s next?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Black Panther and Captain America as much as the next person, but the MCU can only carry Disney so far. 

One way Disney can combat this potential issue is to release new animated content.  Believe it or not, the company has been making princess films for 82 years and has yet to create a Latinx princess. Some people consider Elena from Disney Junior’s show “Elena of Avalora representative of the Latinx community, but I don’t think that’s sufficient. 2019 has been the year of diversital expansion within the cinematic scene, and since Disney owns about 26 percent of the movie market, they should follow suit. 

Overall, my reaction to the live action adaptations is often the same as it is to the original, especially with “The Lion King. It was pretty much a carbon copy of the original. The scene in which Mufasa dies almost made me tear up, just like it did when I watched the movie for the first time back in elementary school. With Donald Glover and Beyonce on the soundtrack, the music was better than ever and the graphics were captivating (even though it was a little odd seeing an animated Lion’s face move with Donald Glover’s voice). Despite how impressive the live action movies have been, they just don’t live up to the same hype the originals did. When I leave the theater, I’m still content, but I don’t think I’ll ever get the same feeling of happiness as when the animated versions begin to roll the credits. 

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