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Beauty & The Beast Director On The Key To Making These Live-Action Remakes

Over the past eight decades, Disney has made a pretty solid business out of churning out their animated films. No big surprise there, right? However, over the past several years, they’ve started taking advantage of the considerable visual effects tech that is currently at the industry’s disposal, using it to bring these animated classics to life. Things got off with a bit of a rocky start with titles like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent. While both of those films were financial successes, they left a lot to be desired on the quality front. 

Luckily for us, that wasn’t all Disney had to offer. Other films like Cinderella and The Jungle Book were not only financial hits, but they also managed to hit perfectly with critics and moviegoing audiences. They not only recaptured the essence of their animated counterparts, but they managed to add whole new dynamics that couldn’t have been achieved at the time. But what truly are the keys to making these films work?

Speaking with Screen Rant, Bill Condon — director of the upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action remake — discussed that very question:

“Well, I think it’s interesting. I can’t speak for the others. Jungle Book was just such a marvel. It was incredible. I think it’s along the same lines, although this is obviously more human, it’s that thing as soon as you, it’s not just modernizing, as soon as you translate it into a live-action medium then it’s real people. So, the behavior has to be real. And also for this movie there was a real challenge in tone. You had to have a movie where you could have something as sweet and poetic as Kevin Kline as Maurice and something as broad as Josh Gad as Lefou and make sure that they were all appearing in the same movie.”

While animated films have just as much an ability to humanize their characters as live-action, Condon does bring up a great point. Whether we like it or not, there is less of a degree of separation audiences will have with a live-action film. These characters in live-action are one step closer to the real life in which they live, so they may subconsciously sort of expect them to behave in a more realistic fashion. Even if you do have more goofy aspects of the movie like with Gaston and Lefou, it does have to be reined in just enough to be consistent with everything else around them.

What do you think of the job Disney has done so far? Have they done well to uphold the legacy set by their animated films? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

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