A beloved Disney classic is going to be changed due to sensitive issues.
Disney’s live-action films have successfully transitioned cherished animated classics into a new medium while preserving the spirit and heart of the originals. They demonstrate the studio’s commitment to storytelling and its ability to adapt to changing cinematic landscapes.
With a blend of cutting-edge technology, talented actors, and respect for the source material, Disney’s live-action films continue to weave their magic, ensuring that these timeless tales will enchant audiences for generations to come, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been met with some backlash along the way.
Disney’s live-action film journey began with classics like Mary Poppins in the 1960s and Pete’s Dragon in the 1970s. However, it wasn’t until the 21st century that Disney made a concerted effort to adapt its animated classics into live-action. The live-action Cinderella (2015) was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Disney fans know the classic Cinderella as the girl whose father passed, and she was forced to live with her evil stepmother and stepsisters, who told her she could not go to the ball. This is when Cinderella met her fairy godmother, who made all her dreams come true. In the live-action version, Lily James’s portrayal of the iconic princess captured the essence of the animated original while adding depth and charm.
Beauty and the Beast (2017) saw Emma Watson step into the role of Belle in this adaptation, which not only retained the enchantment of the original but also introduced new songs and characters. Its success set the stage for a series of live-action adaptations. The live-action Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, introduced a new generation to the world of Agrabah. Will Smith’s charismatic portrayal of the Genie brought a fresh twist to the beloved character, and the film’s vibrant visuals delighted audiences.
The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, combined groundbreaking visual effects with a captivating story to bring Mowgli and his animal friends to life. The film showcased the potential of modern technology to recreate beloved animated worlds. The Lion King (2019), directed by Jon Favreau, once again utilized cutting-edge technology to create a photorealistic African savannah. While it retained the original story and songs, it showcased the power of live-action to reinvigorate a beloved classic.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Disney hasn’t been met with backlash from retelling the same story again and again. Many fans have jumped off the live-action adaptation train amid so many from Disney, even though there are more on the way. The latest live-action adaptation was The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey. The film performed well at the box office, but many fans begged Disney to move away from its next planned live-action adaptations, once of which includes the controversial Rachel Zegler taking over Snow White.
More details have now come forward about the live-action Bambi, and fans aren’t sure what to think about it. Anderson Beer, one of the scriptwriters for the upcoming movie, recently revealed that a devastating scene– the devastating scene, you know it– from the original is going to be “softened” as the writer shared that people are “more sensitive” than they were in the past.
“Not to spoil the plot, but there’s a treatment of Bambi’s mother dying that I think some kids, some parents these days are more sensitive about than they were in the past,” she told CBR. “And I think that’s one of the reasons that they haven’t shown it to their children.”
While Beer didn’t give away many details, she shared that this version will be a retelling of the story but will not be the exact same story.
“I do think there is a way to update Bambi and our take on it was… did give a little bit more of a scope to it. And I just think that to be able to bring it to life for kids these days in a way that maybe they relate to a little bit more would be of service to the original.”
Disney has not released any more information on the upcoming Bambi movie, including its release date.