Disney… we told you this would happen!
In a move that likely shocked Disney, Elemental has become the most-watched movie premier on the Disney+ platform. Within its first five days of streaming on Disney+, Elemental earned over 26.4 million views.
While this feat is impressive on its own, it also means that the film has surpassed the streams for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. During The Little Mermaid‘s first five days of streaming, it only had 16 million views.
While this news may be shocking to some due to the immense marketing gap between the two films, many Disney fans saw this coming from miles away.
The Public Speaks… But Does Disney Listen?
In recent years, Disney fans have been smothered by a plethora of live-action remakes of iconic Disney animated features. From The Lion King to Peter Pan, Cinderella to Aladdin, it seems like there is no end in sight for the live-action craze. However, many fans are growing tired of this trend and are yearning for something new and original.
NEW: Disney says 'Elemental' is the most watched movie premiere of the year on Disney+, surpassing 26.4 million views in its first 5 days of streaming. pic.twitter.com/JE2CBKGorV
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) September 18, 2023
One of the main reasons why fans are becoming fatigued with Disney’s live-action remakes is the lack of originality. While these films may bring nostalgia and a sense of familiarity, they often fail to bring anything truly new to the table. Fans are craving fresh stories and characters that will captivate their imaginations rather than rehashing the same old tales.
Another concerning aspect is that these remakes often fall short compared to the original animated films. The live-action version of The Lion King, for example, received mixed reviews from both critics and fans. Many felt that it lacked the magic and emotion of the original, with the photorealistic animals appearing lifeless and devoid of expression. It turns out that fans are not yearning to see a nature planet document with musical songs.
With More Remakes Down the Pipeline, How Can We Change Disney’s Mind?
Despite the complaints from fans, Disney still is continuing its live-action projects. Most recently, criticism arose over the new live-action Snow White being made. Many fans feel that the remake is sacrificing important elements of the original, which is confusing considering the film’s intention is to be a re-make.
However, while Disney may not always listen to fans, they do take notice of numbers. For a film like Elemental, which has a smaller production and marketing budget than The Little Mermaid, to surpass a star-studded project like The Little Mermaid on streams is certainly going to get Disney’s attention. While neither film had massive success at the theatres, Elemental‘s success on streaming is a win for fans hoping for more original stories.
With the upcoming original tale, Wish, coming soon, fans will once again be given an opportunity to show Disney the kind of content they want to see.