The Snow White live-action remake has already received a firestorm of backlash and controversy. From plot changes to character swaps the film has angered many. Add to it Rachel Zegler‘s recent comments about not even liking the original and Disney has a real PR mess on their hands. Now another voice has added fuel to the fire.
David Hand served as a Disney designer in the 1990s, during the height of the Disney Renaissance. His father happened to be among the directors of the original Snow White. Hand expressed disappointment with the direction the new film has taken claiming it wasn’t what Walt would have wanted.
“It’s a whole different concept and I just totally disagree with it, and I know my dad and Walt would also very much disagree with it,” Hand said. “They’re making up new woke things and I’m just not into any of that. I find it quite frankly a bit insulting [what] they may have done with some of these classic films.”
Hand thinks both his father and Walt Disney would highly disapprove of the new direction the film has taken. “There’s no respect for what Disney did and what my dad did. … I think Walt and he would be turning in their graves,” Hand claimed.
Proponents of the new films often cite a quote by Mr. Disney himself: “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Hand, and others who disagree with the live-action remakes, don’t think this quote applies to Snow White. Change for change sake, they say, isn’t what Walt had in mind.
Walt Disney was a visionary. He saw the world as it was and as it should be. His creations were meant to make the world better . Critics of the remakes feel that is not being accomplished by rehashing old stories. Hand said, “[Disney is] trying to do something new with something that was such a great success earlier.” He went on to say he doesn’t understand this way of thinking.
He added: “I’m afraid of what they’re going to do with the early films… their thoughts are just so radical now. They change the stories, they change the thought processes of the characters, they just aren’t the original stories anymore. They’re making up new woke things and I’m just not into any of that.”
It’s safe to say David Hand will not be seeing Snow White when it hits theaters next March. What are your thoughts? Head over to the Disney Dining Facebook page and let us know if you plan to see the film when it is released or not.