The few defenders of all Disney’s live action remakes often say they are made to introduce the classics to a new generation of movie viewers. Thy are also using a tweet saying “Walt Disney put in his will that all Disney classics are to be remade every 10 years, so each generation gets to enjoy them.” They ignore that it is all false. Remakes do not contribute to younger people watching old movies any differently than any advertising.
The easiest to disprove one is the tweet supposedly about Walt Disney’s will. By a simple google search I just found a Snopes article which says he never said that nor did he have power to order it. If it is true then it has been broken already countless times. It means he should have remade Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1947, 1957, and another remake should have come out shortly after he died in December of 1966. It then should have been remade five more times by now, and that has not happened. It means The Black Cauldron should been remade three times by now, and Disney will never do that. Disney never has remade a film within ten years of being made (the current record is 26). Disney has never done anything extreme enough to follow those supposed instructions.
It also contradicts how Walt Disney acted in life. He was against sequels, and he never did a remake. He had almost 30 years to remake Snow White and he never did. He supported using new adaptations and making huge changes to the source materials.
The better argument I keep hearing is that the remakes allow a younger generation to enjoy old movies, as they apparently think no one can watch an old movie. Using a home media device is not hard. The only tricky part is advertising them, which Disney is terrific at. I always heard about the old films not from remakes, but from advertisements of old movie collections. Disney was the best at it with their “Gold Masterpiece Collection.” It made me know about old movies and some VHS tapes had bonus songs from older movies. The movies that stay famous do it, as people keep watching them, not for remakes.
The final case for remakes is they can add something. No one can watch a commercial for the Disney remakes and think they add anything. They are literally just taking scenes and putting photo-realistic CGI or live action over them. Artistically they are just inferior versions with an inferior medium for the story they used. Every film they have that can use a remake to fix past mistakes (The Black Cauldron, Atlantis, or Chicken Little) is not remade in favor of their most famous works that do not need major changes.
The Disney remakes are just a waste of time that I could spend just watching the superior version. Disney is supposedly “The House of Ideas,” yet they have no new ideas. In the real words of Walt Disney “You can’t beat pigs with pigs.”