Nostalgic Films: Recreations of Our Childhood Shows


Kassidy Babcock

Disney leaves behind their classics for more modern remakes.

Daniella Rivera, Co-Editor-in-Chief

With old ideas, but new ways to portray them, Disney classics like The Lion King and Aladdin are coming out with live action versions.

It is well-known that filmmakers continue to recreate movies that have already been done. Though some of these movies can seem repetitious, some of them have adults feeling nostalgic to watch their childhood shows come back to life.

Coming out this year, Aladdin is expected to attract audiences of all ages. Many know the story of a charming Middle Eastern boy who just can’t seem to take his eyes off of the princess Jasmine. When there was word that Aladdin would be put to the screens in live action, even the first viewers of the animated princess movie were excited.

There has been some controversy over whether theaters should even show re-creations. states, “It’s a small world after all—and Disney’s making it even smaller.Many know how the plot plays out, and how it all ends. Many feel there is no point in paying seven dollars to see a re-creation, when the original is usually liked better anyway.  

Katie Shepherd, Senior, says in regards to the remake of Beauty and the Beast, “I like the original way better…the night when Belle and the Beast dance is iconic and just can’t be recreated.  Although I love the new one, it will never beat an original disney movie.”

On the other hand, there is the argument of enjoying the movie so much that watching a newer version makes people want to get some popcorn and pay the price of admission. According to, “If people already like it, there’s a greater chance they will pay money to see it in another form.”

Adding to the argument, producers boast about the new effects that they are able to add with modern technology. The idea of a real tiger in Aladdin, and sound quality that will make people feel the happiness that “Hakuna Matata” brings makes viewers rush to the Cinemark seats.

Ironically, there is an audience out there who would like to see the opposite happen. They are fond of the idea of recreating live action movies to the animated ones they are used to. The Crimson has a list for, “live-action and computer-generated imagery (CGI) movies that need to be remade as old-style, pixelated animations.”

This is light-hearted argument. Movies will still be remade and showcased as old and unoriginal, but they do seem to please the audience. Undoubtedly, it will be known that people will be sitting in the theater watching Simba dance along with Timon and Pumba, just like most of us had when we were five years old. The big change here is that this time, people might describe the experience as a bit more “lively.”