Reimagining Disney

2015 seems to be the year of the remake in Disney’s eyes. The children’s entertainment conglomerate has announced plans to remake a number of its animated classics into live action films. The cynic in me sees this as a ploy for Disney to rake in even more money. As a fan of the original animations, I am also worried about the new adaptations and how it might affect my memories of the previous films. For me, Disney is synonymous with animated fairytales.

If done well, I will view the remake as equally good but if done badly (or not to my taste) then I would most likely be very protective over the animations. I think this problem may only affect my generation and older who have watched all the Disney classics as animations on video or the cinema (with the exclusion of the live action version of 101 Dalmations from 1996) as we have grown up with the animated tales and the gradual developments in animation style from 2D cell animation to CGI/digital animation. New audiences of young children may have less of an issue with the live action films especially if these are the first versions of the story they have seen.

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What a fracas!

March was a month of big news stories. These included the upcoming general election, Richard III’s reburial, a terrorist attack in a Tunisian museum and the plane crash in the French Alps. Despite all these big, rolling news stories, another story seemed to dominate in the newspapers and television news: Jeremy Clarkson’s fracas with a producer on Top Gear. Even when there wasn’t much to report such as Jeremy Clarkson saying he hadn’t heard anything, it still became news probably much to the annoyance of the BBC.

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