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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: May 2, 2016.

The Disney Corp. continues to make some of the best family movies in artistry and content. However, not all Disney movies are equally suitable for all ages. Disney’s live-action studio has announced five more release dates for its remakes of fairy tales and other classic stories like Jungle Book. This has brought the total number of such movies it will release between now and the end of 2019 to ten. Four of these are scheduled for 2018.

Disney’s has demonstrated the top box office draw of family and redemptive movies, especially when they are based on classics that have already stood the test of time. In contrast to Universal Studios, Disney Studios production president Sean Bailey says,  “…Some studios are really comfortable making R-rated comedies; that’s not what we do…”  However, even with Disney family movies, animated movies, and other studios’ family movies, they may not all be equally of worth or suitable, especially for various ages. Good family-friendly reviews from such sources as Sonoma Christian are invaluable to assess ahead of viewing what is appropriate. 

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Mowgli sits with Akela, the leader of the wolf pack, in ‘Jungle Book’ : photo courtesy Disney.

Disney has especially been at the top of the box office recently with its live-action re-makes. According to Project Casting, Walt Disney Studios‘ future slate has included:  Alice Through the Looking Glass (5/27/16),  Pete’s Dragon (8/12/16), and Beauty and the Beast (3/17/17). Now Disney is announcing the following projects in development: Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing. A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing, Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing, and Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger.

Futher live-action versions of classic stories are Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda; Maleficent 2 with Angelia Jolie set to return in the title role and Linda Wolverton writing; and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with director Lasse Hallstrom and writer Ashleigh Powell. The Jungle Book 2 with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks is returning and Tinker Bell  with Reese Witherspoon set to star and Victoria Strouse writing is development. Three more UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action movie) have been dated for 7/28/17, 4/6/18, and 12/20/19. Two more UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION movies are now dated for 12/25/18 and for 12/25/18.

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Mowgli hugs Bagheera, a black panther who watches over him : photo courtesy Disney.

Although it is reassuring to know that Disney has a slate of promising family movies in the works, all Disney movies are not equal in value or appropriate for the same ages. Buyer beware. All that glitters is not gold. Look before you leap.


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