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5 Animated Disney Movies That Would Make Big Live-Action Successes

Bob Chipman | 21 Nov 2014 12:00
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Pretty-much everyone likes the original one, right? It's a great love story, a great animal/pet movie, it's got real thrills, real emotion, a surprisingly adult undercurrent (Tramp's name is literal in both senses, and it's the second one that Lady has trouble reconciling) and the best movie kiss ever. People still like all those things, and you can do wonderful things with animals and CGI now -- this feels somewhat obvious, to me.

You'd need to flesh things out a bit, sure: Buff up some of the ancillary characters, maybe give the humans a touch more presence, find a better solution to the 2nd-act plot-complications than the two Asian-stereotype cats that make everyone uncomfortable now... but it's do-able.

And let's face facts: The obligatory teaser-trailer ("Bella Notte" comes up over a black screen, fade-in to plate of spaghetti, black screen, fade-in to dog's nose pushing a meatball, black screen, fade in to the iconic noodle-sharing moment, cut away just before the kiss to black screen, fade-in release date) would have a really good shot at being the most-shared non-Marvel piece of advertising Disney runs all year.

Wait! Wait. Just hear me out.

The Toy Story movies ostensibly take place in the real world, and have featured the iconic toys being the subject of adaptation in their world: Woody is actually merchandise from a 1950s puppet show, and it's canon that Buzz Lightyear had a cartoon series based on him.

Hypothetically speaking: It's conceivable that maybe Woody's Roundup was popular enough in its day to have been adapted into a live-action B-western -- perhaps starring a now-forgotten cowboy actor who looks and sounds an awful lot like Tom Hanks. And it's absolutely plausible that Buzz Lightyear of Star Command might have earned a cheap-ish movie of its own in the 90s -- possibly starring someone fairly reminiscent of Tim Allen. Yes?

Just saying: If someone were to "discover" those films and release them together, trimmed-down to a 90-minute double-feature via wraparounds about the Toy Story gang fast-forwarding through the "boring parts?" I don't know about you, but I'd watch that. Just saying.


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