Film critic Chris Gore slashes live-action Disney remakes: ‘These are the worst films of our time’

Film critic and regular guest on YouTube’s Friday Night Tights, Chris Goure, has taken on the Walt Disney Company and its live-action remakes by declaring them “the worst films of our time.”

(LR): Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), Tom Hanks as Geppetto, and Figaro in Disney’s PINOCCHIO, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. all rights are save.

Gore’s comments came as part of an interview with YouTube channel Film Courage, in which he was asked, “What do you love about remakes of live-action Disney movies?”

He replied, “I don’t like anything about live-action Disney movie remakes. I think these are the worst films of our time that represent everything wrong with the movie industry in the factories and studio executives and lawyers who decided they needed to make a movie to preserve intellectual property in a way or another.”

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Gore continued, “Disney’s live-action movie remakes except for a few, I’d say jungle book By Jon Favreau, but nearly all of them are incredibly unwatchable.”

“Fortunately, the classic movies it’s based on are still around. Movies like PinocchioAnd the Beauty and the beast, And what not. But the live action remake was the worst,” he repeated.

Tom Hanks as Geppetto in PINOCCHIO, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. all rights are save.

Then Hen turned his anger towards PinocchioPinocchio In particular it was that person who angered me precisely because he was, first and foremost, embarrassed by how bad the movie was. Everything is wrong. You take the original Pinocchio design and render it into a computer animation which is exactly the same design.

“You get Tom Hanks to play Geppetto. It’s interesting, you know, in the original animation of Pinocchio You have Geppetto and he’s super excited to have a little boy, but when you take these concepts from animation, 2D animation, and put them into action, there’s something about them that is, at least, unnerving,” notes. Hanks is delighted that he has a little boy, a little living boy who is his own.”

“I don’t know how long I’m going to take a dramatic pause I can put in there after I say those words,” he said, “but there’s something about her that feels weird in live action.”

Disney’s MULAN Mulan (Yifei Liu) Photo: Film Frame © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. all rights are save.

After briefly discussing how 2D animation can be used to bring up divisive topics more easily compared to live action, Gore went back to tearing up Disney’s live-action films, saying, “Disney’s live-action films are just a farce and kind of represent everything that’s wrong with modern films today.…all Something was wrong.”

“Just refreshing it for modern audiences with unnecessary trade-offs of gender and race which I think audiences are starting to get tired of. Live action doesn’t really work. There are certain concepts and ideas that work better in animation. Maybe that’s why jungle book It is probably the most viewed and perhaps the best because it is animated. Everything is animated except for the little boy,” he said.

the little Mermaid

“But oh my God, these Disney animated translations into live action are a farce,” he emphasized. “I feel like I can teach a class where we only watch parts of Pinocchio daily and tell you why this doesn’t work.”

Up to that point he said, “There’s a scene where Pinocchio stumbles over a pile of feces covered in flies and a part of me thinks Pinocchio’s feces are with flies—you can hear the flies—it was as if the animators set it up to let us know, ‘Yeah, we know. We know too. They are that bad. And this movie, it’s just terrifying.

Disney’s MULAN Mulan (Yifei Liu) Photo: Film Frame © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. all rights are save.

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Then he talked about why he thinks these movies are being made, “I really felt like the lawyer was saying, ‘Look, we need to reproduce this stuff and we need to label it to remind people. It’s a bit similar – there was a trend in the ’90s to make a sequel to classic Disney animated films, Cinderella 2And the The Lion King 2And the Bambi 2And you can probably find it in yard sales. In the clamshell VHS wrap, you can find a sequel to all the classic Disney animation features. All are completely forgotten and I wish they never existed.

“And I would say the same for all of the live-action Disney movies. He’s literally a lawyer saying just do it. It’s disappointing to see people like Robert Zemeckis made in such a short list of perfect movies.” Back to the future And then to see Tom Hanks, perhaps the most beloved actor, you can still call him the star, to team up with Disney to make it horrific. I just wish Disney would stop.

(LR): Cynthia Erivo as Blue Fairy, Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) and Jiminy Cricket (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Disney’s live PINOCCHIO, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises , Inc. All rights reserved.

Gore will then be asked to go into more detail about the stool scene in Pinocchio. He obliged to provide context, “Okay, Pinocchio skips his way to school. He’s distracted and happens to be on a pile of poo. It’s totally unnecessary to happen in the midst of a live-action remake of the classic Pinocchio, to put this pile of poo.”

He continued, “But I guess this wasn’t a top secret message that the animators decided to add. Why would they do this another way? There’s no point in that.”

Gore continues, declaring, “Pinocchio’s live-action pile of poo is the character most admired. I say that with a straight face.”

The Lady and the Tramp via Disney +

Faced with a number of new releases at the global box office, Gore is questioned about remakes that make financial sense. He admits, “Sure, it makes financial sense to recast classic, familiar IP into another live action animation form. It makes perfect sense on paper. I think these films are totally bankrupt and forgettable. Sadly, audiences wouldn’t be more discerning when it comes to It’s about these movies.”

“I just don’t think we’re going to talk about any of these live-action Disney remakes far in the future. We’ll continue to discuss the classic movies it’s based on.”

The Jungle Book by Disney +

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Gore also quipped, “There’s definitely a school of thought that would say the reason these films are so profitable is that they are effectively babysitters. That might also be a reason for success. And also I kind of find that — there’s always a movie and that’s especially on holidays, usually Christmas. Thanksgiving or Christmas etc — there’s a movie that doesn’t offend anyone, isn’t fun, is completely forgettable, but it’s the only movie the whole family can agree on that we can all go see together.”

He explained, “That’s why you see movies opening on Christmas Day. That’s one thing. A lot of movies open on Christmas Day and not everyone wants to go see The Godfather 3 on Christmas Day, but they’re going to see something like a live Disney movie remake.”

“I despise these films with every fiber of my arm,” he declared. “I mean, the best you can say about them is to preserve the work of certain artists.”

The Lion King via Disney +

It is worth noting that the latest live-action Disney movie adaptations did not do well at the box office. Mulan Only 69.9 million dollars. A number of them didn’t even make it to the box office as they were carried over to the Disney + streaming service like Pinocchio And the The lady and the tramp.

According to Nielsen, Pinocchio It brought in just 930 million minutes in the week it premiered. And in its second week, that number dropped to 510 million watched minutes. The lady and the tramp It never made it to Nielsen’s charts when it debuted in November 2021.

Both films also have bad ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Pinocchio has a poor audience score of 29% while Lady and the Tramp has a 50% audience score. Mulan is no better. The audience score is 47%.

Mina Massoud as Aladdin in Aladdin via Disney +

Its strength will be tested again when the live action is remade the little Mermaid He arrives with Ariel switching the race in May 2023 and when a snow white The film arrives in March 2024.

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