Live-Action vs. Animated Disney Movies



Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” was released in 2019 and has made over $1 billion at the global box office. In 2019, it was awarded for the year’s favorite family movie

In the magical universe we all know called Disney, there have been a few well-known generations of movies, the classic princess/prince movies, the 3D movies, and the newest of them being the live-action remakes. Live-action movies such as “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” have been known to have their great moments. One that goes for both is the way they made the characters seem more realistic and feasible to our world. But the fact is they just are not as good as the originals that we have all grown to love and appreciate over the years.

The animated movie “Aladdin” was released in 1992. In total, it has made $217 million in the United States and $504 million worldwide. It was awarded an Academy Award for Best Music and Best Original Score. (IMBd)

“The live-action movies are better because you get to see how the movie looks in real life. You can feel like the movie is relatable because it looks like you can be in the movie because it is live and not animated,” freshman Arain Castro-Martinez said.

Animated classic movies like “Mulan” and “Aladdin” are some of the most popular movies ever made. They provide an entirely magical and fantastic scenario where kids and adults can feel like they are a part of the story. The songs are well synced to the character’s movements and mouths such as “Mulan’s” “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”, and “Aladdin’s” “Friend Like Me”. The movements of the characters overall are very visually appealing and well animated. The voices of the characters look like they match up with the bodies and attitudes. Animated movies are my preferred choice of what to watch when I’m in a mood for Disney, however, a lot of the above reasons can be said about the live-action movies as well. Many people would not agree with me when I say that the animated movies are better than live-action and might say that what I said goes better with the live-action variants.

“The Lion King’s” live-action film was released in 2019 with the global box office making over $1.65 billion. It was named the best foreign-language film of that year. (IMDb)

“Some good things about the live-action Disney movies, however, are that they give you a more familiar feeling since everything is somewhat more realistic. The live-action movies also have some actors/actresses that you might be familiar with and enjoy watching. This is most likely going to make you want to watch it that much more since you know you’ve liked watching them in other movies before. Also, it takes much longer to make an animated film compared to a live-action one,” sophomore Melissa Hernandez said.

Live-action Disney movies have their good qualities as well. Such as the comforting feeling of seeing real people on screen. In the live-action “Aladdin”, the magic shown looks very real and enchanting. The battles in the live-action “Mulan” are just as well made as the previously mentioned magic from “Aladdin.”

“Live-action Disney movies bring more realism into the movie. The original movies were sometimes cartoonish and sometimes had bad animation. The live-action movies bring new life into these movies as well. They re-establish these movies into the hearts of younger generations,” freshman Justin Snay said.

The classic 1994 film “The Lion King” has made over $1.084 billion worldwide and has been awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song. (IMBd)

While I and many others believe that animated movies are better. There are some that believe that live-action movies are the superior of the two. I think this is due to them not liking older movies and the old animation, but in my opinion, that is what makes those movies great. The music and the abstract movements that just cannot be captured in live-action are so much better than the limited non-magical characters in the live-action variants.

“Some people like live-action variants of the movies because they enjoy the newer aspect of the movies. I personally like both live-action variants and the original. I have always enjoyed Disney movies and as long as they don’t change anything major to the story, I will be fine with the live-action variants,” Snay said.