Disney won’t rest until all of its animated classics have been turned into live-action remakes.
Deadline has reported that Disney is in the early stages of remaking its 1970 animated classic The Aristocats as a live-action/CGI motion picture.
Will Gluck (Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway) and Keith Bunin (Onward) will pen the script. The 1970 original followed “a family of Parisian felines who learn they are set to inherit a fortune from their owner. When the owner’s jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country, they must team up with a smooth-talking tomcat to try to make it back home before it’s too late.”
Sources told Deadline that the remake’s animals will have a similar look to Disney’s recent remake of Lady and the Tramp, which began streaming on Disney+ back in 2019.
So, what are my thoughts on this news? Well, I seem to be in the minority when I say that I like these recent live-action remakes, for the most part. I enjoyed Aladdin, The Jungle Book, and Pete’s Dragon. I like seeing how Disney transforms their back catalogue for a whole new generation.
The Aristocats was one of those Disney films I watched quite a lot growing up. It had the right combination of catchy tunes and lovable characters to keep an eight year old entertained at his grandparents. I’m all for seeing Disney work their magic and giving us something that will appeal to the old fans and the new ones the remake will hopefully make.
But seriously, where are my goddamn Tarzan and Rescuers live-action remakes, Disney? If not a live-action remake, how about an animated sequel series for The Rescuers? The episodes basically write themselves. (And then do a crossover film with The Great Mouse Detective. I work cheap, Disney. Please hire me.)
What do you think of Disney remaking The Aristocats? Do you think this will get a theatrical release or become a Disney+ exclusive? Discuss down in the comments!