Walt Disney company is about to give an experience of “Circle of Life” to the audience, as it will be recreating the era that is still fresh in the minds of many. The production house is now renovating the walls of our memories, wherein the stories of “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” still make us nostalgic.
This summer, the two movies will occupy the theatres worldwide, with a fresh coat of cinematic paint to create and impact on the new generation, while leaving the 90s kid straddling between nostalgia and innovation. Both the live-action versions of the chosen animated classics are studded with new stars, new songs from the top artists, and latest filmmaking technology in several departments.
First coming up is the new version of 1992’s “Aladdin”, where Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith will be seen playing the three major roles.
Egyptian-Canadian actor Massoud will be playing the ever-so-sober character of Aladdin, a Middle-eastern boy who gets lucky over night. The London-born actress Scott will be seen as the Disney Princess Jasmine. Besides, Smith would be seen playing the role of the mischievous Genie.
Early glimpses of Smith’s character, which was voiced by Robin Williams in the original Disney movie, had invoked skepticism among the fans. “There’s been a lot of controversy over the Genie: Is he too blue? Is he not blue enough? What shape does he take?” producer Dan Lin said. “You’ll see in our movie the Genie takes lots of different forms.”
On the other hand, remake of the “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” of its time, “The Lion King” directed by Jon Favreau will be releasing on July 19, bringing back Simba, Nala, and the gang. Celebrities including James Earl Jones, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, John Oliver, Donald Glover, D McCrary and Seth Rogen.
Both the Walt Disney movies, “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” will also offer an enhanced nostalgic experience, as some original movie songs would be heard in the remakes. The studio has ensured to strike a delicate balance to deliver a novel and nostalgic fix.
The audience will get to listen familiar songs, including “Friend Like Me” in “Aladdin” and “The Circle of Life” in “The Lion King”. Offering something completely unexpected, the movies also comprises of latest singles– “A Whole New World” in “Aladdin” by Zayn Malik in collaboration with Zhavia Ward and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” in “The Lion King” by Beyoncé.
Walt Disney is not stepping into the field of recreation for the first time, where we have had experience of several stories from our childhood in a fresh air. The studio has already delivered the new versions of various titles from its library, including “Alice in Wonderland”, “Cinderella”, “Beauty and the Beast” and the “Sleeping Beauty”.
The two most recent remakes — “The Jungle Book” and “Dumbo” — performed differently at the box office. While “The Jungle Book” received an Oscar for the Best Visual Effects in 2017, “Dumbo” last month grossed a disappointment when it hit the theatres.
After “Aladdin” and “The Lion King”, the Walt Disney animation studios is also moving in full swing to throw some more classics with a fresh touch, including “Mulan” and “The Little Mermaid”.
With the swamping Disney films on their way, we can only expect the stories to impact this generation’s childhood as much as they influenced the 90s kids.