Back around April 17th (Which is my birthday.) after I finished my article where I reviewed Bayformers, I was planning on writing a new article where I list off stories that Disney should adapt into movies. However, after reading an article where a Fanpoper counted down the Disney Revival movies from her least favorite to favorite, I was inspired to write down a version of my own. As a result, my plan on listing off stories that I want Disney to adapt was put on delay. But now, it seems like the perfect time to continue it.
About a month ago, I made a poll where I listed off the stories I want Disney to adapt, even allowing others to include their own stories they want Disney to adapt.
For almost a century, one of the things that made Disney so good is their adaptations of iconic fairy tales (Despite how dark and disturbing the actual stories were). They're adaptations of said stories were so successful and iconic that they have become the characters we associate the names with. Back in the past, they accurately adapted the fairy tales (Or rather: the kid-friendly version of them) but nowadays, Disney is more original and now they do more original movies like: Wreck-it Ralph; Zootopia; and Moana. While the adaptations of classic stories like: Tangled and Frozen, are given a fresh new twist to make them more interesting and relatable to the modern public. Heck, even their upcoming movie that comes out in 2020: Gigantic, which is based on Jack and the Beanstalk, looks like a drastic change from the original book.
If Disney were to adapt these stories nowadays, there's no doubt that Disney will change it up and modernize it. I don't mind it as long as they can make it good, but I do look forward to is they Disney will give these stories justice, or at least give them a fresh new spin.
Just a disclaimer, this won't be a countdown from what I want Disney to adapt the most, but rather a list where I list them off instead. Although, I will save the one I want the most for last.
Also, I will include stories ranging from: novels, books, fairy tales and comic books.
1.The Pied Piper.
Like with many fairy tales, the original book is always darker than how people perceive, or how they're adapted to a general audience.
We're all familliar with the story of The Pied Piper, where said piper rid the town of Hamelin from a rat infestation, but because the town was greedy they refused to pay him, even accusing him that he brought those rats into the town. In revenge, he took the thing that's most precious for the people of Hamelin: their children. In some iterations, he either: led the children to the top of Koppelberg Hill, where he took them to a beautiful land, or a place called Koppenberg Mountain, or Transylvania, or that he made them walk into the Weser as he did with the rats, and they all drowned. Some versions state that the Piper returned the children after payment, or that he returned the children after the villagers paid several times the original amount of gold.
Personally, I prefer the versions where he doesn't bring them back, because the parents wouldn't have learned a lesson. Sometimes, a lesson must be learned the hard way. However, I don't really like the version where he drowns them so they could pay for their elder's sins, because the children are innocent. It's their parents who are wicked and should be punished.
The moral of the story is not to be foolish or you'll lose what is most important to you. The piper was not a pedophile. He only took the children away so that the adults could pay for their avaricious behaviour.
This story was already adapted by Disney, only in a different way. It was a seven minute short in Walt Disney's "Silly Symphony", which I watched when I was little. I remember one Winter morning when I was suffering from a bad case of the common cold, I watched the short while my grandfather was putting on the fire, and I sneezed so hard that mucus was on my bed.
However, I want Disney to adapt it into an actual film. I know it's a short story, but Disney adapted dozens of short stories before into movies, and they turned out great (Most of them.)
Maybe they could put the focus on the children and show how they have to live in a town that's not only run by people who value fortune like it's family, but is also infested with rats. Maybe they could show how this affected people, both physically and mentally. Like showing signs of disease and even some death. I know it would be dark, but Disney can be dark themselves from time to time, so it would be nice to show some of that bleakness. Maybe not a whole lot, but maybe a little. I remember there's a scene in the movie Balto, where an old man is preparing coffins for sick children, who might die. I'd like to see something like that.
As for the Piper, I have to ideas for him:
1.Either make him like this mysterious and Godly man who saves the innocent and punishes the wicked.
2.Make him the main character, and try to expand on his story and explain why he is the way he is, and how he got those powers. Or even making him the deuteragonist and try doing something similar like they did with Maui in Moana.
Either one could work, but these are my ideas.
2.Romulus and Remus.
The legendary story of the two brothers who founded Rome, and the story of how two brothers became rivals.
When I made that poll, I added the function to let others place other options, and this was one of them. It was added by JungleQueen13, and because the story looked interesting, I checked it out, and it seems like a good choice to make into a movie. Specifically, an animated movie. Personally, I prefer animation over live-action, because live-action has its limitations while animation does not. You can do a whole lot more if you're attempting an animated version, and it's been proven time and time again of how much better many animated adaptations are to their live-action counterparts.
Back to the story...
The story of Romulus and Remus, in my opinion, is a story of how two close siblings who are the sons of the God: Ares; and fought long and hard in order to achieve freedom and greatness. But their relationship starts to crumble, as they become bitter rivals, and eventually, Remus is killed by his brother. In the beginning, the brothers were raised by a she-wolf, and eventually started to live and act like wolves. Eventually, they're found and raised by people with humble origins, become kings and are consumed by their own lust for power and superiority, and they're relationship dies. Even though they were humans/demigods on the outside, they're wolves in the inside. Representing of how the greatest of people have a monster inside of them that's waiting to be let out.
Eventually, Romulus forms Rome, and becomes mad king himself. The city is full of despicable people, mostly men, who robbed and raped innocent women and forced them into marriage.
I see a lot of potential in a Disney version of this. Maybe it could be Disney's equivalent to The Prince of Egypt. To me, The Prince of Egypt is one of, if not my favorite animated movie of all time, mostly because of the relationship between Moses and Ramses. I'd like to see Disney tackle a similar story with Romulus and Remus. Maybe not as intense as The Prince of Egypt, but something similar, showing that Disney is not run by cowards.
3.The Water of Life.
I discovered this story shortly after it's been added by Starfox2000. Before I continued to write my article, I read a synopsis of the story, and even watched a 20 minute animated adaptation of it, that deviated a lot from the original story.
The story has many tropes that are common in fairy tales: the wicked elder siblings, the kind and heroic younger sibling, a princess that needs rescuing, etc. However, there are a lot of things that makes this story not only feel fresh, but also unique. For instance, usually the ruler who has multiple children often times shows more love to the younger sibling, but when the king was told that Joseph switched The Water of Life with sea water that almost killed him, he orders his execution.
Another example is when Joseph saves the princess, he doesn't do it out of romance, but out of selflessness and kindness. However, even though he was honorable and honest, he almost was the one who got punished.
I actually grew up with many folk tales and fairy tales as a child, that share many elements with this story. But still, I find this to be very charming.
However, now that I'm older, I grew very tired of these kind of stories where the older sibling is either an incompetent fool, or a complete dick. While the younger sibling is a saint. I'm not saying that it's bad, since it is part of the fairy tale mythos, but I've seen it so much that I've grown kind of sick it. Not all older siblings are douches, and not all younger siblings are well-behaved. Most of the time, it's kind of the opposite.
My friend wavesurf wanted this to be adapted the most, even saying that this is her favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tale. I can see why.
As an adaptation, I wouldn't change much, but I would like it if they developed the characters a little more, or even expand on the story. For instance: why didn't anybody go to get The Water of Life when the queen was dying? Maybe they could show that they tried getting the water, but like the elder brothers, they all failed, and the queen died.
As I said, I'm not a fan of the older sibling being an irredeemable monster trope, so maybe changing it up a bit, like making the younger siblings more despicable would be an interesting idea.
4.Little Red Riding Hood.
A classic fairy tale that everyone knows. The story of the innocent Little Red Riding Hood who wants to bring her grandmother sweets and muffins, but the big bad wolf arrives to the grandmother's house much faster, and eats the grandmother, and then waits for Red Riding Hood to come so he can eat her and the sweets too. However, she's saved by a woodsman who cuts the wolf up and frees the grandmother. Then they fill up the wolf's stomach with rocks, and when he waked up, he feels incredibly heavy. He tries to flee, but colapses because of his weight and dies.
The tale makes the clearest contrast between the safe world of the village and the dangers of the forest, conventional antitheses that are essentially medieval, though no written versions are as old as that. It also warns about the dangers of not obeying one's mother (at least in the Grimms' version).
I've seen many parodies of this story, and two of my favorites are from: Samurai Jack and Fixed Fairy Tales.
The one from the YouTube series, Fixed Fairy Tales is a great example. They take classic fairy tales and give them a new twist that actually makes sense and are hilarious. Many of them could be great ideas for actual Disney movies.
In the Little Red Riding Hood version, The Big Bad Wolf is tricked by Little Red Riding Hood to go on a different path, and hilarity ensues. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG3_gnKSDh4
Trust me, it's hilarious.
I've always wondered why the wolf didn't just eat little red while she was ALONE on the path to grandma's. Maybe of Disney adapted it, maybe they could give it an explanation of why he didn't eat her.
One of the commenters on that poll had a brilliant idea for the Disney version, and I think they really should use this version.
"I was in a pantomime of Red Riding Hood a few years ago, and in our version Red Riding Hood was about nineteen years old and lived in an orphanage, who wanted to move out and live with her boyfriend - the woodcutter - but the evil squire refused to let her leave and forced her to work in the orphanage. Then, one day, an old woman named "Granny Knott" (it's a panto, of course the characters are going to have ridiculous names) turned up to adopt an orphan, and shocked everyone when she chose Red Riding Hood! This makes the squire really angry, and eventually leads him to team up with a wolf and both plan to kill both Granny and Red Riding Hood.
In this version, the woodcutter was introduced early on in the story, and his relationship with Red Riding Hood was quite a prominent aspect of the show. The wolf's side of the story was more layered too, and his motives changed as the plot progressed. There was also a side storyline involving two employees at the orphanage and their comical friendship which eventually turns into romance, and there was also a comic duo of two lackeys who get sent to do the squire's dirty work but weren't really bad guys deep down."
I think it's brilliant point of view for this story, and if Disney will adapt it, maybe they'll combine the stage version and the Fixed Fairy tales version.
5.W.i.t.c.h! (The Comics).
On Christmas of 2016, my best friend shared a Steven Universe AMV that had the theme song for the show: W.i.t.c.h. However, I didn't really care about it until I listened to it again in May of 2017, and as a result, I rewatched the series. It was one of the shows I grew up with, as I was airing on Jetix. The series ran for 2 season, with both having 26 episodes. However, it was cancelled.
The series is about a group of teenage girls who become the guardians of the veil and inherit the powers of the elements. Will becomes the leader and has the power of quintessence, (As in the fifth element, that being electrokinesis.) as well to brings inanimate objects to life; Irma has the element of water and the power to control people's thoughts; Taranee has the element of fire, and is telepath, able to read, project, and perceive thoughts; Cornelia has the element of earth, and can shapeshift; and Hay Lin has the element of wind, and can turn invisible.
The series belongs to the Magical Girl genre, since it's about girls with magic super powers fighting the forces of evil.
While the series is pretty good in my opinion, what i want to see adapted are the comics. Believe it or not, but the series is based on an Italian comic series of the same name, and has the same concept. However, there are differences.
The comics are a lot darker and more mature, dealing with themes such as: sexuality, control, betrayal, familial problems, high school problems, depression, anxiety, etc.
The comics...are fantastic! Not only are the stories superb in quality, but the artwork is gorgeous and has a lot of charm and style to it.
As I said, the stories they tell are great, because while being a Magical Girl series, it's also a coming of age story about a group of girls with different background and problems coming together, facing their problems, and becoming better people in the process. I've read them myself, and I cried a few times.
All five of the girls are incredibly relatable. I honestly can't pick my favorite one, because I can identify with all five in different ways. I can identify with Will's emotional struggles and loneliness. I can identify with Irma's energetic attitude. I can identity with Taranee's nerdiness and shyness. I can identify with Cornelia's cold and calculated manner. And I can identify with Hay Lin's artistic side. All of them are highly relatable and likable.
And if you think that this story is childish and immature...think again. In issue 26, Will's father comes into her new town and Will is flung into a custody battle whether she will live with her father or her mother, but in reality her father just wants to blackmail his ex-wife. And spoilers, at the end of the story, Will's pet doormouse is hit by a car and dies!
This is what the comics are about. While there is a magical element to it, it's the story of these 5 teenage girls that must deal with the harshness of life while becoming better people in the process. It's the relatability of the characters and the story that make it work so well.
The series was already adapted, and even broadcasted on Disney, but I want to see an animated movie adaptation of it that: 1.Either stays true to it's original content and tries to be a faithful adaptation; 2.Try doing something different and unique, just like how they did with Big Hero 6.
While I like the TV series, it is just a simplified version of the story, and I'd liked to see an adaptation that tries to do something different but stays faithful to the main theme.
Disney may not seem like the best choice, because they're playing ti pretty safe. But even in their more modern movies like: Frozen and Zootopia; they're able to show themes that were present in the comics.
6.The Journey to the West.
The Journey to the West is one of China's four most famous novels. It's an ancient allegory of enlightenment, and like the Akira manga, it's approximately 2000 pages long. As such, it's not exactly a text I could easily summarize with a rational length.
Anyway, The Journey to the West is packed full of symbolism, dense literary context, and some majorly influential characters. And it's widely agreed upon that the most memorable of these characters is Sun Wukong, the mischievous monkey king. Sun Wukong's most famous mark on the modern world is without a doubt, DragonBall's Son Goku, a character specifically designed to emulate the abilities, appearance, and overall impulsive goofiness of the original Monkey King. But Sun Wukong's influence is far from being restricted to anime. Stories based on the characters' exploits in almost every form of media. For instance: the Pokemon, Infernape is based on Sun Wukong. Which, is why it would come as a surprise to learn that he isn't the main character in The Journey to the West. That honor belongs to monk, Xuanzang, a character so vital to the plot that we don't even know he exists for the first seven chapters. Which are instead devoted exclusively to the life of Sun Wukong and how he made it his mission to singlehandedly enrage every deity in all three of China's major religions.
Putting aside China’s financial influence, I do sincerely believe there’s a lot of beautiful visual imagery that could come from Disney taking a stab at this, something unique and impressive that would be a fantastic film if given the chance. Maybe it could be a mix between Mulan and Moana. It could have the Chinese culture and themes of Mulan, and a plot similar to Moana.
What I mean by plot being similar to Moana, I mean that if they're going to adapt it, they have two choices for Sun Wukong into what they should do with him:
1.Either making him the main character because of how popular he is.
2.Keep Xuanzang as the main character, but actually try to develop his character, while make Sun Wukong into a Maui like character.
I'd love it if Disney adapts The Journey to the West, because the story has a lot of potential that would make for a fantastic film.
7.East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
This one was added onto my article by PrincessFairy, and because she recommended it, I though I'll look into it. After reading the story, it looked very interesting, and I decided to add it.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a Norweigan fairy tale and a very enjoyable one at that.
The stories found in this selection from Norwegian folktales are all oral-formulaic: They are passed from generation to generation orally, and they are easy to remember since they are built on formulae-of language, of characters, of plots - which results in a certain style that separates folktales from literature. Much like in "The Water of Life", stock phrases occur, such as “once upon a time.” Often, three brothers try their luck at winning a princess, and inevitably the younger one is successful. A cat may be a princess in disguise. The poor but clever person (possibly in the shape of an animal) outwits the rich but stupid person. These formulae - they are numerous - are easily transferable from one tale to the next at the storyteller’s discretion.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon contains examples of three of the major types of folktales: the magic tale, the trickster story or anecdote, and the fable. The very title of the volume refers to the setting of the magic tale, for it takes place in a never-never land, east of the sun and west of the moon, where anything can happen and where the magical is natural. A primary example is the title story. The plot of such a tale takes a well-known course: Initially, something is wrong or goes wrong; the hero or heroine sets out on a quest to right matters; he or she encounters magical helpers and/or opponents; they are subjected to tests; and, when those tests are passed, they are rewarded.
The story reminded me a lot of The Snow Queen, what with it taking place in Norway with a cold climate.
Believe it or not, Don Bluth himself was going to adapt this story all the way back in the 80's. Ultimately, the film was never made due to a loss of financial backing, even though the film was heavily into production at the time of its cancellation.
If Disney adapt it, this could be a great way to finally adapt the film, with Don Bluth as the director. He worked for Disney before, so he has experience with how the company works. Maybe he can finally adapt this story.
8.Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus.
When I made that poll, this was the one I voted for, but it's not because it's the one I wanted the most. You see, while the live-action movies introduced me to this series, it my friend Dan who introduced me to it, properly. I even joined the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus community on Google+, and made me interested in the series. It's a wonderful series of books that are cleverly executed, and bring back classical Greek stories and myth in sun and exciting ways. A lot of the fun comes from the oldness of the stories are adapted and exist in modern-day society. The characters have a lot of charm, which made it kind of a meandering story-line, but they were still really enjoyable. However, most of my knowledge comes from reading it on Wikipedia. Right now, the only book I own that's from the series is Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero. It's the first book in the Heroes of Olympus story, and it's the book I bought on the last day of my 2016 Summer Vacation.
One of the things I liked about it, is despite the fact that he is named after Perseus, the demigod son of Zeus, Percy is the son of Poseidon. It gave him the chance to be powerful, without him being the legendary son of the most powerful God.
Now, the reason why I chose this one, is because of the live-action movies. Much as people like to bash The Star Wars Prequels and the Transformer movies, at least those have their own fair-share of good things that didn't make me hate them as much as every else does. But after watching the Percy Jackson movies, I can understand where they're coming from. I don't hate the movies because they're not accurate to the source-material; after all some of my favorite shows/movies that are based on books are the ones that deviated from it, and did something new. I hate them because they're boring, lame, and uninteresting; basically coming off as a poor man's version of Harry Potter, without the complex story and developed characters.
However, one of the changes I actually liked was making Percy 16 years old and not 12, because I doubt that a 12 year old can go through all of that and still come out unscathed. But that's as far as my praises go.
If Disney adapts them, they should either adapt it into a single movie, or adapt it into an animated series. Who knows? Maybe this could be their new Pirates of the Caribbean, only animated.
I know that Disney will change a lot from the books, but if Disney has taught me anything, is that it doesn't have to follow the story accurately as long as they can tell an amazing story.
9.The Buried Moon.
I was running out of fairy-tales/stories to put on the list, so I searched for some obscure ones I could use, and this is an interesting one.
This obscure English fairy tale involves the Moon one night learning that, on the nights she doesn’t appear in the sky, monsters and evil creatures (including boogeymen) come out and terrorize the inhabitants of the Earth. Deciding to see if this is true, the Moon takes the form of a beautiful woman with a dark hood to cover her brilliant, golden hair. She comes down to Earth, landing in a tangled nest of vines in a bog. In the bog, she frees a sinking old man, but the evil creatures of the night capture her and bury her deep in the mud. They decide to put a large stone over her until they can figure out a way to dispose of her.
Days pass without the Moon’s light, and people begin to panic when the old man from the bog remembers where he saw the Moon. At once, the men of the town go to an old wise woman who discerns the location of the Moon. After traveling a great distance, they come to the bog. Upon seeing the stone matching the old man’s description, they move it. The men briefly see the face of the Moon before she rockets back into the heavens, banishing the evil once again.
As this story was more for entertainment than morality, Disney could create a wonderful action-adventure film for kids. It could teach children to face their fears and follow many other Disney films in showing that goodness will always overcome evil. And, as there isn’t any violence or gore in this story, Disney wouldn’t have to edit much while making it.
Herman Melville's timeless story of the Pequod is one that I believe deserves the Disney treatment. The movie should follow Ishmael, a young Sunday school teacher living in Nantucket who dreams of sailing the seas. He eventually gets his wish when the mysterious and one legged Captain Ahab gets out of retirement after his injury, and recruits a bunch of sailors on his wailing trip. Ishmael lies about his experiences and is aloud to join the crew, where he befriends a man from the South Pacific called Queequeg. Eventually, the Pequod sets sail on its maiden voyage. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the crew will be going home anytime soon. The reason why Ahab left retirement is because he wants revenge on the infamous white whale, Moby Dick. I feel that this movie could be a good lesson about revenge and it could have a good message on whale conservation.
Currently, my favorite adaptation of the story is the 1954 version, starring Gregory Peck. It' really because of Gregory Peck performance of why I liked it so much. He captured the soul of Captain Ahab, and there wasn't a moment where I didn't believe anything he said.
I also watched the movie: In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth. The movie is based on the events that inspired Herman Melville to write his story. It was an okay film, but I expected better.
Like I said, if they'll adapt it, they should make it a story about how will bring you vengeance nothing but more pain, but Big Hero 6 already did that, and I think they should stick to theme of the original book: that man's battle with nature only shows that man isn't the victor he's only the equivalent of a spec of sand to the true force of nature. even today even though man rule the lands in great cities mother nature has us walking the razors edge between civilization and utter destruction. The only thing we as humans control is man made disasters.
It may be too complex for children, but I've seen moves aimed at children that tackled similar and more complex theme before, so I don't see why shouldn't keep it.
11.The Wild Swans.
Written by Hans Christian Andersen, this tale is about another king who had 12 children. This king had 11 sons and one daughter named Eliza. After remarrying a wicked queen, the queen turned her stepsons into swans and then tricked her stepdaughter into bathing in potions that disfigured her appearance so the king would kick her out, keeping her from revealing her treachery. Alone and despairing, Eliza was comforted at night by her brothers, as only in the night could they regain their human form.
This continued for a year until a fairy told the young princess that to save her brothers she must knit 11 tunics out of stinging nettles. However, once she picked the first nettle, she could not utter any words until they were finished. Eliza went about her duties even after getting married, getting no sleep and being accused of witchcraft. She continued on. Right as she was about to be burned at the stake, Eliza threw her nearly finished shirts onto her brothers in swan form and returned them to their human form. Finished, she proclaimed her innocence before falling into her princes’ arms, exhausted and lifeless from her trials.
With the success of the last Hans Christian Andersen tale, Disney could instantly cash in big with this tale. Boys and girls would love Eliza with her determination, love, and courage.
This one was added on my poll by louisajane, and it seems like a good choice.
A women forced to spin straw into gold is in tears until a mysterious man offers to help her - on the grounds she give him her first-born child. She agrees but when the time comes to give her child away, she refuses and is allowed three days to guess the man’s name which, due to his arrogance and carelessness, she finds out. This beautiful story offers a lot of plot and suspense build-up potential and if Disney fills in all the gaps, they’ve got a perfect fairy tale on their hands.
The main message of the story is how boastfulness is never a good thing to do. The woman's father boasted about how her daughter could spin straw into gold, which nearly resulted in her death. However, when Rumplestiltskin boasted about how she can't guess his name, that was his ultimate downfall. It could serve as a great message to not only children, but many people who like to boast about themselves. About how arrogance will bring their downfall.
Maybe they could make the plot into a modern version of The Little Mermaid; what with the girl getting her wish granted, but a great price by a wicked sorcerer. Or they could make this into a comedy, since Rumplestiltskin is already a hilarious name, and it has comedic potential.
I've seen some people not wanting this story to be adapted, because making fun of someone with small size would be politically incorrect. I was disgusted the moment I read that. Political Correctness does nothing but ruin entertainment for us, and instead wants things to be as clean and bland as possible.
Making jokes about someone is not a bad thing, as long as they don't mean to offend them. I really don't think that making fun of Rumplestiltkin's size would cause chaos, because it's just a joke that's aimed at the character, not people who suffer from Dwarfism.
13.The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Perhaps the adult themes and nature of Wilde’s beloved novel would probably not seem like an appropriate source for a Disney film. But as everyone who has watched (and read) the Hunchback of Notre Dame knows, Disney doesn’t shy away from twisting stories around so that they’re more suited for children. The Picture of Dorian Gray would be a perfectly magical story to animate on the big screen: a story of a young man who sells his soul to the devil for eternal youth and beauty while his damaged soul reflects its disfigurement in a haunting portrait. The only thing I’m wondering is would Dorian be the hero of this movie - or the villain?
Now, there's also personal reasons of why I want this story to be adapted. You see, as someone who has a lot of problems, (Particularly regarding my anger and my procrastinating attitude.) and I sometimes ask myself: "What would I look like if I had a picture of my own?"
Recently, I watched a few episodes of the series: "My 600 pound life", and one episode that stood out to me is the one focusing on Steven. A real fat piece of garbage who does nothing but whine, eat, complain, and demands food and attention every time, aggravating everyone in the process. Including his father and brother, who's also obese, but he's actually trying to get better. Steven doesn't do crap throughout the whole thing, and he disgusted me for how much of a spoiled and selfish pig he was.
Why did I bring that up? Because I'm afraid that's who I am inside. A lazy idiot who doesn't care about his sorroundings, and gets angry at anything. I know that's not who I am, but what I'm wrong?
The Picture of Dorian Gray reflects those ideals and questions beautifully, and I want to see Disney adapt it in a way that many people, myself included, can relate to.
As I said, this list is not restricted to just books. And I think a story about The Beatles would be a great way to introduce children to one of the most iconic bands of all time.
I've listened to some of their songs, and they're very talented. My favorite song from them was "I am the Walrus", because its message about how songs shouldn't always have a meaning as long as you enjoy it. It's the reason why I can enjoy songs from bands like Dragonforce, even though I don't know what the songs are about.
I know the last time Disney made a movie about a historical figure, the studio blew it. But you know what? A second try can do better so long as more respect is brought in. The Beatles are often deemed as the best band in rock, so why not marry their incredible music with the incredible visuals of Disney Animation. Admit it; you want to see it. While most would prefer a Fantasia-styled film, I’d honestly like to see a biopic, just to see if Disney can do so with respect. If all else fails, at least the psychedelic nature of the later songs could help create a visually amazing Disney film unlike any other.
To me, this is the story I want Disney to adapt the most.
Last month, me and my parents on a 3-day trip around the country, and on the first day we went to Dracula's castle. It was amazing, and I found it really fascinating. I've seen many depictions of the castle in fiction, but all of them were so extreme that I find them rather uninteresting.
If they're going to adapt the story, I want them to make the castle feel like the Notre Dame cathedral, actually make it feel alive.
There are many adaptation of this novel already, and Dracula is the only character who appears in all of them. How do I see a Disney adaption? The way I picture it, it will follow a young Abraham Van Helsing who is a struggling student trying to get his doctorates degree like his deceased father. However, Van Helsing isn't interested in earning a doctorates, he's just doing it to honor his father. He is interested in stories and adventures. He is especially interested in the supernatural. One of his professors tells him about strange happenings in the country of Transylvania, and offers Van Helsing extra credit if he investigates and can prove that it is something supernatural. It turns out that Count Von Dracula is on the loose in Transylvania, and that he is a vampire. Now, Van Helsing needs to use his knowledge on the supernatural to stop the evil vampire. Many Disney villains have unique motives, whether it is greed, power, envy, revenge, etc. I kind of want to see a villain kind of like the Joker. A villain whose only motive is to see the world burn. I feel that that might be an interesting portrayal of Dracula.
An interesting backstory for Dracula would be that he was a monster in the body of a man, who abandoned his humanity to become the monster he is on the inside.
Vlad Tepes is of royal blood, and as someone with royal blood, he must hid his true self of being a sadist. During an event when he looses everything, he breaks down, and through the help of dark magic, he abandons his humanity and becomes the monster he really is.
Fun Fact! The actor that played Dracula, Bela Lugosi, is Hungarian. Just like me!
Disney has made many great animated movies in the past, and I think these stories have a lot of potential of being adapted and becoming great hits like Frozen and Beauty and the Beast; or at least classics that people will remember years later like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Treasure Planet. However, Disney has shown to make original stories that touched the hearts of people like: Wreck-it Ralph and Atlantis The Lost Empire. I admire it when a company tries to be original, but it's nice that stories that we grew up with and loved are being adapted by a company who can make timeless stories.
While I have my gripes with Disney when it comes to their more recent live-action films and the decisions they make, I do hope that these stories are adapted one day in animated form, and are given justice, or a new twist that makes them more memorable and timeless.
If you have any ideas, you can leave them in the comment section, because I'm interested in what you people want to see Disney adapt into a movie.
As always, Smell ya' Later.