6 Live-Action Disney Movies That Totally Failed Compared to the Original

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When it comes to movie remakes, it’s hard to live up to the original. We know that films such as The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday and Hairspray make it look easy, but we promise it’s far from it. More often than not, you end up disappointing fans of the classic flick. Like, is there a reason there’s a 2015 edition of Fantastic Four when a perfectly decent one was done only a decade prior — starring actors who are still current? Needless to say, that film was horrible. It got a 9% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes. Even Suicide Squad got a double-digit rating!

Disney movies (that aren’t The Parent Trap or Freaky Friday) are no different. While we are absolutely living for the Emma Watson-led adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, not everyone feels the same way. The rejuvenated tale as old as time received a 71% rating, compared to the 93% rating the 1991 animated classic received on Rotten Tomatoes. BUT, at the very least, the latest edition of BatB beat the OG flick at the box office. The ’90s cartoon raked in $218,967,620. If you account for inflation, then that’s about $392 million. The 2017 version took in $395,459,842 (as of press time) at the domestic box office, and it only came out a few short weeks ago — that already surpassed the previous film’s grand total!

The rest of the (current) live-action Disney movies didn’t fare as well — as in, all but Alice in Wonderland (the live-action production, directed by Tim Burton, performed phenomenally at the box office). Here’s hoping Mulan, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Dumbo, etc. head more in the direction of Beauty and the Beast. Until you get a chance to find out, here are six live-action Disney movies that totally failed compared to the original, animated classic:

101 Dalmatians

The animated film about Pongo and Perdy's gigantic brood of spotted puppies raked in the cashola since its release in 1961. According to Box Office Mojo, the domestic lifetime gross for the project is $144,880,014.

The 1996 flick, starring Glenn Close, however, only took in $136,189,294.

As for ratings, the cartoon is ranked high with 98% on Rotten Tomatoes vs. the live tale's 38% rotten.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Fantasia was basically an insta-classic, ever since its release in 1940. Not only does it hold a 96% rating, but it has a lifetime domestic gross of $76,408,097.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which is based off a segment of the '40 tale, only has a 41% rating, and it grossed $63,150,991. When the production budget is $150 million, that is AWFUL.

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While you may think that the 1959 Sleeping Beauty, which has a 92% rating, only cashed in at $51,600,000, when you adjust for inflation, that's about $628,647,900!

The 2014 Angelina Jolie-led flick Maleficent, which focused on the ~villain~ of Princess Aurora's story, only garnered a 50% rating and $241,410,378.

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The Cinderella of 1950 holds strong with a 97% rating, and a killer box-office total. The domestic lifetime gross is $93,141,149 — adjusted for inflation, that's $521,607,400!

The 2015 edition, starring Lily James, clocks in at a modest 83%, and a decent total of $201,151,353. That's good... but it's not as amazing as the OG.

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The Jungle Book

Comparatively, the 1967 film actually has a lower rating than the 2016 adaptation. The animated tale is considered 86% fresh, while the live-action edition holds strong at 95%.

Money-wise, though, the '67 flick earned a domestic lifetime gross of $141,843,612 — with good ol' inflation, that's $621,121,700! That's nearly double the newer big-screen project, which earned $364,001,123.

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Pete's Dragon

Even though you could argue that both editions of Pete's Dragon were half-animated, the 1977 version is regarded as half-animated, while the 2016 version is regarded as live-action, so we're sticking with that.

Anyway, similarly to The Jungle Book, the '16 tale has a higher rating than the original: PD #1 has a 50% rating; PD #2 has a 87% rating.

But you know movie studios — they care about the bucks. And the cartoon pulled in $39,588,000, which is $136,089,680 when adjusted for inflation. The live-action movie reeled in only $76,233,151.

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