10 Live-action Versions of Disney Ordered From Worst to Best

The film "Pinocchio" will be added to the Extensive list of Live-action Versions of Disney. Here we order 10 Films From Worst to Best According to Specialized Critics.

Still from the movie 'The Jungle Book' and 'Aladdin'

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LatinAmerican Post | Yolanda González Madrid

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At a time when CGI, classics and nostalgia come together on the big screen, Disney has opted to launch new versions of its animated films but in a different way. This is when the so-called live action comes into play, which are simply real images or live action that replace the cartoons of before. The truth of the matter is that there are several films of this style that have been released in the cinema, some with greater success than others.

The next project to be released and added to that list is "Pinocchio", one of the many Disney characters that marked an entire generation. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film will be a mix between live action and 3D animation and will tell the story that we all know about the wooden doll that becomes a boy. One of the main attractions of the film will be actor Tom Hanks, who will play Geppeto, as well as other well-known figures such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Luke Evans and Cynthia Erivo. Its premiere will be on September 8 during Disney + Day.

In this way, this type of project continues to generate great expectations among the public, who hope to enjoy a classic adventure with a more modern style. That is why, on this occasion, we have made a ranking from worst to best with 10 live action versions of Disney, taking into account their evaluation in the specialized portals IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

10. "Mulan"

The story of the intrepid young woman who risks everything for love and to safeguard her family's honor was criticized from both sides. For some, it was a story full of colorful landscapes and great action sequences, while for the biggest fans of the animated film, this realistic version was very apathetic and lacked magic. Not including the mythical dragon Mushu detracted a lot.

IMDB: 5.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7/10

9. "Dumbo"

With a cast full of figures, Tim Burton made the live action of the cutest elephant in cinema a reality. For fans of the director, this is another work where he captures his unique aesthetics, but, for many critics, the story ended up being routine, exhausting, with an overloaded plot and characters that in the end did not shine due to their lack of development.

IMDB: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 5.5/10

8. "Alice in Wonderland"

Again from the hand of Tim Burton, this time we will enter with Alice in a world as wonderful as it is hypnotic. Dazzling, humorous and crazy at times, for many the film was more or less for its unattractive story. The character of Jhonny Depp is capable of generating admiration as well as contempt for his extravagance when it comes to acting.

IMDB: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 5.8/10

7. "The Lion King"

Classic of classics, the bet of this live action was not what many expected, but it was certainly a beautiful tribute to the history of Simba and his reign. What director Jon Favreau was most criticized for was his lack of daring to go beyond the original story and stir the nostalgia of the fans. In other words, it was a conservative movie.

IMDB: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 6/10

6. "Maleficent"

There are many villains, but very few have their own movie. On this occasion, Disney focused more on her than on Princess Aurora, resulting in a film that was pleasing to the eye . Angelina Jolie's performance is perfectly complemented by a dark and enchanting design, filled with a lot of magic and girl power.

IMDB: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 5.7/10

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5. "Aladdin"

Both in the animated film and in the live action, Aladdin is the only thief capable of generating a good vibe among the spectators. This version is as risky as it is rewarding, and it generates more impact every time Will Smith makes an appearance, becoming the soul of this story. A fantastic musical that entertains from start to finish.

IMDB: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 5.9/10

4. "Cinderella"

This is the 2015 version directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James. According to critics, the film is visually exquisite, with a unique style and several inspirational messages in the background. The most curious thing about this romantic story is that the character of Cate Blanchett (Cinderella's stepmother) is the one who gets the most praise.

IMDB: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2/10

3. "Beauty and the Beast"

An adaptation made with love and full of renewed nostalgia. Beautiful, funny, masterful and flows with such grace that it is capable of attracting new viewers. Although it is one of the oldest Disney stories, its live action has a freshness and style that are adapted to this era. Emma Watson's performance is a magical delight.

IMDB: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7/10

2. "Cruella"

For many, this is the coolest Disney live action ever. Knowing the beginnings of the villain who "loves" the Dalmatians becomes entertaining thanks to the performance of Emma Stone. To this we must add the extravagant looks and a soundtrack to match that are mixed with a dark style that attracts attention. Without a doubt, the funniest antagonist of all.

IMDB: 7.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8/10

1. "The Jungle Book"

For specialized critics, the journey of self-discovery of the boy who is raised in the jungle gets all the applause. This is a beautiful take on the animated classic that maintains its magic and fun, but adds emotional weight. Every detail seen on screen is stunningly real, to the point of being a feast for the eyes and straight to the heart.

IMDB: 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.7/10