In the past few years, Disney has been combing through its top-performing properties and trying to find ways to reboot, revitalize, or revive some of its most beloved franchises. Some viewers will say that these reboots capture or even improve upon the original films. However, some films seem to have left a nasty aftertaste with audiences.

While Rotten Tomatoes isn’t always a reliable method for determining what resonates with audiences, it can be a valuable metric for understanding what people care about when it comes to movies. Disney’s newest reboot live, Pinocchio, has the lowest score on Rotten Tomato (28%), indicating that even the most beloved stories can lack that spark that the original viewers fell in love with. With the upcoming reboot live Mermaidhitting theaters in May 2023, now is a good time to consider which reboots have worked and which have not for House of Mouse.


10 “Alice in Wonderland” (2010)

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In 2010, Disney released Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burtona foray into the classic fairy tale by Lewis Carroll. At 51%, it’s clear that audiences prefer the original 1951 version, which currently holds 84%. Even with a stellar cast and Burton’s typical surreal imagery, Burton failed to convey the beauty and charm of the original film.

While it’s technically a continuation of the original story and not a complete remake, it almost feels like a completely different universe and set of characters. Using the same methods that made him popular, including Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham CarterAnd Danny Elfman, did little to save this film from criticism.

9 “The Lion King” (2019)

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Although not a live action film (all the animals you see are computer generated), photorealistic images used in the 2019 film The Lion King must evoke these feelings. John FavreauThe retelling of Disney’s most enduring fairy tale had all the ingredients to succeed: a composite voice cast featuring Donald Glover, Alfre WoodardAnd Seth Roganfirst-class computer graphics, original song performed by beyoncé — and that’s just for starters. However, sometimes a completed project is worth less than the sum of its parts. The film currently holds a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it “certified rotten”.

Original 1994 version The Lion King received a well-deserved 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered one of the greatest animated films of all time. However, despite the stellar casting and creative graphics, many viewers were neutral about the 2019 reboot and found it to fall short of the original.

8 “Maleficent” (2014)

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This is a movie that is not a direct remake, but rather a retelling. Bye Angelina Jolie a career-defining performance as the titular mistress of evil, and the special effects are amazing, the story itself can’t match the grandeur of the 1959 movie. sleeping Beauty.

While the original received an astounding 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences found the film to be somewhat enjoyable, but not close to bringing back the magic from the first film.

7 Aladdin (2019)

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This Guy Ritchie The film had big problems when it was first announced. Original Aladdin is a 95% highly rated masterpiece and is considered a Disney renaissance stable. With care Robin Williams, many fans felt that there was no suitable replacement for Jinn and that the story should forever remain buried in the sand dunes of Agrabah. Because of this, when it was announced that Will Smith will play a cult role, many fans were cool.

The film certainly suffers from a lack of Williams’ energetic lines and cult-like feel, but overall it’s a solid entry into the live-action Disney universe, scoring 57% on Rotten Tomatoes. It combines aspects of the Broadway show as well as the original film, updating some of the more emotionless images that the original film has been criticized for. Smith’s take on the genie suited his character well, and this movie is sure to be watched and enjoyed for years to come.

6 “Lady and the Tramp” (2019)

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This reboot of the classic novel was one of the first original films available on Disney+, and the streamer has certainly tried to go the extra mile. 2019 Lady and the Tramp is currently ranked 66%. Folded throw including Tessa Thompson, Sam Elliot And Janelle Monae, the film was the perfect way to reintroduce the lovable characters that audiences remember from the original 1955 cut.

The CGI in the film perfectly combines classic charm and also pleases the eye with the latest technology. While it still doesn’t beat the original, which currently has a 93% rating, the film is still a certified breath of fresh air for viewers.

5 “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)


A dreamy update of the original 2017 original. The beauty and the Beast is a visual shock that retains the same great story that made millions fall in love with the 1991 film. Emma Watson shines like Belle, who is slightly rewritten to add more depth to the character. While her vocals are a little wonky, the musical aspect is more than saved by the phenomenal musical and acting talent that complements the rest of the cast.

When relaunching, there is always the question of how much the original should be changed to fit the needs of the current audience while remaining true to the original. It is safe to say that the director Bill Condon was able to find a happy medium and the film ultimately succeeded in what it set out to do, earning a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.

4 ‘Mulan’ (2020)

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While audiences were underwhelmed by this 1998 remake of the film (the audience estimate is currently a staggering 47%), the tomato meter Mulan sits high at 72%. Many changes, such as removing musical elements and changing the cinematic tone, left viewers worried that the remake would not live up to the original. Due to the many differences between this edition and the 1998 version, as well as the high price tag compared to the film’s original release on Disney+, many fans were initially tired of watching this film.

Although different from the original classic 1998 cartoon, the film has strong visuals and is definitely worth a watch for any Disney+ subscriber looking for a fun movie night.

3 ‘Cruella’ (2021)

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75% on Rotten Tomatoes, Cruella one of the top three live-action reboots Disney has made so far. This film directed by Craig Gillespie, acclaimed for its story, costume design, and acting. He did an outstanding job overall, providing a strong backstory to one of Disney’s most iconic villains.

Casting Academy Award Winner Emma Stone since the titular Cruella de Vil proved to be a stroke of genius, and adding Emma Thompson The Baroness was the icing on the cake. In addition to a gripping story and highly acclaimed performances, Cruella continues Disney’s streak of visual excellence – it even won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

2 ‘Cinderella’ (2015)


There have been many adaptations of this centuries-old tale, and after so many different versions Cinderella have been repeated in books and movies, it can be hard to find one that stands out from the noise. However, stunning visuals, fast-paced storylines, and a fantastic soundtrack make this remake of the Disney classic one of the best real-time reboots Disney has ever made.

Hollywood Power Plants Cate Blanchett And Lily James lead this magical remake of the 1950s classic. At 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that critics and fans alike loved this movie from Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After.

1 The Jungle Book (2016)

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No wonder anyone who has experienced this masterclass in animation and storytelling, this film, directed by Jon Favero, is the highest-rated live-action reboot for Disney to date. While the original 1969 version is one of animation’s greatest feats, the live-action version enhances all the charms of the original by pushing the story and characters to unexpected places. At 94%, this is the only Disney reboot with a higher rating than the original film, which currently stands at 88%.

Like the recent reboot Aladdin, The jungle bookmixes nostalgia with updated versions of characters that don’t live up to modern standards of inclusivity. This, combined with an extraordinary voice cast including Ben Kingsley, Bill MurrayAnd Idris Elba, made this movie not only the greatest Disney reboot, but probably one of the greatest films Disney has ever made, period.