Reverse the Disney Trend: Live-Action Films We’d Like to See Animated

It’s no secret that Disney is in the middle of a “Let’s make this animated film a live-action film” trend. Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Maleficent, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo — these are just a few of animated classics that have been re-made and re-released as live -action films.

Live-Action “Beauty and the Beast” ©Disney


We took a quick glance at Disney’s future releases and found live-action versions of Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, and Lilo and Stitch on the list of animated films being re-made.

We enjoy some of these live-action versions, but we decided to flip the scenario — here’s our list of live-action films we would like to see animated!

The Haunted Mansion

You won’t be surprised to hear that the 2003 live-action version of this film has few fans.  Disney has this film on its “reboot” list, and it has been on the list since 2010’s Comic-Con.  We propose the idea of a house full of 999 Happy Haunts, a celebratory ballroom, seance room, room of stairs, and not-too-spooky graveyard is perfect for animation. We would love to see Gus, Ezra, and Phineas — the three hitchhiking ghosts — in animated form.

The Haunted Mansion ©Disney

The Parent Trap

We think twins Sharon and Susan would have a pretty hard time convincing their parents they were each other in today’s world. Sharon and Susan would have their own phones, phone numbers, social media profiles, and more. Plus, would two tweens be able to give up all of that at the drop of a hat? Perhaps this a film whose premise has become outdated and is better off in animated form today.

The Parent Trap ©Disney

The Love Bug (or any Herbie film)

How can you not love Number 53? Well, today’s kids probably love number 95 better — that’s the Cars‘ franchise’s Lightning McQueen. Let’s see numbers 53 and 95 race each other in animated form! We don’t know who we would cheer for more — the Love Bug we watched growing up, or the Piston Cup winner we know today. Who would you cheer for?

The Love Bug ©Disney

Pirates of the Caribbean

Is it time for Jack Sparrow to become an animated pirate? Imagine the adventures animated Jack could go on! In the animated world we may see less rum, and more adventure!

Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean ©Disney

The Santa Clause

They made three of these in live-action. A man turning into Santa Claus and gaining weight in front of our eyes is pretty implausible so let’s see this get the animated treatment. And maybe it’s just us, but Tim Allen will always be Toy Story‘s Buzz Lightyear to us, so seeing him as a portly Santa is hard to believe… but maybe we could accept him in cartoon form!

The Santa Clause ©Disney

Hocus Pocus

It’s been 26 years since the original Hocus Pocus came out to underwhelming box office numbers. In the past few years the film’s cult status has grown, so much that the Sanderson Sisters seem to have taken up permanent residence on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party stage in Disney World. What havoc could the sisters unleash in the animated world?

Hocus Pocus ©Disney

These films were tops on our list, but there were many more we considered, including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, and the Indiana Jones franchise.

Which live-action Disney films would you like to see animated? Share your list in the comments!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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2 Replies to “Reverse the Disney Trend: Live-Action Films We’d Like to See Animated”

  1. The Country Bear Jamboree movie wasn’t a huge hit for Disney either, so I wouldn’t mind seeing them try that one again in animated form. It might even introduce a whole new generation to the bears, hopefully making the likelihood of the attraction’s closure somewhere down the line that much slimmer.