Yay or Nay? Our Childhood Cartoons Are Getting Live-Action Remakes

Do we really need more remakes?

When every streaming platform is riding on the high that is the audience’s nostalgia, it begs to ask the question: do we really need another live-action remake?

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Live-action remakes of our childhood favorite cartoons, animated movies, and mangas are either a hit or miss and we have witnessed it over the years. Often, these new adaptations show a different perspective of the characters we know and love, while some simply stay true to the original stories. Because of the trend of making live-action remakes, more people become critical in watching these stories, especially now as adults who are now set in their ways. But perhaps we can make exceptions. You decide.

Fate: The Winx Saga

Fate: The Winx Saga, which lands on January 22 on Netflix, is an adaptation of the hit Italian cartoon about fairies, and it’s still going to be filled with mystical lore. According to the writer, Brian Young (who also wrote for The Vampire Diaries), the series’ approach is made for a more mature audience. According to The Guardian, the hero is Bloom (Abigail Cowen, AKA Dorcas from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), a 16-year-old fire fairy. Raised by human parents, she arrives in the Otherworld direct from California to enroll at Alfea, a prestigious boarding school. This is where wingless fairies learn to master their powers – and where trainee warriors, known as “specialists,” guard the realm from the feared “Burned Ones”. 

Lupin

In 1905, French writer Maurice Leblanc created a character named Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief. Since his creation, the suave, crafty Lupin has appeared in several short stories, books, comics, and movies over the years, and even inspired a grandson character, Lupin III, who was the subject of acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s feature directorial debut and, more recently, a new CG animated film called Lupin III The First.

Now, Lupin is off to another great adventure on Netflix as an original series. The French series is set to be released on January 8, but while you wait, check out the trailer below.

Cinderella

Sony is working on a musical-comedy reimagining of Cinderella, and the cast is filled with recognizable stars such as Camilla Cabello for the lead role, Billy Porter as the fairy god mother, Idina Menzel as the evil step-mother, and Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Robert. Pierce Brosnan is set to star as Prince Robert’s father, the king. The film will be released this February 2021.

Little Mermaid

Though The Little Mermaid movie has no release date yet, the film was swimming into production as the latest of Disney’s animated classics to get a live-action remake. Halle Bailey, one half of the R&B duo CHLOE X HALLE, will star as Ariel with Jonah Hauer-King joining as Prince Eric. Another major name also attached to the film, The Little Mermaid superfan Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to produce the film alongside Marc Platt. 

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