Ranking Disney’s Live Action-Adaptations

The best way we could think of to rank these is similar to those alignment charts you see (where you have lawful good and chaotic evil and so on) where the two main categories (or axes) are Film Quality (mediocre, good, or bad) and Homage Paid To Source Material (too much, just right, not enough).

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Bad film
    • Pays too much homage to source material
  • Pete’s Dragon (2016) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Mediocre film
    • Doesn’t pay enough homage to source material
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Mediocre film
    • Doesn’t pay enough homage to source material
  • The Jungle Book (2016) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Good film
    • Pays homage to its source material without being constrained by the source material
  • Cinderella (2015) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Good film
    • Pays homage to its source material without being constrained by the source material
  • Maleficent (2014) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Good film
    • Doesn’t pay enough homage to source material
  • Rewrites animated canon
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Good film
    • No value yet
      • Need to go back and see if you can cohesively watch this film and MGM’s Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010) (IMDB entry) (Wikipedia entry)
    • Good film
    • Pays homage to its source material without being constrained by the source material