Disney’s intention to give “Bambi” a modern twist, which may involve altering the story’s portrayal of the tragic death of Bambi’s mother, has ignited criticism for the company’s perceived interference with its classic films.
Screenwriter Lindsey Anderson Beer revealed her involvement in crafting a script to transform the 1942 animated film into a live-action remake tailored for contemporary audiences. She suggested that updating “Bambi” could make it more relatable to today’s children.
While specific details about how she plans to modernize “Bambi” remain scarce, Anderson Beer mentioned her consideration of the film’s treatment of Bambi’s mother’s death. She indicated that the handling of this sensitive theme might need adjustment to accommodate the sensibilities of modern parents and children.
Disney has faced controversy in recent times over its revisions of animated classics, including casting Halle Bailey, a black actress, as Ariel in the live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.” Additionally, Disney’s upcoming adaptation of “Snow White” replaces the seven dwarfs with a diverse range of “magical creatures.”
Anderson Beer’s proposal to update “Bambi” has generated further criticism from the public. Some have questioned the necessity of modernizing a story that they believe still resonates with contemporary audiences. Others have humorously speculated about potential changes, such as turning Bambi into a moose.
Critics have also pondered the concept of “modernizing” a story set in a forest, expressing doubts about whether the original narrative’s 1940s origins require significant alteration.
Disney has already taken steps to address potentially “offensive content” in its older shows and movies on the Disney+ streaming service. Some classics, including “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Aristocats,” have been subject to age restrictions and advisories.
A recent poll conducted by Redfield and Wilton Strategies found that a majority of respondents preferred Disney to create new stories instead of relying on remakes from its archive.
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