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To spark discussion among film lovers, Vue Entertainment have flipped the current trend of live-action remakes on its head and surveyed the nation to ask which iconic live-action films they’d like to see animated. Working with you, we’d like to reveal the top 10 as a feature and have commissioned some ‘cryptic cartoon’ artwork for each film from award winning illustrator Amrit Birdi to do so (http://www.amritbirdi.co.uk/)
With the much anticipated release of Beauty And The Beast starring Emma Watson just weeks away (17 March 2017) live-action remakes are a hot topic. After the success of The Jungle Book and The BFG in 2016, the trend is set to continue over the next few years, with many in the pipeline for 2018:
•    Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – Emily Blunt
•    Mulan (2018) – Cast not yet confirmed
•    Cruella (2018) – Emma Stone
•    Peter Pan (2018) – Directed by David Lowery, cast not yet confirmed

Here’s what Eduardo Leal, Senior Film Content Manager at Vue Entertainment had to say:

“When looking at live action remakes of classic animations as a trend, we cannot dissociate this phenomenon from Disney’s central role in shaping the entire industry for the past 20 years. After re-defining animation with Pixar, Disney has been focusing its entire studio strategy on tentpole franchises that lend themselves to what Disney does best since its modest start in the 1920’s – expanding the value of its family entertainment brands into other media (e.g. books, consumer products, theme parks).”

“Even though the company has been active in acquiring other brand portfolios (Marvel, LucasFilm, Pixar), remaking their own classic animations into live action (e.g. Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent, Cinderella) is a natural way of updating these franchises to a new generation whilst taking full advantage of the recent advances in make-up and CGI. As with most Disney film releases, these live-action remakes represent large investments in ‘safe’ household brands that children and parents instantly recognise”

“It’s no surprise that the major animation studios have started to increase their output. Pixar has gone from one release to occasionally two a year, and DreamWorks at one point increased its output to three releases a year. This growth in production is fuelled by success, meaning the number of animated films released is only likely to increase in future. This is because they represent good business for studios, with sequels built around computer generated ecosystems that are cost effective to reproduce, resulting in box office success.”

Over the next ten days we’ll be sharing a new image across our social media channels on twitter @MovieMarker and Facebook so be sure to join in by posting your guesses each day in the comments below!

Day One: Forrest Gump

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Day Two: E.T: The Extra Terrestrial

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Day Three: Ghostbusters

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Day Four: Back To The Future

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Day Five: Grease

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Day Six: Lord of the Rings

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Day Seven: Jaws

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Day Eight: Pirates of The Caribbean

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Day Nine: Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Day Ten:

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