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Disney's Live-Action Remakes: A Good Choice for the Studio?
Discuss Disney’s decision to remake several of their classic films into live-action such as Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Dumbo, Alice Through the Looking Glass, an Aladdin prelude, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, and Tinker Bell. Why do audiences find live-action version of stories they’ve already been told so appealing? Will the live-action prequels or sequels be considered canon with the animated films? Is this a good strategy to make a lot of money? Maybe touch on the previous live-action retellings such as Maleficent, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland and how they led Disney to making so many more.
Trailers and Teasers: Movies That Have Been Over-Hyped
Discuss the use of teaser trailers leading up to first trailers which make way for the REAL trailers which give way to smaller, lighter trailers, all of which lead up to a movie. Are the ten extra seconds of footage really necessary? Is a countdown really necessary? Is it genius marketing to make people watch the same footage over and over again in the hopes of catching two seconds of newer footage?
Possible points to cover: The hype leading up to Age of Ultron, the teeny tiny teaser released for Ant-Man, leaked Comic-con clips, the trailers for Mockingjay Part 2, etc.
Diversity in Superhero Films and Media
Is there enough diversity in superhero culture, particularly in movies and TV shows? Marvel’s Agent Carter, for example, contians an all-white cast. Marvel’s The Avengers displays a roster of white Avengers. While it’s true that Age of Ultron displays War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), both actors of colour, they did not play significant roles. BUT are they a sign that there is more diversity to come? There is even talk of "white-washing" the role of The Ancient One in Marvel’s future Doctor Strange by having Tilda Swinton play an Asian character (possibly). Is it just Marvel? DC’s Arrow demonstrates diversity with one of their main characters: John Diggle (David Ramsey) and a recurring character: Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). DC’s The Flash stars Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton as Joe and Iris West respectively, both actors of colour. Is superhero pop culture in need of more diversity? Thoughts?
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