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The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films  

Ann Casano
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There is nothing like the classic fairy tale. The story can be told and retold countless times to new audiences with the same desired effect - transporting them to magical lands far, far away. A new way to repurpose these classic stories is to show them on the big screen. But while animated fairy tales were the norm in the past, a newer trend in movie making seeks to refashion animated films into a live action movies. These are the best live action versions of animated films.

Disney knows there is a huge market for live action remakes of their classic animated movies. Cinderella, Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland were all box office successes. Not only did adults recapture the magic of their childhood with actors like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, but younger audiences got to experience these films, some for the first time, with new technological advances that add to the magic of their stories.

Expect this trend of turning animated classics into live action remakes to continue. Several Disney live-action remakes have already been announced - like Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr. as Geppetto. But not all live action remakes knock it out of the park. Be sure to vote up the ones that you love the most.

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
SuperUnicorn33 added Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation ...more
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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 adventure fantasy film directed by Andy Serkis, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. A human child (Rohan Chand) raised by wolves, must face off against a ...more
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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows, Rachel Hurd-Wood
Peter Pan is a 2003 Australian-American-British fantasy film released by Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. It was the first authorized and faithful film or TV ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film ...more
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101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels
101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell
Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt ...more
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Snow White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
AndrewWilkerson added Kristin Kreuk, Vera Farmiga, Miranda Richardson
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure television film, co-written and directed by American filmmaker Caroline Thompson and produced by Hallmark Entertainment. ...more
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102 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu
102 Dalmatians is a 2000 family comedy film directed by Kevin Lima in his live action directorial debut and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to the 1996 film 101 Dalmatians and ...more
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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple
Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more
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Snow White and the Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth
Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In the film's retelling of the tale, ...more
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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, ...more
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Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley
Pete's Dragon is a 2016 American fantasy comedy-drama adventure film directed by David Lowery, based on the 1977 musical film. The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his ...more
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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco
Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American 3D live action and computer animated fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and ...more
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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Mike Williams Mendes added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, ...more
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Tom Islava added Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning
Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National ...more
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A Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
AndrewWilkerson added Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray
A Cinderella Story is a 2004 American teen romantic comedy film. The film stars Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, and Regina King and was directed by Mark Rosman. The film's ...more
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Mike Williams Mendes added Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 story of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. ...more
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Pan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara
Pan is a 2015 fantasy film written by J.M. Barrie and Jason Fuchs and directed by Joe Wright.
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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Action Remakes of Animated Films
Mike Williams Mendes added Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat. The film stars Mike Myers in the title role of the ...more