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A screenwriter who worked on the live-action remake of Disney's "Bambi" said that the death of Bambi's mother has prevented parents from showing it to their children and therefore it should be updated to be more relatable to current audiences.
Writer Lindsey Anderson Beer has worked on a seemingly never-ending list of movie remakes. Titles include "Pet Sematary," "Sleepy Hollow," "Lord of the Flies," "Star Trek 4," and of course the live-action Disney remake of "Bambi."
Although Anderson Beer left the "Bambi" remake midway through to focus on different projects, she shared some of the ideas the writing team at Disney had implemented to change the cartoon classic.
“What’s interesting about 'Bambi' to me is it absolutely is a classic and it’s a beautiful love poem, such artistry to it,” Anderson Beer told Collider. “I do think there’s an entire generation of children who have never seen the original, and that’s very different from, say, 'Little Mermaid' or 'Aladdin' or the ‘90s heyday films that they’ve definitely already seen. I can’t tell you how many kids I’ve seen who’ve never seen 'Bambi,' which is such a shame," she explained.
The writer said that not only are the older Disney films "a little bit different tempo than I think modern audiences are used to," she also claimed that viewers are now more sensitive to topics that are included in "Bambi."
“Not to spoil the plot, but there’s a treatment of the mom dying that I think some kids, some parents these days are more sensitive about than they were in the past. And I think that’s one of the reasons that they haven’t shown it to their children.”
Anderson Beer then revealed that the innocent cartoon tale will be updated for a modern audience.
“I do think there is a way to update 'Bambi,' and our take on it was … did give a little bit more of a scope to it. And I just think that to be able to bring it to life for kids these days in a way that maybe they relate to a little bit more would be of service to the original.”
Recent Disney remakes have not fared well in terms of adhering to the principal storylines that made the older films so iconic. The actresses portraying the famous characters have seemingly adhered to the newly inserted woke plotlines as well.
Halle Bailey, actress for the live-action version of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," said that she expected racist backlash for taking on the role of Ariel in the film.
“As a black person, you just expect it and it’s not really a shock any more,” she said.
Rachel Zegler, star of the "Snow White" remake, said that the remake sought to correct the original’s "dated" “issues.”
“It’s extremely dated when it comes to the ideas of women being in roles of power and what a woman is fit for,” Zegler told cameras on a red carpet.
Zegler also told reporters that the original story featured a man who “literally stalks” Snow White, so the filmmakers “didn’t do that this time.”
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