The past weekend it’s been ALL about “Beauty & The Beast”, but more than one movie went from animated classic to live-action must see long before Belle encountered the Beast . . .
Lily James took on the lead role in Disney’s live action reboot of the classic tale of ugly stepsisters and a glass slipper; the movie opened to very positive reviews and took in over $543 million at The Box Office. Cate Blanchett starred as the epitome of evil as The Wicked Stepmother, while Helena Bonham Carter made dreams come true as The Fairy Godmother.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale of a boy raised in the wild was directed by Jon Favreau and narrated by Sir Ben Kinglsey (who also loaned his voice to Bagheera). The movie was the fifth highest grossing film of last year, and 32nd of all time. “The Jungle Book” boasted an all-star cast who brought the stories colourful characters to life; Idris Elba as notorious tiger, Shere Khan, Bill Murray as loveable Baloo, Christopher Walken as crazy King Louie and Scarlett Johansson as the hypnotic, Kaa.
101 Dalmations (1996)
Glenn Close took on the role of iconic villain, Cruelle de Vil, with support from Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson as devoted dog-owning couple, Rodger and Anita; the only missing ingredient to make this magical on a Disney level was that the Dalmations didn’t utter a single word! Damn! The movie generated $320.6 million at The Box Office with Close narrowly losing out on the “Best Actress” Golden Globe to Madonna for her role in “Evita”. The sequel, “102 Dalmations” followed in 2000.
The untold story of “Sleeping Beauty” villain, Maleficient got the silver screen treatment in 2014 with Angelina Jolie in the lead role. The movie raked in $758 million despite mixed reviews and is the highest grossing movie of Jolie’s career, to date.
Alice In Wonderland (2010)
The wonderfully weird, Tim Burton brought Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of rabbit-holes, tea parties and smoking caterpillars to the silver screen with a little help from an A-List cast, including Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice as well as a host of vocal talent in the form of Stephen Fry, the late, great Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor and Matt Lucas. The movie generated over $1 billion and is the fifth highest grossing film of all time; the sequel, “Through The Looking Glass” was released last year.