In recent months, The Lion King, Aladdin, Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp have all joined a growing list of Walt Disney Animated Classics to be remade into live-action. And I say “growing list”, because Disney is working its way through its back catalogue to revisit former glories and update them for a new generation.

But what Walt Disney Animated Classics haven’t been turned into live-action films? Surely there must be a few?

Well, you might be surprised to learn that despite the sheer amount of remakes we have seen, there are quite a lot still to be remade!

Below is a list of all the Walt Disney Animated Classics that have yet to be turned into live-action. Some are in the works, while others not so much.

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1930s/1940s

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Of the Walt Disney Animated Classics from the ’30s and ’40s there are ten movies which have yet to be updated for the modern era. They are:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • Fantasia (1940)
  • Bambi (1942)
  • Saludos Amigos (1943)
  • The Three Caballeros (1945)
  • Make Mine Music (1946)
  • Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
  • Melody Time (1948)
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Of these ten, there have been remake rumblings for Snow White and Pinocchio, with certain ‘segments’ of Fantasia are also a possibility for the remake treatment. No word on any of the others, but don’t expect much to come from any of the films from 1943 – 1949, as these are not particularly well remembered.

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1950s/1960s

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When it comes to Disney movies from the ’50s and ’60s, a number have already been turned into live action, including Alice in Wonderland, multiple Jungle Book films and a number of others. This only really leaves two major Disney films unaccounted for.

  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Of these two movies, Peter Pan has cropped up in internet chatter as having the potential for a remake, but nothing has been mentioned about The Sword in the Stone (yet). I certainly wouldn’t rule this one out, but it isn’t at the top of the remake list at present.

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1970s/1980s

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Into the ’70s & ’80s and there are quite a few movies to choose from that have yet to be adapted into live-action.

  • The Aristocats (1970)
  • Robin Hood (1973)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)*
  • The Rescuers (1977)
  • The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  • The Black Cauldron (1985)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  • Oliver & Company (1988)

Of the above titles, none have been mentioned for remake status. The ‘80s wasn’t a particularly great decade for Disney Animated films, so there is perhaps less of a desire to revisit these movies.

Please note: *I’ve included The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but in truth I doubt this will get remade. Disney already (sort of) made a live-action Pooh movie, via 2018’s Christopher Robin, which was bloody good, so that kind of covers this film.

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1990s/2000s

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Picking up with the ’90s and the ’00s and there are lots of movies that have yet to be turned into live action – especially during the ’00s. This could be because the ’00s was not seen as a particular strong time for Walt Disney Animated Classics, or it could simply be that the studio hasn’t gotten around to these projects yet.

  • The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  • Pocahontas (1995)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  • Hercules (1997)
  • Tarzan (1999)
  • Fantasia 2000 (1999)
  • Dinosaur (2000)
  • The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  • Treasure Planet (2002)
  • Brother Bear (2003)
  • Home on the Range (2004)
  • Chicken Little (2005)
  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  • Bolt (2008)
  • The Princess & the Frog (2009)

Of the above titles, Hunchback has been rumoured for the live-action treatment, as has Lilo and Stitch – and that’s about it.

Oh, and The Little Mermaid is absent from this list because while there isn’t currently a Little Mermaid live-action film, there will be very soon. The film is currently in production.

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2010/2020

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Now to the more recent movies, and of the films released after 2010, not surprisingly, none of them have been adapted for live-action. **Once again, it is worth noting that Christopher Robin sort of covers the Winnie the Pooh movie.

  • Tangled (2010)
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011)**
  • Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
  • Frozen 2 (2019)
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From all the lists above, it is clear to see that Disney still has a lot of films left to turn into live-action. And as previously discussed, the live-action remakes are proving so profitable it’s likely we’ll be getting more of these sooner rather than later.

So, which Disney movie would you live to see remade into live-action? Wreck-It Ralph? Moana? The Black Cauldron? Maybe you’re hankering to see a remake of The Fox and the Hound? Whatever your thoughts, sound off in the comments section below and let me know.

And if you want a full list of all the Walt Disney Animated Classics, check out my guide which offers a rundown of all the films, from 1937 through to today.

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