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A definitive ranking of Disney's live-action reboots (so far)

Reboots are absolutely everywhere these days, but no one does a story reset quite like Disney. Whether it's a DCOM, like the live-action Kim Possible movie or a full-on reimagining, like the upcoming Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, the House of Mouse crushes it. Disney's greatest achievements in remaking classics, however, have been its recent string of live-action versions of animated classics.

Here are our picks for the best of the best when it comes to Disney's realistic reboots of the animated movies we all know and love.

8. Dumbo

Disney's live-action Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton, didn't make quite as big a splash as some of the studio's other recent reboots, but it was a true spectacle and totally worth a watch when you get your subscription to Disney+ up and running (because obviously you're going to subscribe).

7. The Jungle Book 

Disney started the process of perfecting photo-realistic CGI animals in 2016's remake of The Jungle Book.

6. Cinderella

It didn't seem possible to take the story of Cinderella and make it more magical and more romantic, but that's exactly what the 2015 reboot did.

5. Alice in Wonderland

The live-action Alice in Wonderland (another Tim Burton creation) was more of a full reimagining than a straight remake, but it was pure whimsy and fun, either way.

4. Beauty and the Beast 

Does it get more perfect than Emma Watson as Belle? The 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast proved that it does not.

3. Malificent  


Malificent told the classic story of Sleeping Beauty from a totally new perspective—and we all fell in love with the very new twist on the very classic tale.

2. Aladdin 

We didn't think Aladdin could get better than the 1992 version, but the 2019 take managed it by giving its Jasmine the empowering anthem she's always deserved.

1. The Lion King  

The 2019 version of The Lion King might not technically be live-action, but the photo-realistic CGI was so good it might as well have been. The movie, which is available on Digital and Blu-ray now, is a massive acheivement in movie magic and the kind of emotional storytelling that will make you laugh and cry in the same sitting.

by Kayleigh R. | 10/16/2019