No trust and no desire.
As in, not worthwhile, functional, necessary, or even related to Disney’s founding principles at all. The beauty of animation is its inherent style and easier control than live-action films, especially in that it comes out of an artist’s perception. Disney movies, especially with their huge budgets, handle this control of perception fantastically and create industry tenets just about every time.
To take that painstaking effort in making an original animated work, to take the efforts to adapt classic stories to the modern era with creative character models and full use of the strengths of animation (the cartoony-ness, the personality from exaggeration, and so on) and distill it years after into a heartless yet high-budget nostalgia grab for profit - it reeks of corporate greed and Disney’s attempts to buck the trend of keeping everything “up-to-date” and “relevant”.
Now, are there more worthwhile ways to adapt these stories to the present? Certainly. Disney’s works, namely the “classic” films, stick out as a little (and yes I mean heavily) black-and-white in their “artistic perceptions of the world,” amongst other things. Adding nuance, as live-action is evidently “supposed” to do, might actually help to " modernize" these films as their intended goals may be (even when considering some of these live-action remakes are of more “modern” renaissance film). But when Disney either continues to juxtapose their “reinvented” stories with the same black-and-white perception (Maleficent, and maybe Wrinkle in Time or that Nutcracker movie if I were really stretching, so just Maleficent for now (no idea if Cinderella is in a similar vein)) or attempts to make a Psycho-esque frame-by-frame animation remake (Beauty and the Beast, the Aladdin Trailer so far) even when animation is by its nature a simpler perception of “the world” compared to the CGI-induced details of Disney’s live-action cinematography (which, huh, were deliberate without attempting to really change anything), it clearly doesn’t promise much and/or just squanders potential for greatness.
That said, I’ve heard the live-action Jungle Book is good, so it’s not like my faith is completely out. However, I’d argue Disney should focus more on their 3D-animated films rather than continue to churn out these lifeless money-grubbing messes out with success at every turn.
So yeah, my soapbox. Sorry if that was a tedium; it may be 5 AM here, but that doesn’t necessarily excuse the rambly and incoherent, contradictory thoughts I cobbled together here. So, uh yeah… cya
And yes I’m aware that Miyazaki films handle nuance like second nature, that the DCEU’s forced pretentiousness in trying to look “gray” is awful and laughable, and that a lot of comedies can sometimes achieve cartoonishness better than many animated flicks (a lot of Edgar Wright stuff is great). For now, let’s just say I couldn’t get that into my argument, though the DCEU’s “dark gritty edginess” without really getting to the nuance could match with the way Disney handles their live-actions… but that one’s a stretch. Anyways, uh, cya for real.