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Disney Realizations - List of current and planned films

New from old - Disney real-life films are booming, with five new films coming to theaters in 2019 alone. We have put together a review and outlook of all Disney real-life films for you in the form of chronological lists.

In this article:
> Actual films by 2018
> Disney live action 2019
> Outlook - which Disney films are there from 2020?

Actual films until 2018

With "Das Dschungelbuch" (1995) and "101 Dalmatiner" (1996) Disney ventured into real-life adaptations of its all-time favorites for the first time. With the sequel "102 Dalmatiner" (2000) they tried to build on the success of their predecessor, but they did Apparently unsuccessful, because nothing came after that. It wasn't until Tim Burton hit the cinemas in 2010 with his new edition of “Alice in Wonderland” starring Johnny Depp as a hatter that the real trend at Disney slowly started rolling - at the latest after Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" can no longer stop the wave of recycling.

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The timeline:

1995 - The jungle Book

What many probably don't even know: "The Jungle Book" was Disney's very first attempt to film a cartoon classic in 1995. As in the cartoon, the young Mowgli (Jason Scott Lee) is raised by a pack of wolves. While looking for his bracelet, he encounters jungle animals that are sometimes more, sometimes less friendly. But when Mowgli meets the pretty Kitty (Lena Headey) and tries to win her over, the real hunt for love, power and gold begins.

With Sam Neil and Cary Elwes, director Stephen Sommers has even brought a huge cast on board. Nevertheless, "The Jungle Book" is rarely or never mentioned in the Internet community. That could be because Sommers was much more oriented towards the original by Rudyard Kipling. He did not want to and could not compete with the Disney classic "The Jungle Book".

1996 - 101 Dalmatians

A year later, Disney brought another real-life version of one of its classics onto the market with "101 Dalmatians".

Everyone probably knows the story by heart. So here's a quick run-through: After the Dalmatians Pongo and Perdi succeed in pairing their master and mistress, nothing stands in the way of the (dog) family happiness. Unfortunately, this calls for the unscrupulous Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close), who wants to turn the Dalmatian puppies into a fur coat. And for that she is fine with any means, even kidnapping.

Apparently, Disney learned from the flop of the previous year and therefore stuck much closer to the cartoon template. The rest was done by the star cast with Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels under director Stephen Herek.

2000 - 102 Dalmatians

The first real-life version of the classic "101 Dalmatians" was a hit, so it will be the sequel - that's what Disney thought and made "102 Dalmatians".

Almost completely detached from the cartoon, the real-life version "102 Dalmatians" is about Cruella's newly sparked greed for the black dotted fur of the four-legged friends. The new puppies are kidnapped, but can still escape their fate in time.

In "102 Dalmatians" it is again Glenn Close who puts her stamp on the film as Cruella. And this time with Gérard Depardieu as top-class support.

2010 - Alice in Wonderland

Ten years later and with a pinch of Depp's madness, Tim Burton made the breakthrough in the real-life Disney film with "Alice in Wonderland".

Bored by the rigid party company, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) rushes headlong into an imaginative adventure to meet her (well-known) friends the Hatter (Johnny Depp), the Cheshire Cat, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) and many, many more before the outbursts of anger to protect the red queen (Helena Bonham Carter).

Confusing talk, brightly colored characters and a cartoon as a template. Tim Burton finally got the real-life Disney adaptations rolling.

2014 - Maleficent - The Dark Fairy

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"Maleficent - The Dark Fairy" with Angelina Jolie in the lead role shows the well-known cartoon Sleeping Beauty (1959) from the perspective of the evil fairy Maleficent.

It all begins with the prehistory of how the two realms, the magical moors and the kingdom, and with them Maleficent and King Stefan (Sharlto Copley), become at war. In order to get revenge on Stefan, she curses his daughter to sleep forever. Here "Maleficent - The Dark Fairy" ties in with the original: Aurora (Elle Fanning) stings herself and falls into a deep sleep. But instead of Prince Charming aka. Prince Phillip (Brenton Thwaites) turns out to be true love, it's up to someone else to break the curse.

With the dark real-life filming "Maleficent - The Dark Fairy", Disney is taking a risky risk, which is more than worthwhile, not least thanks to the extraordinary line-up.

2015 - Cinderella

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With "Cinderella", another real-life film from Disney was released in 2015. 1950s Cinderella meets the 21st century. Because apart from a few minor changes, the remake hardly deviates from the original.

Cinderella (Lily James) loses her biological family and is then demoted to the position of housemaid by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters. She goes unauthorized on a ball, loses her shoe while escaping and is ultimately exposed because of her shoe size and still marries the man of her dreams.

After the successful, brutal upheaval in "Maleficent - The Dark Fairy", "Cinderella" seems almost well-behaved and boring. Pity!

2016 - The Jungle Book

Thanks to Jon Favreau and his visually stunning staging, the Disney machine dares to approach "The Jungle Book" from 1967 with "The Jungle Book".

True to the motto "Back to the Roots", the focus of "The Jungle Book" is on Mowgli and his journey back into the human world. On his journey he gets help from different animals in the jungle, but not all of them are friendly towards him.

Well-known stars such as Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray give the realistically animated jungle inhabitants their voices. And what happens when the best of the best come together? A real film adaptation that just makes the box office ring.

2016 - Alice in Wonderland: Behind the Mirrors

Colorful, more colorful, "Alice in Wonderland: Behind the Mirrors". For the successor to his first-class real-life filming "Alice in Wonderland", Tim Burton pressed the paint tube again.

The story? Alice flees once again from reality and ends up in Wonderland, which is itself in a crisis: Helena Bonham Carter aka the red queen wants to overthrow her sister from the throne and the mad hatter (Johnny Depp) has a problem with his being more. Phew! Sounds like a lot of work for little, big Alice

Tim Burton has once again created a brightly colored and imaginative adventure fantasy film, which, however, causes a lot of confusion among the fans. Whether prequel or sequel? You don't quite know, because you jump from the past to the present and back again. That's what happens when you play with time.

2017 - Beauty and the Beast

The DIsney forge can no longer be stopped. With the real-life adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast", Disney is bringing the cartoon classic from 1991 back to the big screen with the help of director Bill Condon.

Even the cast, especially Emma Watson, for whom a childhood dream comes true with the role of Belle, is celebrating the real-life version of "Beauty and the Beast". As is well known, enthusiasm is infectious: with 91.8 million views, the trailer alone is the most-watched trailer of all time. And "Beauty and the Beast" continues this success story.

2018 - Christopher Robin

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Disney's real-life film "Christopher Robin" brings a breath of fresh air into the Hundred Acre Forest.

"Christopher Robin" tells the story of the adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), whose life is slowly falling apart. His childhood friends Winnieh the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Rabbit must first come out of the Hundred Acre Wood for Christopher Robin to understand the true meaning of life.

For Disney, the stories about the phew the bear and his friends are a billion dollar business. The books are still selling well to this day. It was only a matter of time before Disney came around the corner with a real-life adaptation of the classic children's book.

Disney live action 2019

Disney is unstoppable and is knocking out one classic after another - as an actual film, of course. There are several Disney classics in 2019 that are presented in a new real film plus CGI guise. It all started on March 28th. “Dumbo“. And right now "Maleficient: Powers of Darkness" is starting in cinemas. These two films in particular show that the new editions are not necessarily 1-on-1 copies.


"Dumbo" is a new stroke of genius on the Disney machinery. With Tim Burton, who landed the big coup for Disney with "Alice in Wonderland", Dumbo should also let his magic work with the flying elephant.

But whoever expects a bunch of trained circus animals as in the original, will unfortunately be disappointed. The cast for the real-life version is packed with well-known characters. Danni DeVito, Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton romp around in the ring. It becomes immediately clear: the film no longer has so much to do with the elephant; instead, the focus is on the tragic fate of the people.


In May 2019, Guy Ritchie takes the viewer for a ride on the magic carpet in his real-life Disney film "Aladdin".

After 21 years, viewers from all over the world are allowed to accompany the charismatic street thief Aladdin (Mena Massoud) on his adventures. For example, he comes across a supposedly worthless oil lamp in which the most powerful being in the universe is hidden - the genie (Will Smith).

Will Smith is secretly seen as the actual leading role in "Aladdin", but also Marwan Kenzari, who plays the antagonist Jafar, and the newcomer Mena Massoud know how to cast a spell on the audience.

The Lion King

The Lion King is one of the most successful cartoons at the box office to this day: The new CGI version by Jon Favreau thus had a difficult successor in June.
But that shouldn't have been a problem for the tried and tested director, who has already proven his skills with "The Jungle Book".

In fact, so far, "The Lion King" has grossed just under $ 190 million in America. And in Germany, 1.1 million viewers watched the cute lion Simba grow up.

Maleficent: Forces of Darkness

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The sequel "Maleficent: Powers of Darkness", which is now starting in theaters, is for the time being the last Disney coup that will be shown in theaters in 2019: "Malificent - The Dark Fairy" was the hit in bags in 2014, so it was just a question the time that Angelina Jolie slips back into the role of the fairy Maleficent.

Whether "Maleficent: Powers of Darkness" comes close to its predecessor will probably become clear in the next few days and weeks.

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Planned Disney live films from 2020

With the successes that Disney has recorded with its previous real-life films, it is certain that we can look forward to more classics in a new guise in the years to come. In order to stimulate the anticipation a little, we have already taken a look into the future for you and compiled the following list:

Lady and the Tramp

Voices are loud that there will be another real film version of a classic at the beginning of 2020: Lady and the Tramp - the love story of two completely different dogs. Lady and the Tramp will work with directors Charlie Bean, Thomas Mann, Justin Theroux and Tessa Thompson. Small drawback: Lady and the Tramp will not be in the cinemas. Instead, Disney wants to usher in its streaming service Disney + with this film. In America this will probably happen as early as mid-November. In Germany, however, we have to be patient a little longer.


She is already a superstar in China. With the remake of the legend of "Mulan", which is planned for March 26, 2020, Liu Yifei should achieve the same status worldwide. A more well-known face among the actors are Jason Scott Lee, who was featured in the first real-life version of the jungle book, and Jet Li, who will play the emperor of China.

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Glenn Close will be the producer on the film about the "101 Dalmatians" villain. And meanwhile it is also known that Emma Stone will slip into the role of the young Cruella de Vil. Unfortunately, it is still a long time before the origin story and real filming of this Disney villain comes to the German cinema screens. Theatrical release should not be until May 27, 2021.


The wooden boy who wanted to be a real boy became known as a cartoon. Now he's supposed to be a CGI boy. So far it is only certain that Paul King will probably take a seat in the director's chair.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Disney version of Quasimodo's story wasn't the first film on the subject. But the most successful. Until now, because well-known names have already found themselves who will take care of the script and the music of the real film. So far we are expecting that "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" will appear on the big screens at the end of 2020 or even in 2021.

Lilo & Stitch

"Lilo and Stitch" may not be a typical Disney classic, but the story of the funky blue alien is also due to get a major overhaul. In addition, it is not yet clear whether the film, like "Lady and the Tramp", will be available exclusively for users of the Disney + streaming service, or whether it will be in the cinemas

Arielle the mermaid

The story of Arielle has little to do with the fairy tale. It remains to be seen whether the real film remake will be sung again. At least one thing is certain that Rob Marshall will direct and the cast also seems to be complete: Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy and Halle Bailey will dress up for the real-life version of "Ariel".

Scenes from "Arielle, the Mermaid"

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"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
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"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount
"Ariel, the mermaid" © Paramount