kp1280By Amanda Gabriel

Senior Writer

Millennials and Gen Z’ers are expressing mixed opinions of Disney Channel’s latest attempt at a throwback film.

The new live-action “Kim Possible” movie, which premiered Feb. 15 on Disney Channel, stars an entirely new cast from the animated television series, which ran from 2002 to 2007.

The original series was extremely popular when it was airing, and was one of Disney Channel’s longest- running series. It even picked up a Primetime Emmy Award in 2003 for Outstanding Animated Program.

For many, the film seemed little more than a get-rich-quick scheme from the suits at Disney Channel, playing to a younger audience that has absolutely no recollection of the original “Kim Possible.”

Coupling that with the poorly constructed plot, characters who seem just a bit out of touch with who they were based on, and the frightening CGI rendering of Rufus the naked mole rat—well, it makes for quite the train wreck.

With all of that being said, the film received a broad range of responses. Some felt it was a worthy introduction of the franchise to a younger crowd, while others felt it had greatly missed the mark.

This live-action film comes at a crucial point in time for the Walt Disney Corporation. The past decade has seen Disney turn many of their famed cartoons and animated films into live-action remakes.

Opinions of these films have also been widely mixed. Disney purists have panned the trend as trying to rewrite classic and important films for the sake of wringing more money out of them.

They feel as if Disney has lost its creative spirit, doomed to simply recycle what’s already in the vault.

Other upcoming live-action films that have fans feeling on edge are the upcoming remakes of “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”

Controversy has been brewing for a while over both films, with many highly skeptical that they could be worthy of the animated originals.

Others, however, believe that there’s a lot of potential in the air for Disney to be successful with these films.

Fans are excited to see how the films will manage to make themselves culturally relevant in a new era.

The 2017 live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” made a small, ham-fisted attempt at this, hinting in one scene that supporting character LeFou was gay, though LGBTQ fans weren’t exactly satisfied with two seconds of subtext.

Even so, it seems like Disney wants to incorporate more progressive ideas into its cinematic universe.

While there wasn’t much of this in the “Kim Possible” film (the original series, after all, already tackled a number of feminist themes during its run) we may see more self-awareness in Disney films in the near future.

The question that remains is: are the golden years of children’s entertainment behind us, or is this simply a creative drought which has sent Disney into a temporary tailspin?

Only time will tell in regards to these problems, but with Disney being the behemoth in the film and TV industry that it is, its certain that they have a ways to go before any real warning signals go off.

The Elm

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