7 Non-Disney Animated Films That Could Be Remade as Live-Action Movies

We’re not saying they all should be, but they could.

This week, Disney releases another live-action remake of one of their animated classics. And they have many more planned for the future. But they aren’t the only ones attempting to adapt animated works into flesh and blood. The Ghost in the Shell joins Beauty and the Beast in theaters later this month, and other anime remakes, such as Akira, are in development.

It is surprising that more studios aren’t trying to copy Disney with the idea, though. Is it because so few non-Disney features involve human characters or because those that do aren’t that interesting? Below I’ve selected some that could work just fine. Some of them maybe should be done. If you have any other ideas, be our guest and share them in a response.

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

As I’m not a fan of redundant literal adaptations, I
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Film review: 'Quest for Camelot'

Film review: 'Quest for Camelot'
After successfully launching its feature animation division with 1996's "Space Jam", Warner Bros. has taken the fully animated feature plunge with "Quest for Camelot", an obvious effort to take on you-know-who at its own unrivaled game.

But while it has the requisite enchanted vistas, wide-eyed protagonists, a snarling villain, comic animal cut-ups and sweeping ballads, the picture emerges as an uninspired facsimile.

Slavishly formulaic, there's a mechanical "by committee" feel to the proceedings, which sorely lack any spark of invention. The result may still make for a harmless, mild distraction for the kiddies, but this quest won't be sufficiently realized until it reaches the video shelves.

A sequel of sorts to "The Sword in the Stone", the story concerns young Kayley (voiced by Jessalyn Gilsig, sung by Andrea Corr), the spirited daughter of a knight of the Round Table (Gabriel Byrne) who wants to be just like her dad when she grows up -- even though he's killed defending King Arthur Pierce Brosnan) from the evil, power-hungry Ruber (Gary Oldman).

Soon, Kayley is all grown up and gets a chance to save Camelot when Ruber's trusty Griffin (Bronson Pinchot) snatches Excalibur (miraculously, the magical sword doesn't have its own personality) and kidnaps her mom (Jane Seymour).

Setting out on her quest for Excalibur, Kayley soon joins forces with Garrett, a blind loner (voiced by Cary Elwes, sung by Bryan White), and Devon & Cornwall, a bickering, two-headed dragon (Eric Idle, Don Rickles). Ultimately, the day is saved.

Based on "The King's Damosel" by British author Vera Chapman, a pioneer in the feminist Arthurian fantasy genre, "Quest for Camelot" is big on exposition at the expense of bland characterization. Even Devon & Cornwall, while entertaining, are all-too-reminiscent of a scene-stealing animated feature twosome whose credo was "Hakuna Matata".

At least the voicework is rich, with colorful contributions from all concerned, also including John Gielgud as Merlin and Jaleel White as Bladebeak, a transformed chicken.

The animation, meanwhile, is serviceable but falls short of the state-of-the-art mark. The computer-generated sequences, while often impressive, never blend in satisfyingly with the traditional stuff.

On the musical front, composer Patrick Doyle, a frequent Kenneth Branagh collaborator, has crafted an evocative, soul-stirring score (credit those "Lion King-esque" drumbeats) that doesn't exactly gibe with the generic David Foster-Carole Bayer Sager ballads that are less concerned with being character-specific than being intended hits for the likes of LeAnn Rimes and Celine Dion -- both of whom happen to sing on the soundtrack.


Warner Bros.

Director:Frederik Du Chau

Producer:Dalisa Cooper Cohen

Screenwriters:Kirk De Micco, William Schifrin, Jacqueline Feather & David Seidler

Based on the novel "The King's Damosel" by:Vera Chapman Production designer:Steve Pilcher

Editor:Stanford C. Allen

Music:Patrick Doyle

Original songs:David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager



Kayley (speaking):Jessalyn Gilsig

Kayley (singing):Andrea Corr

Garrett (speaking):Cary Elwes

Garrett (singing):Bryan White

Cornwall:Don Rickles

Devon:Eric Idle

Ruber:Gary Oldman

Lady Juliana:Jane Seymour

King Arthur:Pierce Brosnan

Merlin: John Gielgud

The Griffin:Bronson Pinchot

Bladebeak:Jaleel White

Sir Lionel:Gabriel Byrne

Running time -- 80 minutes

MPAA rating: G

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