Disney’s Live Action Snow White Could Replace Dwarfs With “Magical Creatures”

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Yesterday we reported that Peter Dinklage called out Disney over doing a live-action ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” He wondered why a company so invested in diversity wouldn’t change the portrayal of dwarfs.  Now it seems dwarfs might not even be in the film at all.

According to The Wrap Disney has posted a response to Dinklage’s comments stating:

To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community. We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.

“Lengthy development period.” I’m sure it was incredibly lengthy to make this work at all.

However, The Wrap has a bit more information on the possible choice of characters interacting with Snow White.

They said they saw a casting sheet and instead of looking for dwarfs they were looking for voices to portray “Magical Creatures.”

“Instead of dwarfs, Disney will fill the void with a group of what they describe as “magical creatures,” according to casting sheets that TheWrap has seen. (They are currently looking for voice actors to give these creatures personality.) It’s unclear if they will inhabit the same roles as the dwarfs – will they be mining for jewels? Will they have names like Sleepy, Grumpy, and Bashful? – but these magical creatures will be the substitutes for the original seven dwarfs.

So it’s Snow White and the Magical Creatures?

At this point why not just make a new film entirely?

This film already has more potential PR issues and possible pits than Pitfall. I think it’s better to just slap their “Culturally insensitive, from a different time” label on the original and call it a day, because no matter what they do with this one it’s going to be a bomb of some kind. They can’t just say that everyone who doesn’t like it is a terrible person, because that hasn’t worked out so well for Hollywood as of late.

Even critics have been calling out terrible films that focused on “diverse casting” choices IF they were indeed not good. So even that shield isn’t guaranteed. If people don’t want to spend money on a film they won’t.

I’m not saying they can’t pull this off, but at this point I don’t know how well it’s going to do. Then there’s the fact that most people don’t want to see more live-action reboots, remakes, retcons, etc. at all.

I do know that ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was pure art when it came out. It redefined what animation was and could be and maybe they should leave it at that.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: The Wrap

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