If you're updating a fairy tale, think wisely about how you advance characters who may not stand the test of time.
There are so many great titles in the public domain, it's hard to choose which you want to adapt. To its credit, Disney has mined that space for decades.
Now, it's going back to its animated classics and updating them as live-action movies. The worry, for some, is that if Disney tries to honor those earlier movies specifically, they may not update the cultural stereotypes that are distasteful today.
Recently, Peter Dinklage addressed this issue on Marc Maron's podcast while talking about the news that Disney was remaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Dinklage said, "I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. You're still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Take a step back and look at what you're doing there. It makes no sense to me. You're progressive in one way, and you're still making that fucking backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the fuck are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I'm not loud enough."
It seems like he has a great point. Disney is trumpeting its casting Rachel Zegler, but not addressing the other big casting idea of dwarves. It does seem like an obvious thing to update and embrace for the 21st century.
And Dinklage would be in for that, saying, "If you tell the story of Snow White with the most fucked up, progressive spin on it? Let's do it. All in."
We'd be all in for that, as well.
Let us know what you think in the comments.
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Yeah man. All-in for sure. Disney: Let's hire NBA players to be the "dwarves"! Just make sure the wicked witch stays the same, ok?
January 26, 2022 at 8:24AM, Edited January 26, 8:25AM