David Hand, the son of one of the original directors of the iconic “Snow White” film, has recently expressed his strong disapproval of Disney’s forthcoming remake of the beloved classic.
Disrespects His Father’s Contributions
In his scathing criticism, he asserted that the remake not only disrespects his father’s contributions but also tarnishes the legacy of Walt Disney himself.
No Respect for Original Creators
Hand’s sentiments were shared in remarks to The Telegraph, where he candidly stated, “I find it quite frankly a bit insulting [what] they may have done with some of these classic films.
There’s no respect for what Disney did and what my dad did. I think Walt and he would be turning in their graves.”
Many Say Original is a Masterpiece
The sentiment shared by Hand, whose father, also named David Hand, served as a supervising director for the original 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” seems to resonate with many who hold the original animated masterpiece in high esteem.
Lead Actress Speaks Out
A contrasting viewpoint is championed by Rachel Zegler, the lead actress of the upcoming remake, titled after the movie’s central character.
She Doesn’t Look Like the Original
Zegler’s casting has not been without controversy due to her differing appearance from the character’s traditional fair complexion. Zegler has made statements critiquing the original film’s narrative.
New Film Takes a New Approach
At the 2022 D23 Expo, Zegler shared her perspective with Variety, asserting that the new film takes a distinctly different approach to Snow White’s character.
She Won’t Be Dreaming of Love
She explained, “She’s not going to be saved by the prince and she’s not going to be dreaming about true love.”
‘She Was Fearless, Fair, Brave and True’
Instead, Zegler’s portrayal of Snow White, “She’s dreaming about becoming the leader she knows she can be and the leader that her late father told her that she could be if she was fearless, fair, brave and true.”
‘We Have a Different Approach’
Zegler elaborated, “We have a different approach to what I’m sure a lot of people will assume is a love story, just because we cast a guy in the movie, Andrew Burnap, great dude. It’s really not about the love story at all, which is really, really wonderful.”
Hand’s Concerns Are Deeper
Despite Zegler’s perspective, Hand’s concerns extend beyond the specific context of “Snow White.”
Worried About Ruining the Classics
He has reservations about Disney’s broader approach to remaking its classic films.
Hand expressed his unease about the potential alterations that could be introduced to these beloved narratives.
He Says Walt Wouldn’t Have Agreed
He categorizes Disney’s new direction as “woke” and believes that both his father and Walt Disney would have found it disagreeable.
Departure From Creative Vision
According to Hand, this marks a significant departure from the creative vision they championed.
“It’s a whole different concept and I just totally disagree with it, and I know my dad and Walt would also very much disagree with it,” Hand asserted.
Everything is Being Altered
Hand’s apprehensions delve into the changes in storylines and character motivations.
He feels that the essence of the character’s thought processes is being altered.
Injection of ‘New Woke Things’
His criticisms are particularly pointed towards what he perceives as the introduction of “new woke things” into these beloved stories.
Not the Only Controversy
The forthcoming 2024 film adaptation of “Snow White” has stirred substantial controversy, especially with its decision to replace the traditional seven dwarfs with a diverse ensemble of “magical creatures.”
Responding With Kindness
This has evoked a range of reactions from fans and critics alike. In response to the backlash, Zegler has chosen to respond with messages of kindness and positivity.
Hope for a Kinder World
She conveyed her hope for a kinder world and addressed her weariness from the negative attention gained by the film.
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