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Here Are 35 Side-By-Sides Of Animated Disney Movies And Their Live-Action Remakes


Unless you’ve been living under a rock and NOT under the sea, you’ve probably been obsessing over the teaser trailer for 2023 The Little Mermaid like me.

The teaser was perfectly executed, mirroring every majestic moment from the original “Part of Your World” scene from the 1991 Disney classic.

1989 The Little Mermaid title card and 2023 The Little Mermaid title card

Like these epic scenes with Ariel’s gadgets and gizmos aplenty.

Ariel's gadgets in the animated version and the live-action version

And this scene with her whozits and whatzits galore.

Ariel looking up in both the animated and live-action versions

And of course, this scene with her thingamabobs — she’s got 20.

closeup of Ariel looking up

The Little Mermaid teaser has me so deep in my childhood emotions. Now I feel the need to revisit 35 iconic scenes side by side from Disney’s live-action remakes that will take you back to the happiest place on Earth.

1.

Belle and Beast are the “will they/won’t they” tale as old as time from the 1991 Beauty and the Beast.

Belle and the Beast linking arms

Now, here is the moment with every matching detail in the 2017 live-action remake.

Live actors playing Belle and the Beast

And here is the romantic scene side by side.


2.

Bookworm Belle is always reading down the street.

Belle reading a book outside

Now, here’s Emma Watson as Belle in the live-action remake.

Emma Watson as Belle reading

And here are the bookworm scenes side by side.


3.

Belle and Beast take a page out of Cinderella and Prince Charming’s book for this one.

Belle and Beast sitting outside together

Now, here’s the same scene recreated for the live-action version.

Belle and Beast standing outside on a balcony together

And here’s the moment side by side.


4.

In the 1950 Cinderella, she debuts her pretty pink dress before her jealous stepsisters rip it to shreds.

Cinderella walking down the stairs

Now, here’s the same scene in the 2015 live-action Cinderella.

Cinderella walking down the stairs

And here’s the scene side by side before the mayhem.


5.

The Fairy Godmother transforms the ripped dress into a beautiful gown.

the transformation of the dress into a gown

Now, here’s the live-action version adopting the new blue gown look.

transformation in the live-action version

And here’s the beautiful dress side by side.


6.

The missing glass slipper is a perfect fit for Cinderella.

the prince putting the glass slipper on Cinderella

Now, here’s the slipper scene in the remake.

the prince putting the glass slipper on Cinderella

And here’s the scene side by side.


7.

Maleficent serves face in the original 1959 Sleeping Beauty.

animated Maleficent holding a crow

Now, here’s Angelina Jolie as THE PERFECT casting choice in the 2014 live-action adaptation Maleficent.

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

And here’s the “Mistress of Evil” jawline side by side.


8.

Maleficent is extremely dramatic, casting spells because she didn’t get an invite.

Maleficent casting spells

Now, in the live-action adaptation, her purpose changes, but the magical theatrics remain the same.

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent casting spells

And here’s the spellbinding scene side by side.


9.

Maleficent showcases her full power as an evil diva.

Maleficent wielding power

Now, here’s Angelina nailing the performance in the remake.

Angelina as Maleficent wielding power

And here’s the scene side by side.


10.

Here’s the adorable man-cub Mowgli and his family of wolves from the 1967 movie The Jungle Book.

wolves licking Mowgli's face

Now, here’s Mowgli hanging with the wolf pack in the 2016 CGI remake of The Jungle Book.

wolves crowding around Mowgli

And here they are side by side.


11.

Here’s Baloo teaching his little buddy “The Bear Necessities” on his belly.

Mowgli lying on the bear's tummy

Now, here’s the same scene recreated in 2016.

live-action version's scene of Mowgli sitting on Baloo's belly

And here they are side by side.


12.

Here’s my favorite character, Kaa, hypnotizing Mowgli with his eyes.

Kaa the snake hypnotizing

Now, here’s Kaa in the live-action version.

Kaa the snake in the live-action version

And here’s the trippy snake side by side.


13.

Here’s the infamous sleeping princess kiss that wouldn’t fly today in the 1937 Snow White.

the prince kissing a sleeping Snow White

Now, here’s the slightly different non-Disney version in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart.

a man kissing a woman who's lying down

And here they are side by side.


14.

Here’s the Evil Queen serving wicked realness on her throne of jealousy.

the Evil Queen on her throne

Now, here’s Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen sitting on a throne

Now, here’s Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen in another 2012 non-Disney adaptation, Mirror Mirror.

Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen

And here are all three queens on their thrones side by side.

15.

Here’s little Pinocchio impressing Gepetto by pulling some exorcist moves in the original 1940 Pinocchio.

Pinocchio entertaining

Now, here’s the even creepier version from 2022.

Pinocchio entertaining

And here’s the scene side by side.


16.

Jiminy Cricket is the voice of reason, as always.

Jiminy Cricket talking

Now, here’s Jiminy in the live-action adaptation.

Jiminy Cricket tipping his hat

And here are the Jiminy Crickets side by side.


17.

Simba hit his awkward puberty phase with Pumbaa and Timon in the 1994 version of The Lion King.

Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon walking on a log

Now here’s the same awkward phase in the 2019 CGI remake.

Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon walking in a row

And here is the trio side by side.

18.

Here’s King Mufasa showing tiny Simba that everyone else is metaphorically and literally beneath him.

aerial view of Mufasa and Simba

Now, here’s the privileged father-son talk in the remake.

side view of Mufasa and Simba

And here are the scenes side by side.


19.

King Simba reclaims his throne from his deadbeat uncle Scar.

Simba roaring

Now, here’s the very realistic CGI version.

Simba roaring in a very similar shot

And here they are side by side.


20.

It’s precious angel baby Simba in his mama’s arms.

baby Simba looking at his parents innocently

Now, here’s the SUPER precious angel baby Simba in CGI.

baby Simba cuddled in his mom's arms

And here are both scenes side by side.


21.

Here’s the moment when Mulan is about to kick Shan Yu’s ass in the 1998 Mulan.

Mulan wielding her sword

Now, here’s Liu Yifei as Mulan, ready to throw down in the 2020 remake.

Mulan putting her hand out to fight

And here are the iconic scenes side by side.


22.

This is one of the best training montages in the history of cinema.

warriors training in the animated version

Now, here’s the same scene in the 2020 Mulan remake.

warriors training in the live-action version

And here are the epic montages side by side.


23.

Here’s that one time Mulan completely ruins the matchmaker’s morning.

the matchmaker with makeup running

Now, here’s when Mulan does it again in the live-action matchmaker played by Cheng Pei-Pei.

Cheng Pei-Pei as the matchmaker

And here’s the funny moment side by side.


24.

Here’s Lady, the pouty pup in the 1955 Lady and the Tramp movie.

Lady looking angry

Now, here’s the same scene from the 2019 live-action remake with real dogs.

Lady holding her leash in her mouth

And here’s Lady’s mean mug side by side.


25.

Here’s one of the most romantic scenes in cartoon animal history.

two dogs gazing lovingly at each other over a plate of spaghetti

Now, here’s the live-action version.

two live-action dogs gazing lovingly at each other over a plate of spaghetti

And here’s the puppy love side by side.


26.

A baby elephant makes his debut in the 1941 animated classic Dumbo.

Dumbo peeking out

Now, here’s Dumbo making his first appearance in the 1999 live-action remake.

a baby elephant peeking out

And here’s the big-eared baby side by side.


27.

Here’s the sad scene when they lock Dumbo’s mom up.

the cage

Now, here’s the heartbreaking moment in the live-action remake.

the cage with Dumbo's mom's trunk coming out of it

And here’s the scene side by side.


28.

The friends of the 100 Acre Wood gather for a celebration in the 1977 version of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

a party with Winnie the Pooh and friends

Now, here’s the friends gathering again for the live-action movie Christopher Robin in 2018.

the party scene in the live-action version

And here’s the 100 Acre Wood dinner party side by side.

29.

Here’s Pooh Bear, always running out of honey for his tummy.

Winnie the Pooh drinking from a jar of honey

Now, here’s him running out again in the live-action remake.

Pooh looking inside the jar

And here’s the adorable moment side by side.


30.

Here’s Pongo and Perdita getting a free wedding on their owners’ dime in the 1961 101 Dalmations.

two dalmations tying the knot

Now, here is the live-action scene in the 1996 remake.

two real-life dalmations facing each other in a church as two people get married

And here’s the wedding scene side by side.


31.

Here are Cruella’s favorite henchmen, Horace and Jasper.

Horace and Jasper standing together

Now here’s Mark Williams and Hugh Laurie as Horace and Jasper in the 1996 film.

two real-life men standing next to each other

And here are the rapscallions side by side.


32.

I’ll never forget this moment when Cruella rips up her own damn check because they say the puppies “ARE NOT FOR SALE.”

Cruella yelling at a man as the check pieces fall to the ground

Now, here’s the recreation with THE legendary Glenn Close.

Glenn Close as Cruella

And here’s the iconic scene side by side.


33.

Here’s Prince Ali showing Jasmine “A Whole New World” in the 1992 animated classic Aladdin.

Prince Ali and Jasmine on a magic carpet ride

Now, here’s the same romantic carpet ride with actors Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott in the 2019 live-action version.

Prince Ali and Jasmine looking at each other in the live-action version

And here’s the carpet ride side by side.


34.

Here are the lovebirds taking a carpet plunge in the sky.

the carpet going down and Aladdin holding Jasmine

Now, here’s the same plunge in the live-action movie.

the carpet going down and Aladdin and Jasmine smiling

And here’s the carpet dive side by side.


35.

Here’s the moment Aladdin’s biggest steal becomes his best friend.

Aladdin about to grab the lamp

Now, here’s the same scene in the live-action remake.

Aladdin looking at the lamp

And lastly, here’s the scene side by side.


What are your favorite scenes from the animated Disney classics that were reimagined for the live-action Disney remakes? Let me know in the comments.


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