With the success of movies such as Maleficent and Cinderella, along with the anticipation of Beauty and the Beast, it makes sense for studios to bring animated classics to life. There have been quite a few animated stories that deserve to be transformed:
Recent rumors claimed that Disney had acquired the rights to Anastasia, the 1997 animated musical previously owned by 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately, that rumor turned out to be nothing more than a cruel joke, but it did prompt the idea of a live action film based on the Russian Princess.
Anastasia is a movie based loosely on the real Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, daughter of Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar during the Romanov dynasty. The movie chose to base its storyline on the possibility of Anastasia surviving the execution of her family, and the mystery surrounding her true identity. With the help of friends, Anastasia begins a journey to discover herself, meet her grandmother, and regain her royal name, all while being hunted by the evil family sorcerer, Rasputin.
2. 'The Swan Princess'
Released in 1994 by Nest Family Entertainment, The Swan Princess is a tale of undying love between a prince and princess who were betrothed as children by their parents. Prince Derek and Princess Odette have no interest in marrying each other at first, but eventually fall in love, only to be divided by an evil sorcerer, Lord Rathbart. Kidnapped by Rathbart, Odette is forced to remain his captive in the form of a swan, and can only transform into her human form under the moonlight in the middle of a lake. Derek will stop at nothing to find Odette and break the spell that keeps them apart.
3. 'The Princess and the Goblin'
J&M Entertainment and Siriol Productions released this masterpiece in 1991 based on the 1872 novel by George MacDonald. In a magical kingdom, a young princess, Irene, finds herself being attacked by goblins after wandering off alone. Luckily she is saved by a young boy named Curdie, who tells her that singing is the key to escaping goblins. Unbeknownst to them, the goblin king and queen have plans to destroy the humans, and their son plans to marry princess Irene. With the help of Curdie, advice from her great grandmother, and a magical thread, Irene hopes to defeat the goblins, and save her people.
4. 'The Last Unicorn'
Rankin/Bass Productions brought us the mystical 1982 movie based on the novel The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. A unicorn learns that she is the last of her kind, and must set out on a journey to discover what happened to the rest of the unicorns. Along the way she makes new friends who help her when she comes face to face with the Red Bull. One of her friends happens to be an unpredictable wizard who transforms her into a woman to mask her from the Red Bull. Together with her friends, she must find a way to defeat the bull and become a unicorn once again.
5. 'Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest'
Adapted by FAI Films, Fern Gully is based off of the book by Diana Young, and was released in 1992. Fern Gully follows Christa, a curious fairy living in a pristine area of the rainforest. When Christa stumbles across Zak, a logger responsible for cutting down trees within the forest, she accidentally shrinks him to fairy size. Meanwhile, loggers cut down a tree containing Hexxus, a dark spirit that feeds off of pollution. Hexxus plans to destroy Fern Gully, and everyone within it, unless Christa and her friends can stop him. Fern Gully also happens to have been the first animated movie featuring the voice of Robin Williams, released just months before Aladdin.