Disney Pictures has taken it upon themselves to turn many of their iconic and nearly timeless animated features into live action adaptations that haven't always been met with rejoicing fans.
Earlier on Friday, it was announced that the live action Snow White would be delayed and pushed from the 2024 release calendar onto the 2025 calendar. Shortly thereafter, they released a film still from the upcoming motion picture. Needless to say, not everyone is happy.
I wanted to like this movie so much. I am a huge Gal Gadot fan and the thought of her playing the Evil Queen is incredibly fun to imagine...despite the mirror never lying to her.
When Rachel Zegler was cast as Snow White, I didn't care that she wasn't pasty white and Latino. She is pretty enough and has a good background in the acting community. That controversy wasn't going to sway my desire to see this film.
When there was mounting controversy over the use of non-dwarfism actors to potentially play the part of the Seven Dwarfs, I understood and agreed somewhat. Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones fame was very outspoken and others were disappointed that Disney didn't employ actors who have dwarfism.
Regardless, the new image appears to be going with potential AI and I can't help but pray that this is nothing more than a teaser image that will, in fact, have nothing to do with the film itself.
Looking closely the AI-generated dwarves look cartoonish at best and even Snow White looks AI-created. I'm personally holding out hope that is the case.
If this is what Disney plans to put on the screen, I don't think I can watch it. Snow White has always been my favorite princess, so much so that I have no problem using my 14-year-old daughter as an excuse to take my picture with her at the Germany Pavilion in EPCOT.
Sadly, this image release simply isn't inspiring.