Disney's 13 live-action adaptations ranked from worst to best

Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2022
Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2022 /
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There's been a big push in Disney over the last several years to do live-action versions of their animated classics. Some fans don't like it as they feel it dilutes the originals, which were perfectly fine as they were. There's also the fact that a lot of animated stuff just doesn't translate well into live-action and it's not helped by the wrong choices in actors and stories.

Yet sometimes, the live-action versions can be just as good. They can correct some outdated issues with the original animated film, and update some characters and tropes while still keeping to the spirit of the story. It helps if they have a great cast to back it up and even those that don't contain the original music can work. But those that do can be terrific watches and even enhance a reviewing of the original. 

Note: For the purposes of this list, it's only taking on direct adaptations of previous Disney animated films. So "reimaginings" like Maleficent, Cruella or the 1994 The Jungle Book are out. Also, while Pete's Dragon was good, the original was as much live-action as animation. But here is how every live-action adaptation of Disney animated films ranks to show some shine better than others. 

13. Pinocchio

(L-R): Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), Tom Hanks as Geppetto, and Figaro in Disney's /

Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks and a classic Disney character together. What could go wrong? Everything. From Hanks turning in one of his worst performances ever to the baffling changes (Pleasure Island downright sanitized), the film failed to capture the appeal of the original. The CGI for the puppet looked incredibly cheap despite the huge budget and he came off annoying to boot. To top it all off was the ending, the biggest divergence of any live-action adaptation that undermined the story. It's no wonder it was banished to Disney+ as audiences couldn't take this awful adaptation.