After more than twenty years, Disney has finally announced a new Hocus Pocus film, something fans have been begging for. The 1993 has entertained viewers of all ages with its humor, creepiness and Bette Midler’s fantastic rendition of I Put a Spell on You. So who wouldn’t be thrilled about Disney’s plan? Um, try every-freaking-body who ever lived.
Reaction to the news has been met with more ire than Donald Trump’s nomination. See, they’re not giving us a proper sequel – which the entire cast has said they’d love to do over and over – but a remake. For the Disney Channel. Cause that’s an awesome idea.
Its impossible Disney didn’t know they’d disappoint their loyal fanbase when they chose to replaced Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the beloved Sanderson Sisters. After all, in all the years we’ve been begging, pleading and demanding more Hocus Pocus, the words “reboot” and “remake” never once entered the conversation. There’s no need for a remake; the original is Halloween-movie perfection.
Why did the idea even come from? There’ve been numerous times over the years where the cast has said they’d love to return for another go, and that’s the only excuse I could think of. Is it the story? Can’t any of those talented writers out there come up with a way to re-resurrect the witch sisters? How hard could it be? Tell ya what; call me and we can talk.
This may not be Disney’s first questionable decision but it is the first one everyone pretty much agrees is a bad idea. I defended the House of Mouse when Girl Meets World was announced, when they purchase Marvel and when they took over the Star Wars franchise; I trusted Disney knew what was what and trusted they wouldn’t screw up beloved franchises. The Hocus Pocus remake is the first time even I, a proud Disnerd, stepped back and said oh, hell no.
It isn’t just the thought of a new version butchering all that is great about the original; to see Disney go in a totally different direction than what fans have long called for is a big ol’ slap in the face. Disney fans are a passionate bunch and are the reason for the company’s continued success. It’s no great “thank you” to see requests for a long-awaited sequel to be brushed aside in favor of some cheap knock off. Disney has disappointed us all.
Hocus Pocus isn’t one of Disney’s classic animated films that can be remade – the live action versions of Cinderella, The Jungle Books and Beauty and the Beast are current day masterpieces – because it was lightning in a bottle. You can’t reproduce that kind of awesome so don’t waste our time. Instead, make the sequel we want and deserve with the original cast and give up on this insane plane to find three actresses to step into those pointed shoes.
If they announce they’ve realized the error of their ways and switch gears, all would be forgiven. But as long as the reboot is what we’re getting, my faith in Walt’s legacy is diminished – for the first time ever - and I’m far from the only one feels that way.
Do us right, Disney. Make the Hocus Pocus everyone wants, not the one we’ll all ignore.