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The son of the original "Snow White" animator has slammed the Disney remake of the film.
The upcoming film, starring Rachel Zegler, has been plagued by controversy in recent months.
The son of the original "Snow White" animator says that his dad and Walt Disney would be upset if they knew about the new Disney remake, per the Telegraph.
"They change the stories, they change the thought processes of the characters, they just aren't the original stories anymore. They're making up new woke things and I'm just not into any of that," David Hand, who was a designer for Disney in the '90s, told The Telegraph.
Hand's father — also named David Hand — worked as the supervising director on the original animated film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" alongside Walt Disney in 1937, per IMDB.
"I mean, it's a whole different concept, and I just totally disagree with it, and I know my dad and Walt would also very much disagree with it," Hand said. "There's no respect for what Disney did and what my dad did... I think Walt and he would be turning in their graves."
The upcoming live-action "Snow White" remake has been plagued by controversy in recent months, most of them stemming from supposed changes to the film's plot and characters.
In July, photos released from the movie set appear to confirm the film is replacing the seven dwarfs in favor of a group of diverse individuals.
While the decision is tied to Disney's attempt at inclusivity, many internet users have slammed Disney for not including actors who are part of the dwarfism community in the movie.
Earlier this month, resurfaced interview clips showed Rachel Zegler — who plays the titular character in the remake — repeatedly suggesting that the upcoming movie won't be a love story. In one of those interviews, Zegler even described the prince in the original film as a stalker.
In his interview with the Telegraph, Hand called it a "disgrace" that Disney is "trying to do something new with something that was such a great success earlier."
He said that the studio shouldn't be rewriting a classic in their own image, but rather, creating new characters if they want to serve a modern audience.
"I think it's pathetic that people feel that way... these are art forms in the world of film today," Hand added.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent by Insider outside of regular business hours.
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