Original 'Lion King' animator criticises Disney remake: It kind of hurts

The Lion King Jon Favreau

Disney's The Lion King remake may be dominating at the box office, but there's one group of individuals who aren't into the new live-action trend.

The question of 'why did we need this?' is likely one that will resonate with Disney fans who may be suffering from live-action fatigue. The film, which is Disney's remake of the original, however has not gone down well with the animators of the original The Lion King.

Numerous animators who worked on the original 1994 version of The Lion King will not talk publicly about their feelings on the remake. Many of them only offered up comments anonymously for fear of stirring up trouble with Disney and jeopardizing their careers. "It is the first shot of the movie that begins The Circle of Life", Favreau's caption read.

Among the three animators who were willing to speak, Williams, Stephen and Bossert had a more or less similar opinion, which didn't really show they were content with the remake of original The Lion King. "Maybe if we got any kind of royalties it would be different", one anonymous animator tells the site.

Animator Said that "It's sort of sad that the stockholder is now in the room deciding what movies get made". Characters-human, animal, or other-have gained the ability to move with more fluidity in films.

In some instances, it's a shot-by-shot version of the original animated film, and that didn't bother me at all because I think the filmmakers were staying faithful to the original property. Especially with little Simba walking around. So as far as I'm concerned, it's kind of none of my business whether they want to remake it or not. It was too real. After which when he would discuss, it jogged my memory of these previous nature movies the place they might dub the voices over and the lips would transfer. I thought, 'Oh, this is really cheap.' I think it was just too soon for this one. Let us know in the comments. Learn extra interviews with unique "Lion King" animators over on HuffPo. I thought the voice characterizations were terrific across the board.

Indeed, the animals in the movie aren't able to emote in the same way, leaving the movie feeling somewhat hollow. The movie, when made, had breath-taking visuals. Could The Lion King remake have benefited from motion capture performances? It's easier to accomplish with ape faces being so similar to humans, but when you're trying to add human expressions to warthogs, lions, and birds, it's not quite so simple.



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