When I first heard about all the live-action Disney remakes, sequels, spin-offs, money grabbing efforts, I was pretty sceptical (as you can probably tell).
To me, it just seemed like the well of ideas at one of the world’s biggest companies had dried up, but then I watched the live-action Jungle Book film and I shut the hell up.
It was brilliant.
Sure Christopher Walken as King Louie was a bit zany and distracting, but apart from that the film was – pardon the pun – a roaring success.
Disney obviously realised this, which is why we’ve got Aladdin, Dumbo, and now Lion King live-action movies right around the corner.
The first teaser trailer for the latter dropped last week, and it really lived up to its name.
Why? Because it teased the heck out of us fans with a few short snippets of Simba’s presentation as a cub and the stampede that ultimately cost Mufasa his life.
From what we’ve seen so far, the new version stays fairly faithful to the original, but it’s not until someone has put them side by side that we can really tell how similar they are.
Check the video out below:
I don’t really have any qualms with it, but it turns out their striking similarities (what did people expect?) has divided fans.
Here’s what they’re saying:
I understand homaging the original, but recreating it exactly… what’s the point…
— Pengroves (@Pengroves) 22 November 2018
Because it’s amazing
— Romaine. (@RomainePeriod) 22 November 2018
hows it amazing, the original hand drawn animation is way more gorgeous
— DalekPuncher (@DalekPuncher) 22 November 2018
I don’t understand why people are getting bent out of shape about something looking exactly the same. I’d rather have this than some abomination that isn’t remotely like the original.
— Mike Wayne (@mikepiyp) 23 November 2018
That’s what I was thinking. If it was to be different people would bang on about it not being the same as the original
— TaraLeaHairStudio (@HairTara) 23 November 2018
i don’t like remakes 3: i think they should spend more time creating new beautiful things, rather than milking old ones. the lion king was a great movie as it was. if you want to expand on the series make a sequel. and if they butcher the music avgrrjdkddyyxnebn xx
— 🎄 ジャックリスマス🎄 (@asriel_undergem) 23 November 2018
Love love love love love ❤️
— Levi (@_LeviA_K_) 23 November 2018
@jordynstrauser omg this is how you remake a movie. I wanna go
— ᒍᗩYᗰᕮ ᗩᗷᕮᒪ (@iStalkJayme) 23 November 2018
Again, I really don’t see the issue with this; of course it’s similar, it’s a remake.
People – including me – would be outraged if they made a live-action Lion King film and changed it all. To be honest, I’d be quite happy with it being completely the same apart from the animation.
Talking of which, why is it being billed as ‘live-action’ and not just ‘animated’ – there’s no people in it?
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