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🚨The Lion King🚨is the latest installment in the "remember this?" series of Disney films. It was directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Jungle Book, Chef) and is voiced by an ensemble consisting of James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Keegan Michael Key, Eric Andre, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, and many others.
When Disney approaches these "live-action" remakes, you look at films like 'Christopher Robin' or 'The Jungle Book' and go, "You know what? That was a different take on an older story that just missed its mark or has dated poorly since its release, like 'Dumbo.' However, you approach 'The Lion King', a relatively newer Disney cartoon, and wonder what they're going to do? What will they change? Well guess what... it's the same film. Almost line-for-line, shot-for-shot the same film. Same music, same beats.
The consensus that everyone has come to is that the CGI looks incredible and the voice acting is great. This is quite an accomplishment in computer animation and sets a new standard for a film of this visual caliber. Favreau shot this film in a virtual-reality setting to allow him to get a layout of what he was shooting and allow him to move the camera in a realistic way. The lions, animals, grass, all look photo-realistic.
However, that's all the praise this film can be given. At this point, Disney can do whatever they want. They can, literally, remake a film and release it again. It's a challenge as to how to grade a film like this because it does work. But, it only works because the 94 film worked so well. It's simply a preference of hand-drawn animation or "live-action." The magical thing about animation, especially hand-drawn, is that you look at it and you're able to suspend your disbelief that you're not watching something real. Your imagination can fill in the gaps and make you appreciate something like that while the characters work on a emotional level. When you do a "live-action" version of that same film, part of the magic is lost because the gaps in your disbelief are filled. And watching photo-realistic animals sing and talk is quite odd. Especially when its Seth Rogen singing and doing fart-jokes. (Continued in the comments...)