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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 22 November 2018 at 5:59pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I was a bit indifferent to this when it was first announced, but seeing the characters rendered as photorealistic CG is kind of neat.

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Bryan Eacret
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This looks amazing, but it seems kind of pointless to me. Id rather they make a new movie than a digital translation of the original. 
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Pretty friggin' incredible.  Really curious how they carry it through the rest of the film, but that was a great trailer.  Hit all the right beats to get me excited.
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Bryan said the word that popped into my head as I watched it: pointless. What does more realism add? I never once watched the Lion King and thought 'this needs to have the animals rendered more like actual animals'. One of the remarkable things about the stage play was how it went the other way, showing highly figurative representations of the animals and not seeking to hide the humans behind the performance.

Remakes of bad films make sense. For me, The Lion King got everything right the first time. Harrumph!
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Oh please.  Grumble and nitpick all you want (personally, I have a feeling only the teaser was designed to look exactly like the opening sequence from the original film), but I'm willing to bet that this new version has the very real potential to score a billion dollars domestically.

THE LION KING, in many forms, is wildly popular the world over.  Plenty of people are excited about this.  This thing will be huge.



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I've never cared much for "The Lion King" as an animated movie or a Broadway musical. I can't imagine making it look like real animals will change my opinion of it. This is certainly well done and a lot of people will love it, but I'm doubting I'll be one of them.
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Im with you, John.
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Rather like the new Jungle Book. Not for me.
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I wish they would use this great technology to create something new and original, instead of redoing old films. I imagine the main problem is that most people won't go to something new but a comfortable remake like this will bring in the big numbers. 

I've never seen "The Lion King". On the plus, this would be a new story for me but I think I would be in the minority. 
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To add a bah and a humbug to my harrumph, there is a harrowing scene with Mufasa (not trying to spoil it here, since some may not have seen it) that could be very ugly when rendered in photo-realism.

I'm sure the film will make bags of money, and the Disney Corporation's motivation is understandable in this regard, but from an artistic standpoint, I would think there are many more viable Disney properties for an update. 

Question: has there been a live-action update so far that has re-used songs from the original animated version? 
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Question: has there been a live-action update so far that has re-used songs from the original animated version? 


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