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‘The Lion King’ sticks to its roots but loses original emotion

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, July 19, 2019  /  05:03 pm
‘The Lion King’ sticks to its roots but loses original emotion

Full circle: Disney's 'The Lion King' remake swaps cartoonish expressions with photo realistic visuals and an all-star voice cast. (Courtesy of Disney/-)

Disney’s uber-photorealistic remake of the classic The Lion King is a gorgeous display of technological wonder, but it lacks the sheer emotion of the original 1994 cartoon. Nostalgia is a powerful feeling to harness, and by the looks of it, immensely profitable too. Case in point, Disney’s barrage of live action remakes of its classics is upon us yet again. The latest release this year, however, is less live action and more photorealistic CGI. Originally released in 1994 as a cartoon, The Lion King is currently the ninth highest-grossing animated film of all time, and the remake definitely aims to replicate that success. The remake now features lifelike visuals and an all-star cast to get the nostalgia train going, with minimal changes to the storyline and musical numbers. The plot follows the lion Simba (Donald Glover) and his destiny t...