I recently watched The Lion King (2019) at the local cinema in the northern beaches, Sydney with my long time mate.

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The Lion King (2019) is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of the 1994 classic Disney movie. The new film stars the voices of Doland Glover, Seth Rogen, Beyonce Knowles-Carter and more, as well as James Earl Jones who was also in the original.

The film has grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide since its release in the United States on the 19th of July this year, making it the highest-grossest animated film of all time.

The Lion King (2019) has received mixed reviews – praise for its stunning visual effects, but criticism for the lack of character and charm. I agree with both of these statements!

After seeing the 2019 movie left myself thinking that the movie was more of a David Attenborough documentary the original had more character connection and emotional depth to the character.

Soon after the release of the film, deep fake artist jumped on remaking key character’s faces emerged online and came up as a post on my facebook page and in my opinion makes the keen scenes significantly better and more emotional depth is displayed.

Despite the superstar talent of the cast and the stunning presentation, it misses some of the heart that placed the original securely in the pop culture canon.

From Rotten Tomatoes

Aynne Kokas 2017 book, ‘Hollywood’s China’ can relate closely to the study of the global reception of The Lion King where she delves into Walt Disney as a pioneer for the ‘experience economy’ such as theme parks and entertainment centers including the Disneyland in Shanghai – where a mandarin live production of The Lion King has been performed. “In bringing China and Hollywood together via media brands that specialize in combining content with experience”, China and Hollywood are further intertwined in global media industries (Kokas 2017).

I believe the 2019 films audience was shifted from young children towards an older generation who already know the original. I definitely think young children (and myself) would prefer the bubbliness of the original.

Have you seen The Lion King (2019)? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments

References:

https://www.disney.com.au/movies/the-lion-king

https://futurism.com/the-byte/deepfakes-lion-king

https://china.usc.edu/kokas-hollywood-made-china-2017

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