Its dazzling visual and some relevant additions give legitimacy to this new adaptation.
Many have said that this adaptation into the Lion King’s real shots was a (pale) copy of the original, that Disney was just repeating tirelessly what he had done in the past.However, for a fan of the 1994 animated film like me, there are exciting new features in this proposal, small additions, slight alterations that make this new version a brilliant update. Of course, we would still have liked Jon Favreau to do more in some respects, but this modernized version will certainly suit the fans of the first hour, as well as to those who discover the history of Simba and his kingdom for the first time.
Obviously, the main interest of this new interpretation is the quality of the visual. Only a few years ago, we would not have imagined that it was possible to transform an animation film like The Lion King into a “real” version.Photorealism is fascinating. Even today, in 2019, it must have been hard to understand how the studio was able to deliver such a credible work from an aesthetic point of view.The bright eyes of animals, the movement of insects, the movement of water, herbs;everything is fabulous and very close to reality.
As he did with Aladdin, Disney took great care to preserve the highlights of the original production and to repeat the same lyrics of the songs, which many old children still hum by heart. Again, only a few words have been changed. The real fans will find them quickly, but those who have not seen the animation film 100 times on VHS will see nothing but fire. Some subtleties added to the dialogues will also make Disney’s avid fans laugh (including a fantastic allusion to Beauty and the Beast).
Timon and Pumbaa are definitely the stars of this new film. If they were friendly in the first opus, they are hilarious and adorable here. Their sense of distribution is even more sharp and effective than before and their physical resemblance to a true meerkat and warthog makes them all the more endearing. Only small disappointment: the removal of this now famous reply: «MONSIEUR, Porc!». It must also be said that the voices of the French version in Quebec are very adequate; they are reminiscent of the original without being an embarrassing pastiche.
Its dazzling visual and some relevant additions give legitimacy to this new adaptation. One might say that Disney did not need to repeat itself, but in 25 years many things have changed – starting with technology – and the story of Simba resonates with as much force as it did then, perhaps even more intensity.