Critically acclaimed or panned, one irrefutable fact is that Disney’s The Lion King is a certifiable success in the box office.
The Jon Favreau movie which was released a mere 19 days ago, has already hit the $1bn mark making it the fourth Disney movie to perform the feat this year alone.
Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame and “Captain Marvel” were the three other movies to also hit that mark, but it took Aladdin 2 months to get to that mark.
It has been an incredible year for Disney and with Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still to drop, Disney is on hand to make as much as $9bn in profits.
The Lion King movie itself while clearly, a success in the box office, it was a different case with audiences as it was hugely divisive. Some loved it, others didn’t.
In a report on the Huffington Post, a reporter tried to speak to animators on the original 1992 project and while a number of them didn’t want to speak, the ones who did weren’t so enthused with the live-action version.
One of them who spoke to the Huffington Post said “There is a huge resentment against these 3D remakes from the original 2D crews. Maybe if we got any kind of royalties it would be different.”
Another one of the animators said, “If you polled the crew of the original ‘Lion King,’ most of them would say, ‘Why? Did you really have to do that?’ It kind of hurts.”
The Lion King live-action movie was done entirely in CGI but in an Instagram post, movie director, Jon Favreau, revealed that there was indeed one ‘real’ shot.
And it was breathtaking
He captioned the post:
“This is the only real shot in The Lion King. There are 1490 rendered shots created by animators and CG artists. I slipped in one single shot that we actually photographed in Africa to see if anyone would notice. It is the first shot of the movie that begins The Circle of Life.”
Have you seen the Lion King? If so, what did you think about it?