The Circle Of Disney Live-Action Remakes

Written by Megan Williams

Disney currently seems to be going through a phase of remaking their classic animated films and turning them into CGI/Live-Action features. So far, they’ve remade Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins is due to be released in December. And they aim to continue this phase with a remake of the 1994 film The Lion King, to be released next year.

The Lion King was essentially a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, except it was set in Africa and featured animals. The film has so far grossed over $100 million worldwide, making it Disney’s 3rd highest grossing animated film ever, next to Zootopia and Frozen.

So, I’ve probably just answered my own question but: WHY IS THIS BEING REMADE?!

The Lion King is my favourite Disney film; I would even go so far as to say it’s a perfect film: it has the right level of emotional depth to make viewers care for the characters, a simple but brilliant story, a fantastic soundtrack and score and the hand-drawn animation is gorgeous.

The teaser made the smart move of replicating the original film’s teaser, by showing viewers the iconic opening scene. This time, the scene is recreated with CGI animation and, while the photo-realistic visuals are impressive, it looks very bland. What I loved about the animation in the 1994 film was how colourful and vibrant the setting and characters looked. By recreating the film to make it look realistic, it seems to have lost the charm that the source material had.

However, there are a couple of aspects that I do like about the remake: James Earl Jones is returning as the voice of Mufasa, and Hans Zimmer is returning as the composer. As well as this, the voice cast is impressive: John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Donald Glover as adult Simba, Beyonce as adult Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. If there’s one thing that can be praised at the moment, it’s the brilliant casting choices.

Disney have also revealed the official poster:

It’s simple yet effective, and it conveys the theme of the film beautifully by not saying much at all: Simba will need to take his place in the great circle of life as King of the Pridelands.

While there are a couple of things I like about this remake, it is not enough to actually convince me to go and see it. I give the original film extremely high praise and I don’t think this should be given the remake treatment. However, given Disney’s recent box office earnings, this will still probably be successful.

Oh well: Hakuna Matata!

 

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Disney Release First Teaser Trailer For Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Cast: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogan, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bill Echner, Eric André, John Oliver

Release Date: 19th July, 2019

JUMPCUT’s Animated Favourites Spotify Playlist

For our latest playlist we decided to shift our focus to the world of animation! We tasked the team to fill a new playlist with their favourite songs and scores from animated films, and, of course, they didn’t disappoint!

The playlist is brimming with classics from the likes of Disney hits such as ‘Go the Disance’ from Hercules, The Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’, and ‘Reflection’ from Mulan. Other films that grace our playlist include Coco, Kubo and the Two Strings, Oliver and Company, Brother Bear, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and lots more!

The playlist currently clocks in at 2 hours 45 minutes, but we’re offering you the opportunity to add 3 of your favourites to this playlist! Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below, or fire them over to us on Twitter and we’ll add them in!

Sunshine Blogger Award

We are delighted to accept the nomination of a Sunshine Blogger Award from the wonderful Alicja Johnson AKA Reel Red Reviews (if you don’t already know her, you really should go check out her blog). Thank you very much for the nomination; this is the first time we’ve been recognised for this award. 

For those who don’t know, the Sunshine Blogger Award is a chain-letter style award (similar to the Liebster Award), which is designed to honour those who consistently deliver excellent content which makes readers happy.


Now, our Editor-in-Chief Jakob will answer Alicja’s questions:
1. What would be your dream job?
Well, as you may have worked out by now, I am totally obsessed with film. So, any job in the film industry would make me a very happy man. But, the dream I’m working towards is to be a filmmaker – both writing and directing.
2. What are some of your favourite childhood films?
I was a fiend for Disney films as a child (and still am today to be honest), so films like ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King’ are firm favourites of mine. I also love ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Monsters Inc’ – but who doesn’t?
3. As an ode to Barbara Walters: If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
I have literally never considered what tree I would be before, so thanks for giving me something new to think about. I would love to be a Palm tree, of course, so that I could just hang about in exotic places and do my best to look pretty.
4. What’s your least favourite film genre?
I do love most film genres, but if there’s one genre I avoid, it’s horror. But, that’s only because I’m a bit of a wimp, and I don’t enjoy watching films through my fingers too much.
5. Which sitcom character do you most relate to?
This is easy! I’ve actually just finished watching the brilliant ‘New Girl’, and it’s unsettling how similar myself and Nick Miler are. For those who don’t know Nick Miller, he is socially awkward, easily annoyed and a perennial over-thinker; so yeah, that’s me folks.
6. What’s the last movie you watched, and was it any good?
I watched ‘Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates’ at the cinema last night, and I only watched it because I missed my preferred screening of the new David Brent movie. I thought I would hate ‘Mike And Dave’, but I have to admit it was quite hilarious; dumb, but hilarious.
7. What do you think has been the biggest Oscar snub of all time?
Well, until recently, I would have said any Leonardo DiCaprio snub, but thankfully that’s all in the past now. I’ve started to pay a lot more attention to The Oscars in recent years, and I have to say I was shocked Rosamund Pike didn’t win for her amazing performance in ‘Gone Girl’.
8. Who is your favourite movie love interest?
Hmmmm…am I allowed to say Margot Robbie, in anything, ever?
9. What movie are you most looking forward to in September?
September isn’t looking like an astounding month for new films to be honest, so I will probably spend most of the month catching up with films I’ve missed like ‘Life On The Road’ and ‘The Shallows’. I am keen to see ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ though, which hits UK cinemas next week.
10. What sayings or personal mantra do you live your life by?
I spend a lot of my time thinking up and writing down new ideas for stories that I can tell through the medium of film, so for me, the words of Stanley Kubrick are always in my mind: “If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed”.
11. Are you a cat or a dog person?
Dogs, all the way. I actively dislike cats; I think they may actually be evil creatures who are secretly plotting against the human race.

We nominate HC Movie Reviews, Sarah Buddery, Jason Michael and Movie Rob to answer these questions and accept their very own Sunshine Blogger Award:

1. What is your favourite film of 2016 so far?
2. In your opinion, who is the most underrated actor/actress working today?
3. Name a “classic” film that everyone loves, but you haven’t even seen before
4. If you could be any film character, who would it be and why?
5. What is your favourite film of this decade so far (2010-2016)?
6. If you could meet any famous person, who would it be and why?
7. What is the last film you fell asleep during? And was it due to boredom or tiredness?
8. Which 2017 film are you most excited for?
9. If you could have any super power, what would it be? And would you use it for good or evil, be honest?
10. What is your most prized possession in the world and why?
11. If you had to get a tattoo of someone’s face, who would it be and why?