If an animated film gets remade does it become reanimated? If so, I think that would make a great genre of film – get on it Hollywood!
Why do I mention this? Well, The Lion King was recently voted the best animated film ever of all time ever and that’ll never ever change ever. These votes are final.
However, it is getting remade. They say ‘don’t meet your heroes’, so should that apply here? Don’t remake the greatest animated film ever? Jon Favreau didn’t seem to think so, as he’s only gone ahead and done it!
And to be fair to Pete from Friends, it looks pretty good so far.
Check out the trailer here:
In a poll conducted by Ranker, the top ten of best animated films went like this:
1. The Lion King (1994)
2. Toy Story (1995)
3. Finding Nemo (2003)
4. The Incredibles (2004)
5. Despicable Me (2010)
6. Up (2009)
7. Aladdin (1992)
8. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
9. WALL-E (2008)
10. Shrek (2001)
Narrowly missing out on the top ten were Spirited Away (2001), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Ratatouille (2007).
Remarkably, The Iron Giant (1999) didn’t feature until number 29, which is a crime, while Minions (2015) was voted better than Frozen (2013) by quite a margin, so I’m not sure how reliable this list is…
Also, in Ranker‘s list of greatest films ever, Toy Story is placed higher than The Lion King, so something doesn’t add up.
Either way, I think we can all agree that Disney’s Shakespeare-inspired tale of young Simba overcoming tragedy and injustice with the help of a warthog and a meerkat is excellent stuff.
The remake of Disney’s original comes 25 years after the film’s release, so – aside from James Earl Jones lending his dulcet tones as Mufasa once again – the cast has had a serious reboot.
Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) has taken pride (geddit?!) of place, picking up the mantel put down by the kid from Home Improvement as Simba, while Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the villainous Scar.
Glover and Ejiofor are supported by an impressive cast including Beyoncé as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu, and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.
This isn’t Disney’s, or even director Jon Favreau’s, first go at a remake of an old classic. Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book (which Favreau also directed) have both had the live action/CGI/animation treatment. While new versions of Dumbo, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp and Mulan are all set to be released over the next two years.
Thankfully, we do know Favreau and Disney haven’t done a complete overhaul on the original movie. They’ve been wise enough to include a number of the classic tunes that made 1994’s film so memorable.
While Beyoncé is collaborating with Elton John – who wrote the songs for the original with lyricist Tim Rice – on a new song for the 2019 remake, the film will also include the classic tunes of I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Circle Of Life and Can You Feel The Love Tonight, among others.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.