The Lion King Remake; A Worthy Heir to a Dynasty


Emme Fields, Writer

The original The Lion King came out in 1994 (IMDB). The film was written by Irene Mecchi and Jonathon Roberts (IMDB). The directors are Rob Minkidd and Roger Allers, and the producer was Don Hahn (IMDB). According to Rotten Tomatoes it scored a 93%, IMDB also scored it an 8.5/10. It was a big hit among families. You can also see kids always singing along to the music while you watch the film. 

Most people are wondering why they would make a newer version of it. Why would someone want to replicate such a good movie? So, I did my research. On September 28, 2016 they announced that Jon Favreau would be directing a remake of The Lion King. It would be a computer generated animation instead of a live action. The remake actually went on to be the highest-grossing animated film– beating Frozen (The Rolling Stone). With the critics, though, it got mixed feelings. It got applause for the visual effects, music, and vocal performances but poor reviews about the lack of originality and facial emotion on the characters (The Rolling Stone). 

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see the new Lion King, you should go watch it for a good laugh. Plus, if you have a love for animals, you get to see the whole circle of life.