Since Disney started making live action versions of their own movies there has been one film that everyone has been clambering to see reimagined on the big screen.
We've already had the likes of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Dumbo which were all relatively popular and made money, but surely The Lion King, with its iconic songs and beloved characters would be a box office smash.
That may still prove to be the case but a clip of the new version of 'Hakuna Matata' which was aired on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show has prompted a lot of reaction and mostly of the negative kind.
So this is the “visually stunning” film you’re all talking about https://t.co/oe54fs9ff3— Guy Lodge (@Guy Lodge) 1562790846
@PopCraveNet @donaldglover @Sethrogen @billyeichner @JimmyKimmelLive https://t.co/khfRODqjuJ— IN A DREAM ᴺᴹ (@IN A DREAM ᴺᴹ) 1562794356
@PopCraveNet @donaldglover @Sethrogen @billyeichner @JimmyKimmelLive it went from worse to worser— nico 🍒 (@nico 🍒) 1562790090
There is hardly anything wrong with the song as actors Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner appear to have done a note-perfect rendition but the problem here is that the scenery just looks a bit dull and uninspiring.
The problem with this was only heightened when a video comparing the version of the scene from the original animation and the new version was shared online by Cartoon Brew.
Comparison between the two animated versions of The Lion King. https://t.co/E5dfgMASZJ— cartoonbrew.com - Animation News (@cartoonbrew.com - Animation News) 1562803825
Despite the song remaining the same, the two scenes couldn't be any more different. Whereas the original pops with energy and colour, the new version looks like a version of Planet Earth that David Attenborough stopped from ever being aired.
Those aren't the words of one journalist but pretty much the entirety of the internet who are starting to wish that this film would have never been greenlit.
“what if for the big funny song the animals walked around and then they walked around some more?? and did no other… https://t.co/mQY46dQFZT— David Sims (@David Sims) 1562804716
I respect that the Disney remake universe is just a bloodless machine where fun goes in and money and shittier CG v… https://t.co/xsTJ2jKf0F— chris person (@chris person) 1562841066
Um... this just makes the original look better https://t.co/GxKARMjWKS— Marc Fennell (@Marc Fennell) 1562849938
I’m not laughing, you’re laughing. https://t.co/hw5vhoRFmT— Tony Bancroft (@Tony Bancroft) 1562811894
I’m glad that multiple clever setups and gags that make you interested in colorful characters got replaced by a slo… https://t.co/J8hqyespp5— Henry Gilbert (@Henry Gilbert) 1562826301
Of all the live action Disney remakes, this one is by far the most soulless and depressing. What an absolute affron… https://t.co/G5WKTKfiGy— WEEGEE THE GOD (@WEEGEE THE GOD) 1562825577
HOW are we supposed to believe that voice is coming out of that inexpressive, boring ass lion lmao this movie reall… https://t.co/V2TCmxcFwE— Mariana Avila🍁 (@Mariana Avila🍁) 1562818554
The animated version is so full of life and color and passion and the new one is just so bland in comparison. It se… https://t.co/T0YIzvkooE— Dave Rappoccio (@Dave Rappoccio) 1562811994
The Lion King is released in cinemas worldwide from July 19.