“It kind of hurts”: Original ‘Lion King’ animator reacts to Disney’s 2019 remake
Disney’s latest blockbuster, a photorealistic reimagination of The Lion King, has been a hit worldwide. But not everybody enjoyed the remake – including David Stephan, one of the original animators on the 1994 animated classic.
“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,” Stephan told HuffPost, which had reached out to 13 of the animators responsible for the original movie to get their thoughts on Jon Favreau’s CGI adaptation.
Stephan – who contributed to the ‘Circle of Life’ opening sequence and the hyenas’ designs – was one of three animators who went on the record with HuffPost to discuss the Disney reboot. Others declined to speak to the outlet, claiming they weren’t planning to see the movie.
“It’s sort of sad that the stockholder is now in the room deciding what movies get made. […] Disney’s now taken the cover off, and it’s now in your face: ‘Yeah, we just want to make money.’ That’s disappointing as an artist, from a studio that was founded on originality and art,” Stephan said…….read more