The absolutely majestic beauty of THE LION KING (mobile warning/thread contains ALL the gifs)

jett

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Oct 25, 2017
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Tonight I rewatched the original, mostly due to all the talk about the remake, like the reviews and the new soundtrack. I just had a great need to revisit this classic.

I think that despite being as beloved as it is, the visual and art design of The Lion King almost kinda isn't as appreciated as it should be. So much emphasis has been put on the graphical quality of the remake that it seems people have forgotten how good the original Lion King looks. This is a mindbogglingly gorgeous movie, with a striking yet highly varied color palette. Every frame pops out of the screen and is composited beautifully.

After being done with my rewatch, I couldn't help but make a buncha gifs. I may have overdone it, but screw it.



















































































 

The Struggler

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This is why the new one sucks, no exaggerated colour and loss of passion. They should have into the spiderverse'd this
 

Spinluck

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Oct 26, 2017
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Thanks for reminding us all that 2D animated motion picture films are dead.

Thank you for also reminding us how visually striking the Lion King is. Great film.
 

Jawmuncher

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Oct 25, 2017
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Thanks for reminding us all that 2D animated motion picture films are dead.

Thank you for also reminding us how visually striking the Lion King is. Great film.
It bothers me to no end that Disney with all its wealth doesn't have at least one studio keeping what put them on the map alive.
Disney really acting like they can't afford to have a passion project studio.
 

itwasTuesday

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Oct 30, 2017
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Going through the soundtrack listening to I just can't wait to be king I had to double check the original to make sure I was listening to the new one.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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To think, when it was in production it was once considered the B-project, being a talking animal musical, compared to their then more "serious" project, Pochantas that was also in production, lol.

Even Disney didn't quite grasp the amazing thing they were working on.
 
May 21, 2018
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It was an achievement in animation too I believe. The wildebeest stampede was and looked absolutely amazing back then.

The same scene in the remake just feels like, "Meh, CG."
 

Spinluck

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Oct 26, 2017
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They're not quite dead yet.

In fact, the most vivid and impressive looking animated film of the year comes out the same day as The Lion King...

... in Japan, anyhow.

I keep forgetting Japan puts out some great stuff and the occasional Euro 2D stuff.

I think Brad Bird had it right when he said American filmmakers are just too chicken shit to put money behind them. And 2D animaters here in the States got hosed from studios and aren't easy to find anymore. Especially with computer animation being taught everywhere now.
 

RochHoch

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May 22, 2018
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Going by the title, I thought this was going to be a sarcastic thread shitting on the remake lol

But seriously though, good stuff. The Lion King is a masterpiece.
 

Kurdel

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Nov 7, 2017
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I need to watch this in HD, this movie is my childhood.

These gifs are sublime, thank you for this thread!
 

Drewton

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Oct 27, 2017
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It looks ok, but I threw my Blu Ray in the garbage since the old cartoon version isn't necessary anymore
 

Tbm24

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Oct 25, 2017
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I’m honestly not interested in seeing the remake because it’s full cg. I feel like the emotions aren’t going to translate from 2D to a cgi life like lion cub or lion.
 

Steven

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Oct 27, 2017
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TLK is one of my favorite films of all time. A drop dead gorgeous movie. And a piece of my childhood. The remake... I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole, not only is it shitting on my childhood but it’s a reminder that for some reason Disney refuses to do 2D animation despite it being some of if not straight up their best work.

Thanks OP for doing God’s work
 
Oct 25, 2017
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When I was a kid in the 90s I was excited and curious about what the future of 2D animation would bring, little did I know that it would be dead and that the best 2D animation films would be still from the 90s.
 

DrForester

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah, but what if we remade it in a format that doesn't allow the characters to emote with their faces....
 

Peru

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Oct 26, 2017
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It has charm, and obviously looks great compared to the new CGI one, but it also showed weaknesses of the animation style of 90s Disney, especially as it experimented with mixing CGI into the digital 2D animation. Parts of it looks like cheap flash animation. No 2D animation will ever look as good as golden age early Disney movies, because it’s too resource intensive. But it can still look better than the Lion King, which was made in an awkward transitional period.
 

AzorAhai

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Oct 29, 2017
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The greatest western animated movie. A true work of art. Modern Disney is sometimes good, but never great.

At least we still have Makoto Shinkai.
 

Stiler

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Oct 29, 2017
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I wish traditional hand drawn animation wasn't dead, especially from Disney, they always delivered amazing quality animation in their movies.
 

Dwebble

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Oct 25, 2017
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The original’s combination of plausible animal animation with recognisable human emotions was a staggering accomplishment, and the remake was doomed from the moment it chose to exclusively focus on the first and completely ignore the latter.
 

Scullibundo

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Oct 25, 2017
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Love when you make your gif heavy threads.

TLK indeed looks beautiful.

But now do the same thread for The Prince of Egypt.