I sent this in forums before, but just in case:
First Jungle Book, then Pete's Dragon, then Beauty & the Beast, then Dumbo, and now the most priceless and irreplaceable of all: The Lion King! All victims of Disney's pointless, shameful and unhealthy obsession of making the beloved, animated Disney-movies all over with mother fucking live-action! Will it ever stop?!
But let's get to the point. The Lion King is the first feature length film I've ever watched from start to finish. Not sure was it the first I've heard of. I was 4-5 when I watched it. Repeatedly from VHS like other VHS tapes we had. Never seen the movie in big screen. At the time I had no idea how feature length films differ from everything else. Everything were just TV-programs, video tapes or commercials. It took me multiple movies to learn the exact definition.
At the time I also wasn't capable to experience the same as the characters in movie. Don't get me wrong, but almost everything I saw and heard repeatedly in TV or radio was passionate or "delicious" to sense in some degree. Even the adverts before and after the movie.
Sometimes such repetitive scenes even tempted me to replicate what I saw - which I guess is common in case of very young kids - but as far as I remeber, it wasn't much of a case when it comes to the The Lion King.
You would think those violent bits in the movie are too much for a 4-5 year old, but I barely even memorized them.
Then I saw Timon & Pumbaa, the animated spin-off series, first in VHS-tape, before it reran in TV. It kinda captured my attention even better than The Lion King, and it sure is no wonder. There happened so much, Timon & Pumbaa travelled all over the world pulling out all the timeless slapstic comedy I was already a big fan of. Also, TV-episodes are shorter than one feature length film, and I was little older too, so I kinda understood them all sooner, though not yet as clearly as now. Not to mention that comical approach and how the setting of new characters differed strictly from the savannah agenda the movie had.
And, heh, the movie itself sure feels a little more tasteless after such wild ride. However I did understand it little better than first.
Then The Lion King 2 came out. Kiara and Kovu looked confusing very very first. Like Nala and Scar. But yeah, like Timon & Pumbaa, this too was quite easy to understand, and I felt gringy at the part where Kovu was banished from Pride Rock, and therefore hated the song that was playing during it. There felt to be more Timon and Pumba parts too, or it felt so cause they had more screentime than they had in prequel. Wish they really had those walkie-talkie and binoculars they pretended they had
I also get to play the LK2 game pack for PC.
Haven't seen LK-related content ever since, until the special edition of the first movie was advertised. First our cousins had it on VHS. Little disappointing that there wasn't but just one new musical number added. But that too proves how priceless The Lion King is in the way it is. We later got the 2-disc special edition for DVD, with games, virtual safari á la Timon & Pumbaa, and huge bunch of documentation of how the film was made. It was also the first DVD we ever owned.
Before the DVD (and after seeing that special edition VHS), The Lion King 1½, that the VHS dropped a hint of, was advertised in TV. Looked first like a commercial with Timon & Pumba as spokesmen until it ended.
Then one day, we watched The Lion King 1½ VHS at school. It kinda came out a surprise, cause I didn't see the movie's cover. Thought it was that same trailer I saw earlier, until title card showed up. And boy was that awesome and brilliant! First LK from POV of Timon and Pumbaa - well, Timon particurally. And it had that comical approach that Timon & Pumbaa series had, meaning more screentime for that duo than ever. Though to be honest - it was little annoying to hear some of the LK1's songs again.
However, it got me to watch first Lion King few times again, and I understood it better than ever.
I've seen these movies multiple times, but if I'd watch any of 'em again, then 1½ for sure. Despite of that, I still appreciate the first LK as it is - or was - and wouldn't mind of seeing some individual bits again.
But in general, LK is an absolute masterpiece along with other Disney renesance movies, and exceptional in multiple degrees, which is why it's so highly appreciated. It was so honorable, that it was even rerun in 3D-theatres!
So why, why, WHY?!!! What bad did that and other Disney-movies do to deserve such impropriate treatment as live-action remakes?! Don't they realize how it trimms off what originals had? Colors, humor, charm, iconic characters, their personalities and designs...all being downgraded to some restricted, dull, benumbed, uncomfy photorealism!
And aren't they aware about the controversy it could cause?! While some artifical fans get served with live-action imposters and other dull bullshit (like Gravity Falls, live action sitcoms and faulty reboots/revivals such as The Lion Guard and DuckTales) Disney provides these days, the others that grew up with quality works are given two options and two options only: Leaving the fandom that in worst case could result an eternity in empty bedrooms with nothing to be a fan of or nothing to support at, which could eventually lead to suicide, or letting the bad movies and programs slowly hurt them to death, or just deprive their sanity so that they'll join the vermin of shitty fashion sense. And when they realize they we're doing wrong, it'll be too late! All they love is gone for good and impossible to bring back, so they'll have to commit suicide anyways!
Even before firing Lasseter, Disney started to go on downhill, but now that they fired him, that downhill can only get even steeper! Lasseter was the last honest person to care about Disney animation! Without him Ralph Breaks the Internet threatens to be the last animated movie Disney inhouse will ever produce! Or at least the last good one! Wish he was able to put the stop to this live-action nonsense before he was fired.
The most well-renown media empire turning into a hell! Sooner or later even the 90 year old Mickey Mouse ends up to that modern Disney's murder list!
Friends! Dark times are approaching! And something must be done about it, before it's too late...