Ask a hundred people what their favorite animated Disney movie is, and odds are that a huge chunk of them will answer that it’s The Lion King. I know it’s my personal favorite, ever since I was a small kid. I’ve got such a soft spot for the movie that almost nothing can top it — not even the live-action remake, no matter how good it was. The Lion King remake has divided audiences. Some people believe it’s a masterpiece and it shouldn’t have to look cartoonish, because it’s a live-action movie — it’s supposed to look realistic and different from the original. Others believe the remake is far too realistic and has very little personality when compared to the original.

Artists Ellejart (whose real name is Nikolay Mochkin) and Design By Feo recently drew the most amazing fan art poster of what The Lion King remake would have looked like if the movie’s creators would have made a live-action version that was faithful to the original style. Honestly, the artists’ version looks amazing, and I’d love to see it on the silver screen. Perhaps we need to ask Disney to remake the remake? So scroll down, share with your friends, and upvote your favorite fan edits of the remake.

#1

Scar

Scar

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Ed Souza
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the best one so far. Not too real and not too cartonny... still can tell just by looking at the character's face what he's about.

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Bored Panda reached out to Nikolay Mochkin, also known as Ellejart, for an interview: “In my childhood, after watching the classic cartoon The Lion King, I was delighted and immediately began to draw fan art on it on paper with a pencil. And now, when I watched the modern trailer, my first reaction was: “wow! It looks cool, but where are the heroes we were used to from childhood?” I was determined to make fan art with a classic character design, because I can show people what a real film about the Lion King should be. I like all the characters, because they are perfectly accustomed to their roles, and this is a great story. As a result, I am faithful to the classic cartoon.”

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Scar

Scar

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Emma Hunter
Community Member
2 years ago

That's how scar should have looked.

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Mochkin added he has been drawing since childhood. “Maybe I was born with a pencil,” Mochkin jokes. He told Bored Panda that it takes him anywhere from 3 to 11 hours to create a piece of art. However, he says that he still doesn’t “feel like a successful artist — I'm just a person who likes to draw fan art.”

The artist stated that he mostly creates art of what’s popular and ‘hyped’ up, but he also tries to stay true to his own rule of "draw what you love!”

“Now I am working on the character of Miles Morales,” Mochkin revealed to Bored Panda about his upcoming work. He also had some advice for aspiring artists: “Beginning artists are advised not to be afraid of harsh criticism, not to give in to excessive praise, to listen to your heart and strive to be first.”

#3

Rafiki

Rafiki

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Bored Moogle
Community Member
2 years ago

If you're going to do this, then why even bother watching the live-action version? Just watch the damn cartoon movie.

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The two artists Ellejart and Design By Feo recreated the remake’s movie poster to make Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa look a lot more like their old selves. Now, it might just be the nostalgia talking, but the inseparable trio looks a lot more likable and, ironically enough, way more natural when their appearance is closer to the cartoon version.

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Simba

Simba

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
2 years ago

it looks very very cute but I prefer the realistic one. We have already the cartoon why not one thats looks very realistic?

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Ellejart and Design By Feo are both digital artists. Nikolay has more than 75,900 followers on Instagram, and Design By Feo has over 2,700. Both artists have stunning portfolios that are sure to catch your eye. Ellejart has also previously done a few more fan edits of The Lion King remake to show the Internet how much better the remake could have looked.

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Simba

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
2 years ago

my opinion is - they wanted it to make realistic and not like a cartoon and I have to say I like it.

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Pumbaa And Timon

Pumbaa And Timon

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WHATSZ
Community Member
2 years ago

aaa no please i beg of you no

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Disney released the original The Lion King movie in 1994. Development started back in 1988, while production started in 1991. With an initial worldwide gross of $766 million, The Lion King finished its theatrical run as the highest-grossing release of 1994 and the second-highest-grossing film of all time. It is also the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time, as well as the best-selling film on home video, having sold over 30 million VHS tapes.

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Simba

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TheReader19
Community Member
2 years ago

Simba anxious about his first day of clown school, "did I get my make up right" 😂

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Nala

Nala

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allieshouts
Community Member
2 years ago

but all you did was give her, like, video game anime eyes...

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The remake, released in the United States on July 19, 2019, has grossed $543 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews with praise for its visual effects, musical score, and vocal performances, but criticism for the lack of originality and facial emotion on the characters. The Lion King has a rating of 8.5 on IMDb, while the live-action remake has a rating of 7.2.

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Simba

Simba

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The Girl on Fire
Community Member
2 years ago

The one on the left is much cuter in my opinion

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Simba

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Alfred Prufrock
Community Member
2 years ago

But it doesn't look real - what's the point?

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#11

Lion King Promo Poster

Lion King Promo Poster

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N
Community Member
2 years ago

NO, no. I think keeping it as life-like as possible was the best way to go.

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#12

Lion King Promo Poster

Lion King Promo Poster

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 years ago

Bottom one looks dreadful

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#13

Simba

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TheReader19
Community Member
2 years ago

Congrats Simba, you've completed clown school with honours 😂

Koalamonster
Community Member
2 years ago

There is more emotion in that image for sure- but he also looks f*ing crazy. Like he got waaayyy too high and is suddenly afraid of his closet.

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

much more emotion in this remake

Nate Oster
Community Member
5 months ago

yasssss!

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Shary Orta-Middendorf
Community Member
2 years ago

EMOTION! Why is this not getting MORE thumbs up? People shouldn't prefer the vacant eyes of the lion but the true teary-eyed lion.

Michele Therien
Community Member
2 years ago

The object of the movie was to present a more realistic portrayal of the physicality of the animals. It was not to continue with the cartoonish look. Perhaps you should view pictures of real lions and other animals to more readily understand this.

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Adam Hart-Dyke
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope. The official versions are better.

Nyree Huh
Community Member
2 years ago

I think the whole point is making them look real not like a cartoon. so this is a bit pointless good skills tho

sarai nucci
Community Member
2 years ago

aww

TomiSmith
Community Member
2 years ago

Like the real Simba.

Daniel Lopez
Community Member
2 years ago

The cartooning is meant to give emotional depth to a subject that doesn’t normally project it. With that said, if that was what you wanted to see, then they should have pushed for a standard cartoon CGI film. This movie is what it would actually look like. Personally I Dig The Original Cartoon Better! It isn’t to say that I don’t believe the new crew didn’t do a spectacular job in doing just what they set out to do; I believe it looks amazing! It is just that it is a remake, period. Most movies don’t need a remake. There was nothing to socially update. Tom Sawyer;...? That is another can of worms...!!

Shary Orta-Middendorf
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree with all this.

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Dzungngaongo
Community Member
2 years ago

everything fan did just make them more cartoon :) why we need it? when we have a full movie cartoon already ? sr if i wrong somewhere my language not good very much

manowce
Community Member
2 years ago

this is horrible...

Jennifer DeFillippo
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree with you. I don't like any of these cartoon remakes. If you're gonna show lions then make them LOOK like lions, not scared mousy pussycats. What is that middle part in Simba's main ~ totally wrong!!?? I thought he grew up to be a KING.

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Michele Therien
Community Member
2 years ago

Apparently, this person has never seen any of these animals in real life. Also, the object of the film was to be a bit more realistic and not so cartoonish.

Peter Griffindor
Community Member
2 years ago

So they take a cartoon and make it real, and you take the real and make it a cartoon and it’s “ art” Does Mathew Broderick voice the roars?

Rhys Cernunnos
Community Member
1 year ago

Moronic. And they call themself an artist? Bullshit.

Trisha Maldonado
Community Member
2 years ago

it's too cartoony.

Ruth King
Community Member
2 years ago

NO and NO. REALISTIC is the best...

Naomi Cline
Community Member
2 years ago

“I think I just shat myself!”

Malcontent
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay, this one looks like shit.

Sugar Latte
Community Member
2 years ago

What the-

Thenatural
Community Member
2 years ago

Utterly pointless exercise

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