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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Ssss
Community Member
1 year ago

I quite like this. It's somewhere in between the two. Some of the images are too 'animated' and don't really look right in the live action remake.

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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.”

#2

Scar

Scar

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Ozacoter
Community Member
1 year ago

I must say that I really like the designs of the new lions. But Scar is just weird. Also, there is lions that have dark manes, why not giving it to him?

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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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Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 year ago

like the cartoon

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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.

#4

Simba

Simba

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Char Char
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, them eyes!

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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.

#5

Simba

Simba

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Avaaa_78
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh god don't look down

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#6

Pumbaa And Timon

Pumbaa And Timon

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WHATSZ
Community Member
1 year 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.

#7

Simba

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#8

Nala

Nala

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allieshouts
Community Member
1 year 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.

#9

Simba

Simba

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The Girl on Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

The one on the left is much cuter in my opinion

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#10

Simba

Simba

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Alfred Prufrock
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, heh looks like a wuss in the second picture.

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Doreen Keesler
Community Member
1 year ago

I prefer the realistic on most of the photos but especially on the one

Yulia Rescue
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry. I prefer choose the movie. because the movie is so real. and damn so good. If you just compare with cartoon, oh man. it's a live action not cartoon's action. think twice

Shary Orta-Middendorf
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do people like it realistic? Animals in their truest form can't show emotions like humans do!

Sugar Latte
Community Member
1 year ago

Doesn’t look as epic...

Kirsten Lockwood
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope. Nope. Nope.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

The Scar revision of the "live-action" ( because I don't think they used real animals) is definitely the best one. Not these guys.

Ferry Den Boer
Community Member
1 year ago

The first one, look at Lady and the tramp, that movie sucked because they failed on making the realistic animaks talk good and seeing this movie you'll start to appreciate how hard it is to make realistic animals look good when talking. Lady and the tramp missed that big time.

Rhys Cernunnos
Community Member
1 year ago

If I wanted to watch the damn cartoon version, I would. These "artists" are stupid and full of themselves.

Angelica Esperanza
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks sooooo good. They should've just done the movie like this

Queen 0642
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like Narnia to me...

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah... No.

Daravong Thongsavath
Community Member
1 year ago

i like the other looks but on this one, simba looks kind of retarded.

Giorgos Tsigas
Community Member
1 year ago

emm yeah keep them real with no facial expressions thats the way i like it

Team We
Community Member
1 year ago

Nah

Serena Larsen
Community Member
1 year ago

I like real catso, no cartoon catso.

Susan Younger
Community Member
1 year ago

You are really missing the point of the live action and are just trying to get attention for your cartoon skills. The point was to NOT make the animals look like cartoons.

MPaula Whelan
Community Member
1 year ago

I haven't seen the cartoon - from this "enhanced" pic, it must be saccharine sweet with a happily-ever-after ending.

Steezy
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude lions don't have sad middle parts nor perfectly coiffed side bangs so...no

Joshua Max
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

His face tho.... I'm dead ☠️ i cannot stop laughing 😂

Tim Huvane
Community Member
1 year ago

The life like as possible with the animals and just letting the trainers do their thing is the #1 way to go...we already saw a cartoon of this...

sarai nucci
Community Member
1 year ago

ok this a little over the line

R Shanti
Community Member
1 year ago

The way they did it was better than cartoony version.

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
1 year ago

Just NO

Angie Jolie
Community Member
1 year ago

are you serious? this looks so much worse!

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#12

Lion King Promo Poster

Lion King Promo Poster

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Avaaa_78
Community Member
1 year ago

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Hehe look what I did!

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#13

Simba

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

much more emotion in this remake

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