While Hakuna Matata is supposed to mean no worries (for the rest of your days), fans are HATING the new version of the iconic song in Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. Hoping to be another box office behemoth like The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, The Lion King is trying to claim its place at the top of Pride Rock.
The soundtrack of 1994’s cartoon classic was what really made The Lion King, and to be honest, if you didn’t spend your childhood bopping to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, who really are you?
Apart from James Earl Jones’ anticipated return as Mufasa, there’s a whole new cast of A-list stars to lead the remake. Alongside Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé Knowles as Nala, Doctor Strange‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor has a leading role as Scar.
With Yoncé part of the ensemble, we’re expecting some pretty impressive vocals for Nala, but what about the rest of the cast? Although it just wouldn’t be The Lion King without songs like “Circle of Life” and “Be Prepared”, “Hakuna Matata” is supposed to be a fan-favourite.
Although “Hakuna Matata” is performed by an all-star trio of Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, and Donald Glover, that’s not enough to appease those haters out there.
When Disney released a clip of “Hakuna Matata” to promote the movie, the marketing move spectacularly backfired. One angry fan posted a side-by-side of the two versions, and it didn’t take long for the internet to explode with outraged 1994 Lion King supporters.
The new Lion King is going to make me upset isn’t it. pic.twitter.com/i4637Pmem9— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) July 11, 2019
Just take the new singing and re-animate it why is that so hard? It was right there— All(Star)cántara & BiscayneBucketsSzn🇵🇷 (@demorizi_eudy) July 11, 2019
Oh my god it looks pathetic when you put them side by side 😭— Isaac Gutierrez (@ByIsaacG) July 11, 2019
I’m still gonna see/review it but oo man— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) July 11, 2019
They took the sauce out of it— Mathias Lulu Pennington (@sideniggajojo) July 11, 2019
Oh no. This makes me sad. The original Lion King is my favorite Disney movie. Mulan is my second favorite and I hear they changed the storyline on that one. Disney, please stop!! 😥— Gothic Valentine (@Gothic_Valentin) July 11, 2019
At this point id rather have Snoop Dogg do commentary over the whole movie .— John. (@JohnWorldTour) July 11, 2019
This isn’t the only backlash the ‘new’ version of The Lion King has faced. When the first trailer surfaced, fans royally kicked off at the look of Ejiofor’s Scar.
A million miles away from Jeremy Irons’ slightly camp version from the cartoon, Ejiofor’s Scar is terrifying to behold — quite literally. Posting on Twitter, audiences questioned why the big bad of the Pride Lands looks like he’s just been dug up.
live-action Scar is not wickedly sexy like the original Lion King cartoon babe was, so i’m out pic.twitter.com/4F3I3YOCqC— Anna Cafolla (@AnnaCafolla) April 10, 2019
The weird thing bout Scar in Lion King 2019 is that black-maned lions ARE REAL, and they easily could have based him off of one.— AtlasOne (@TheAtlasOne) April 10, 2019
Lions with darker manes are also more aggressive and lead prides more often than lighter-maned males. Thus why Scar, the villain, has a black mane. pic.twitter.com/3t6E7eUsDw
I’m all for the lion king remake, (mostly because of Donald Glover), but these two pictures highlight how having live action cartoon characters restricts the portrayal of emotion, I mean just look at the picture of scar in the original photo compared to the new one #TheLionKing pic.twitter.com/aFpREnNzY3— Alistair (@alip1118) April 10, 2019
I gave Scar a little touch-up after seeing the new LION KING trailer. pic.twitter.com/EcZK5X5fNz— Walt (@UberKryptonian) April 10, 2019
Lion King 1994: So Scar, what if we gave him the powerful voice of Jeremy Irons and made him a visually looming presence to create a memorable villain?— Andrew Big Time YouTuber Miller (@adavidmiller3) April 12, 2019
Lion King 2019: Idk man, what if Scar was just Mufasa’s meth head cousin? #LionKing pic.twitter.com/8YMQAF6AxL
The emaciated version of Scar doesn’t look he’d be much of a match for the broad-shouldered Mufasa or adult Simba.
That being said, let’s not pretend we won’t all be flooding to cinemas to see Favreau’s movie. Everyone loves The Lion King — even if Simba’s mouth doesn’t move.
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