Uncanny Valley and Photorealism: The Lion King (2019)

  • Published on:  7/20/2019
  • Let’s talk uncanny valley and photorealism! No, unfortunately (or fortunately) this is not about the movie musical Cats, instead it’s about different kinda cats - The Lion King 2019 remake. The original 1994 Disney animated version is easily one of my favourite movies of all time. This one.. not so much. I try my best to explain why while also acknowledging the achievements of the movie. Thoughts expressed are just my opinion! Comment below and let me know what you think.

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    Movies shown or mentioned:

    The Lion King (1994) & The Lion King (2019)
    Cats (2019)
    Ex Machina (2014)
    Paddington (2014) & Paddington 2 (2017) *These are classics! Watch them!*
    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
    Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)
    I Am Legend (2007)
    IT Chapter Two (2019)
    The Cat in the Hat (2003)

    The Uncanny Valley: The Original Essay by Masahiro Mori - https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/the-uncanny-valley

    Mashahiro Mori - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masahiro_Mori_(roboticist)

    Chiwetel Ejiofor Sky News interview - https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1151232748587143168

    ‘The Lion King’ Review: Disney’s Remake Is a Disastrous Plunge into the Uncanny Valley by David Ehrlich - https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/the-lion-king-review-2019-1202157153/

    Into the uncanny valley: 80 robot faces ranked by creepiness - https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28432-into-the-uncanny-valley-80-robot-faces-ranked-by-creepiness/