Elton John Disappointed By “Lion King” Remake

While it made a bunch of money, critical reaction towards Disney’s “The Lion King” remake was not kind – the visuals were praised for their realism, but the film was widely derided as being hollow, unmoving, even downright creepy.

In a new interview with GQ U.K., legendary musician Elton John also revealed he wasn’t a fan either. John was a key player in the original 1994 animated film’s success, his contributions to the soundtrack helped it become one of the best selling soundtracks and animated films of all time.

The new film however he has numerous misgivings about:

“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost.

The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success.

I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around, and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

John composed and performed a number of songs on the original animated film, whereas the remake features performances from music artists such as Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Donald Glover.

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