The main issue fans are flagging is the limitation of using such realistic looking animals – they can’t really emote the way animated characters can.
Should we be worried? Hold fire, watching clips in isolation can always be a tricky business, especially with fans seeing one song or one scene in insolation. We take hope in the fact that most people who saw the movie at the premiere and screening have praised it for the special effects labeling it a “game-changer” for VFX as well as applauding John Favreau for his direction.
#TheLionKing is visually immaculate & a game-changer for visual effects. It’s absolutely stunning in every way. The music shines (Glover & Beyoncé take it to another level), the performances are great (Timon, Pumbaa & Scar steal many scenes) & the emotions run HIGH. Truly great pic.twitter.com/lPH9Oo4ybb
A few viewers did add that Beyonce and Glover are underused, but nearly everyone has singled out Rogen and Eichner as the stand out stars.
Beyonce plays Nala alongside Glover’s older Simba, James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Black Panther’s John Kani as Rafiki. John Oliver also stars as Zazu, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.
You can watch the clip below and judge for yourself. Skip ahead to 6:41.