I care more about the reunion of Lion King actors and creator than Jon Favreau’s creepy hyper-realistic rotoscoping remake.
This is where I interrupt the news aggregate to repeat my earlier point: stop remaking animated films like this and Aladdin as pseudo-live action.
While these remakes do not erase the history of the earlier films, they also add little new beyond a few important changes, such as regarding Belle’s knowledge and intelligence that was already implicit to the original Beauty and the Beast but which gains greater scope in the remake, but largely just a visual difference. That decision continues to act as if 2D animation is a flaw that has to be corrected through 3D computer animation. It’s not a flaw–it was a choice of its time period and ignores the integration of CGI animation in films of that era, including the Cave of Wonders and the Flying Carpet and the wildebeest stampede.
And this does not touch upon the long list of problems in re-adapting Aladdin, which is orientalist and arabesque in that it is a Western imaginary setting.
Let earlier animated films stand on their own. A re-make should be done when the previous iteration has flaws in its time of production and in our time of reception. I do not see enough wrong in the originals to justify a re-make when a sequel or a spiritual successor would be more appropriate than re-hashing the same story without fixing technique, narrative, characterization, diversity, and far more important problems than “Look, you now maybe get to see Hugh Jackman’s face in Scar’s face–OH GOD, WHAT HORROR HAVE WE UNLEASHED?!”
Speaking of 2D animation…
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My Hero Academia
My review of the current Stain arc will be posted, at latest, after the dub of the arc is finished. Funimation is currently on a two-week delay dubbing, but the Japanese subtitled episodes are added every Saturday morning at CrunchyRoll.
And My Hero Academia gets a new album–with the Monkees on the cover.
I don’t care about Squirrel Girl. Give me all of the Great Lakes Avengers, not just two of them.
Please make The Tick live-action remake look more like this trailer–funny, quirky–and not the drab Fight Club Christopher Nolan grim and nihilistic redux the pilot was going for.
What has been obvious for a while is now official: Sega has pulled Sonic the Hedgehog from Archie Comics. And another part of my childhood disappears until a(nother) awkwardly handled legally mandated reboot happens.
Also, people should really hire John Gray for their illustrative needs.