The majority of the fans in the comment section are more than onboard with this design, some of them pointing out that they rather have a less realistic depiction of the animals if it meant they conveyed the right emotions. The primary difference between the 1994 film and its retelling is that the latter does not have the quirks and facial expressions their predecessors had. So while the film’s narrative remained as emotional, the viewers didn’t respond much to it considering the animals barely changed their expressions throughout The Lion King. The voice actors all did their part to bring to life their respective characters, but that wasn’t enough to evoke the same feelings with regard to what’s happening on screen.
It’s a shame that 2019’s The Lion King didn’t live up to expectations. Some were already skeptical about whether or not they can pull off its contemporary remake considering there’s no human character in the story like The Jungle Book. But as it turned out, the film’s biggest problem was not the technology available to make the animals as realistic as possible. If anything, Favreau and his team did a tremendous job in that aspect. However, as they focused on the looks of the movie, they somehow forgot to make sure The Lion King evokes the same roller coaster of emotions as its predecessor, and frankly, that’s a more important element.
Maybe there’s no such thing as an innately bad dog—or, who knows, maybe there is. But there are inherently bad ideas for dog movies, and one of them has just manifested itself in “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”
Like its source material, the 2008 novel by Garth Stein, the film is narrated by a dog, and not just any hyperverbal canine but Enzo—as in Ferrari—a creature, voiced by Kevin Costner, who is the cherished, almost constant companion of an up-and-coming American race driver named Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia). The book was more than a stunt because its narrator had the rich soul and speculative bent of a philosopher, with a vocabulary of befitting eloquence. The literary Enzo was passionate, occasionally cockeyed in his perceptions of our species, endearingly obsessive—always yearning for opposable thumbs—a believer in his immortal soul and a sort of rain dog with a savant’s knowledge of automobile racing that he’d acquired from watching TV. Most of all during his relatively short dog’s life, he bore an abiding love for his human, and then for Denny’s wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), and daughter, Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), throughout the family’s triumphs and tragedies.