Okay so, before I get into this, I'll preface this journal with a bit of history.
TLK was how I got my start with fanart and posting digital art online. TLK is something that is still prevalent and influential in my style to this day. I'd like to think that my style has improved beyond TLK as it was in the 90s, but that's besides the point. The point of this history lesson with Koofins is that I have been at the TLK Fanartist game for a long time, and that's where I've gotten a majority of my watchers, favorites, etc., because I made so much of it back in the day.
Both movies one and two have given me so much inspiration over the years, I dedicated months worth of sitting in front of my computer and drawing over the course of a few years. If you added the hours together, that is. And that's a lot. This series, the franchise has always been a source of great inspiration for me; it's spawned some of my strongest characters.
That being said. I'm sure a lot of you probably think you know how I feel about the movie. A resounding 'SHE MUST HATE IT.'
........I absolutely loved it.
....'Wait what?'I loved it to bits and pieces.
....'the sequence of letters in that order in relation to the subject matter are not cohesive sentences that make any sense to us.'
I FUCKING LOVED IT.
MY HEART IS SWOLLEN WITH LOVE FOR THIS.
LIKE HOLY SHIT EVERYONE.
I would apologize, but honestly. I can't. I just...I can't. You can all hate it to bits and pieces but I love
this movie so much. I literally cannot stress enough how full of inspiration and love I am because of this movie. AND I WILL TELL YOU ALL WHY.
We've all said over the years that The Lion King's fandom has been slowly dying out. People just don't show their kids that movie about the talking, singing lions, warthog+meerkat, and hyenas anymore. They don't expose their kids, the future fanartists who will someday replace all of us, to the amazing work of art that is TLK. (And by showing them THAT, get them interested enough to show them TLKII.) Unless they themselves are a fan of TLK, it usually isn't something that I know a lot of kids have seen. It's definitely a generational movie. The pacing, the story, the writing just isn't what interests kids these days.
But you know what? The Lion Guard has adapted to it's target audience, but still kept some things true to the classic TLK that we all know and love. That might be generous on my part, but here's the thing:
The Lion Guard seems...rushed. I'll be the first to criticize it despite being absolutely enchanted by the movie. It's a movie intended for kids; these things aren't things kids usually notice. Here's what I honestly think happened. Disney wanted to tap back into the cash cow that was TLK's franchise line, so the movie was pitched, the series was pitched, and paid for. There will be SO MUCH TLK Merch at Disneyland and Walt Disney World now, it will be ridiculous. The show is meant to attract the attention of kids these days: adventure, loud, almost obnoxious music and characters, near garish colors. The animation itself is obviously a lot of tweening mixed in with some decently done backgrounds, but still tries to harken back to the 'hand drawn/inked' style that Disney has been so famous for.
But TLG has the spirit of adventure, of good versus evil, that made The Lion King so damn amazing and a classic that is sadly not as beloved today or shown to today's youth as it once was. The hyena song was arguably its strongest song, and even that one got a bit repetitive; but that's the thing, to catch the eyes of kids these days, it has to be.
Now before you all jump down my throat and say 'HOW CAN YOU DEFEND SOMETHING THAT SHITS ON THE MOVIES WE USED TO KNOW AND LOVE???', I want you all to look at another fandom I'm still a part of: Skylanders.
Skylanders took something as incredible as Spyro the Dragon, and The Legend of Spyro, completely retconned it, and insulted an entire fan base. It got to the point that people were sending death threats to the people who now own Skylanders. Yes, people who were making games and toys for kids, were receiving death threats.
Let's check on this now, shall we?
Activision announced today as part of it’s quarterly financial report that the Skylanders series has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide across all available platforms, as of the end of last year. Activision has sold about 175 million Skylanders toys, which can be collected and summoned in game as playable characters.
What's that? It's successful
? But how can this be??? How can it be when it shat on all of our hopes and dreams for The Legend of Spyro?!
We can't possibly recover from this! The characters aren't interesting to look at! Their designs are shit!
The style is terrible!!! It shit on everything that was stylistically appealing before in the series!!
The series can't possibly do anything to expand on or make preexisting characters anymore interesting to look at or for our beloved characters to deal with!
Okay, what's Koofins's point here, exactly?
My point is: YES. Retcons of series that have done well can sometimes rub us all the wrong way. And at first, there was so much hate for the series it's painful sometimes to look back at.
But over time, we learned how to love it. There were a few of us who loved it from the start, and some of us who still hate it; but some of us eventually learned how to love it for what it was, flaws and all, after the shock of the changes managed to pass.
In relation to The Lion Guard...I'm going to openly admit that, despite the fact that it has it's flaws, I can love it for what it is: a retcon of a series I've always loved, dumbed down and altered and presented in a way to cater to a different audience. And despite it's flaws, I love it
. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to the show.
So, if you hate it, you are more than welcome to! That's fine with me! And I will be the first to agree with the flaws that the show has. (I hate Bunga. 8D I hate him a lot!) But I was incredibly charmed by it, for what it was.
And...it has filled me with inspiration. Lots
of it. And really, that's all I could ever ask of any show, book, movie, or video game. If this opinion of mine and the inspiration that comes from this cutesy, corny, entirely too adorable short offends or upsets any of you, I do truly apologize and understand that each of your opinions will differ from mine.
But while I can see things through the eyes of anyone, know that I'm not wearing rose colored glasses, and my opinion won't budge on The Lion Guard. It is a resounding 'yes' from me.