Artists Recreate Characters From The Lion King And The Results Go Viral

The Lion King is easily one of the most popular movies of all time. I still remember watching it on repeat as a kid, I even named my dog Nala!

As good as the live-action remake is, nothing comes close to touching the cartoon animated original masterpiece.

Not everyone loves the latest rendition of the film – some people say the characters are too realistic and it takes away from their personalities, especially when they sing.

Others believe that this is the realistic version for a reason and so it doesn’t have to resemble the cartoon characters we all grew to love in the past – it’s supposed to look different.

No matter where you stand on the debate, you have to see what artists Ellejart (Nikolay Mochkin) and Design By Feo put together.

Their collaborative fan art poster shows what The Lion King remake would look like if the movie’s creators stuck closer to the original style of the classic cartoon.

1. The movie promo poster

Nikolay Mochkin

2. Scar

Nikolay Mochkin

“In my childhood, after watching the classic cartoon The Lion King, I was delighted and immediately began to draw fan art on it on paper with a pencil. And now, when I watched the modern trailer, my first reaction was: ‘wow! It looks cool, but where are the heroes we were used to from childhood?’” Nikolay Mochkin told Bored Panda in an interview.

“I was determined to make fan art with a classic character design, because I can show people what a real film about the Lion King should be. I like all the characters, because they are perfectly accustomed to their roles, and this is a great story. As a result, I am faithful to the classic cartoon.”

3. Simba

Nikolay Mochkin

4. Rafiki

Nikolay Mochkin

Mochkin has been an artist at heart all of his life, drawing since he was a young child. “Maybe I was born with a pencil,” he joked.

5. Simba

Nikolay Mochkin

In the same interview with Bored Panda he revealed that it takes him anywhere between three to eleven hours to complete one piece of art.

6. Pumbaa and Timon

Nikolay Mochkin

Even with all of the attention Mochkin has received – and the 86k + followers he has on Instagram – he still doesn’t feel like “he’s made it.”

“I’m just a person who likes to draw fan art,” he humbly says.

7. Simba

Nikolay Mochkin

While he often focuses on artwork with a lot of hype surrounding it, say for instance the release of the new Lion King, he also strives to stay true to his leading rule: “draw what you love!”

As for all of you aspiring artists out there, Mochkin has some advice: “Beginning artists are advised not to be afraid of harsh criticism, not to give in to excessive praise, to listen to your heart and strive to be first.”

8. Nala

Nikolay Mochkin

Ellejart (aka Mochkin) and Design by Feo worked to recreate the main characters Simba, Pumbaa, Timba and Scar so that they looked more like their old selves – but still more realistic.

9. Simba

Nikolay Mochkin
Perhaps people are loving the duo’s remake because of the nostalgia it provokes, after all, their edition brings the original characters back to life.

Some people don’t agree – “if you’re going to do this, then why even bother watching the live-action version? Just watch the damn cartoon movie,” writes Bored Moogle.

10. Simba

Nikolay Mochkin

Ellejart and Design by Feo make a great team. They are both digital artists with a plethora of stunning artwork that you can see on their Instagram profiles.

Plus, Ellejart has worked on other fan edits of The Lion King in the past.

For his latest project, Mochkin is working with Miles Morales. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

11. Lion King Promo Poster

Nikolay Mochkin

The original Lion King movie was released in 1994, and it took a loooong time to put together! Development started years earlier in 1988, and production began in 1991.

All of the hard work was well worth it considering the movie grossed $766 million – making it the highest-grossing release of 1994 and the second-highest-grossing film of all time.

In addition, it is the best-selling film on home video with over 30 million VHS tapes sold to date.

Did we mention it is the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time?

12. Simba

Nikolay Mochkin

The remake isn’t far behind – released on July 19, 2019, it has already grossed over $543 million around the world.

On IMDB, the latest remake has a score of 7.2, while the original maintains an 8.5. While critics love the visual effects, music, and vocal performances, the film has been criticized for its lack of originality and little to no facial emotion on the characters.

What do you think? Keep it life-like or stick closer to the original?