When I first saw the trailer for The Lion King remake, I immediately thought: “oh my god, that skin looks so real!” And I know I’m not alone, like someone said, “the new Lion King is just like watching National Geographic,” I mean, National Geographic with an intriguing storyline!
You can see how baby Simba has a fur that looks like a stuffed teddy bear that comes alive and this is the basic renovation that came with the remake of the 1994 classic (well, aside Beyonce). However, the term “digital fur technology” was not closely linked to this animation, or maybe I missed it, or probably, the celebrity casts (Beyonce again) who voiced the famous characters took over the buzz.
Only this past week when the trailer for Cats, a remake of the 1981 sung-through fantasy musical was released did the new effect begin to make waves (again). The term has now been closely linked to Tom Hooper, director of Cats (and it wasn’t for all the good reasons). So the former Cats was basically a musical where the performers dressed up in cat costumes but in this remake, which lately is been referred to as “live-action” had the casts appear like ‘human-cats,’ think of it as a hybrid between a human and a cat (yes, I know it sounds bizarre).
Let’s take for instance, Taylor Swift who features in this film, now below is Taylor Swift (as human)
Now below is Taylor Swift after Digital fur technology effect. It is like a Snapchat filter on steroids (that also doesn’t disappear when you move too fast).
And the drama starts…
After the release of the trailer, reactions followed by memes and parodies started pouring in. “Why does the cats have breasts?” “Why are some cats clothed and why are some naked?” It was an endless, hilarious inquiries and savagery.
So now we know what Digital fur technology is about, although, it seemingly didn’t turn out great for use in Cats but I honestly don’t know what people were expecting from a “live-action” remake — it was supposed to look like a freaking human-cat!!