Lion King remake was a huge disappointment: Elton

Los Angeles: Music legend Elton John has termed Disney's The Lion King remake as a "huge disappointment".

John, who had written and performed many songs for the 1994 animated original, said the makers of the live-action remake "messed up" the film's music.

"The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up.

"Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn't have the same impact," John told GQ UK in an interview.

He deplored the makers for losing out the key elements of "magic and joy" from the music.

"The soundtrack hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success."

"I wish I'd been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around," the veteran said.

The film was released in July this year to mixed reviews.

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