Why don't they twitch their ears?

Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Simba_Lion » August 23rd, 2016, 6:02 pm

You might have noticed that lions (and other big cats) twitch their ears to get rid of the flies or when they're nervous.
But why do you think TLK lions don't do it? Did the animators forget about it? After all, they're animators and not zoolgists. :) Or did they deliberately omit it? What are your thoughts?
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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Elton John » August 23rd, 2016, 6:40 pm

Probably because it wasn't important enough to be included, that and they aren't zooligists.

The Lion King franchise often plays fast and loose with real lion behavior. Most of the time I believe it is because certain aspects would get in the way of the stories they want to tell.
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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Amur_Tiger » August 24th, 2016, 12:49 am

By and large the TLK universe opts for a pretty sanitized version of Savannah life there's no ear flicks because there's no swarms of flies around lions as they eat, or for that matter many meaningful depictions of a kill for the lions to eat.
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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Captain Cupcake » August 24th, 2016, 4:30 am

They had it done at least once: https://youtu.be/GibiNy4d4gc?t=2m15s

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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Simba_Lion » August 24th, 2016, 7:45 pm

Captain Cupcake wrote:They had it done at least once: https://youtu.be/GibiNy4d4gc?t=2m15s

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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Tsuki » August 24th, 2016, 9:14 pm

Because TLK is a fly free philosophy?
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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby fallen prince nuka » August 25th, 2016, 8:21 am

Personally, I assume they just did not have the time to focus on such a small detail. While I agree it would have been a nice touch, animating (especially when hand drawn) is a lot of hard work and it would be hard even for a team of professionals to add in such small details on a deadline.
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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Squeely » August 26th, 2016, 9:13 pm

It wasn't that important of a detail to add, and may have been distracting if done at the wrong time.
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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby Alexterri1 » August 27th, 2016, 3:34 pm

Because it wasn't an important detail and it would be difficult to animate
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Re: Why don't they twitch their ears?

Postby PrincessKiara » November 12th, 2016, 11:20 pm

I agree with what has already been said, otherwise I wanted to add that it`s not a twitch of the ear exactly, but adult Simba does turn his ear before turning his head when he hears Rafiki singing - I`ve always enjoyed that little detail, a realistic animal behaviour.
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