But the way I see it, that's what the cartoon is for. (And in all fairness, that's why movies about talking animals are generally done with cartoons). The vision for this movie is supposed to be a live-action Lion King. Yes the characters are CGI, but they're supposed to function as if they're 'acted' by real animals (similar to something like Homeward Bound). Giving the animals anthropomorphic faces would make it closer to something like "The Wild". Fair enough if that's what you'd prefer, but it's a pretty different vision. I have no doubt that this will fail to surpass the cartoon, but I admire the limitations put in place by the filmmakers inn order to provide a different experience.