Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Trailer

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We’ve already seen teaser trailers for Dumbo and Aladdin, but now this week Disney has unveiled the first trailer for their other upcoming “live-action” remake of 2019: The Lion King. The movie is directed by Jon Favreau and much like his version of The Jungle Book, it is substituting photorealistic CG animals for traditionally animated characters. The teaser trailer also seems to hint at a shot-for-shot recreation the likes of which we have not seen since Gus Van Sant’s Psycho. With a voice cast that includes Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Eric Andre, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa), the movie feels both compelling and redundant at the same time. The Lion King hits theatres on July 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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  • Jake

    I was getting a shot-for-shot vibe with the Aladdin trailer too. I’m still not sure how this is going to play when you have photo realistic animals singing hakuna matata, but we’ll see. Do you know if they are using all the same Elton John songs?

  • Beat_C

    these things just don’t work with realistic animals. e.g. the bowing alone is just so silly.

  • To me, it just feels like CG wankery. Like, LOOK what we can do now! And that’s the only reason I hear people excited about these.
    The same thing that made comic book movies so popular, I’m an adult now, but I want to like the things I liked as a kid, so make them “realistic”.

    So much personality and artistry is lost from these classics when you completely throw away the merit of a well designed character. Now it’s just, what does a lion look like.

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  • Tommy

    I think it could be interesting if the animals never talk, or only through narration. It’d bring back some of the vibe of those old live animal adventure movies like Homeward Bound or Milo and Otis, just without the animal abuse.

    I enjoyed Favreau’s Jungle Book, so I’ll give it a shot.

  • Lior

    These remakes of stellar animated films just drive home the fact that blockbuster cinema has essentially become an animation sub-genre. They do it because they can. but I just don’t see the added value in it, other than presenting the story to a new generation that would find a 1994 animated film “too slow” or “boring”. But aren’t they essentially diluting their own heritage?

  • Jameson

    Wow, this was underwhelming. The CGI is okay but it’s nothing groundbreaking. The recent Planet of the Apes moves look way better. And if this is just a beat-for-beat redo (which it’s looking like from this teaser) then YOU’RE DONE BUD!!