Disney dropped the trailer this week for the new live action CGI remake of the beloved classic The Lion King and it looks like its gonna be the movie of the year in pretty much every category possible. The original Lion King was arguably the best animated movie that Disney ever made outside of Pixar Studios.
The trailer starts with Scar’s monologue to Simba that just gets you fired up with a voice that you can just hear the evil in, then you see how incredibly realistic he looks and the evil in his eyes. And that flick of his cut ear is so lifelike that it’s hard to believe this lion is made in CGI. The hyenas look exactly as much of assholes as they did in the original too which is amazing.
Next, we get an incredibly beautiful shot of the water on the Pride Lands with tons of birds flying over it, just like in the original. Just an amazing view, then we meet Mufasa, voiced by James Earl Jones who reprises his original role. “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance.” If you don’t get chills from hearing this line, there’s something wrong with you.
Imagine if The Lion King was this lifelike back in the day. The detail is unreal, look at the hair on little Simba’s head and how Zazu the bird looks. The CGI is unlike anything I’ve seen ever before.
We get to see the all the wildebeest stampede that exactly replicates the original movie and Scar telling Simba to run away from Pride Rock and never return all over a music track that gets you pumped.
We see a grown Simba walking over a fallen tree in front of the moon with his sidekicks Timon and Pumba, just like the classic and later get to see Nala’s eyes of lust for Simba. Can you feel the love tonight?
We all know how the movie ends with Simba taking his place as the king of Pride Rock and his entire kingdom bowing down to him, again exactly the same as the original. This movie is going to be absolutely perfect and a nostalgic trip down memory lane to watch.
The trailer closes out with a mention of the circle of life, Simba’s roar as the king and a glimpse of a scene of Pumba and Timon singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight (this song still always reminds me of the Friends scene with Marcel the monkey) which is already funny with Pumba’s little trot and Seth Rogan’s singing.
The Lion King releases July 19th and I’ll be sure to see it in theaters that week. This movie’s gonna be amazing. Disney’s gonna hit it out of the park with this one.