Full-Length Trailer for Disney's 'The Lion King' Directed by Jon Favreau

April 10, 2019
Source: YouTube

The Lion King Trailer

"Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance." Disney has released a full-length trailer for Jon Favreau's new "live-action" take on The Lion King, based on the beloved 1994 animated film. This is more of a "photorealistic CGI remake", though the characters still do talk in this, as you can see in the trailer. Borrowing the same plot from the original, the film is about a lion cub named Simba who runs away after his evil uncle kills his father and takes over the lion kingdom. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi. This definitely looks stunning, very photorealistic and believable. Maybe this will be great? I will admit this trailer did give me the chills.

Here's the second official trailer for Jon Favreau's The Lion King, direct from Disney's YouTube:

The Lion King Movie

You can rewatch the first teaser trailer for Jon Favreau's The Lion King here, to see the initial reveal again.

A photorealistic CGI remake of Disney's 1994 animated film, about a lion cub named Simba who runs away into the Savannah after his evil uncle Scar kills his father and takes over the lion kingdom. On the photorealistic CGI elements, VFX supervisor Rob Legato explains: "I consider this just a movie, and this happened to be the best way to make it. We [made] it comfortable for Jon Favreau to come in and be able to direct as if it was a live-action film." Disney's The Lion King is directed by actor-producer-filmmaker Jon Favreau, director of the films Made, Elf, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Iron Man 1 & 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Chef, and The Jungle Book previously. The screenplay is written by Jeff Nathanson, from a story by Brenda Chapman. Based on the original 1994 film written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, & Linda Woolverton. Featuring a new score by Hans Zimmer, and one new original song by Elton John and Tim Rice. Disney will release Favreau's The Lion King in theaters everywhere starting July 19th his summer. How does it look?

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Hardly even looks like CGI. Amazing.

Jon Odishaw on Apr 10, 2019


Disney is smart, but no longer innovative. This trend of remaking all their animated classics as live-action or CG hybrids is uncreative and manipulative. Essentially treating their classics as the storyboards for these new versions. Cashing in on nostalgia makes sense every once in a while, but Disney is all-in because we all get suckered into it. Yes, the visuals are "impressive" but everything about it is uninspired. Yes, many are classic tales from Grimm and related literature, but nothing except the visuals are being reinterpreted with these. Aside from the bloated Dumbo, they have been simply redoing the "Disney" version with a new glossy sheen and cast. Why are we impressed with these? THEY ARE SO BORING! because we've seen them already...when they were actually impressive.

Andrew on Apr 10, 2019



THE_RAW_ on Apr 10, 2019


Agree to agree !

Mark on Apr 10, 2019


I feel like re-releasing their original animated films back into theaters would be more appreciated, rather than copy/paste with CGI. Business-wise, it would be a better move I'd guess. But, I'm older now, and this isn't geared towards me anymore. Maybe kids today would rather have this than the hand-drawn art styles of yesterday. Shame though, all the hard work and talent being overshadowed and forgotten.

grimjob on Apr 10, 2019


You're saying that making something this beautiful wasn't hard work and that the animators aren't talented? I think this is a crowning achievement in animation, much like Jungle Book before it. And I'm old enough to have watched Sleeping Beauty on the initial theatre run.

kitano0 on Apr 10, 2019


Not saying that at all. Obviously it takes a lot of work to make the animation here look as good as it does. I'm just saying I don't understand the point of remaking something that was already an impressive feat in animation. They could take all this effort and talent and make something new rather than ride the name of something they made decades ago. It seems they'd rather play it safe and rely on old "tried and true" properties, and I think that's a shame.

grimjob on Apr 10, 2019


Both styles work, at least I think. This is a great way to get people excited to go back and watch the original. And for us true old souls revisit the true OG, HAMLET.

DAVIDPD on Apr 10, 2019


Fair point.

grimjob on Apr 10, 2019


I never saw the animated version. And will follow that example here. This story just isn't sitting with me ...

shiboleth on Apr 10, 2019


CG work is amazing here. Also pumped that Jones made it to recreate his character.

DAVIDPD on Apr 10, 2019


As most have already said, the visuals look AMAZING. However, the story is one we already know and it's my least favorite of the Disney properties. Although Favreau did a fantastic job of honoring the Jungle Book with his live-action version and this looks to do the same for The Lion King. I'll probably stream this.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 10, 2019


Zimmers score here gives me headaches for some reason

Grotten Olm on Apr 11, 2019


So perfect. Disney is the company to work with.

Sean Taylor on Apr 11, 2019


Would this film qualify for a best animated film oscar? Or is the CGI so photo realistic that it would border on disrespect to do so? Would this be considered a live action film with so many CGI elements? Ugh. I think i just broke my brain.....

Duane on Apr 11, 2019


Stunning! Notable: Why is everyone complaining about the new Scar? I think the changes is great. Chiwetel Ejiofor is doing a fantastic job. The fact that the original Scar have darker fur and mane, and have a "queer" way of behave/talk - as a villain, is problematic, in obvious ways. In the realistic approach Disney heading, the new Scar, is way more better and modern.

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