The Lion King Trailer — Disney, Jon Favreau Aim for a Grittier Remake

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Disney has released a new Full Scale trailer for The Lion King — from director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) — which seeks to establish a grittier tone and feel for the photorealistic CGI Picture of Its Own 1994 hit animated film of the same Title.

That is why it opens with a foreboding voice-over in the protagonist Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor), who chastises his youthful nephew Simba then threatens him with his minion pack of hyenas. The Internet hasn’t taken kindly to Scar’s new scruffy, dishevelled look, which is in stark contrast with his first more regal appearance. Sure, it’s more realistic but it’s not like fans were advocating for that.

The new Lion King trailer then transforms to a more optimistic equipment, as Simba’s father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones), clarifies the delicate balance of life in nature and also the responsibility of a”true king”. Together, there are glimpses of the hornbill Zazu (John Oliver) and the mandrill Rafiki (John Kani), the wildebeest episode that triggers Mufasa’s death (wait, is this a spoiler?) , Scar telling Simba to”run away without return”, Simba growing up with all the meerkat Timon (Billy Eichner) and warthog Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), and a grownup Simba (Donald Glover) reuniting with his childhood best friend Nala (BeyoncĂ©), that also functions as his love interest. The trailer concludes with Timon and Pumbaa doing what they do best: singing and dance.

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Especially, the only dialogue in the new trailer comes from Scar and Mufasa, although the rest of the CGI creatures simply show their faces.

While Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book was a live-action film to a extent, The Lion King remake is not a live-action film at all, really. There are no people in this story and therefore, it only uses just the computer-generated photorealistic animation techniques utilized on The Jungle Book. Favreau is also famous for directing Iron Man, and is the founder of the upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

The Lion King is slated to launch July 19, 2019 at India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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