Disney has been pumping out
Tim Burton’s Dumbo (2019) and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin (2019) found success financially, with the later exceeding even Disney’s expectations, though were unable to land with critics. The Lion King (2019) is the one adaptation that critics and audiences have been keeping an extra close eye on. The original film is regarded by some to be one of the best animated films ever made.
Before taking a stab at this fan favorite film, Disney needed to be sure the technology needed to realistically depict talking lions and hyenas not only existed but could be honed and utilized effectively. Disney took a stab at this technology and chose Iron Man (2008) and Elf (2003) director, Jon Favreau to helm 2016’s The Jungle Book. Favreau has taken what he learned on that film and applied it to The Lion King (2019), which doesn’t feature a human character at all.
The Lion King (2019) looks to follow in The Jungle Book (2016)’s footsteps with an impressive voice cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Seth Rogan as Pumba, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and James Earl Jones returning as the voice of Mufasa.
World Premiere Thoughts.
Those lucky enough to attend the world premiere were allowed to give their initial thoughts on the film on their personal social media accounts. Critics and press are praising the film on its amazing visual effects, endearing vocal performances by its star-studded cast, and excellent music.
Been lucky to have attended a number of world premieres but not sure I’ve ever heard as much clapping during a movie as I did tonight at #TheLionKing . Was like being at a rock concert. Movie is going to make so much money. pic.twitter.com/rnU4qf92mt
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 10, 2019
#TheLionKing is visually and audibly astounding! I’ve never seen anything like that on an animation level. It’s so beautiful.
Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner really steal the show. Chiwetel Ejiofor is brilliant as Scar! It is so much fun. Great movie. pic.twitter.com/v62LHFIM7W
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) July 10, 2019
#TheLionKing is visually immaculate & a game-changer for visual effects. It’s absolutely stunning in every way. The music shines (Glover & Beyoncé take it to another level), the performances are great (Timon, Pumbaa & Scar steal many scenes) & the emotions run HIGH. Truly great pic.twitter.com/lPH9Oo4ybb
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2019
#TheLionKing combines gorgeously realistic CG with heart, humor and the same story/beats of the original. It also captures the same magical feeling of the animated movie and remains faithful to its spirit. Most of the voice acting works well and the music once again stands out.
— Dennis Tzeng (@ThinkHero) July 10, 2019
#TheLionKing has always been my favorite Disney animated movie and this new rendition is a beautiful reminder why. Happy to welcome back familiar chills, emotions and tears. In awe of the visual wizards behind this one. Timon & Pumbaa are everything. pic.twitter.com/IcWHgjHCuF
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) July 10, 2019
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) July 10, 2019
#TheLionKing is a breathtaking visual cinematic achievement. I can’t believe this is a CG animated movie. Timon and Pumbaa steal the show. It’s a good Disney remake but was it necessary? Maybe not, but it’s enjoyable and families are gonna love it.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) July 10, 2019
Looks like Jon Favreau has managed to pull it off!
The Lion King (2019) hits theaters on July 19, 2019 and stars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Seth Rogan as Pumba, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and James Earl Jones returning as the voice of Mufasa.
Do these initial reactions make you want to go out and see The Lion King?