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The Internet Duly Freaked Out Over the First Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Trailer
Disney dropped the first teaser trailer for next summer’s Lion King live-action remake on Thanksgiving, and the much-pandered-to ‘90s kid demographic accordingly lost its shit. All credit where it is due—the trailer is beautiful. Just shot after shot of Serengeti wildlife in all their CGI majesty, while the Zulu portion of “Circle of Life” (by far the best part of the song) plays in the background. The James Earl Jones voice over! The tiny baby lion! You can hardly blame the adults of Twitter for losing their minds.
The film is directed by Jon Favreau, who also helmed 2016’s The Jungle Book. Its big-name cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Oliver as Zazu, and James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa.
Though everyone seems psyched for the movie, no one is looking forward to reliving the trauma of watching Musafa’s on-screen death.
New Lion King trailer is amazing. I’m billing @Disney for the therapy I’m going to need. As if watching a cartoon Musfasa dying wasn’t traumatic enough, now I can see the light drain from his eyes in IMAX 3D. #TheLionKing
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 23, 2018
This is technically supposed to be a children’s film, but everyone knows it’s really a nostalgia cash grab. Expect hordes of adults opening weekend, all with tissues ready.
The trailer was also incredibly loyal to the original—so loyal that it’s nearly a shot for shot remake.
Crazy!!! Look at the difference between the original 1994 Lion King and this one coming in 2019. We’ve come a long way with animations and graphics. Too bad Mufasa still drops. 😩 pic.twitter.com/cjhzk0Xh15
— Georgie Ndirangu (@georgiendirangu) November 23, 2018