JUST IN: The Lion King official trailer

Sergio Cunningham
April 11, 2019

This ain't even live action, it's fucking CGI.

Walt Disney Studios dropped a new official trailer for Jon Favreau's highly anticipated "live-action" reimagining of The Lion King, in theaters July 19.

The film is out this summer and boasts an all-star cast and that iconic soundtrack. Though in the case of The Lion King, it's not quite live-action as the entire film is done in CG animation. The trailer ends with Timon and Pumbaa humming 'Hakuna Matata'. The nostalgic effect is inspired.

However, remembering how the original animated movie turned out, you may not be able to watch this at work because tears are possible. Besides, who could ever fully replace baritone Jones as Mufasa?

The cast of "The Lion King" performs the opening number at the 62nd Annual Tony Awards in New York, June 15, 2008.

"Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance", Jones declares.

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The two minute-long preview at the Disney reboot sees evil lion Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor) make his return and he's terrifying.

Would Disney really dare to alter Scar so drastically? Shahadi Wright Joseph is voicing the young Nala, while John Kani voices the baboon Rafiki and John Oliver playing Mufasa's confidant, the hornbill Zazu.

Of all the scenes in the new trailer, it's the subtle shot of Simba growing up that's inspiring the most Twitter nostalgia. I can't wait for the circle of life to bring us back around to a 2D cartoonish The Lion King right around the year 2042.

Skeptics may snipe that a non-animated "Lion King" begins to look more like a nature documentary, but the cutting-edge pixelated wizardry here still must service the needs of creating character performance.

The original "Lion King" movie earned almost $1 billion, after several re-releases.

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