5 takeaways from the new ‘Lion King’ trailer, from Scar being questioned to sincere callbacks
It is part of Disney’s life cycle that the summer of 2019 will be dominated by franchises created in the 90s.
The adaptation of the live-action studio from the 1992 classic animation “Aladdin” will land May 24, followed by “Toy Story 4” a month later. But maybe no film will rule bigger at the box office season than the heavy Disney CGI adaptation of its favorite animated smash in 1994, the Oscar-winning “Lion King”.
And if seen from the initial emotional reaction to the trailer almost two minutes that landed Wednesday, “Lion King” Jon Favreau could be the biggest of Disney’s “live action” remake.
Everything, from iconic music to the A-list sound to the captivating wide shot of Pride Rock, warms social media – with only a few touches that cause critical fire.
Here are five takeaways directly from the trailer:
1. Disney smartly directs to animated echoes.
When the first teaser for “Lion King” was released a few months ago, many social media commentators lashed out that it only seemed like a photorealistic shot-for-shot remake of superior animation.
However, now, Favreau’s films are explicitly in “quotes” visually – for the silhouette portraits of young Simba growing behind Timon and Pumbaa – strengthening the direct connection to the brilliant ripening montage. Nostalgic inspired effect.
2. The Return of James Earl Jones is the call for the most resonant film.
For all visual connective networks between the two films, it would be unfortunate not to return at least one voice actor from the original. In addition, who can completely replace Bariton Jones as Mufasa?
So, while Donald Glover took over for Matthew Broderick’s vocal performance as an adult Simba – thus leading the new talent cast – it was Jones’s return as king who resonated deeply in the new teaser.
But, as has become a popular repetition on social media, are you ready to see Mufasa die again, only this time in a photorealistic high class?
3. Is the new version of the villain appropriate?
If the fans of “Lion King” have a major concern, it is a matter of appearance and the voice of Mufasa’s brother – evil Scar as is now voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor who was nominated by Oscar.
For some fans, this is a daunting task to replace quietly, snoring another British-born actor, Jeremy Irons, who delivered such a playful funny words and threatened music bites in his ‘94 performance.
Regarding more viewers, it seems, how Disney painted baddie on “Hamlet” in Savannah. In the most bright image, this Scar does not seem to have its distinctive black mane.
Will Disney really dare to change Scar dramatically?
4. Beyonce brings his own circle of excitement.
Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen took over as Timon and Pumbaa. John Oliver is a good casting as Zazu. John Kani (“Black Panther”) again voiced a wise teacher as Rafiki. And Keegan-Michael Key is now a Disney character, voicing Kamari hyenas a month after his “Toy Story 4” performance.
But when “Lion King” enjoyed a quarter-century return, no sound was more anticipated than Beyoncé (credited on the screen as Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) as Nala – a performance that also had to help sell the new soundtrack, as iconic music cover helped move the light nostalgia.
5. Disney brought its CGI game to a new level.
It turned out that when Favreau as the director of “Jungle Book” in some ways just warmed up because he was watching over the “Lion King” CGI magic.
Skeptics might think that “Lion King” non-animation starts to look more like a natural documentary, but cutting-edge pixelated magic here still has to serve the needs of creating character performance.
This “Lion King” can generate more than $ 1.5 billion worldwide. Some of them are poured back into technological innovation, so Disney and its creative partners can continue to push digital envelopes.
“The Lion King” opened July 19.