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Description of First Footage of Disney’s Live-Action Lion King Remake

July 16, 2017 | Posted by Ashish
The Lion King

Disney showed off the first footage from the upcoming live-action Lion King remake at the D23 Expo yesterday. The film is being directed by Jon Favreau and is due out July 19, 2019.

Here is how Collider described the footage.

The footage begins. The sun rises over the African Savannah. There are animals everywhere and it’s a shot that looks like it could have been lifted straight from The Jungle Book. Favreau reaped phenomenal results with the groundbreaking CG on his first live-action Disney adaptation and he’s furthering that technology here, reteaming with Jungle Book’s Oscar winning VFX supervisor Rob Legato and VFX house MPC for a film completely absent of human characters. Exotic animals walk through the desert landscape, journeying somewhere together. Elephants carry birds on their backs and on their tusks. We follow them, and then we see it. The iconic rock formation, Pride Rock. The antelopes, zebras, elephants, and rhinos (among others) are answering the royal call to see the young Simba announced.

The footage will look stunningly familiar to any fan of the 1994, a mirrored recreation of the beloved film, reimagined in photoreal CG. The wide shot zooms out even wider, showing off the vast, majestic terrain of Mufasa’s Kingdom. Elton John‘s Circle of Life begins to play, the familiar chanting rising in the background. Enter Rafiki, who looks stunning, to the point that it’s almost impossible to believe he’s not a real baboon. Then, the gold. Baby Simba rests in his mother’s arms and he’s so cute you could DIE. I mean real cute. Like, reaaaaal cute. Picture the little wolves in The Jungle Book and then amplify that cute by 100. I’m moving on, I promise, but jeez louise, he’s so cute.

Lil’ baby Simba yawns and stretches when Rafiki anoints him with the red oil smudge, and the cub sneezes (Yep, it’s cute.) The baboon picks up the future king, holding him up high, presenting him to his kingdom in a recreation of the iconic cover shot from the original film. The crowd goes wild, the animals bow and roar. Circle of Life booms. In Anaheim, California, the crowd is also going wild, and a thunderous applause breaks out across the auditorium as the title card closes out the footage.