From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Earlier this year we learned that James Earl Jones will star as the voice of Simba’s father Mufasa, reprising his role from the original 1994 animation and that Donald Glover, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and The Martian (2015), would be the voice of Simba, the young lion next in line to rule the Pride Lands.
Other cast members include Beyoncé as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Simba’s mother.
The Lion King (1994) is a special movie for our family. Not only is it my favorite animated film, but a longtime favorite of both of our daughters as well as our granddaughter. Having daughters that are twelve years apart there really hasn’t been many things that they both adored while young, The Lion King is an exception. When our now thirty-year-old daughter was young she fell in-love with the movie and was very much attached to her plush Simba, it was one of the very few things that I saved from her childhood. Over a decade later, our then three-year-old daughter, now nineteen, fell in-love with the movie and grew attached to that very same plush Simba. Over the years, this would create hours of debate and tearful arguments as to who was the rightful owner of the toy, as they both professed to love him more than the other. Both girls went through the trouble of hiding him from the other several times over the years, eventually I swiped him back. Both girls continued to talk about the toy and ask for him, even into adulthood. Then, after several more years came our first granddaughter and she eventually fell in-love with The Lion King and that same plush Simba was given to her. Today, our second granddaughter is also a big fan, making The Lion King a huge hit with all three generations of our family. Can one animated movie really bring out this kind of emotions across this many years? Well, here we are twenty-four years and four girls later and everytime that I watch the above teaser trailer and hear the music it fills my heart with so many sweet memories of our girls being young that it brings actual tears to my eyes, so I must answer yes, yes it can. So, so many feels!
THE LION KING opens in theatres everywhere on July 19th, 2019