The Lion King! What an excellent adventure!
Disney’s “The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, 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. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.
John Oliver is hilarious as Zazu”
And as fun as Seth Rogen is as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner’s Timon is fantastic! What a great sense of humor!
“It’s such a beloved property,” says Favreau. “Disney has had tremendous success with the original animated version and then the Broadway musical. I knew that I had to be very careful with it. I felt a tremendous responsibility not to screw it up. I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using mind blowing techniques and technologies.”
There are a few things to note when deciding to take the younger set, perhaps six and under. This live action movie is much darker then than animated version. The death and fighting scenes are not done in fun animation, but rather the way we might see them on the plains of Africa, and that is a harsh world.
The CGI is terrific and almost life like. I say almost, because it is CGI and not the real animals we are used to seeing in live action animal kingdom stories. Disney has done so many wonderful nature shows that it was a little difficult for me to appreciate the CGI animals in this movie, more so than the Jungle Book CGI.
James Earl Jones is back and better than ever as Mufasa.
The new live action The Lion King was enjoyable, but I prefer the animated version, see it for yourself and let me know what you think!
Buy tickets now at Fandango.com! And enjoy one of the most beautiful cast pictures we have ever seen: