The teaser trailer for Disney’s upcoming remake of The Lion King has landed, and it is so ridiculously good. The teaser debuted on US TV during an ad break on the Thanksgiving NFL game.
The film, which will be released in July 2019, is the latest CGI transfer from director Jon Favreau, whose remake of The Jungle Book in 2016 won an Oscar for its visual effects and took nearly $1bn at the worldwide box office.
Me last year: “I have no interest in a live action lion king
when James Earl Jones started speaking in the trailer: pic.twitter.com/LJRbPO8atp
— Tear (@Tearrr_) November 22, 2018
A similar approach appears to have been adopted for The Lion King, with painstakingly rendered CGI motion capture of big cats lolloping about sunlit plains.
Disney’s 1994 cartoon is the ninth-highest-grossing animated film of all time, and won much praise for its score by Elton John and Tim Rice. It also spawned a stage musical that is still running in New York and London. Including global productions, the show has been seen by an estimated 95 million people.
The trailer racked up more than 10 million views in less than 24 hours.
It suggests the new film is following the original story – although with Simba looking so clear in the trailer, some people are worried about what that means for his dad.
me watching simba in the lion king trailer vs me thinking about mufasa’s death in hd that we are going to see next summer pic.twitter.com/ptGGbSuA2l
— daddy stank (@woIvern) November 22, 2018
But not everyone was pleased with the remake of The Jungle Book, and it looks like there are some people worried about Disney’s latest attempt at re-creating a classic for a new audience.
As well as The Jungle Book, Disney remade Beauty and the Beast (with Emma Watson), and Aladdin is set to be released next year.
The Lion King is among almost a dozen big titles Disney is planning to release next year, including Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo, sequels to Frozen and Toy Story, and new instalments in the Avengers and Star Wars franchises.