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The Lion King (2019)

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Author: Claire Almeida, Posted: Friday, 2nd August 2019, 15:50

The only real life shot in the CGI movie. Photo, Walt Disney Studios. The only real life shot in the CGI movie. Photo, Walt Disney Studios.

‘The Lion King’ 2019 adaptation was a one of a kind movie.

The CGI animated movie showed stunning visuals of all the animal kingdom and the iconic ‘Pride Rock’, the home of Simba – the hero whose life we follow throughout the whole film.

The movie is much like the classic movie we watched when young, only with more realistic portrayals of the animals and backgrounds.

The remake not only had to live up to the classic, 1994, Lion King movie but also compete with Disney’s new remake movies (Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Dumbo and many more).

Out of these CGI remakes, The Lion King is in my opinion the best so far.

Directed and produced by Jon Favreau (well known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as ‘Happy Hogan’), shows the original heart wrenching moments in greater quality.

The details of the animation make you feel as if you really are there, trotting along with Simba (voiced by Donald Glover), Pumbaa (voiced by Seth Rogen) and Timon (voiced by Billy Eichner) singing ‘Hakuna Matata’.

The lively music, once again scored by Hans Zimmer, was improved this time round by featuring singers Glover, also known as artist ‘Childish Gambino’, and Beyoncé (who voices Nala, Simba’s childhood friend), who sang along to the classic soundtrack on songs like ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’, ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Be Prepared’.

When Mufasa (still voiced by James Earl Jones) is no longer able to rule the kingdom, Simba must take on the leadership role. However, the young Simba is scared away from his home and leaves, to not upset his family and those he was due to look after.

Simba’s uncle, Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor), rules the animal kingdom atrociously, following Simba’s departure. This leads Nala to leave her home in search of her long-lost friend, Simba.

The story ends with Nala’s search for Simba and what happens when, and if, she finds him.

Overall, this recreation keeps The Lion King in the top movies created by Disney. The classic story of the brave lion and his just as brave friends will never fail to warm the hearts of the whole family.

It has definitely lived up to its expectations and has set a high target to beat, for the next Disney remakes such as; ‘Lilo and Stitch’, ‘Mulan’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and lots more, sure, to come.

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Simba. Photo, Walt Disney Studios.

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