lion king trailer isn't live action


‘Lion King’ trailer definitely not live-action—and fans are concerned

That's... CGI.


Elizabeth VanMetre


Posted on Nov 23, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:00 am CDT

If you thought Thanksgiving football was going to be the only excitement yesterday, The Lion King trailer proved you wrong.

It features the music, sounds, and characters you love and those you love to hate. There’s something about this particular Disney movie that does something. Seriously, try to watch the new live-action trailer without getting goosebumps:

But while everyone is buzzing about the movie and amazed at how it compares to the original 1994 animated classic, people can’t help but ask, why are we calling this live action?

And they do have a point. While the film was created in Disney’s live-action division, it doesn’t take a film buff to see that there are no actual live-action scenes taking place on-screen.

No matter how you package it. It’s still animation.

And that’s fine! The animation looks good. The side-by-side comparisons to the original are incredible.

The announcement of the film, which will be released July 19, has sent waves of ’90s kids into a frenzy.

But the excitement is followed by fear. Especially from those who remember what happens in the movie.

The cast of the new film is certainly full of stars including Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric André as Azizi, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa.

Hakuna matata!

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*First Published: Nov 23, 2018, 10:40 am CST