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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?
— SenpaiSublime (@SenpaiSublime) November 23, 2018
I’m gonna be a pedantic dork: It’s not a “live action” Lion King remake – it’s a “more advanced animation” remake. It’s still animation, unless they have an actual friggin’ monkey anointing an actual friggin’ lion cub #oldmanyellsatcloud
— Steve (@cackalacky1968) November 23, 2018
It’s so crazy that we keep referring to it as a live action remake when not a single ounce of the new Lion King is actually filmed footage.
— Joe Ferrarelli (@JFerrarelli) November 23, 2018
the! new! lion! king! is! not! live! action! it's! just! a! different! type! of! animation!
— eliza 💛 is going to MCM Comic Con! (@whatsshecalled) November 23, 2018
“Live action” Lion King? Not quite. pic.twitter.com/SjmcMFkDiU
— Osman Malik (@OsmanMalik_GFX) November 22, 2018
So like did Seth Rogen actually get turned into a warthog or is the live-action Lion King just not actually live-action
— yeet your teeth (@krispy_mr) November 23, 2018
My question on the new lion king, how is it being called live action? It’s CGI. It’s a cgi remake. pic.twitter.com/vAVHL56iOp
— Afia (@afiaonfiyah) November 23, 2018
Are we calling the lion king a live action movie? Cuz if you look closely you will see… those are not real animals.
— Danny T. Kane (@daniellisten) November 23, 2018
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.
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) November 22, 2018
The announcement of the film, which will be released July 19, has sent waves of ’90s kids into a frenzy.
Visual representation of me going to see the new Lion King pic.twitter.com/nP2niWFdpz
— 𝕷𝖊𝖇𝖔 𝕸𝖆𝖙𝖑𝖆𝖕𝖊𝖓𝖌🇿🇦🐦 (@Junbugstone) November 23, 2018
No lie, your little kids better move out the damn way and shut the hell up in the cinema during The Lion King. It's the 90's baby's time now. pic.twitter.com/YRGXTZDvwR
— Malowé (@_pmxlxisane) November 23, 2018
"You gone see the new lion King?"
— Serious Black (@MrMarcus260) November 23, 2018
watching the new lion king trailer pic.twitter.com/HflSyB3Gjw
— czar™ (@bilalBBK) November 23, 2018
Me watching the Live action Lion King movie pic.twitter.com/MDDjWLQJ8l
— Tony Mellace (@TonyMellace7) November 23, 2018
Lion king I’m front row
— P #MBM (@PageShhh1) November 23, 2018
Even my dog’s excited about the new Lion King Movie 😊🦁 pic.twitter.com/mpxaR34qwD
— J🌻 (@childofthewild7) November 23, 2018
But the excitement is followed by fear. Especially from those who remember what happens in the movie.
New Lion King trailer is amazing. I’m billing @Disney for the therapy I’m going to need. As if watching a cartoon Musfasa dying wasn’t traumatic enough, now I can see the light drain from his eyes in IMAX 3D. #TheLionKing
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 23, 2018
When you see the new Lion King trailer but realize you gotta watch Mufasa die again in high definition pic.twitter.com/2h0nrjeDqR
— Soccer Memes (@SoccerMemes) November 23, 2018
When you see the new Lion King trailer but realize you gotta watch Mufasa die again in high definition pic.twitter.com/OtJVzp6d1E
— Syed Silhouette (@SzpilmanStinson) November 23, 2018
Can disney just please give Mufasa a natural death in the Lion King remake? I don't think I can go through the Stampede and the 'Scar Brother Help me' part again.
— nma (@namaloomafraaad) November 23, 2018
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.
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.