Disney’s Remake of “The Lion King” Gets New Official Trailer
Written by Jambareeqi
Posted 10th April, 2019
Only a week or so after releasing their “Dumbo” remake, which is underperforming at the box office, Disney have randomly released a brand new official trailer for their new live action remake of “The Lion King”, surprising fans everywhere with an expanded vision of what Jon Favreau has gone for.
Much like with the teaser though, there doesn’t seem to be much to the film that’ll separate it from the original movie? There’s a lot of shot for shot reenactments, with the only changes being photo-realistic looking animals this time, begging the question why the film is even necessary.
However, Disney’s Live Action Studio Chief Sean Bailey has insisted that this won’t be an exact clone, telling The Hollywood Reporter “The Lion King is a revered and beloved movie, so you’d better revere and love those parts that the audience wants. But there are things in the movie that are going to be new.”
It’s just hard to 100% believe Sean though, when a huge majority of the clips in this trailer, are trying to directly replicate classic images or shots from the 1994 film, in a sneaky attempt to draw audiences in through Nostalgic triggers, maybe even more so than previous Disney Remakes.
The emotional manipulation is most evident in the re-use of Hans Zimmer’s beloved music score, a soundtrack that will get Disney fans excited no matter what, you can put his music to anything and it’ll tug at audience’s heart strings. This is a score that audiences associate with sentimental iconic scenes that made their childhoods special, it’s an easy tool for making the trailer’s viewers feel something strong.
The photorealistic animals are impressive to look at, I won’t deny that, but I can’t really see much emotion in these character’s faces, this is due to the extreme efforts to wow audiences with Disney’s CGI technology. Yes, animals are inherently less emotive than humans, so this is realistic, but it’s not exactly a wise creative choice when attempting to recreate a very dramatic and emotional animated movie.
I remember Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” using hyper-realistic looking animals, but you could at least read some subtle emotion in the faces, they could look expressive through simple nuances, without ever looking too eerie or uncanny. So it confuses me why this remake seems to lack those details? Maybe Disney are being more insistent on authenticity than soul? Or perhaps the trailer isn’t showing these animals at their most characteristic.
Scar at least looks and sounds great, seeming way more menacing than Aladdin’s fluffy soft voiced Jafar, but fans are cross that he doesn’t have a black mane, which is something I’m not THAT bothered about, as Scar’s only real important physical feature is his… well… scar haha.
If you’re excited for this Lion King remake based on the new trailer, then all power to you, but there’s not much here for me to get enthralled about, besides the shallow gimmick of seeing “The Lion King” with more photorealistic animals – a novelty that can’t hold an entire film together. While you’re here, feel free to explore this website, it features lots of articles & Film/TV Reviews! Also, consider subscribing by clicking the “Subscribe” button on the right hand side.