'The Lion King' 2019 Trailer Matched to the Original Shot for Shot (Video)
The first teaser for Disney’s 2019 The Lion King has dropped and we still have all the feels. Not only does the CGI remake feature an all-star cast including Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa, but it also seems to match the trailer for the iconic 1994 film almost shot-for-shot.
The teaser ends with Mufasa simply saying “Remember.” So we decided to do just that and watch the 1994 original film and match it up. Watch the video above to see how well the new film follows the original while also looking absolutely amazing.
Most interesting is the line — taken out of context from the original 1994 film — in which Mufasa tells a growing, confused Simba to “Remember who you are.” The omission of words is clearly meant as a wink to life-long fans who will instantly recognize its original context, while also spurring us to remember the classic animated Disney movie and how it made it feel.
The Lion King tells the story of Simba, the heir of the animal kingdom who sees his throne and family torn away from him by his evil uncle Scar. When Simba is forced to go into hiding, he befriends Timon and Pumba (a meerkat and warthog) who teach him to eat bugs and enjoy a more laid-back existence. But when Simba’s history comes knocking he has no choice but to return home, confront Scar, and save his people.
The new film is being directed by Jon Favreau and stars Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, John Kani, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Eric André, and more.
The Lion King opens in theaters July 19th, 2019, a month after the 1994 original’s 25th anniversary.