As many people know, Disney has been leaning towards a series of “live-action” remakes of their most popular cartoon films from the past. With the success of Beauty & the Beast, the company decided to go forward with several other adaptations such as Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and the Lion King.
With the casting memo going out last year—with Beyoncé playing Nala and Donald Glover playing Simba—people were excited and hyped to see what would be in store for this adaptation. Mirroring iconic scenes from the original film, this trailer gives all kids from the ’90s major nostalgia.
Here’s a side-by-side of the throwback original, compared to the brand new, CGI-crazy version of the film.
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) November 22, 2018
The trailer has already been viewed on YouTube 10 million times and is the number one video on trending. Additionally, Twitter could not stop freaking out about how excited they were to see this brand new version of a childhood classic.
I remember turning on the vcr player & watching Lion King for the first time as a little kid, then rewatching it over & over again, it was the first animation movie i've ever watched, can't wait to see the new one, it will surely bring back alot of memories 🦁 pic.twitter.com/7VaFUQ4QyM
— Nawfal🇲🇦 (@93WinterSoldier) November 22, 2018
I wasn’t even gonna mess with the new Lion King film. But right when I hear that “NAAAAAAAANNNTNNTTTSSSS INGENBBEEEEEYGGGSSSSSAAAAAAA NAHGABDJDKDKHBBA” I’m back to my childhood. Let’s GOOOOOOOO.
— Lakell "TASK" Pruitt #Excelsior (@UpToTASK) November 22, 2018
Watching the Lion King trailer like i don’t have to watch Mufasa die again pic.twitter.com/MI5N6940n3
— kyle 🖕🏽 (@thekillakay_) November 23, 2018
The Lion King trailer being released as millions of Millennials sit in their childhood bedrooms on Thanksgiving night, slightly drunk and vulnerable to nostalgia… someone give that marketing team a raise
— Nick Morrow (@NRMorrow) November 23, 2018
*watches lion king trailer*
james earl jones: everything the light t-
— 𝓥🥀 (@avengermemes) November 23, 2018
the new trailer of the lion king is sick! pic.twitter.com/qBOkfKaN1V
— margo (@hemmosgrey) 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
— Nichole (@NicholeMarieZ) November 23, 2018
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
The Lion King will be released on July 19, 2019.