The Lion King 2019, Characters, Rating, Facts

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The Lion King 2019, Characters, Rating, Facts

With a new trend to convert old masterpieces into live-action movies, Disney brought one of its most cherished movie, The Lion King to theatres again. Before, it had released the live-action of films likes Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, Dumbo, The Jungle Book and Aladdin.

A soul touching tale of a young lion cub and his struggle to reclaim what he lost, The Lion King is a classic story with heartwarming characters and music.

Characters And Cast

Who could ever forget the roar of the king of the jungle, Mufasa, voiced by non-other than James Earl Jones? Well, he returned to work in the remake of the classic 1994 tale by portraying the same character again.

Lending his skill as Simba, Donald Glover also worked his wonders. On top of that, he brought his singing talent into the realm of the jungle along with Queen B, Beyonce, who plays Nala. They together sang the song, Can You Feel The Love Tonight.

Playing their younger self are JD McCrary (Simba) and Shahadi Wright Joseph (Nala), both are musically gifted youngsters.

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One of the funniest guys in Hollywood, Seth Rogen voiced the original and lively character of Pumba the warthog, while Billy Eichner voiced his counterpart and buddy, Timon, the meercat.

Expressing the wise yet crazy baboon, Rafiki is no other than John Kani.

The cast of The Lion King 2019 (Photo: liverampup.com)

The remaining cast is full of renowned Hollywood faces like Alfre Woodard, Eric André, Chance the Rapper, Chiwetel Ejiofor and so on. The film is directed by Jon Favreau, a well-known director, and actor.

Release Date, Rating

The movie initiated to hit the theaters throughout the world from 12 July 2019 to 21 August 2019. Since the initial release, the reviews have been harsh in comparison to its original roots.

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While 1994 The Lion King was compared to the work of Shakespeare like Hamlet, the 2019 version of the first is claimed to have been more professional, focusing more on the animation department rather than taking the viewers into an enchanted journey.

Despite recieving harsh criticism, critics have considered the difficulty of re-creating a masterpiece. Nevertheless, the movie is still the copy of its original with heart-touching moments.

One such review that defines the movie accurately came from A.O. Scott on The NYTimes:

There are a great many impressive moments in this "Lion King" remake, and a few that might elicit a gasp of amazement. There is a lot of professionalism but not much heart.

Comparing such words to the initial reviews are hard; the animated version of 1994 had a 93% rating from Rotten Tomatoes while the CGI animated 2019 movie has 59%.

Though the ratings are lower, the movie is, however, a complete package for anyone to renew their childhood memories.

Facts About The Original Lion King

  • The movie title was not always The Lion King; it was once King Of The Jungle
  • It was the first Disney movie to feature an original storyline.
  • The famous word Hakuna Matata was never on the script in the first place.
  • Rowan Atkinson, famously known as Mr. Bean, was also one of the cast members portraying Zazu in 1994.
  • From the film and products based on the characters, Disney reportedly earned around $1 billion in 1994.
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