The Lion Kings Circle of Life


Lilliana Quesnel, War Cry Staff

A FUTURE KING IS BORN – In Disney’s all-new “The Lion King,” Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. Featuring JD McCray and Donald Glover as Young Simba and Simba, “The Lion King” roars into U.S theaters on July 19, 2019. ©2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“The Lion King,” a Disney classic, has recently been recreated using impressively life-like CGI scenes. The realistic imagery, while impressive, gives it a darker take than the original, but the light-hearted jokes cracked here and there make up for it.

Released on July 18, The Lion King is one of many Disney live-action remakes even though the scenes aren’t of real animals. The movie incompasses the same typical hereo journey the original does although the CGI provides a new perspective.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the plot of “The Lion King,” Simba, the son of Mufasa, tends to get into a lot of trouble as a cub trying to impress his father. Mufasa is the king of Pride Rock and has a jealous younger brother, Scar, who tends to use Simba’s ambition to trick him. Scar teams up with the hyenas who are outcasts in order to devise a plan to assume the rule as King. Simba goes into hiding and once Scar ruins Pride Rock, Simba’s childhood friend Nala seeks him out for help.

While the remake contains 99% of the same scenes, songs, and script based on the same plot, the new CGI technology creates stunning life-like characters which ups the intensity and emotionality of the scenes, both happy and sad, causing viewers to experience the ups and downs of the movie in a way contrasting with the originals less emotionally heavy friendly cartoon. 

The CGI technology used to create each scene was so detailed that each individual hair was defined to further add to the live action effect. While it might seem that since the characters are so life-like it might be difficult to convey emotion through a seemingly real animals face, but the talent of the CGI artists does not disappoint and the ever so slight but recognizable and natural facial expressions add to the films emotional intensity.

The 2019 Lion King features a cast of actors whose voices and personalities seem to perfectly coincide with the character they portray. Not to mention the musical talent of Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala. 

To even further add on to the nostalgia for those who remember the original “Lion King” from their childhood, James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa. It’s refreshing to see a classic film that has graced the previous generations childhood being recycled to touch this generation’s adolescents.

The Lion King (2019), while technologically advanced, still stayed true to the original in many ways and successfully completed the circle of life.