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7 classic scenes from The Lion King that get the remake treatment in the new trailer


It's 100 days to go until Disney's remake of The Lion King, as proudly announced by director Jon Favreau on Twitter. And a brand new trailer has arrived to mark the occasion.

Jon Favreau announces new Lion King trailer

Is the movie animation, or is it live-action? While that debate rages like the proverbial pride of lions, here are seven classic scenes from the original Lion King that get the remake treatment in the trailer. Scroll down to check out our side-by-side comparison.

1. Simba and Nala in the elephant graveyard

Who can forget the important formative experience shared by young lion cubs Simba and Nala? Given the former is destined to become ruler of Pride Rock, it's high time he learned good from bad. The memorably creepy scene where he and eventual love interest Nala venture into the den of the hyenas gets an appropriately shadowy and menacing visual interpretation from Favreau, who paints with light and shade in the same manner as his blockbusting Jungle Book reboot.

Simba and Nala in elephant graveyard in The Lion King remake

2. "Everything the light touches..."

It's a stroke of genius to get James Earl Jones back as the voice of the wise Mufasa. His characteristic bass tones are once again evident during his speech to Simba about the circle of life, reinforcing the eternal patterns of nature that are etched into the African landscape. Plus, how stunning do the photo-realistic effects look? Everything from the ruffling fur to the expressive light in Simba's eyes resounds with beauty.

Mufasa and Simba in Disney's The Lion King trailer

3. The stampede

This latest trailer offers our first glimpse at Simba's villainous uncle, Scar. He's voiced by 12 Years a Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who has a tough task even equalling the honeyed tones of Jeremy Irons from the original. Nevertheless the character looks and sounds suitably threatening, and the gut-wrenching stampede scene, in which Simba loses his father, will no doubt gain added emotional dimensions in its new presentation.

Simba in the stampede scene in The Lion King trailer

4. Simba grows up

One of the first film's most memorable transitions came during Simba's growth from infancy to adulthood, silhouetted against the moonlight alongside new friends Timon and Pumbaa. This is the point in Favreau's movie where the voice of our hero is taken over by Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover, although we don't hear him in the trailer.

Favreau's apparent loyalty to the first movie's gorgeous visual design will no doubt please nostalgics and Disney die-hards the world over. Of course, in the first movie, they were singing the ear-worming 'Hakuna Matata' together, although it looks like the new version may have dropped the whimsy during this particular moment.

Simba, Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King trailer

5. Simba and Nala at the pool

Good news for all the romantics out there: songwriters Elton John and Tim Rice are back to re-interpret their classic numbers for the new Lion King movie. (Reports are they've devised some new ones too.) No doubt we'll once again hear classic ballad 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' during the bonding moment between adult Simba and Nala, who in this iteration is voiced by global superstar Beyonce Knowles.

Simba and Nala in The Lion King trailer

6. Simba returns to Pride Rock

Who can forget the climactic surge of Hans Zimmer's Oscar-winning score during the original movie? That same piece courses through the background of the new trailer, tingling spines during the moment where Simba takes his rightful place. Zimmer is back to compose the score for the remake – can he possibly win another Oscar?

Simba at Pride Rock in The Lion King trailer

7. Timon and Pumbaa

Every great Disney movie needs its sidekicks, and The Lion King features two of the best. Wisecracking meerkat Timon and warthog BFF Pumbaa help assuage what is otherwise an emotional remake of Hamlet with lions (don't believe us? Check out the plot again), and they're back for the remake. At the very end of the trailer, we hear voice actors Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner riffing on 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' as per the original movie – a nice set-up for their double-act.

Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King trailer

What did we miss in the trailer? With The Lion King released on 19th July, let us know @Cineworld.