disney lunar new year posters

Disney must count itself lucky that one of its characters from one of its most anticipated 2019 feature films is a pig. Because today is Lunar New Year and it rings in the Year of the Pig — which means that Hamm is front and center of the Chinese-inspired Toy Story 4 poster. The Toy Story sequel is one of the seven Disney Lunar New Year posters released by the House of Mouse to honor the holiday celebrated by China and many East and Southeast Asian countries.

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the lion king duet

Can you feel the love from the star-studded cast of Jon Favreau’s upcoming CG remake of The Lion King? They’re going to show us the greatest proof of love they can with a new rendition of the classic and beloved duet “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” sung by none other than the film’s resident R&B and hip-hop superstars, Beyoncé and Donald Glover. The two play Nala and Simba, respectively, and it’s hard to not just think of the chart-topping power of the two artists combined.

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The Lion King Remake

After the record setting debut of The Lion King teaser trailer on Thanksgiving earlier this year, many fans have assumed that the new take on the animated classic would merely be a shot-for-shot remake of the 1994 movie. After all, you can put pretty much every shot in the trailer right next to a shot from the original. But Disney’s live-action film studio chief Sean Bailey assures fans that this won’t be a carbon copy of the movie with photorealistic digitally created animals. In the same breath, he also addresses the rising debate as to whether or not The Lion King remake should be called live-action when it’s technically animated. Read More »

lion king cast amy sedaris

The cast for Disney’s remake of The Lion King is already very impressive, but we’re apparently not done learning about additional members of the ensemble. The latest: Amy Sedaris, who has some experience voicing animals through BoJack Horseman, will play a new part in Jon Favreau live action-esque remake of they Disney classic. Sedaris’ character is described as “an animal brand new to the kingdom.”

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The Lion King Trailer Comparison

While everyone was feasting on Thanksgiving food last week, Walt Disney Studios decided to drop the first teaser trailer for the upcoming “live-action” version of The Lion King, giving a photorealistic makeover to the animated classic from 1994. Not only is the teaser quite breathtaking, especially when it comes to the incredible visual effects used to bring the animals to life, but it’s now the second most watched teaser trailer debut in the first 24 hours.

The Lion King teaser trailer recreates the opening moments from the original film, and you can see just how loyally the remake sticks to the visuals of its animated predecessor, which is both impressive and a little disconcerting. Check out The Lion King trailer comparison below. Read More »

the lion king trailer

It’s the circle of life: Disney will eventually remake all their classics. The Lion King is the latest film to receive the treatment. But unlike recent Disney remakes, the new Lion King can’t really be classified as “live action.” Instead, it’s being billed as a “live-action styled” film, with director Jon Favreau using virtual cinematography technology. The first The Lion King trailer has arrived to give us a glimpse at what Favreau is cooking up, and you can see it below.

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The Lion King Beyonce

Disney’s The Lion King has one of the best musical soundtracks of any of their animated films. All of the songs were written by Broadway legend Tim Rice and classic rock icon Elton John, with the latter performing three of the signature songs for the soundtrack. However, when it comes to The Lion King remake soundtrack, Elton John is going to let one of Disney’s chart-topping cast members belt out a tune for the end credits.

Elton John recently revealed that The Lion King remake soundtrack will feature a new end credits song, and the plan is for cast member Beyoncé to sing the track. Plus, he also confirmed which songs from the original film will be featured in the new version. Find out what he had to say about The Lion King Beyonce song and more below. Read More »

The Lion King remake cast

We knew that Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Lion King would be stacked with talent, but seeing it all laid out in one place is kind of astonishing.

Disney has officially revealed the the full The Lion King remake cast, finally confirming that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will play Nala alongside Donald Glover‘s Simba. That duo is surrounded by a murderer’s row of talent, with names both obvious and surprising taking on this cast of beloved characters.

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the lion king

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: why Disney movies shouldn’t be afraid of death.)

Few moments in American cinema stick with people from their youth through adulthood as much as the death of Bambi’s mother midway through the 1942 Disney animated classic Bambi. (Her death was the focal point of one of the truly great entries in Gary Larson’s dearly departed The Far Side comic strip.) This murder, caused by an offscreen hunter, is handled as carefully and artfully as possible. We don’t see anything, not even a hint of the gruesome aftermath, just the echoing sound of shotgun shells. Then, the young Bambi is gruffly told by his largely absent father, the Great Prince of the Forest, that “Your mother can’t be with you anymore” as snow falls over the young deer’s furry face. This is a standout sequence in Disney animation not just because it’s emotional or beautifully rendered. It depicts something that almost never actually happens in the Disney canon: death.

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The Lion King casting

Say what you will about the idea of Disney remaking all of their classic animated movies, but at least they’re staffing those remakes with terrific actors. The latest examples? Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) and Captain America: Civil War actor John Kani have signed on for Jon Favreau‘s new version of Disney’s The Lion King. Hit the jump to learn more about The Lion King casting.
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