The Lion King Live-Action


Devon R, Editior

The Lion King live-action was released July 19, 2019, and has grossed $962 million worldwide, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 2019. Creating the characters for this movie took 130 animators from 30 different countries around the world. Throughout the movie, there are 86 different species of animals. The Lion King won the Best Summer Blockbuster Poster at the Golden Trailer Awards. While The Lion King is a live-action film, it actually uses photorealistic computer-generated animation.

The plot of the live-action Lion King was very similar to the animated version. In

 the movie, young Simba is the heir to the throne, and father, Mufasa rules the desert of Kenya. Simba’s uncle, Scar, plots to take Mufasa’s throne by bringing them into a stampede of wildebeests. Simba escapes, however, Mufasa is killed. Simba is devastated by the loss and runs away to the jungle, where he meets Timon and Pumbaa. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar. Aside from the picture, most major themes and scenes were kept in the 2019 remake. 

However, there were so differing options on the original versus the live-action. Chloe S said, “I liked the animated version better, mostly because it was weird watching animals talk. The movie just didn’t have that same magic as the animated version. All in all, it was still a good movie.” Kaitlin C said, “I thought the new Lion King was pretty good. It was a lot like the old one, but I thought the soundtrack was better.” Paige D said, “I liked the live-action Lion King because I really felt like I was in the movie. I felt like Nala had a bigger part which was nice.”