'The Lion King' teaser trailer evokes nostalgia for the magic of Disney's 1994 classic

The latest in the list of Disney movies to get a millennial revamp is Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ set for release on July 19, 2019.  

'The Lion King' teaser trailer evokes nostalgia for the magic of Disney's 1994 classic

It certainly is the circle of life to see one of your favorite movies from childhood get reimagined with a host of new technologies and form of storytelling. The latest in the list of Disney movies to get a millennial revamp is Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ set for release on July 19, 2019.  The first teaser trailer for the widely awaited movie was released by Walt Disney Pictures on Thanksgiving and we immediately realized what we are thankful for this year – the gift of nostalgia. The beauty of Favreau’s computer-animation films, which we saw in the 2016 ‘The Jungle Book’ adaptation as well, is in the simple yet and realistic depiction of wildlife that transports you into that world.  

The teaser for ‘The Lion King’, of course, has visuals that challenge reality, but importantly it is the sense of reliving the past that grabs your attention the most. It is gradual, that the sense of familiarity creeps up on you and you cannot help but shed a tear over the childhood memories and the child that you were when you heard, “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba” for the very first time. 

 

 

The second you hear James Earl Jones’ Mufasa say “Everything the light touches is our kingdom,” and explain how the sun will one day set on his reign, and “will rise with you as the new king,” you remember everything that the movie was about. It was about hope, being a just leader and owning up your responsibilities. It is about the “Circle of life.” In choosing this particular, most memorable scene from ‘The Lion King’ to recreate for the teaser, the creators made the most brilliant decision they could have. Anything less than presenting young Simba to his people would have left us, fans with a sense of incompletion.  

The attention to details, too, is commendable. The bisons running as Mufasa’s voiceover talks to Simba, Rafiki applying saffron-esque substance on Simba’s forehead before holding him up and most importantly, the music, is what makes this teaser warm most of our hearts. Favreau and Disney’s genius is proven yet again in bringing Hans Zimmer, who scored the 1994 animated version as well, to take on the role of composer for the film. The music complements the visuals beautifully and in tandem, they take you back in time.  

 

 

If the teaser is anything to go by, the movie, starring the likes of Donald Glover (Simba), Beyonce (Nala), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), John Oliver (Zazu), John Kani (Rafiki), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), Eric André (Azizi), Billy Eichner (Timon) and Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), is going to be a grand affair that you do not want to miss. We are yet to hear Simba talk or see his personality in any way. We are also excited to see the time he spends with Timon and Pumbaa. The wait till June 19 is nearly killing us, but there are more trailers and teasers to look forward to.