The Lion King (2019 film)

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The Lion King
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon Favreau
Produced by
  • Jon Favreau
  • Jeffrey Silver
  • Karen Gilchrist
Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson
Based on
Starring
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Caleb Deschanel
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • July 9, 2019 (2019-07-09)(Hollywood)
  • July 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)(United States)
Running time
118 minutes [2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$250–260 million [3] [4]
Box office$1.657 billion [5]

The Lion King is a 2019 American musical drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, as well as James Earl Jones reprising his role from the original film. The plot follows Simba, a young lion who must embrace his role as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa, at the hands of his uncle, Scar.

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Plans for a remake of 1994's The Lion King were confirmed in September 2016 following box office successes for Disney remakes such as The Jungle Book (2016), which was also directed by Favreau. Favreau was inspired by certain roles of characters in the Broadway adaptation, and developed upon elements of the original film's story. Much of the main cast signed in early 2017, and principal photography began in mid-2017 on a blue screen stage in Los Angeles. The "virtual-reality tools" utilized in The Jungle Book's cinematography were used to a greater degree during filming of The Lion King. Composers Hans Zimmer, Elton John, and lyricist Tim Rice, all of whom worked on the original's soundtrack, returned to compose the score alongside Knowles-Carter, who assisted John in the reworking of the soundtrack and wrote a new song for the film, titled "Spirit", which she also performed. The film serves as the final credit for editor Mark Livolsi, and it is dedicated to his memory. With an estimated budget of around $260 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made.

The film was theatrically released in the United States on July 19, 2019. It has grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide. Despite it not being advertised as an animated film, it surpassed Frozen to become the highest-grossing animated film of all-time. It is also the second highest-grossing film of 2019, and the seventh-highest of all-time. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for its visual effects, music, and vocal performances (particularly Rogen and Eichner), but criticism for its lack of originality, and facial emotion on the characters. [6] The film received nominations for Best Animated Feature Film and Original Song categories at the 77th Golden Globe Awards [7] and 25th Critics' Choice Awards. It was also nominated at 73rd British Academy Film Awards and 92nd Academy Awards, [8] both for visual effects.

Plot

In the Pride Lands of Africa, a pride of lions rule over the animal kingdom from Pride Rock. King Mufasa's and Queen Sarabi's newborn son, Simba, is presented to the gathering animals by Rafiki the mandrill, the kingdom's shaman and advisor. Mufasa shows Simba the Pride Lands and explains to him the responsibilities of kingship and the "circle of life", which connects all living things. Mufasa's younger brother, Scar, covets the throne and plots to eliminate Mufasa and Simba, so he may become king. He tricks Simba and his best friend Nala (to whom it is expected Simba will marry) into exploring a forbidden elephants' graveyard, where they are attacked by hyenas led by the ruthless Shenzi. Mufasa is alerted about the incident by his majordomo, the hornbill Zazu, and rescues the cubs. Though upset with Simba, Mufasa forgives him and explains that the great kings of the past watch over them from the night sky, from which he will one day watch over Simba. Meanwhile, Scar visits the hyenas and manages to convince them to help him overthrow Mufasa in exchange for hunting rights in the Pride Lands.

Scar sets a trap for his brother and nephew, luring Simba into a gorge and having the hyenas drive a large herd of wildebeest into a stampede that will trample him. He informs Mufasa of Simba's peril, knowing that the king will rush to save his son. Mufasa saves Simba but ends up hanging perilously from the gorge's edge. Scar refuses to help Mufasa, instead sending him falling to his death. He then convinces Simba that the tragedy was Simba's own fault and advises him to leave the kingdom and never return. He orders the hyenas to kill the cub, but Simba escapes. Scar tells the pride that both Mufasa and Simba were killed in the stampede and steps forward as the new king, allowing Shenzi's clan to live in the Pride Lands.

Simba collapses in a desert and is rescued by Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and warthog, who are fellow outcasts. Simba grows up in the oasis with his two new friends and other animals in their oasis, living a carefree life under the motto "hakuna matata" ("no worries" in Swahili). Now a young adult, Simba rescues Timon and Pumbaa from a hungry lioness, who turns out to be Nala. She and Simba reunite and fall in love, and she urges him to return home, telling him that the Pride Lands have become a drought-stricken wasteland under Scar's reign. Feeling guilty over his father's death, Simba refuses and storms off. He then encounters Rafiki, who tells him that Mufasa's spirit lives on in Simba. Simba is visited by the ghost of Mufasa in the night sky, who tells him that he must take his rightful place as king. Realizing that he can no longer run from his past, Simba decides to return to the Pride Lands.

Aided by his friends, Simba sneaks past the hyenas at Pride Rock and confronts Scar, who was about to fight Sarabi. Scar taunts Simba over his role in Mufasa's death and backs him to the edge of the rock, where he reveals to him that he murdered Mufasa. Enraged, Simba attempts to reveal the truth to the rest of the pride, while Scar, who previously claimed that he arrived too late at the gorge, attempts to deny it, but his knowledge of Mufasa's last moment exposes his role in Mufasa's death. Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, and the lionesses fend off the hyenas while Scar, attempting to escape, is cornered by Simba at a ledge near the top of Pride Rock. Scar begs for mercy and attempts to blame his crimes on the hyenas; Simba spares his life but orders him to leave the Pride Lands forever. Scar refuses and attacks his nephew, but Simba manages to throw him off the cliff after a brief fight. Scar survives the fall but is attacked and mauled to death by the hyenas, who overheard his attempt to betray them. Afterward, Simba takes over the kingship and makes Nala his queen.

With the Pride Lands restored to its usual state, Rafiki presents Simba and Nala's newborn cub to the assembled animals, continuing the circle of life.

Voice cast

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Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, (top) Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and James Earl Jones (bottom) voice the characters of Simba, Scar, Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, and Mufasa for the remake.

Additionally, Penny Johnson Jerald voices Sarafina, Nala's mother. [1] Amy Sedaris, Chance the Rapper, Josh McCrary, and Phil LaMarr voice a guinea fowl, a bush baby, a shrew, and an impala, respectively, Timon and Pumbaa's neighbors in the oasis. [1] [22] J. Lee voices a hyena that chases after Timon and Pumbaa. [1]

Production

Development

On September 28, 2016, Walt Disney Pictures confirmed that Jon Favreau would be directing a remake of the 1994 animated film The Lion King , which would feature the songs from the 1994 film, following a string of recent box office successes of Disney live-action remake films such as Maleficent , Cinderella , Favreau's The Jungle Book , and Beauty and the Beast , with the latter three also earning critical praise. [23] On October 13, 2016, it was reported that Disney had hired Jeff Nathanson to write the screenplay for the remake. [24]

In November, talking with ComingSoon.net, Favreau said the virtual cinematography technology he used in The Jungle Book would be used to a greater degree in The Lion King. [25] Although the media reported The Lion King to be a live-action film, it actually utilizes photorealistic computer-generated animation. Disney also did not describe it as live-action, only stating it would follow the "technologically groundbreaking" approach of The Jungle Book. [26] While the film acts as a remake of the 1994 animated film, Favreau was inspired by the Broadway adaptation of the film for certain aspects of the remake's plot, particularly Nala and Sarabi's roles. [27] Favreau also aimed to develop his own take on the original film's story with what he said was "the spectacle of a BBC wildlife documentary". [28]

This serves as the final credit for film editor Mark Livolsi, who died in September 2018. [29] The film is dedicated to him. [1]

Casting

In mid-February 2017, Donald Glover was cast as Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa from the 1994 film. [30] In April 2017, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen were cast to play Timon and Pumbaa respectively. [31] In July 2017, John Oliver was cast as Zazu. [32] In August 2017, Alfre Woodard and John Kani were announced to play Sarabi and Rafiki, respectively. [33] [34]

Earlier in March 2017, it was announced that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was Favreau's top choice for the role of Nala and that the director and studio would be willing to do whatever it took to accommodate her busy schedule. [35] Later on November 1, 2017, her role was confirmed in an official announcement, [36] [37] which also confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor would play the role of Scar, and announced that Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba, and Keegan-Michael Key would be the voices of Azizi, Shenzi, and Kamari while JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph would be the voices of young Simba and young Nala, respectively. [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] In November 2018, Amy Sedaris was announced as having been cast in a role created for the film. [43]

Visual effects

The Moving Picture Company, the lead vendor on The Jungle Book, provided the visual effects, which were supervised by Robert Legato, Elliot Newman and Adam Valdez. [44] The film uses "virtual-reality tools," according to Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato. [45] Virtual Production Supervisor Girish Balakrishnan said on his professional website that the filmmakers used motion capture and VR/AR technologies. [46] According to Favreau, MPC worked together with tech firms Magnopus and Unity Technologies to build the film's technology platform using the Unity game engine. [47]

MPC was in charge of all the VFX shots for the film. There are 1490 VFX shots.[ citation needed ] The animals were designed from art and photo references. From that, the characters were built; all the rigging, shapes, textures, and furs were rendered step-by-step for further improvement. After that, the animation of the animals was crafted by hand, based on the reference clips. The movements, muscles, eyes, facial expressions, and the way the animals breathe was animated for more than 30 species. The environment was created entirely in CGI from reference materials such as high-definition photos of the African landscape. All the FX simulations—such as water, dirt and fire—were created by combining VR technology with cameras shots so that scenes could be digitally built within in a VR-simulated environment. [28] New software developed for the movie made it possible to create scenes with the shaky-cam look of a handheld camera. [48] Sean Bailey, Disney's President of Production, said of the film's visual effects, "It's a new form of filmmaking. Historical definitions don't work. It uses some techniques that would traditionally be called animation, and other techniques that would traditionally be called live action. It is an evolution of the technology Jon [Favreau] used in Jungle Book". [49]

Rather than have animators do everything, the team used artificial intelligence to allow virtual characters to behave in ways that mimicked real animals. [50] The sole non-animated shot in the entire film is the sunrise in the opening scene. [51]

Music

Hans Zimmer, who composed the 1994 animated version, would return to compose the score for the remake with Pharrell Williams as a collaborator. [52] Elton John also returned to rework his musical compositions from the original film before his retirement, [53] with Knowles-Carter assisting John in the reworking of the soundtrack. [54] John, the original film's lyricist, Tim Rice, and Beyoncé were also slated in 2018 to create a new song for the film. [55] However, the collaboration between Beyoncé and John did not pan out as the unreleased song was not added to the official soundtrack. [56] John and Rice also wrote a new song for the film's end credits, titled "Never Too Late" and performed by John. [57]

"Spirit", performed by Knowles-Carter and written by herself, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Labrinth, was released on July 9, 2019, as the lead single from the soundtrack. [58] The film also features all the songs from the original film, a cover of The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and the song "He Lives in You" from Rhythm of the Pride Lands and the Broadway production. [57] The soundtrack, featuring Zimmer's score and John and Rice's songs, was released digitally on July 11, 2019, and physically on July 19, 2019. [57]

Knowles-Carter also produced and curated an album titled The Lion King: The Gift , which features "Spirit", as well as songs inspired by the film. The album was released on July 19, 2019. [58]

Marketing

The first teaser trailer and the official teaser poster for The Lion King debuted during the annual Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game on November 22, 2018. [59] [60] The trailer was viewed 224.6 million times in its first 24 hours, becoming the then 2nd most viewed trailer in that time period. [61] A special sneak peek featuring John Kani's voice as Rafiki and a new poster were released during the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, 2019. [62] On April 10, 2019, Disney released the official trailer featuring new footage which revealed Scar, Zazu, Simba and Nala (both as cubs and as adults), Sarabi, Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa, and the hyenas. [63] The trailer was viewed 174 million times in its first 24 hours, which was revealed on Disney's Investor Day 2019 Webcast. [64] On May 30, 2019, 11 individual character posters were released. [65] A special sneak peek featuring Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen's voices as Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa respectively, was released on June 3, 2019. [66] A special sneak peek featuring Knowles-Carter and Donald Glover's voices as Simba and Nala singing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and also featuring James Earl Jones' voice as Mufasa, was released on June 20, 2019. [67] On July 2, 2019, Disney released an extensive behind-the-scenes featurette detailing the various aspects of the film's production along with seven publicity stills featuring the voice actors facing their animal counterparts. [68] All-in-all, Disney spent around $145 million promoting the film. [69]

Shot-for-shot claim

The trailers of the film led to a claim of its being a shot-for-shot remake of Disney's 1994 film. On December 23, 2018, Sean Bailey, Disney's President of Production, said that while the film will "revere and love those parts that the audience wants", there will be "things in the movie that are going to be new". [49] On April 18, 2019, Favreau stated that "some shots in the 1994 animated film are so iconic" he couldn't possibly change them, but "despite what the trailers suggest, this film is not just the same movie over again", [70] and later said "it's much longer than the original film. And part of what we're doing here is to (give it more dimension) not just visually but both story-wise and emotionally." [71] On May 30, 2019, Favreau said that some of the humor and characterizations are being altered to be more consistent with the rest of the film, [72] and this remake is making some changes in certain scenes from the original film, as well as in its structure. [28] On June 14, 2019, Favreau said that, while the original film's main plot points will remain unchanged in the remake, the film will largely diverge from the original version, and hinted that the Elephant Graveyard, the hyenas' lair in the original film, will be replaced by a new location. [20] The film is approximately 30 minutes longer than the original. [73] Despite Favreau's claims, upon release, the film was criticized by fans and critics alike for being nearly identical to the original, with many citing its overall lack of originality as a major flaw. [74]

Release

Theatrical

The Lion King premiered in Hollywood on July 9, 2019. [75] The film was theatrically released in the United States on July 19, 2019. [76] It is one of the first theatrical films to be released on Disney+, alongside Aladdin , Toy Story 4 , Frozen II , Captain Marvel , and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker . [77] The film began its international rollout a week before its domestic release, starting with July 12 in China. [78]

Home media

The Lion King was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Digital HD on October 11, 2019, followed by a DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray release on October 22. [79] It started streaming on Disney+ on January 28, 2020 [80] With the launch of Disney+Hotstar in India on April 3, 2020; [81] the film was made available in India as well in multiple languages. [82]

Reception

Box office

The Lion King grossed $543.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $1.113 billion in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.657 billion. [5]

The film had a global debut of $446 million, the ninth largest of all-time and the biggest opening for an animated film. [83] On July 30, 2019, the film grossed $1 billion, becoming the 42nd film to ever reach the milestone, as well as fastest animated film to gross $1 billion, doing so in 21 days, surpassing Incredibles 2 (46 days). The Lion King is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, the highest-grossing musical film of all time, the highest-grossing remake of all time, the highest-grossing Walt Disney Pictures film of all time, the highest-grossing film of Favreau's career, the second highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 7th highest-grossing film of all-time. [84] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $580 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues. [69]

United States and Canada

Beginning on June 24, 2019 (which marked the 25th anniversary of the release of the original film), in its first 24 hours of pre-sales, The Lion King became the second-best pre-seller of 2019 on Fandango in that frame (behind Avengers: Endgame ), while Atom Tickets reported it was their best-ever first-day sales for a family film. [85] Three weeks prior to its release, industry tracking projected the film would gross $150–170 million in its domestic opening weekend. [86] [87] By the week of its release, estimates had the film debuting to as much as $180 million from 4,725 theaters, beating Avengers: Endgame's record of 4,662. [4] The film made $77.9 million on its first day, including $23 million from Thursday night previews. [88] It went on to debut to $191.8 million over the weekend, the highest opening total of the Disney reimaginings of animated films (beating Beauty and the Beast's $174.8 million), a July release ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 's $169.2 million) and Favreau's career ( Iron Man 2 's $128.1 million). [89] [90] The film had a slightly higher-than-expected drop of 60% in its second weekend, but still topped the box office with $76.6 million. [91] [92] It was dethroned by newcomer Hobbs & Shaw in its third weekend but still grossed $38.5 million, crossing the $400 million mark in the process. [93] [94] On August 21, the movie become the second animated film to have grossed $500 million at North America box office, after Incredibles 2. [95]

Other territories

The film was expected to gross around $450 million over its first 10 days of a global release, including $160–170 million from its worldwide opening weekend. [4] In China, where it released a week prior to the rest of the world, the film was projected to debut to $50–60 million. [78] It ended up opening to $54.2 million, besting the debuts of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. [96] Over its first 8 days of global release, the film made a total of 751 million, including $351.8 million from overseas territories. This included $269.4 million from its opening weekend (sans China), with its largest countries being the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta ($20.8 million), France ($19.6 million), Mexico ($18.7 million), Brazil ($17.9 million), South Korea ($17.7 million), Australia ($17.1 million), and Russia ($16.7 million, second-largest ever in the country), as well as $6 million in the Netherlands, the best opening of a film ever in the country. [83] As of September 16, 2019, the film's top 10 largest markets were China ($120.4 million), the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta ($91.3 million), France ($79 million), [97] Brazil ($69.1 million, second highest all time in the country), Japan ($60 million), Germany ($53.8 million), Mexico ($51.8 million), Russia ($47.3 million), Australia ($42.8 million), and Italy ($40 million). [98] [99] The film became the first animated and musical film to gross $1 billion at overseas box office.

As of September 2019, the film became the highest-grossing film of all time in the Netherlands ($30.2 million), surpassing previous record held by Titanic ($28.5 million including re-release) [100] and South Africa (R107.6 million, $7.29 million), surpassing Black Panther in local currency terms (in dollar terms, is still second highest of all time). [101] Meanwhile, the film become the highest-grossing films of 2019 in many other countries and regions: Austria, [102] Belgium and Luxembourg, [103] Bulgaria, [104] France, Algeria, Monaco, Morocco and Tunisia, [105] Italy, [106] Lithuania, [107] Norway, [108] Portugal and Angola, [109] Russia, [110] Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, [111] Sweden, [112] Switzerland, [113] and Spain. [114] It is also the highest-grossing foreign film of 2019 in Poland [115] In India, the film grossed $26.3 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing Hollywood or foreign films of all time, highest-grossing animated film of all-time (both local and foreign films), and one of top 50 highest-grossing films of all time in India. [116] [117] In Europe, Middle East, and Africa the film surpass Avengers: Endgame to become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time and highest-grossing film of 2019 across the region. [118]

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 52% based on 416 reviews, and an average rating of 5.98/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "While it can take pride in its visual achievements, The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved – though for some fans that may just be enough." [119] Metacritic gave the film a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 54 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [120] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an average four out of five stars. [88]

Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times called the film "polished, satisfying entertainment." [121] Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter considered it to be inferior to the original, noting, "The film's aesthetic caution and predictability begin to wear down on the entire enterprise in the second half." [122] At The Guardian , Peter Bradshaw found the film "watchable and enjoyable. But I missed the simplicity and vividness of the original hand-drawn images." [123] Among the vocal performances, the roles of Eichner and Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively, received particular praise by critics, [124] [125] [126] [127] with A.V. Club's Dowd proclaiming: "Ultimately, only Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, as slacker sidekicks Timon and Pumbaa, make much of an impression; their funny, possibly ad-libbed banter feels both fresh and true to the spirit of the characters—the perfect remake recipe." [128]

A. A. Dowd, writing for The A.V. Club , summarized the film as "Joyless, artless, and maybe soulless, it transforms one of the most striking titles from the Mouse House vault into a very expensive, star-studded Disneynature film." Dowd bemoaned the film's insistence on realism, commenting, "We're watching a hollow bastardization of a blockbuster, at once completely reliant on the audience's pre-established affection for its predecessor and strangely determined to jettison much of what made it special." [128] Scott Mendelson at Forbes condemned the film as a "crushing disappointment": "At almost every turn, this redo undercuts its own melodrama by downplaying its own emotions." [124] David Ehrlich of IndieWire panned the film, writing, "Unfolding like the world's longest and least convincing deepfake, Jon Favreau's (almost) photorealistic remake of The Lion King is meant to represent the next step in Disney's circle of life. Instead, this soulless chimera of a film comes off as little more than a glorified tech demo from a greedy conglomerate — a well-rendered but creatively bankrupt self-portrait of a movie studio eating its own tail." [125]

Accolades

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef(s)
People's Choice Awards November 10, 2019Movie of 2019The Lion KingNominated [129]
Family Movie of 2019Nominated
Animated Movie Star of 2019 Beyoncé Won
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 20, 2019 Best Original Song – Feature Film Ilya Salmanzadeh, Labrinth and Beyoncé (for "Spirit")Nominated [130]
Hollywood Post Alliance November 21, 2019 Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film The Lion KingWon [131]
Guinness World Record 2020Highest-grossing remake at the global box officeThe Lion KingWon [132]
Satellite Awards December 19, 2019 Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature Jon FavreauWon [133]
Best Original Song Ilya Salmanzadeh, Labrinth and Beyoncé (for "Spirit")Nominated
Best Visual Effects Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliott Newman and Adam ValdezNominated
Golden Globe Awards January 5, 2020 Best Animated Feature Film The Lion KingNominated [7]
Best Original Song – Motion Picture Ilya Salmanzadeh, Labrinth and Beyoncé (for "Spirit")Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards January 10, 2020Time Waster Remake or Sequel AwardThe Lion KingNominated [134]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 12, 2020 Best Animated Feature The Lion KingNominated [135]
Best Song Ilya Salmanzadeh, Labrinth and Beyoncé (for "Spirit")Nominated
Grammy Awards January 26, 2020 Best Pop Solo Performance Beyoncé (for "Spirit")Nominated [136]
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media The Lion King Nominated
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Hans Zimmer Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media Ilya Salmanzadeh, Labrinth and Beyoncé (for "Spirit")Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards January 29, 2020 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature Robert Legato, Tom Peitzman' Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones Won [137]
Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal FeatureGabriel Arnold, James Hood, Julia Friedl, Daniel Fortheringham (for "Scar")Nominated
Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal FeatureMarco Rolandi, Luca Bonatti, Jules Bodenstein, Filippo Preto (for "The Prideland")Won
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project Robert Legato, Caleb Deschanel, Ben Grossman, AJ SciuttoWon
Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal FeatureDavid Schneider, Samantha Hiscock, Andy Feery, Kostas StrevlosNominated
Casting Society of America January 30, 2020AnimationSarah Halley Finn and Jason B. Stamey (Associate) (Tied with Toy Story 4 )Won [138]
Art Directors Guild Awards February 1, 2020Animated FilmJames ChinlundNominated [139]
British Academy Film Awards February 2, 2020 Best Special Visual Effects Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman and Adam ValdezNominated [140]
Black Reel Awards February 7, 2020 Outstanding Original Song Ilya Salmanzadeh, Labrinth and Beyoncé (for "Spirit")Nominated [141]
Outstanding Voice Performance Chiwetel Ejiofor Won
Donald Glover Nominated
James Earl Jones Nominated
Outstanding Production DesignJames ChinlundNominated
Academy Awards February 9, 2020 Best Visual Effects Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot NewmanNominated [142]
NAACP Image Awards February 22, 2020 Outstanding Character Voice-Over PerformanceDonald GloverNominated [143]
James Earl JonesWon
Alfre Woodard Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards May 2, 2020 Favorite Animated Movie The Lion KingNominated [144]
Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie Beyoncé Won

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<i>Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable</i> former film shown in the Land Pavillion at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable was a 70 mm documentary, shown in the Harvest Theater in The Land pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. It opened on January 21, 1995, replacing Symbiosis. The main narrator of the story was Simba.

Simba main character of The Lion King

Simba is the main character of Disney's The Lion King franchise. Introduced in the 1994 film The Lion King, Walt Disney Animation's 32nd animated feature, the character subsequently appears in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1½ (2004) as well as the 2019 remake of the original film. Simba was created by screenwriters Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. While Mark Henn served as Simba's supervising animator as a cub, Ruben A. Aquino animated the character as he appears as an adult.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight Song from Disneys The Lion King

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song from Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. It was described by Don Hahn, Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff as having "the most diverse history" in the film. It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, and achieved even more success in the US, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was a number-one hit in Canada and France, and it sold 11 million copies worldwide. At the 67th Academy Awards in March 1995 it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The same year the song also won Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

<i>The Lion King</i> (musical) stage musical

The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, along with additional music and lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer. Directed by Taymor, the musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. The show is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Nala (<i>The Lion King</i>) Character from The Lion King franchise

Nala is a lioness animated character appearing in Disney's TheLion King franchise. Introduced in the animated film The Lion King in 1994, Nala subsequently appears as a less prominent character in the film's sequels The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1½ (2004), and serves as a recurring character in The Lion Guard (2015–2019). In the original film, the adult Nala is voiced by American actress Moira Kelly. Young Nala's speaking voice is provided by actress Niketa Calame, while singers Laura Williams and Sally Dworsky provide the singing voices of young and adult Nala respectively.

Timon and Pumbaa are an animated meerkat and warthog duo introduced in Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King and its franchise. Timon was portrayed through his many appearances by Nathan Lane, Max Casella, Kevin Schon, Quinton Flynn, Bruce Lanoil in the Wild About Safety shorts and Kingdom Hearts II, and while Pumbaa is voiced by Ernie Sabella, and was portrayed by Tom Alan Robbins in the original cast of the Broadway musical. In the CGI remake, the characters are portrayed by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, respectively. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella first came to audition for the roles of the hyenas, but when the producers saw how well they worked together, they decided to cast them as Timon and Pumbaa. Lyricist Tim Rice however was pulling for Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson to play the roles, as he got the idea for the lyrics to "Hakuna Matata" by watching their show Bottom.

Be Prepared (song) song from Disneys Lion King

"Be Prepared" is a song written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the Disney animated feature film The Lion King (1994). The song was originally performed in the film by Jeremy Irons, with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings providing supporting vocals; Cummings performed partial material for Scar after Irons' voice gave out.

There have been seven theme park live adaptations of The Lion King at Disney parks since the animated film The Lion King was released by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1994. These have included a parade, two theater-in-the-round shows, and four stage shows.

"I Just Can't Wait to Be King" is a song written by Elton John (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics) for the Disney animated feature film The Lion King (1994). The song is performed by American actor and singer Jason Weaver as Simba, with English actor Rowan Atkinson and American actress Laura Williams providing supporting vocals in their roles as Zazu and Nala.

Hakuna Matata (song) Song from Disneys The Lion King

"Hakuna Matata" is a song from Disney's 32nd animated feature The Lion King. The music was written by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. The song is based on Timon and Pumbaa's catchphrase in the movie, Hakuna matata, a Swahili phrase meaning "No problem(s)". It is characterized by its simple 4/4 time, upbeat message and catchy lyrics.

Circle of Life Song from Disneys 1994 animated film The Lion King

"Circle of Life" is a song from Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King. Composed by Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice, the song was performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M. as the film's opening song. In an interview, Rice said he was amazed at the speed with which John composed: "I gave him the lyrics at the beginning of the session at about two in the afternoon. By half-past three, he'd finished writing and recording a stunning demo." Elton John sang a pop version of the song with the London Community Gospel Choir, which was included in the film's soundtrack and made into a music video.

The Lion King is a Disney media franchise comprising a film series and additional media. The success of the original 1994 American animated feature, The Lion King, directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, led to a direct-to-video sequel, a spin-off movie, a 2019 film remake, a television film sequel, two spin-off television series, three educational shorts, several video games, merchandise, and the third-longest-running musical in Broadway history, which garnered six Tony Awards including Best Musical. The franchise, led by the musical's box office at $8.1 billion, is the highest-grossing entertainment property. The franchise as a whole has EGOT-ed, meaning it has won the four biggest awards of American show business.

Scar (<i>The Lion King</i>) primary antagonist and fictional character from The Lion King

Scar is an animated character who appears in Disney's The Lion King franchise. He was created in 1989 by screenwriters Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and animated by Andreas Deja. The Pride Lands' reclusive heir presumptive, Scar is introduced in the first film as Simba's uncle and Mufasa's younger brother. Originally first-in-line to Mufasa's throne until he is suddenly replaced by Simba, Scar decides to lead an army of hyenas in his plot to take the throne by killing Mufasa and exiling Simba, ultimately blaming his brother's death on his nephew. Loosely based on King Claudius, the main antagonist of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Scar's villainy was additionally inspired by Adolf Hitler. As the character's supervising animator, Deja based Scar's appearance on that of original voice actor Jeremy Irons himself, as well as the actor's Academy Award-winning performance as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990). Before Irons was cast, the directors had considered offering the role to actors Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell. Chiwetel Ejiofor voices the photorealistic version of the character in the CGI remake of the 1994 film.

<i>The Lion Guard</i> 2015 US-South Korean TV series

The Lion Guard is an American animated television series developed by Ford Riley and based on Disney's 1994 film The Lion King. The series was first broadcast with a television film titled The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on Disney Channel on November 22, 2015, and began airing as a TV series on January 15, 2016, on Disney Junior. It is the second television series to be based on The Lion King, the first being Timon & Pumbaa.The Lion Guard is a sequel and spin-off to The Lion King and takes place during the time-gap within the 1998 film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, with the third and final season taking place in parallel with the film's second act, followed by the final two episodes of the series serving as a continuation to the film.

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