As usual when one of his remakes prepares to go on the market, Disney continues to perfect the art of the trailer. The latest promotion of the house of the mouse is a focus on the new and expected recreation of "live action" of The Lion King, and it is one that completely appeals to our basic emotions.
For many reasons, we have been prepared to notice this adaptation a little more than the rest (although we will still see totally Aladdin Y Dumbo). First, Roger Allers and the original by Rob Minkoff The Lion King It was the biggest blockbuster of all Disney Renaissance releases in its day, raising $ 968.5 million at the worldwide box office. The legacy of the film has generated a successful video game of the same name, as well as one of the oldest Tony Award-winning musicals in Broadway history.
For many enthusiasts "Village in the savannah "- and I consider myself part of that camp, with worn out VHS tapes and the hours of my childhood spent learning to play the soundtrack on the piano to prove it – The Lion King It is a true testament to Disney's ability to tell powerful and distinctive stories of coming of age that impact audiences of all ages, despite their simplicity. The original works so well that with a teaser of only a minute and a half, Jon FavreauS redo invokes his influence by putting together every nostalgic moment he can. For the most part, everything fits together well.
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Like Disney did with its Aladdin teaser, the Lion King The trailer recreates some of the most iconic images of the animated film in photorealistic glory, more prominent Circle of life Sequence that starts the original movie. The past experience of Favreau directing the unfounded infusion of CG in Disney. The book of the jungle It is also clearly shown, since there is already a perceptible mixture of threat and astonishment peppered throughout this first sequence. We are going to break this down.
From the beginning, they invite us to the immensity of the savannah with epic images of the plains. This dawn is as memorable as the musical opening of the animated film. It is likely that the trailer goes immediately to this backward movement.
Close-ups are used sparingly but effectively, mainly showing the pristine (and frankly slightly strange) realism of the CGI.
However, extreme long shots are magical. They reinforce the depth of texture that the film is destined to have. Of course, I regret the loss of the vibrant tones that make the 1994 version unique. This darkness hints at a generally more sinister environment that coils around the rest of the trailer.
However, a large number of animals embark on the long journey through the Pride Lands to celebrate the christening of the lion prince and, throughout their journey, a familiar voiceover numbs us into a sense of comfort in the sentimentality. "Everything that touches the light is our kingdom", says James Earl Jones, resuming his role as Mufasa, Simba's father.
Jones' speech is basically a word-for-word copy of his 1994 counterpart. Accompanying him, he spells nothing of symbolism like this beautiful photo of Simba's tiny paw wrapped in the deep imprint of Mufasa. It is definitely adorable, but as mentioned above, we can not escape the accumulation of forebodings that occur simultaneously.
And now we know why: that is a veiled warning! This trailer insists on providing a glimpse of a particularly hasty moment of The Lion King That fans are only associated with terror and tears. Putting that together with Jones reciting, "One day, the sun will set on my time here," and I have unexplained cold.
When we finally have our first real look at Pride Rock and the recognized voices that popularized Lebo M. Start to resound in the meadows, there is a true sense of majesty on the screen.
In a revelation of the main character proper, Rafiki (who will be expressed by Black Panther& # 39; S John Kani) then crosses Pride Rock and approaches a newborn Simba. It is true that this was one of the most bizarre and disconcerting shots for me during my first observation of the teaser and that has to do with the barely visible eyes of Rafiki. But the strange animation could work in favor of this strange character. I will wait for more images to fall before judging this too harshly.
Especially because, finally, the puppy of the hour appears completely! And Simba really looks so cute.
It should be noted that the animators have ensured that Simba keeps his expression equally shaken compared to his 1994 appearance. In truth, no one can blame him. He has been given too much responsibility for a puppy that has just been born.
The rest of the animals promise loyalty to the little one. Circle of life It resonates with more punch and clarity than before. The nostalgia is overwhelming.
One more look at Pride Rock, because why not? It is magnificent.
The Lion King The teaser comes to an end by encouraging Simba (and us, as members of the audience) to "remember …". Fortunately, this journey along the path of memory seems really good enough to continue investing, despite repeating what we already know from the movie by Allers and Minkoff. The animation has faithfully reimagined the original. He even tries to compensate for the lack of a warm luminosity in his palette of colors with great attention to detail.
Of course, the trailer certainly retains all but two of the main characters in order to keep us intrigued about the appearance and sound of the rest. In addition, the spot focuses largely on the disembodied vocal interpretation of Jones. The striking cast included Donald glover, Seth rogen, Billy eichner, John OliverY Beyoncé Knowles-Carter It has not yet been revealed. I'm more interested in hearing what Chiwetel EjioforIt will sound like Scar, especially when faced with Jones gravitas. There is also Florence Kasumba& # 39; S Shenzi – the hysterical leader of Scar's hyena – to wait.
It is totally surprising that after The book of the jungle, Favreau seems more than capable of offering a visually ambitious adaptation of The Lion King? No, and that's a relief. Be prepared for The Lion King To hit cinemas July 19, 2019.