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The Lion King (2019)

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After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

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Jon Favreau

Writers:

Jeff Nathanson (screenplay by), Irene Mecchi (based on: "The Lion King", screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Scar (voice)
John Oliver ... Zazu (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Mufasa (voice)
John Kani ... Rafiki (voice)
Alfre Woodard ... Sarabi (voice)
JD McCrary ... Young Simba (voice)
Shahadi Wright Joseph ... Young Nala (voice)
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Sarafina (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key ... Kamari (voice)
Eric André ... Azizi (voice)
Florence Kasumba ... Shenzi (voice)
Seth Rogen ... Pumbaa (voice)
Billy Eichner ... Timon (voice)
Amy Sedaris ... Guinea Fowl (voice)
Chance the Rapper ... Bush Baby (voice) (as Chance Bennett)
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Storyline

In Africa, the lion cub Simba is the pride and joy of his parents King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. Mufasa prepares Simba to be the next king of the jungle. However, the naive Simba believes in his envious uncle Scar that wants to kill Mufasa and Simba to become the next king. He lures Simba and his friend Nala to go to a forbidden place and they are attacked by hyenas but they are rescued by Mufasa. Then Scar plots another scheme to kill Mufasa and Simba but the cub escapes alive and leaves the kingdom believing he was responsible for the death of his father. Now Scar becomes the king supported by the evil hyenas while Simba grows in a distant land. Sometime later, Nala meets Simba and tells that the kingdom has become a creepy wasteland. What will Simba do? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

19 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$260,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,770,759, 21 July 2019

Gross USA:

$543,638,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,656,943,394
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DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1 | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)| IMAX 6-Track | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original film was expected to draw herds of moviegoers at a time when ticket sales are seriously struggling. Box office watchers predicted that the studio's grand return to the Pride Lands could become one of this year's biggest hits. "The Lion King" is expected to debut with $150 million this weekend, though some estimates show that receipts could surpass $180 million. Director Jon Favreau's use of state-of-the-art computer wizardry to bring Simba and crew to life, proved controversial among critics. Disney's crown jewel holds a surprisingly soft 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, a steep decline from Favreau's lauded "The Jungle Book," which first introduced the hyper-realistic technology. Still, there's reason to believe "The Lion King" will be critic-proof. For one, negative reviews didn't hurt the box office prospects of Guy Ritchie's "Aladdin" reboot, which is nearing $1 billion in global ticket sales. Moreover, Simba's multi-generational coming-of-age tale is familiar to just about everyone on the planet. The Tony-winning musical stage adaptation has also been a massive moneymaker over the last 20 years, grossing over $8 billion and counting. "The Lion King" also boasts some serious star power. Disney commissioned an A-list cast to bring "The Lion King" back to the big screen, including the likes of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. James Earl Jones is reprising his voice role as Mufasa from the original animated movie. The chance to hear Childish Gambino and Beyonce harmonize on "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" could be a compelling enough reason to buy a movie ticket. The movie debuted in China with a mighty $54 million last weekend, pacing ahead of the studio's recent remakes such as "The Jungle Book," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin;" it launches across the globe in most international markets this weekend, followed by Hong Kong on July 25, Japan on Aug. 9 and Italy on Aug. 21. Only three of Disney's live-action titles, outside of its "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, have grossed over $100 million in their inaugural weekend in theaters - 2017's "Beauty and the Beast" ($174 million), 2016's "The Jungle Book" ($103 million), and 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" ($116 million). "The Lion King" is the third and final of the studio's revisits to its classic properties this year. Tim Burton's "Dumbo" ended its theatrical run with $351 million worldwide, a ho-hum performance if only by Disney's standards. "Aladdin," however, is still chugging along at multiplexes with an impressive $962 million to date. See more »

Goofs

Numerous time in the film the animals walk from shade into sunlight without their eyes reacting. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scar: [to mouse] Life's - not fair - is it, my little friend? While some are born to feast - others spend their lives in the dark... begging for scraps. The way I see it, you and I are exactly the same, we both want to find a way out.
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Crazy Credits

The song "He Lives In You" from The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998) is heard in the closing credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Nants' Ingonyama
Written by Lebo M. (as Lebohang Morake) and Hans Zimmer
Performed by Lebo M.
Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
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I REALLY did keep an open mind...
19 July 2019 | by daniellepwilksSee all my reviews

This is by far and away one of my top movies of all time and definitely a movie that I can say the lines pretty much the whole way through.

After thinking about "what I was disappointed with", I would say the following:

1. The broadway voices of Nathan lane, Ernie sambella and Jeremy irons really added that punch to the characters that you "don't know that you're missing till it's gone". Here I feel these characters fall flat with the "less projecting voices" and it was very noticeable. Seth Rogan was the best, but still, the missing "broadway aspect" these voices carried made the movie fall flat where it just could have been cast better???

2. So many of the little humorous exchanges with the hyenas and with rafiki were taken away. Part of the magic of the lion king was in the humor which was lost in this film. They did try and compensate a little, but I feel the laughter was just not there. Whoopi goldberg and cheech Marin were comedians, why was this not explored more to bring new comedians in for the hyenas roles?

Without the booming voices and humour, you realize that the movie is lacklustre where you are left with the story and the cinematography only. The cinematography is fantastic and I know this is a super hard movie to live up to the original, but I feel a lot of the magic that make this movie "a whole package" was just not there.

Did not feel the same about Aladdin remake - another movie that was with huge shoes to fill (duh, robin williams) and the Aladdin remake was absolutely fantastic.


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