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06/24/2019 - TLK Tickets Available Today — plus Jon Favreau Interview on Fandango


Tickets can be purchased starting today at Fandango — and if you follow the link you'll get an in-depth exclusive interview between Fandango and TLK director Jon Favreau.

Jon Favreau: We learned a lot on The Jungle Book, and one of the things we learned is that if you push the facial expressions on an animal too much it starts to look less like an animal and more like a human. Part of the naturalistic approach of The Lion King that would have not fit in with our tone. Part of it is trying to make the animals express emotions without facial expression, so like in the case of Pumbaa, who is a very comedic character who has a lot of facial expressions in the old one, how do you make a warthog comical if you can't make him make faces? You have to look at the reference of warthogs in nature, and you start to see that they're very comical in the way that they move.

So, part of it was directing the animators to express the emotions of the characters, be it the lion or the meerkat or the warthog, in a way that is both consistent with what people would see in nature, but also to express the performance choices the actors are making. So, there’s a lot of body language that was worked into this piece. What’s nice is that as you watch the film all together, I think it's very successful. But it definitely is one of the things that created one of the bigger challenges, to try to help bring the charm and humanity of the original productions into this without having the ability to manipulate the facial expressions and the naturalism of the animals to the extent that you could in animation.

06/24/2019 - "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Trailer with Beyoncé

06/06/2019 - Japanese Trailer with Dialogue

Charlie Quigg sends this compilation of TLK trailers, which includes one (skip to 1:00) for the Japanese market which features dialogue that gives us a good idea of how JD McCrary (young Simba), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), and James Earl Jones (Mufasa) sound in this new outing.

06/03/2019 - Jon Favreau Interview at D23


Behind-the-scenes interview with the director of the new film, giving us some insight into his thought processes and goals:

Favreau says the new Lion King cleaves largely to the animated film. “We are working off a story that works really well, but the more we looked at, the more we challenged the story. There were certain things that needed addressing to make it feel more appropriate to this medium, but as far as the characters, the story, the themes, the music, we really felt that people were very connected to the original, and so hopefully if you are a fan of the original you will look at our film and say, ‘I feel like I saw The Lion King.’”

In the end, Favreau hopes The Lion King feels emotionally as realistic as if audiences were watching live creatures. “That’s the trick here,” he says. “Because I don’t think anyone wants to see another animated Lion King, because [that film] still holds up really, really well. Doing The Jungle Book gave me a lot of encouragement. I saw The Lion King as a great opportunity to springboard, refine the tools, and tackle this beloved story in a new way.”

06/03/2019 - New Trailer: "Come Home"

From Nala's perspective, and thus posted (appropriately) on Beyoncé's channel.

05/30/2019 - 11 TLK Live-Action Character Posters


Disney has released a new 30-second TV spot titled "The One True King", and in conjunction has also produced 11 new promotional posters revealing the designs and voice talent of all the main characters.

Click through for all 11 posters!

05/25/2019 - 11 Little-Known Lion King Facts, from the directors' mouths

You might be well aware that during production, The Lion King was thought of as an also-ran underdog behind what was to be Disney's next big extravaganza, Pocahontas. But did you know that Rafiki's character traits and mannerisms were inspired by a homeless man that directors Minkoff and Allers encountered in London?

Insider Magazine did an interview with Minkoff and producer Don Hahn at Disney's D23 Expo in 2017, and the result was this list of 11 behind-the-scenes glimpses into the production of TLK, many of which were unknown except to a few until just recently.


05/22/2019 - "Hakuna Matata" Picture Book Illustrated by Aaron Blaise

There is a new picture book titled "Hakuna Matata" available now to coincide with the new live-action movie, written by Brittany Rubiano and illustrated by Aaron Blaise (supervising animator on Young Nala in the 1994 movie).


Blaise, by the way, is an excellent Twitter follow, at https://twitter.com/AaronBlaiseArt.

Via Holden Pence.

UPDATE: On closer inspection it looks as though the illustrator is Therese Larsson (according to the book's cover), not Aaron Blaise. Apparently the Amazon listing is inaccurate? Fooey.

04/30/2019 - Entertainment Weekly article

Much as they did in 1994 with the famous cover drawn by Ruben Aquino:

Entertainment Weekly has come out with its new cover story on the 2019 remake, with lots of in-depth info and full-size movie stills.


Thanks to Holden Pence.

04/19/2019 - TLK Remake Details on Good Morning America


Here's what The Lion King director Jon Favreau revealed to us at #StarWarsCelebration about #TheLionKing:
- Scoring with Hans Zimmer & Lebo M. (Lebo arranged and performed music for The Lion King movies and stage productions)
- It "should feel like a live-action photo reel film"
- It will "stay true to the original"
- It will be "quite longer than the original"

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