The beloved Disney flick The Lion King is one of the many films currently on the long list of remakes for 2019, but with Thursday night’s release of the first teaser trailer, we officially have to bury our cynicism and embrace the old and the new together. It. Looks. So Good.
The teaser is a shot by shot remake of the beloved 1994 classic, with the birth of Simba announced and celebrated by the animal kingdom. The Disney classic “The Circle of Life” plays over the clip, which includes Mufasa’s famous line, “Everything the light touches is our kingdom. But a king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day the sun will set on my time here and will rise with you as the new king.”
The desert may be hot, but we have chills.
The upcoming remake boasts an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofo as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, and to come full circle on our childhoods, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, once again. Adulthood has not prepared us for these emotions.
For those worried the new reboot will sully their memory of the original, director Jon Favreau is staying true to the Disney classic, with the teaser a shot-by-shot remake of the 1994 animated film.
This side-by-side of the new #LionKing trailer and the original is pretty incredible
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) November 23, 2018
In less than 24 hours, the trailer is already the number one trending video on YouTube, having been watched more than 10 million times. Many of these views are from ’90s kids who are ready to relive their childhoods.
Me watching Lion King on the first day pic.twitter.com/4hJe4iEMBW
— hargav (@ThatIndianGuy) November 23, 2018
When I heard the voice of James Earl Jones as Mufasa on the Lion King trailer. pic.twitter.com/uxpgFAadyt
— Nicole (@NicoleJade525) November 23, 2018
— Robert Pineda (@Rpinedadpp) November 23, 2018
But even with all the excitement over the upcoming film (Donald! Beyoncé! Hakuna Matata!), there is still one issue that many viewers are dealing with after viewing the trailer.
New Lion King trailer is amazing. I’m billing @Disney for the therapy I’m going to need. As if watching a cartoon Musfasa dying wasn’t traumatic enough, now I can see the light drain from his eyes in IMAX 3D. #TheLionKing
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 23, 2018
Oh yeah, we’re going to have to watch Mufasa die again.
Me: “I’ve seen The Lion King a million times, I’m ready for the live action one”
— KIΠG KUΠT∆ (@RNB215) November 23, 2018
Spoiler, but it happened 24 years ago and we’re still not okay.
Watching the Lion King trailer like i don’t have to watch Mufasa die again pic.twitter.com/MI5N6940n3
— kyle (@thekillakay_) November 23, 2018
The move from animation to CGI isn’t make anyone feel better.
thinking about how realistic the stampede scene is going to be in the new lionking pic.twitter.com/CYUhQUhKkS
— rosé (@cherrytguk) November 23, 2018
Prepare yourself, if you can.
When you see the new Lion King trailer but realize you gotta watch Mufasa die again in high definition pic.twitter.com/2h0nrjeDqR
— Soccer Memes (@SoccerMemes) November 23, 2018
It’s the circle of life, right?
watching the new lion king trailer pic.twitter.com/HflSyB3Gjw
— czar™ (@bilalBBK) November 23, 2018
The Lion King arrives in theatres on July 19, 2019.