Well, Hakuna Matata!
If you are one of the very few people in America that has not yet seen the trailer to The Lion King live adaptation, you missed a fitting coronation.
Disney Studios has its new king of trailers with the latest — and most anticipated — “live action” release with more than 224 million views in its first 24 hours. The trailer, highlighting the majestic opening of the original with Rafiki presenting Mufasa’s heir to the witnesses of Pride Rock, was released during the Thanksgiving football games.
To the entire pride: Thank you for helping the teaser trailer for #TheLionKing become the most-viewed Disney trailer debut ever as it reached a record-breaking 224.6 million global views in 24 hours! pic.twitter.com/HSmWxS9YQp
— Disney (@Disney) November 24, 2018
The Disney trailer comes in behind only one in the history of movies — Avengers: Infinity War, which earned the clicks of 238 million people in one day. (The trailer is technically Marvel’s even though Mickey owns that too.)
The celebration and ballyhoo over the trailer comes down to the mastery and painstaking attention to detail Jon Favreau took with this trailer. In fact, it is nearly identical to the 1994 release of the animated classic.
This is really amazing to see what a movie director can do when he begins as a movie fan.
In addition to the legendary James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, the acclaimed cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa.
The Lion King roars into theaters July 2019.