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|The Lion King Reborn|
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|Directed by|| Rob Minkoff|
|Produced by||Don Hahn|
|Screenplay by|| Irene Mecchi|
|Based on||The Lion King by Walt Disney Feature Animation|
|Starring|| Matthew Broderick|
Meredith Scott Lynn
James Earl Jones
|Executive produced by|| Karen Gilchrist|
Tom C. Peitzman
|Music by|| Original Score:|
|Edited by|| Mark Livolsi|
|Production companies|| Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Animation Studios
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Release date|| January 21st, 2019 (Ukraine)|
July 19th, 2019 (United States)
|Country|| United States|
The Lion King Reborn is an upcoming 2019 American animated epic, adventure, musical, drama, and dark comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers from a screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton, and Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film. Based on the Lion King franchise, it will feature an ensemble voice cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, Robert Guillaume, Ernie Sabella, Alfre Woodard, Rowan Atkinson, Nathan Lane, Neve Campbell, Jason Marsden, Suzanne Pleshette, Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Cummings, Cheech Marin, Moira Kelly, Meredith Scott Lynn and James Earl Jones. It features posthumous film performances by Guillaume, who died in October 2017, and Pleshette, who died in January 2008, and the film is dedicated to their memories.
The Lion King Reborn tells the story of Simba (Swahili for lion), a young lion, who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's paternal uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile. Upon maturation living with two wastrels, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King. The film later centers on Simba and Nala's daughter Kiara, who falls in love with Kovu, a male rogue lion from a banished pride that was once loyal to Simba's evil uncle, Scar. Separated by Simba's prejudice against the banished pride and a vindictive plot planned by Kovu's mother Zira, Kiara and Kovu struggle to unite their estranged prides and be together.
With the film co-produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, it is set to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The Lion King Reborn also marks as one of the last films to be released by DisneyToon Studios after its closure in June 2018. Plans for a remake of The Lion King were confirmed in September 2016 following the success of Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book. Animation began in January 2017 at Walt Disney Animation Studios with a large cast consisting mostly of voice actors and actresses reprising their roles from the original films and television series. The production lasted until February 2018. Additional production took place at DisneyToon Studios shortly before its defunct.
The film was released early on January 21st, 2019 in Ukraine, and it is set to be released on July 19th, 2019 in the United States on YouTube in IMAX format, celebrating the 1994 film's 25th anniversary.
An unprecedented cinematic journey twenty-five years in the making and spanning of The Lion King, Scar seeks to take the mantle as King after he murders his brother Mufasa, and Simba, Kovu, Nala, Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa must stop Scar in a showdown before his onslaught of destruction puts an end to the Pride Lands.
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A meerkat named Timon, who is a social outcast of his colony outskirts "the Pit of Shame", dreams for more in life than his colony's bleak existence hiding from predators, but his daydreaming leads to the near-death of his Uncle Max by a trio of spotted hyenas named Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. Timon leaves to find a better life, and meets a pig named Pumbaa, who suffers from demophobia-triggered flatulence problems. Although the two quickly form a bond and Pumbaa accompanies Timon as his acquaintance, they start living in a small oasis behind the landmark while King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi's newborn son Simba is presented to the crowded animals at a majestic place named Pride Rock.
Mufasa shows young Simba the Pride Lands and explains to him the responsibilities of kingship and the Circle of Life which connects all living things. Meanwhile, Mufasa's younger and selfish brother Scar covets the throne and plots to eliminate Mufasa and Simba so he may become king. He and his henchmen of hyenas set a trap for his brother and nephew, luring Simba into a gorge and having the hyenas drive a large herd of wildebeest into a stampede that will trample him. Scar refuses to help Mufasa, instead sending him falling to his death, then convinces Simba that the tragedy was his own fault and advises him to flee the kingdom and never return. Scar tells the pride that Mufasa and Simba were killed in the stampede and steps forward as the new king. Meanwhile, Timon and Pumbaa finally settle in a huge luxurious green jungle. Sooner enough, they rescue Simba on a desert floor before they raise him under their philosophy of "Hakuna Matata" (Swahili for 'no worries').
Years later, Simba rescues Timon and Pumbaa from a hungry lioness, who turns out to be his best friend Nala. She and Simba reunite and fall in love, and she argues with him to return home, telling him the Pride Lands have become a drought-stricken wasteland under Scar's reign. Feeling guilty over his father's death, Simba refuses and storms away. He encounters Mufasa's adviser Rafiki, who says that Mufasa's spirit lives on in Simba, and he is visited by the ghost of his father in the night sky, who tells him he must take his rightful place as king. Realizing he can no longer run from his past, Simba decides to return home.
As Scar taunts Simba over his role in Mufasa's death, he backs his nephew to the edge of Pride Rock, where he reveals to Simba that he murdered Mufasa. Enraged, Simba pins Scar to the ground and forces him to reveal the truth to the rest of the pride. After Timon proposes that they all help Simba by getting rid of the hyenas, he, Pumbaa, Nala, Sarabi, Zazu, Rafiki, and the other lionesses fend off the hyenas, alongside Timon's Ma and Max, who are directed to construct a series of tunnels beneath the hyenas. When the tunnels are finished, Max knocks down the sticks, the cave-in commences, and the hyenas are ejected through the tunnels. Scar begs for mercy and attempts to blame the hyenas for his actions, but Simba spares his life and orders him to leave the Pride Lands forever. Scar suddenly attacks his nephew, but Simba manages to toss him from the top of Pride Rock. Scar survives the fall, but then gets eaten by his former henchmen of hyenas, because one overheard him betray them to Simba.
With his enemies gone, Simba takes over the kingship as the rains begin to fall, restoring life to the land; Timon takes his entire meerkat colony to live in predator-free environment to complete his "Hakuna Matata"; and Nala gives birth to two newborn cubs, Kiara and Kion, with Kiara presented to the assembled animals. Rafiki paints an emblem of the cub on the trunk of his tree, but Mufasa's spirit ruffles the painting, making him discover another cub that's living in rogues known as the "Outlands" named Kovu.
A few weeks later, Kiara becomes annoyed with her father's overprotective parenting and enters the Outlands, where she meets Kovu. His mother Zira reminds Simba of how he exiled her and the other Outsiders, and reveals that Scar selected Kovu to be his successor despite not being his biological father. After returning to the Pride Lands, Simba lectures Kiara about the danger posed by the Outsiders, and reminds her they are part of each other. In the Outlands, Zira reminds Kovu that Simba killed Scar and exiled the lions who respect him. Kovu explains that he does not think it is so bad to have Kiara as a friend, but Zira realizes that she can use Kovu's friendship with Kiara to seek revenge on Simba.
Several years later, Kiara, now a young adult, begins her first solo hunt. As part of Zira's plan, Kovu's siblings Nuka and Vitani trap Kiara in a fire, allowing Kovu to rescue her. Simba is forced to accept Kovu's place since he rescued Kiara.
Kovu contemplates attacking Simba as he was instructed to, but he teaches Kiara how to hunt instead and eventually realizes his feelings for her. Later, Kiara and Kovu stargaze where they talk about the Great Kings of the Past and Kovu wonders if there is a darkness in him like there was in Scar. Simba watches the two from afar and Nala convinces him to give Kovu a chance. Kovu attempts to reveal his mission to Kiara, but Rafiki interrupts and leads them to the jungle, where he introduces them to "upendi" (an erroneous form of upendo, which means "love" in Swahili). The two lions fall in love. That night, Simba allows Kovu to sleep inside Pride Rock with the rest of the pride, but because of this, Zira sets a trap for her son and Simba.
The next day, Kovu once again tries to reveal his mission to Kiara, but Simba takes him around the Pride Lands and tells him Scar's story. The Outsiders then attack Simba, resulting in Nuka's death and Simba's escape. Enraged, Zira scratches Kovu for his brother's death, causing him to turn on her. Kovu returns to Pride Rock to plead Simba for his forgiveness but is exiled. Kiara makes Simba realize that he is acting irrationally, and flees to find Kovu. The two lions later find each other and profess their love. Realizing that they must reunite the two prides, Kiara and Kovu return to the Pride Lands and convince them to stop fighting. When Zira attempts to kill Simba, Kiara intervenes and Zira falls to her death.
With his enemy gone, Simba accepts the Outsiders back into the Pride Lands, and appoints Kovu and Kiara as his successors.
- Main article: List of The Lion King characters
The Lion King Reborn features most of the voice cast reprising their roles from the original films, respectively through recycled voice clips with some new ones. Alfre Woodard also returns to voice Sarabi from the 2019 remake, replacing the late Madge Sinclair from 1994, via consisting most of Sinclair's dialogues.
- Matthew Broderick as Simba
A lion, son of Mufasa and Sarabi, who is the crown prince of the Pride Lands. Simba later becomes Nala's husband, and Kiara's overprotective father. Joseph Williams and Cam Clarke provided the character's singing voice. Co-director Roger Allers explained that Simba "senses this greater threat approaching, so he is doing everything in his ability to keep the Pride Lands safe". Mark Henn, Ruben A. Aquino, Bob Baxter, and Ian Harrowell respectively served as the supervising animators for young and adult Simba.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas as young Simba. Evan Saucedo and Jason Weaver provided the cub's singing voice, while Connor Funk provided his growls, although Funk was uncredited.
- Jeremy Irons as Scar
Mufasa's treacherous younger brother, Simba's uncle and Kiara and Kion's granduncle, who overtakes the throne and seeks to take the mantle of king. Scar was also once the leader of a Lion Guard, but the power went to his head and he began to believe that he should be king instead of Mufasa. He lost the Roar after he used it to destroy his fellow Lion Guard members when they refused to help him overthrow Mufasa. According to the directors, "[a] patronizing quality" was vital to Scar's role in the film. Minkoff told the Los Angeles Times, "When Scar puts the guilt trip on Simba, that's an intense idea ... probably something that is not typical of the other Disney pictures, in terms of what the villain does." Additionally, Scar serves as a departure from previous Disney villains because they "came off at least as buffoonish as they were sinister". Because Scar is the film's main antagonist, it was believed that "villains work really well when they're subtle", explaining, "to see them think and scheme and plot is much more interesting than showing them beating somebody up." John Vickery, who previously portrayed as Scar in The Lion King Broadway performance, provided the character's singing voice in "Be Prepared" and "The Madness of King Scar". Andreas Deja served as the supervising animator for Scar.
- Robert Guillaume as Rafiki
A wise mandrill, who teaches Timon Hakuna Matata, as well as giving him faith in himself to do what he dreams of doing. Rafiki also serves as shaman of the lion king to present newborn cubs of the King and Queen to the animals of the Pride Lands, and is a Royal Mjuzi. This marks Guillaume's final film role after his death on October 24th, 2017 and retirement in 2014. Bob Baxter, James Baxter and Alexs Stadermann served as the supervising animators for Rafiki.
- Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa
A naïve, but hearten warthog, who becomes Timon's "bestest best friend" and one of Simba's adoptive parents. Though slow-witted, Pumbaa is very empathetic and willing to trust and befriend anyone. He is also claustrophobic and passes gas in crowds. Pumbaa also becomes Bunga's other adoptive uncle. Tony Bancroft and Bob Baxter served as the supervising animators for Pumbaa.
- Alfre Woodard as Sarabi
Mufasa's devoted mate, Simba's mother, the leader of the lioness hunting party, and the Queen of Pride Rock, as the film begins. Woodard reprises her role from the 2019 live-action/CGI remake of the 1994 animated film. Angela Bassett was originally set to be the character's new voice actress after Minkoff and Favreau saw her performance as Queen Ramonda in the 2018 Marvel Studios film Black Panther. Sarabi was also originally voiced by Madge Sinclair back in 1994. Russ Edmonds served as the supervising animator for Sarabi.
- Rowan Atkinson as Zazu
A hornbill, who serves as the lion king's majordomo and adviser (or "Mufasa's little stooge", as Shenzi calls him). Ellen Woodbury served as the supervising animator for Zazu.
- Nathan Lane as Timon
A comedic meerkat, who becomes Pumbaa's best friend and one of Simba's adoptive parents. Though somewhat selfish, arrogant, and withdrawn, Timon shows courageous loyalty towards his friends. Timon also becomes Bunga's adoptive uncle. Michael Surrey, and Bob Baxter served as the supervising animators for Timon.
- Suzanne Pleshette as Zira
The leader of the Outsiders, Scar's most loyal follower and Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu's widowed mother. Kevin Peaty served as the supervising animator for Zira.
- Jason Marsden as Kovu
A teenage lion cub living in the Outlands, who is Zira's son, Nuka and Vitani's younger brother, and the chosen successor of Scar to become King of the Pride Lands instead of Simba. Andrew Collins served as the supervising animator for Kovu.
- Ryan O'Donohue as infant Kovu
- Neve Campbell as Kiara
A lioness cub, the daughter of Simba and Nala and Kion's older sister, who grows up to become future Queen of the Pride Lands. Lianne Hughes served as the supervising animator for Kiara.
- Michelle Horn as infant Kiara. Charity Sanoy provided her singing voice, while Ashley Edner provided her growls, although Edner was uncredited.
- Meredith Scott Lynn as Vitani
Zira's aggressive and spunky daughter, and Nuka and Kovu's sister. Kevin Peaty served as the supervising animator for Vitani.
- Lacey Chabert as young Vitani. Crysta Macalush Winton provided the cub's singing voice.
- Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi
The sassy and short-tempered female leader of her hyena clan. Shenzi's full name "Shenzi Marie Predatora Veldetta Jacquelina Hyena" is revealed by Timon when he proposes to her. Tracy Nicole Chapman, who portrayed Shenzi in the 1997 Broadway performance, provided the character's singing voice in "Chow Down", "Be Prepared", and "The Madness of King Scar". Bob Baxter, Alex Kupershmidt and David Burgess served as the supervising animators for Shenzi.
- Jim Cummings as Ed
An unhinged hysterical hyena, who laughs a lot and is Scar's henchman. Bob Baxter, Alex Kupershmidt and David Burgess served as the supervising animators for Ed.
- Moira Kelly as Nala
A lioness, who is Simba's best friend and later his future love-interest, Queen of the Pride Lands, and Kiara and Kion's mother. Heather Headley, who previously portrayed Nala in the 1997 Broadway performance of The Lion King, provided Nala's singing voice in "Hakuna Matata", "The Madness of King Scar", "Shadowland", and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". Aaron Blaise, Anthony de Rosa, and Ian Harrowell respectively served as the supervising animators for young and adult Nala.
- Niketa Calame-Harris as young Nala. Laura Williams provided the cub's singing voice.
- Cheech Marin as Banzai
An aggressive and hot-headed Mexican-accent hyena prone to complaining and acting on impulse, who is Scar's henchman. Stanley Wayne Mathis, who portrayed Banzai in the 1997 Broadway performance, provided the character's singing voice in "Chow Down", "Be Prepared", and "The Madness of King Scar". Bob Baxter, Alex Kupershmidt and David Burgess served as the supervising animators for Banzai.
- James Earl Jones as Mufasa
Simba's father, and King of the Pride Lands, as the film begins. Since his death after being killed into a wildebeest stampede orchestrated by Scar, Mufasa lives on as a spirit. Tony Fucile served as the supervising animator for Mufasa.
Additionally, Andrew Thomlinson returns as Nuka, the oldest male of Zira's family from Simba's Pride, and Julie Kavner and Jerry Stiller both reprise their roles as Timon's Ma, and her paranoid brother-in-law Uncle Max from The Lion King 1½.
The Walt Disney Company's late feature animation divisor Zoe Leader voices Nala's mother Sarafina, who is briefly talking to Sarabi. This marks Leader's last film role after her death from cancer in March 3rd, 2015. S. Scott Bullock reprises his voice role as Timon's prankster cousin Fred from The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa for a cameo appearance.
Tress MacNeille and Jeff Bennett were set to reprise their voice roles as Tatiana, the princess of Timon's meerkat colony, and the Duke, Tatiana's father from The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, while Amy Sedaris had a cameo as an elephant shrew, but this scene did not make the theatrical cut of the film. Max Charles, Joshua Rush, Dusan Brown Diamond White and Atticus Shaffer were also set to reprise their roles as Kion, Bunga, Beshte, Fuli and Ono from The Lion Guard as the film's secondary protagonists, but were immediately cut for future sequels.
Shortly after the success of the 2016 live-action remake of The Jungle Book, the film's director Jon Favreau announced there would a special edition themed "director's cut" of the 1994 film. It was originally planned to be released in summer of 2017, known as The Lion King: The Special Edition Cut. Favreau, Rob Minkoff, Don Hahn and Ford Riley came on board to tie the original films and television series together on a computer program known as Movie Maker, later Filmora. However, in April 2018, the film's title would then be changed to The Lion King: The King Has Returned. On May, the film's title was changed again to its title The Lion King: Return of the King. On June 14th, the title was once changed again to its official title The Lion King Reborn. On July 5th, Minkoff stated that the film would be "darker" and more "serious" yet "epic", "emotional" and "down to Earth" in tone than from previous Lion King adaptations in the franchise.
The film includes The Lion King, its sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and its midquel/prequel The Lion King 1½.
Roger Allers, who previously directed the 1994 film, had a short time with Disney as this film's co-director, but then left during production due to him spending more time with his family.
In April 2017, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella were in talks to reprising their roles as Timon and Pumbaa respectively. In July 2017, Rowan Atkinson was cast to return as Zazu. In August 2017, Julie Kavner was cast to reprise her role as Timon's Ma with Jerry Stiller in talks to return as Uncle Max.
In mid-February 2018, Jeremy Irons, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Cummings, Jason Marsden, Andrew Thomlinson, and Lacey Chabert were all cast to reprise their roles as Scar, Banzai, Shenzi, Ed, Kovu, Nuka and Vitani from the 1994 film and Simba's Pride.
Earlier in February 2017, it was announced that Moira Kelly was Minkoff's top choice for the role of Nala and that the director and studio would be willing to do whatever it took to accommodate her busy schedule on Girl in the Bunker. Later on June 2018, Kelly's role was confirmed in an official announcement, and Niketa Calame-Harris would return as young Nala. Archive recordings of the late Suzanne Pleshette and Robert Guillaume, as well as Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Michelle Horn, Ryan O'Donohue and Niketa Calame-Harris as Zira, Rafiki, young Simba, Kiara, and Kovu will be included respectively.
In mid-October, Alfre Woodard was announced to be the voice of Sarabi, returning from her time on the 2019 live-action/CGI remake that would be released next year.
In March 2019, Meredith Scott Lynn was cast to voice adult Vitani, replacing Jennifer Lien due to her arrest for driving on a revoked license in Kingston, Tennessee.
Production on the film commenced in the summer of 2017 in Los Angeles, California, using "a lot of virtual-reality tools" per Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato. Legato and Favreau confirmed that the film is expected to last at least 5-7 hours long as they are expected to term out several lines and scenes from the merchandise to make it as short as possible.
The film dedicates to the memories of Pleshette and Guillaume. This also dedicates and marks one of the final credits for film editor Mark Livolsi, who died in September 23, 2018, and British actor W. Morgan Sheppard, who died in January 6th, 2019, and provided the voice of Captain Bloodbeard in The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa.
The animated scenes of "Chow Down", "The Madness of King Scar", and "Shadowland" will be made shortly before the film's release.
The visual effects are provided by Moving Picture Company and Mercury Filmworks, supervised by The Lion Guard composer Christopher Willis, Elliot Newman, Robert Legato and Adam Valdez.
- See also: The Lion King Reborn/Soundtrack
On November 1, 2017, it was announced that Hans Zimmer would return to write the film's score, having previously scored the 1994 animated version. On November 28, 2017, it was reported that Elton John had signed onto the project to rework his musical compositions shortly before his retirement. The film is expected to have songs from previous Lion King films, including "Digga Tunnah (Dance)", "That's All I Need", "Circle of Life", "I Just Can't Wait to be King", "Hakuna Matata", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "He Lives in You", "We Are One", "My Lullaby", "Upendi", "Not One of Us", and "Love Will Find a Way". It was reported that the film would include five songs from the Broadway version, which are "Chow Down", "Endless Night", "The Morning Report", "The Madness of King Scar" and "Shadowland", alongside a new song written by Tim Rice entitled "Rafiki Huomboleza".
- Main article: The Lion King Reborn: The Craig and Gannaway Cut
In earlier concepts of the film, Tatiana from the television series The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa was meant to appear as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Tress MacNeille and Jeff Bennett came in to reprise their roles as her and the Duke Meerkat. However, the characters' scenes were deleted for the finalized release due to timing reasons.
On December 25th, the official teaser trailer was released.
Indian film critic, C. S. Venkiteswaran, the Artistic Director of the Signs film festival, gives The Lion King Reborn an early rating of 8.5 out of 10.
Ahead of the film's release, the "Want to See" score, an audience anticipation poll on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, had risen to 91%.
The Lion King Reborn was originally going to be released in August 2017. One year later, the directors confirmed that the film's production would be moved up and was set to be released in June 15th, 2019 in honor to celebrate the 1994 film's 25th anniversary, and finally July 19th where the 2019 remake will be released on that day also.
On January 21st, 2019, the film premiered early in Ukraine.
The Lion King Reborn will be the first Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures-distributed film not to stream on Netflix, after Disney decided to let their licensing deal with Netflix expire, and is intended to be the first theatrical Disney release to stream exclusively on Disney+ alongside the 2019 remake, Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and Captain Marvel.
The Lion King Reborn was originally going to be rated G by the MPAA, and it would have been the first family-friendly title with a G rating in a long time. However, the film was later re-rated PG likely due to the serious yet deeper tone and mild crude humor, including Pumbaa's flatulence problems throughout the storyline.
- Main article: The Lion King: Crucible
A spin-off canon novel named The Lion King: Crucible will be released soon.
In order to tradition for each and every Animated Disney production, a new book will be released featuring concept arts, Biographies of the Cast and features for the film's purpose.
There is a spin-off television series titled Over the Pride Lands Wall. This retells of Cartoon Network's Emmy Award winning miniseries Over the Garden Wall, set in the world of The Lion King. As The Lion King Reborn celebrates the franchise's 25th anniversary, this television series will be airing on its 5th anniversary from November 3-7.
An another spin-off series titled Miraculous Lion King will premiere in French on 2020 made by Disney Television Animation and Zagtoons it retells it in the world of The Lion King. It tells the Adventures of Marinette and Adrien, a cheetah and a leopard as they become superheroes Mkojo and Nyeusi Chui to stop the evil Hawkmoth and the spirit of Scar.
- See also: The Lion King 4D Ride
The Lion King 4D Ride is an upcoming 4D dark ride at Disneyland Park.
- Main article: The Lion King Reborn/Clips
- During the wildebeest stampede scene, not just only having Simba as a cub being involved, but Timon and Pumbaa also show up in this event.
- Timon's cracking rival Fred makes a brief cameo with S. Scott Bullock reprising his role from the television series, The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa.
- Kovu says, "Look out!" to Kiara instead of her to him during their crocodile attack.
- Fearless Buzz's personality was used for Timon's father from deleted scenes in The Lion King 1½.
- Rob Minkoff directed the first two Stuart Little films.
- During the battle of Pride Rock, Pumbaa's war cry to Banzai, "They call me Mister Pig!", is a reference to the scene in the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night where Sidney Pointier says, "They call me Mister Tibbs!". For an another reference to classic cinema, Pumbaa's line "Are you talking to me?!" refers to the 1976 film Taxi Driver.
- Scar's line "You have no idea..." is a reference to the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune. For another, before Scar gets back-kicked by Simba and eaten by his former hyena clan, he says "Now cracks a noble heart. — Good night, sweet prince, and may the kings of the past sing thee to thy rest!". This refers to one of William Shakespeare's works, Hamlet.
- The film marks as the fourth film of the Lion King franchise.
- Alfre Woodard had cameos as Miriam Sharpe in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War and Mariah Dillard in the Netflix series Luke Cage, both media that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
- Angela Bassett, who was originally set to voice Sarabi in the film, also portrayed Queen Ramonda in the 2018 film Black Panther.
- Bill Hader previously appeared as himself in The Late Late Show with James Corden.
- Corden also auditioned a role for the film as "Mongofu" before scrapped out.
- Cheech Marin previously voiced Ramone in the Cars franchise.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas previously appeared as Randy Taylor on the hit ABC Television sitcom, Home Improvement.
- Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane previously worked together on the Broadway play and 2005 film The Producers.
- Ernie Sabella previously performed "Hakuna Matata" at the 1995 Oscars alongside comedian David Alan Grier.
- Sabella also had a cameo as Maury, the cat pound owner, in Mouse Hunt.
- Grier also voiced Red in Stuart Little.
- Jason Marsden and Lacey Chabert previously voiced Kade Burns, Salvage, and Dani Burns in Transformers: Rescue Bots.
- Khary Payton also voiced Grimlock in Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
- Marsden also currently voices Max Goof following the release of 1995's A Goofy Movie.
- James Earl Jones previously voiced Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise.
- Jones and the late Robert Guillaume previously appeared in The Meteor Man.
- Jim Cummings previously voiced Hondo Ohnaka in the Cartoon Network CGI series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Jones and Cummings later reprised their roles as Vader and Ohnaka in the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.
- Cummings currently voices Pooh Bear and Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh franchise.
- Julie Kavner currently voices Marge Simpson in The Simpsons. Meanwhile, Jones' characters Mufasa, Darth Vader and himself appear in the episode Round Springfield, albeit they were instead voiced by Harry Shearer.
- Shearer also voiced Dog announcer in 2005's Chicken Little.
- Jerry Stiller previously voiced Harvey in Planes: Fire & Rescue alongside his late wife Anne Meara as Winnie.
- Stiller and Nathan Lane previously voiced Pretty Boy and Spot Helperman in the television series Teacher's Pet and its 2004 film, which is the series finale.
- Whoopi Goldberg previously portrayed Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Goldberg currently hosts the show The View.
- Goldberg also voiced octopus Stretch in Disney / Pixar's Toy Story 3 and Himalayan cat Miss Mittens in Snow Buddies, the second installment of the Buddies films.
- Amy Sedaris had a voice role as a black-footed ferret named Gravity from Space Buddies. Sedaris later voiced Betty in the 7th and final installment of the franchise, entitled Super Buddies.
- This marks as one of the final films executive produced by former Pixar director John Lasseter before he left Disney on November 22nd, 2019, concluding with Frozen 2.
- Bill Hader also had an uncredited role as J.P. Spamley in Ralph Breaks the Internet.
- Main article: The Lion King Reborn/Tropes
- See also: The Lion King Reborn/Transcript
- Main article: The Lion King Reborn/Credits
- Main article: The Lion King Reborn/Gallery
- ↑ Roger Allers, Brian Tiemann, Ghia, Bill Steinkellner, Flip Kobler, Cindy Marcus, Tom Rogers, Evan Spiliotopoulos and Ford Riley all served for additional screenplay material while Raymond Singer also wrote some of the film's screenplay, although he was uncredited.
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