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|The Lion King Reborn|
Teaser poster with the film's original release date
|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|
James Earl Jones
Dan and Phil
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Edited by|| Mark Livolsi|
|Production companies|| Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Disney Television Animation
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Release date|| January 11th, 2019 (Ukraine)|
July 19th, 2019 (United States)
|Country|| United States|
The Lion King Reborn is an upcoming 2019 American-South Korean animated epic, adventure, musical, fantasy and comedy-drama film directed by Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers from a screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton, and Jeff Nathanson. Based on the Lion King franchise, it focuses on four storylines: Simba taking his place as the rightful king, succeeding his father Mufasa after his death by his younger brother Scar; meerkat/warthog duo Timon and Pumbaa searching for "Hakuna Matata" (meaning "No Worries" in Swahili); Simba's daughter Kiara meeting rogue cub Kovu; and Kion leading his best friends Fuli, Bunga, Beshte and Ono as the new Lion Guard. The film will feature an ensemble voice cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jeremy Irons, Eden Riegel, Max Charles, Gabrielle Union, James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard, Diamond White, Nika Futterman, Jason Marsden, Andy Dick, Lacey Chabert, Rowan Atkinson, Khary Payton, Joshua Rush, Sarah Hyland, Madison Pettis, and Dan Howell and Phil Lester.
With the film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Mercury Filmworks and Disney Television Animation, it is set to be released by Walt Disney Pictures, as well as being 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 defunct in June 2018. Animation began in January 2017 at Walt Disney Animation Studios with Minkoff, Don Hahn, Jennifer Lee, John Lasseter, and Jon Favreau coming on board to direct alongside 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 mostly took place at DisneyToon Studios shortly before its defunct.
The film was released early on January 11th in Ukraine, and it is set to be released on July 19th, 2019 in the United States on YouTube, celebrating the 1994 film's 25th anniversary.
- "The new story retells a young lion named Simba, who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands when his evil younger brother Scar murders him in a massively wildebeest stampede; a subplot involving a meerkat and warthog duo named Timon and Pumbaa, who search a place as their dream home with no predators via the word "Hakuna Matata" (a meaning to "No Worries" in Swahili); Simba and Nala's daughter Kiara falling in love with Kovu, a male rogue lion from a banished pride that was once loyal to Scar; and Simba's second-born son Kion forming his new Lion Guard with best friends Fuli the cheetah, Bunga the honey badger, Beshte the hippopotamus, and Ono to defend the Pride Lands and protect the Circle of Life. It's kind of like The Lion King meets The Lion Guard."
- ―Nancy Kanter
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The film begins with a wise mandrill named Rafiki watching over the animals as they come from the Four Winds for a event, then retells The Lion King in his point-of-view.
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 is unconditionally supported by his mother Ma. One day, he is assigned as a Sentry, but his daydreaming nearly leads to the death of his Uncle Max by a trio of spotted hyenas named Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. This marks the last straw for the colony before Timon leaves to find a better life. On the way, Rafiki helps, then teaches Timon about "Hakuna Matata", meaning "No Worries" in Swahili, and advises him to look beyond what he sees. Timon takes the advice unknowingly and observes a majestic place called Pride Rock to be his paradise home. He ventures there, but then bumps into a pig named Pumbaa, who suffers from demophobia-triggered flatulence problems. The two quickly form a bond and Pumbaa accompanies Timon as his acquaintance. As they arrive at Pride Rock, Timon accidentally pulls Pumbaa's tail to explosively pass a massive fart, causing nearby animals to faint. Following this, Timon and Pumbaa start to live in a small oasis behind the landmark while King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi's newborn son Simba is presented.
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 brother Scar covets the throne and plots to eliminate Mufasa and Simba so he may become king. He later tricks Simba and his best friend Nala — to whom Simba is betrothed — into exploring a forbidden elephants' graveyard, but Mufasa soon saves the cubs from the hyenas that are now in league with Scar. Though angry with Simba, Mufasa forgives him and explains that the Great Kings of the Past watch over them from the night sky, from which he will one day watch over Simba, especially him.
Scar sets 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. He informs Mufasa of Simba's peril, knowing the king will rush to save him. Scar refuses to help Mufasa, instead sending him falling to his death. He then convinces Simba that the tragedy was his own fault and advises him to flee the kingdom and never return. He orders the hyenas to kill Simba, but he escapes. Later in the night, Scar tells the pride that Mufasa and Simba were killed in the stampede and steps forward as the new king with Shenzi's clan as his henchmen. Meanwhile, Timon and Pumbaa finally settle in a huge luxurious green jungle with. Sooner enough, they rescue Simba on a desert floor before they raise him under their philosophy of "Hakuna Matata".
Years later, Simba rescues Timon and Pumbaa from a hungry lioness, who turns out to be 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 Rafiki, who says that Mufasa's spirit lives on in Simba, and he is visited by the ghost of Mufasa 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. Too much for Timon's horror, Nala explains that Simba had run off to challenge Scar, and that they need their help. Hurt that Simba left them, Timon unsuccessfully tries to persuade Pumbaa to stay, but Pumbaa follows after Simba and Nala. Timon indulges in the jungle's luxuries by himself, but loneliness starts to overcome him. Rafiki appears again and helps Timon realize that his true Hakuna Matata is with the ones he loves, prompting Timon to reunite with Pumbaa.
As Scar taunts Simba over his role in Mufasa's death, who confronts him, he backs him to the edge of the 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. As Timon and Pumbaa run into Ma and Max, who came looking for him, Timon proposes that they all help Simba by getting rid of the hyenas. Timon, Pumbaa, Nala, Sarabi, Zazu, Rafiki, and the other lionesses fend off the hyenas, alongside 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, breaking the ground under the hyenas. However, the last few get stuck, prompting Timon to dive underground and break them himself. The cave-in commences, and the hyenas are ejected through the tunnels and Timon pulls himself out to reunite with his family and Pumbaa. Scar, attempting to escape, 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 Shenzi 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, Pumbaa and Simba take Ma, Max, and the 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, and Kiara is 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. When he retaliates to Kiara's playing, his mother Zira confronts Simba. She 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. As Zira returns to the Outlands, she realizes of using Kovu's friendship with Kiara to seek revenge on Simba.
Kion discovers that he has the ability to channel the Roar of the Elders, giving him fierce power. At the instructions of Simba and Rafiki, Kion forms a team called the Lion Guard against tradition and chooses his non-lion friends Bunga the honey badger, Ono the egret, Beshte the hippopotamus, and Fuli the cheetah to populate it. Simba scolds him for not taking his new responsibilities seriously, but when they save Kiara from a herd of stampeding gazelle and defeat a hyena clan led by Janja and Mzingo the vulture, Simba realizes that Kion has protected the Pride Lands and is indeed ready to lead his new Lion Guard.
As the Lion Guard accompany the Royal Family for independence to scare off Janja's clan, they meet a friendly hyena and ally named Jasiri, a crocodile named Makuu, who wins a Mashidano duel against Pua and becomes the local leader of the float to invade territories, and when several Pride Landers think Bunga is the wisest animal there is, Simba leaves Kiara in charge of the Pride Lands while he and Nala go to Kilio Valley to attend a funeral for an old elephant friend and leader named Amanifu, and Ono temporarily loses his vision in his left eye when he gets dirt in it.
The Lion Guard and Simba rescue a scheming jackal pup named Dogo during the holiday of Kuptana, but they soon discover that he is in a whole family of jackals and the matriarch, Reirei, and her husband Goigoi, manage to fool the Lion Guard into letting them stay; they invite Fuli to join their individual activities, oblivious to the fact that she enjoys being alone; Bunga tells the story of how he met Timon and Pumbaa and found "utamu" grubs; an elephant named Mtoto looks up to Beshte as his personal hero; and a fork-tailed drongo named Tamaa uses his talent to imitate the voice of any animal to gain food from others, which annoys the Lion Guard for false alarms. Meanwhile, Bunga and Beshte believe that Rafiki's paintings can predict the future to "save" Kion from falling off a huge branch.
Under the suggestion of Simba, the Lion Guard leads Muhimu's herd of zebras and Swala's herd of gazelles to a new grazing ground located at the edge of the Pride Lands in Mbali Fields; being trapped in a large sinkhole, Simba and Bunga being raised by Timon and Pumbaa is something that they have in common; Beshte makes friends with a timid okapi named Ajabu, who has traveled to the Pride Lands to get away from Makucha the leopard; the Lion Guard travel to bring back a pack of aardwolves after Kion accidentally uses the Roar; and they discover a friendly leopard named Badili needs to stand up to his bully Mapigano and reclaim his territory.
Janja promotes Nne and Tano to be his new seconds-in-command after a failed attack on a wildebeest herd; Fuli takes back a baby baboon to his mother on Mapango Cliffs; and Rafiki tells a story about a terrifying beast called the "Zimwi", but Kion doesn't admit that the Zimwi may really exist.
Jasiri asks for Kion's help in dealing with a pride of lions, who are keeping her clan away from their watering hole. They encounter the Outsider lions, Zira, Kovu, his sister Vitani, and older brother Nuka; Zira tries to get Kion to join her side by stating that she knows about more about the Roar than he does; and Rafiki informs Kion's friends of who the Outsider lions are.
Kion uses the Roar in anger when Janja's clan attack Nala. As a result, he worries of never using the Roar again. Meanwhile, Makuu and his float of crocodiles take advantage of the opportunity and take over the Flood Plains, but is stopped by Kion after getting advice from Mufasa and Nala. The Lion Guard encounter two mountain gorilla princes named Majinuni and Hafifu, who have a message for Simba on behalf of their father Sokwe, King of the Theluji mountains; however, the gorilla brothers have forgotten the message. On their way of sending them back home, Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Ono, and Beshte experience snow for the first time.
Nala takes Kion and Kiara on a special trip to find Udugu. With Kion away, Simba leads the Lion Guard to help both an ostrich flock led by Mbuni and Swala's gazelle herd. Nala reveals that Udugu is not a place, but a word that means "kinship" or the bond between siblings, and Simba learns that the Lion Guard works best not when they do exactly what he does but doing what they each do best.
In a mid-credits scene, Rafiki takes in a young mandrill named Makini as an apprentice for the dry season.
In a post-credits scene, an Egyptian cobra named Ushari forms an alliance with Janja's clan, and they conspire to find a way to summon the spirit of Scar.
Scar Will Return...
The Lion King Reborn features most of the voice cast reprising their roles from the original films, spin-offs, and television series. Alfre Woodard also returns to voice Sarabi from the 2019 remake. Nala's mother Sarafina appears with Sarah Paulson replacing the late Zoe Leader.
- 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 mate, and Kiara and Kion's overprotective father. Simba serves as the film's main protagonist. Mark Henn, Ruben A. Aquino, Bob Baxter, Ian Harrowell and Christian Larocque 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.
- 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. Pumbaa serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Leslie Hedger, who voiced Pumbaa in Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure, provided the character's singing voice. Tony Bancroft, Bob Baxter and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Pumbaa.
- 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. Scar serves as the film's main antagonist. John Vickery, who previously portrayed as Scar in The Lion King Broadway performance, provided the character's singing voice in songs like "Be Prepared" and "The Madness of King Scar". Andreas Deja and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Scar.
- 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. Timon serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Michael Surrey, Bob Baxter and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Timon.
- Eden Riegel as Kiara
A pre-teen lioness cub, the daughter of Simba and Nala and Kion's older sister, who grows up to become future Queen of the Pride Lands. Kiara serves as one of the film's secondary protagonists. Lianne Hughes and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Kiara.
- Michelle Horn as infant Kiara. Charity Sanoy provided her singing voice, while Ashley Edner provided her growls, although Edner was uncredited.
- Jason Marsden as Kovu
A pre-teen 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. Kovu serves as the film's main anti-deuteragonist. Andrew Collins and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Kovu.
- Ryan O'Donohue as infant Kovu
- Nika Futterman as Zira
The leader of the Outsiders, Scar's most loyal follower and Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu's widowed mother. Zira serves as the film's secondary antagonist. Kevin Peaty and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Zira.
- Rowan Atkinson as Zazu
A hornbill, who serves as the lion king's majordomo and advisor (or "Mufasa's little stooge", as Shenzi calls him). Zazu serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Ellen Woodbury and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Zazu.
- Khary Payton as:
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. Rafiki serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Lebo M. provided Rafiki's singing voice in "Rafiki Huomboleza", "He Lives in You" and "Beware the Zimwi". In early drafts of the film, Robert Guillaume was originally set to reprise his role as Rafiki from the previous The Lion King films as well as The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. However, he died on October 24th, 2017, and his representative confirmed that he had not recorded any lines for the film since his retirement in 2014. Bob Baxter, James Baxter, Alexs Stadermann and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Rafiki.
A grumpy aardvark, who is the husband of Muhanga.
- Diamond White as Fuli
A cheetah, who is the fastest member of the Lion Guard, the only female member, Kion's friend and second-in-command. She also dislikes baboons and getting wet. Fuli serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Christian Larocque and José Zelaya served as the supervising animators for Fuli.
- Maia Mitchell as Jasiri
A spunky, but friendly teenage hyena living in the Outlands, who is the leader of her clan and allies with Kion. Unlike Janja's clan, she and her clan respect the Circle of Life and mostly scavenge for food. Jasiri serves as a minor anti-villain. Christian Larocque and José Zelaya served as the supervising animators for Jasiri.
- Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi
The sassy and short-tempered female leader of her hyena clan. Her full name "Shenzi Marie Predatora Veldetta Jacquelina Hyena" is revealed by Timon when he proposes to her. Shenzi serves as one of the film's secondary antagonists. 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.
- Andy Dick as Nuka
Zira's son, Vitani and Kovu's older brother and the oldest male of Zira's family. Nuka serves as one of the film's secondary antagonists. Ian Harrowell and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Nuka.
- Lacey Chabert as Vitani
Zira's aggressive and spunky pre-teen daughter, and Nuka and Kovu's sister. Vitani serves as one of the film's secondary antagonists. Crysta Macalush Winton provided the character's singing voice. Kevin Peaty and Christian Larocque both served as the supervising animators for Vitani.
- Alfre Woodard as Sarabi
Mufasa's devoted mate, Simba's mother, and the leader of the lioness hunting party. She is also the paternal grandmother of Kiara and Kion, and the Queen of Pride Rock as the film begins. Sarabi serves as the film's tritagonist. 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 film Black Panther. Russ Edmonds served as the supervising animator for Sarabi.
- Sarah Paulson as Sarafina
Nala's mother, who is briefly seen talking to Sarabi. Paulson replaces the late Zoe Leader, who was a director of communications for the Feature Animation division for the Walt Disney Company and voiced the character back in 1994. Tony Fucile served as the supervising animator for Sarafina.
- Sarah Hyland as Tiifu
Another lioness cub friend of Kiara and a member of Simba's pride, who is somewhat more sensible than her constant companion Zuri. José Zelaya served as the supervising animator for Tiifu.
- Cheech Marin as Banzai
An aggressive and hot-headed Mexican-accent hyena prone to complaining and acting on impulse, who is Scar's henchman. Banzai serves as one of the film's secondary antagonists. 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.
- Jim Cummings as:
An unhinged hysterical hyena, who laughs a lot and is Scar's henchman. Ed serves as one of the film's secondary antagonists. Kevin Cahoon, who portrayed Ed in the 1997 Broadway performance, provided the character's communicating vocals in "Chow Down", "Be Prepared", and "The Madness of King Scar". Bob Baxter, Alex Kupershmidt and David Burgess served as the supervising animators for Ed.
- Cummings also narrated the film's prologue.
- Joshua Rush as Bunga
A dimwitted honey badger, who is the bravest member of the Lion Guard. He is also Timon and Pumbaa's adoptive nephew and Kion's best friend. Bunga serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Christian Larocque and José Zelaya served as the supervising animators for Bunga.
- Dusan Brown as Beshte
A happy-go-lucky and enthusiastic hippopotamus, who is the strongest member of the Lion Guard and Kion's friend. Beshte serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Christian Larocque and José Zelaya served as the supervising animators for Beshte.
- Atticus Shaffer as Ono
A nerdy, but brainy egret, who is the keenest of sight of the Lion Guard and Kion's friend. Ono serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Christian Larocque and José Zelaya served as the supervising animators for Ono.
- Julie Kavner as Timon's Ma
Timon's caring mother and Uncle Max's sister-in-law. She is overly protective and attached to her son, often trying to get him accepted among the colony, but never succeeding. When asked by Kion how he knows about the Zimwi, Timon explains that his Ma's cousin's friend knows an ox who told him that he ran into the Zimwi and got eaten by it. When Kion questions him on how the ox could tell the tale if he was eaten, Timon tells Kion that he'd need to ask the ox. Timon's Ma serves as a minor tritagonist. Lianne Hughes served as the supervising animator for Timon's Ma.
- Jerry Stiller as Uncle Max
Timon's paranoid, eccentric, but deep down kind-hearted uncle and Ma's brother-in-law. He initially doubts Timon's ability, but warms up to him at the film's climax. Uncle Max serves as a minor tritagonist. This would be one of Stiller's final roles in his lifetime. Lianne Hughes served as the supervising animator for Max.
- Blair Underwood as Makuu
A villainous crocodile of Pua and Kion. Makuu serves as one of the film's secondary antagonists. José Zelaya served as the supervising animator for Makuu.
- Max Charles as Kion
An anti-heroic lion cub, who is Simba and Nala's son, Mufasa's grandson, Kiara's younger brother, the Prince of the Pride Lands, and the leader of the Lion Guard as well as its fiercest member. As leader of the Lion Guard, Kion possesses an intensely powerful ability known as the Roar of the Elders bestowed by the great lions of the past. Kion serves as one of the film's secondary protagonists. Christian Larocque and José Zelaya served as the supervising animators for Kion.
- Andrew Kishino as Janja
A cunning and ruthless hyena, who is the leader of the clan. He hates Jasiri for respecting the Circle of Life and for being all nice and kind, unlike other hyenas. Janja serves as one of the film's secondary antagonists. José Zelaya served as the supervising animator for Janja.
- Gabrielle Union as Nala
A lioness, who is Simba's best friend and later his future love-interest. Nala serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Heather Headley, who previously portrayed Nala in the 1997 Broadway performance of The Lion King, provided Nala's singing voice in songs like "Hakuna Matata", "The Madness of King Scar", "Shadowland", and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". Aaron Blaise, Anthony de Rosa, Ian Harrowell and Christian Larocque 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.
- Ana Gasteyer as Reieri
A clever and manipulative jackal, who is the matriarch of her pack. She is also the mother of Dogo, and the mate of Goigoi. Reirei serves as the film's minor antagonist. José Zelaya served as the supervising animator for Reirei.
- James Earl Jones as Mufasa
Simba's father, 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 that gives his grandson Kion advice on how to get through any tough plight. Mufasa serves as one of the film's secondary deuteragonists. Tony Fucile and Christian Larocque served as the supervising animators for Mufasa.
- Madison Pettis as Zuri
A lioness cub friend of Kiara and a member of Simba's pride, who is somewhat vain and hates getting dirty.
- Dan Howell as Majinuni
A gorilla prince, Hafifu's brother and Sokwe's son.
- Phil Lester as Hafifu
A gorilla prince, Majinuni's brother and Sokwe's son.
- John Rhys-Davies as Sokwe
An adult mountain gorilla, Majinuni and Hafifu's father, and King of the Theluji Mountains.
- Russi Taylor as:
- Maisie Klompus as Madoa
Jasiri's skeptical sister and is part of her clan.
- Crimson Hart as Tunu
A hyena cub, who is part of Jasiri's clan.
- Fiona Hart as Wema
A hyena cub and Tunu's sister, who is part of Jasiri's clan.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Basi
Beshte's father and the leader of his hippopotamus pod.
- Jonny Rees as Mzingo
A calculative vulture, who is the leader of his parliament and Janja's scout.
- Cam Clarke as Mwoga
A foolish and clumsy vulture, who is a member of Mzingo's parliament. Clarke previously voiced Simba in several Lion King spin offs, excluding Simba's singing voice in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
- Lynette DuPree as Ma Tembo
An African bush elephant with a broken right tusk, who is the leader of her herd and the daughter of Amanifu, an old friend of Simba's who dies early in the film.
- Justin Felbinger as Mtoto
A young elephant calf.
- Alex Cartañá as Twiga
A giraffe, who is the leader of her herd.
- Vargus Mason as Cheezi
Janja's excitable hyena.
- Kevin Schon as Chungu
Janja's unintelligent hyena. Schon previously voiced Timon in several Lion King spin-offs, including the television series The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa.
- Phil LaMarr as:
- Jacob Guenther as:
- Ron Funches as Ajabu
A timid okapi, who makes friends with Beshte.
- Steve Blum as Makucha
A leopard from the Back Lands, who tries to take down Ajabu since okapis are rare creatures.
- Jack McBrayer as Badili
A friendly leopard from Mirihi Forest.
- C. J. Byrnes as Tamaa
A fork-tailed drongo with a talent of imitating thousand voices. His song Bird of a Thousand Voices is most likely a reference to the late voice actor, Mel Blanc as he was nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Voices". At the end of his song, Tamaa's line of "Thank you very much" is a reference to the late Elvis Presley.
- Kari Wahlgren as:
- Charlie Adler as Mjomba
A grumpy aardwolf, who is the leader of his pack.
- Bill Hader (uncredited) as Timon's Pa
A meerkat that the colony nicknamed "Fearless Buzz" because of his willingness to fight off hyena packs, only to be struck down in his moment of glory when Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed ambushed him.
- Jorge Diaz as Mapigano
A leopard, who bullied Badili upon invading his territory in Mirihi Forest in the Back Lands.
Other voice acting personalities will reprise their roles from The Lion Guard: Meghan Strange as Laini, a galago living in Ndefu Grove; Marieve Herington as Ogopa, a bright and bubbly aardwolf part of Mjomba's pack; Ogie Banks as Haya, a nervous and shy aardwolf; Gerald Rivers as Pua, the old crocodile leader; Virginia Watson as Vuruga Vuruga, a buffalo, who is the leader of her herd; Tunisia Hardison as Swala, a Thomson's gazelle and the leader of her herd; Jacquez Swanigan as Gumba, a young baboon; McKenna Grace as Kambuni, an ostrich chick; Lyons Luke Mathias as Kwato, a young zebra foal; and the show's director Howy Parkins as Mbeya, an old black rhinoceros, who is the leader of his crash. Cameos for the post-credits scene directed by Parkins and Tom Derosier include Landry Bender as Makini, Rafiki's new apprentice, and Christian Slater as Ushari, an Egyptian cobra, who dislikes being near Bunga and silently appears on numerous occasions throughout the film.
Additionally, S. Scott Bullock reprises his voice role as Timon's prankster cousin Fred from The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa for a cameo appearance; archive recording of Jason Rudofsky as Flinchy from the 2004 film The Lion King 1½ was used for a flashback involving Timon's backstory; and The Lion Guard songwriter Beau Black returns as Janja's sly and stout hyena Nne.
It is also rumored that Marvel Comics' figurehead Stan Lee and Ross Marquand would voice an elephant at Aminifu's funeral and Janja's devious hyena Tano. Tress MacNeille was set to reprise her voice role as Tatiana, the princess of Timon's meerkat colony from The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa before her scenes were scrapped out.
- "I've read the script and I've been on set. I was on set for, like, three weeks back in November, and it is going to be magical."
- ―Jon Favreau on what The Lion King Reborn will be like
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 "director's cut" version 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 with the Lion Guard confirmed. 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 "down to Earth" in tone than from previous The Lion King adaptations.
The film includes The Lion King, its sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, its midquel/prequel The Lion King 1½, as well as episodes of The Lion Guard: "Return of the Roar", "Never Judge A Hyena By Its Spots", "The Rise of Makuu", "Bunga the Wise", "Can't Wait to be Queen", "Eye of the Beholder", "The Kupatana Celebration", "Fuli's New Family", "The Search for Utamu", "Follow That Hippo!", "The Call of the Drongo", "Paintings and Predictions", "The Mbali Fields Migration", "Bunga and the King", "The Imaginary Okapi", "Too Many Termites", "The Trouble with Galagos", "Janja's New Crew", "Baboons!", "Beware the Zimwi", "Lions of the Outlands", "Never Roar Again", "The Lost Gorillas", and "The Trail to Udugu".
In mid-February 2018, Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Cheech Marin, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Cummings, Jason Marsden, Andy Dick, Lacey Chabert, Julie Kavner and Jerry Stiller were all cast to reprise their roles as Simba, Pumbaa, Scar, Timon, Zazu, Banzai, Mufasa, Shenzi, Ed, Kovu, Nuka, Vitani, Timon's Ma and Uncle Max from the previous films. Tress MacNeille was also confirmed to reprise her voice role as Tatiana from The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. With Sony's permission, some of Snowbell's lines from Columbia Pictures' Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 were substituted with Timon's as both of those roles in films were voiced by Lane.
Later in March, the directors confirmed that the Lion Guard would be involved for the film's synopsis, and Andrew Kishino had interest in reprising his role as Janja the hyena from the television series. In April, Sarah Hyland, Kevin Schon, Madison Pettis and Vargus Mason were cast to reprise their roles as Tiifu, Chungu, Zuri and Cheezi. In May, TLG stars Max Charles, Joshua Rush, Diamond White, Dusan Brown and Atticus Shaffer were scheduled to voice Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte and Ono once again for this film. Charles has described his role like a brief cameo if Fuli, Bunga, Beshte and Ono are the film's supporting leads. Maia Mitchell, Blair Underwood and Ana Gasteyer are also set to reprise their roles as Jasiri, Makuu and Reirei.
Earlier in February, 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 14th, her role was unconfirmed in an official announcement, and Gabrielle Union came in to voice the character, which also confirmed that Khary Payton, Eden Riegel and Nika Futterman would all play the roles of Rafiki, Kiara and Zira. Sarah Paulson will be the voice of Nala's mother Sarafina while archive recordings of Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Michelle Horn, Ryan O'Donohue and Niketa Calame-Harris as young Simba, young Kiara, young Kovu and young Nala 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.
In late December 2018 through January 2019, Favreau and Minkoff confirmed that the rest of the voice cast were confirmed (although most of them are currently in unspecified roles).
In earlier development, archive recordings of Payton, Joseph Williams, Cam Clarke, Jason Raize, Sally Dworsky, Geoff Hoyle, and Samuel E. Wright were all included to preform as Rafiki, Simba, Nala, Zazu and Mufasa's singing voices before Lebo, Broderick, Headley, Atkinson and Jones re-dubbed their singing lines due to Wright's retirement since 2008 and Raize's death in 2004. Landry Bender, Amber Hood, Michael Dorn, Carla Hall, Sinbad, and Rhys Darby were all set to reprise their roles as Makini, Kijana, Bupu, Mpishi, Uroho, and Mwenzi from The Lion Guard before their appearances were scrapped by directors Minkoff and Allers for the film's upcoming sequels.
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, Favreau and Riley 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 Suzanne Pleshette and Robert Guillaume, the original voices of Zira and Rafiki, who both died in January 19th, 2008 and October 24, 2017 respectively. 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 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 score the film, 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 from the original film before his retirement. Later in June 2018, it was revealed that fifty-seven songs from previous Lion King films and The Lion Guard would be included in the film: "Digga Tunnah", "That's All I Need (Meerkat Rhapsody)", "Circle of Life", "I Just Can't Wait to be King", "Be Prepared", "Hakuna Matata", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "Busa", "The Hula Song (Hawaiian War Chant)", "He Lives in You", "We Are One", "My Lullaby", "A Beautiful Day (Ni Siku Nzuri)", "Zuka Zama", "Tonight We Strike", "Kion's Lament", "We're the Same (Sisi ni Sawa)", "Please Don't Make a Stink", "Bunga the Wise", "Duties of the King", "Outta the Way", "Our Kupatana Community", "Jackal Style", "My Own Way", "Utamu", "All Hail the Vultures", "Hero Inside", "Bird of a Thousand Voices", "Panic and Run", "Life in the Pride Lands", "We'll Make You a Meal", "Find Your Roar", "Beware of the Zimwi", "Lions Over All", "Stand Up, Stand Out", "Kuishi Ni Kucheka", "Running with the King", and extended versions of "Trail to Hope" and "Baboons!" alongside a remastered version of "Timon's Traveling Theme" from The Lion King 1½. 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". On November 2018, John reported that he, Tim Rice and Lebo M. would create a new song where Rafiki mourns titled "Rafiki Huomboleza".
Although Zimmer wrote the majority of the music, he did not conduct the orchestra. Instead, the orchestra was conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith, Don L. Harper and Christopher Willis, credited as Zimmer's "collaborations".
According to John, Rice and Beau Black, several scores and songs including "That's All I Need", "Circle of Life", "Kion's Lament", "Hakuna Matata", "Trial to Hope", "This Land", "The Rightful King", "The Legend of Scar", "Stampede", "Kings of the Past", and "This Is My Home" would be mixed with a special distinctive synthesized crescendo that glissandos from a relatively narrow frequency spread (about 200-400Hz) to a broader frequency spread (of about 3 octaves).
Main article: The Lion King Reborn (original concept)/Transcript
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.
In the film, Tatiana gets captured by a giant cobra when the hyenas chase after Uncle Max. This marks the last straw for the colony before the Duke finds Timon guilty for that and he is sentenced to live in banishment, cast out of the colony. Later on, Timon hears Tatiana's cry for help while about to become a sacrifice for a cobra. Pumbaa feels that once Timon saves her, the warthog would be alone again, but Timon disagrees, saying that once he rescues Tatiana, Pumbaa would join the colony, and that he would no longer be an outcast. Pumbaa is overjoyed by this, and the two of them rescue her. After Simba takes his father's place as King, the colony opens the front gate in joyous celebration. At the trial, all charges against Timon are dropped and the Duke offers Timon a choice between anything he could ever want (power, riches and love) or being Pumbaa's friend.
Also, Ushari has a much bigger and speaking role in the original concept rather than his in the final cut for multiple silent cameos.
- Main article: The Lion King Reborn/Tropes
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. It will be one of the first theatrical films to be released on Disney+ alongside the 2019 remake of The Lion King, Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and Captain Marvel.
On January 11th, 2019, the film premiered early in Ukraine.
On September 3rd, the first short sneak peak was released. On September 9th, the second trailer was delayed as confirmed and that the film would premiere on November 2nd, the time where similar Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to be in IMAX theaters. However, it was pushed back to be released on November 21st due to some production coming further ahead. But then, on October 9th, it was pushed back again to be released on December 19th. However, two days later, it was confirmed to be released in 2019 to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary and to do some additional changes for the final cut.
On November 1st, the second sneak peek was released featuring the voice of Rafiki talking about the family tree of the Lion King.
On November 13th, Minkoff and Favreau have confirmed the first teaser trailer's release date, which is set at the end of that month after three weeks. This day also marked Broderick, Union, Jones, Lane, Sabella, Payton, White, Goldberg, Chabert, Atkinson, Woodard, Rush and Charles' final time of recording their characters' lines. However, shortly after the release of the trailer for the 2019 remake, that teaser was delayed and has been confirmed to premiere based on the 2019 trailer according to Favreau and Minkoff. On December 24th, a trailer tease was released, involving college students, families and filmmakers, alongside Raymond and Lane on what the film will be like. On December 25th, the official teaser trailer was released. On December 26th, a "trailer reaction" featuring Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and Bunga premiered alongside four new posters.
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 and Bunga's flatulence problems throughout the storyline.
- Main article: The Lion King: Crucible
A canon novel named The Lion King: Crucible will be released soon.
As an untitled sequel is in development, a third sequel and final installment entitled The Lion King Annihilation is scheduled for release on 2020. Matthew Broderick, Max Charles, and Gabrielle Union will reprise their voice roles as Simba, Kion, and Nala respectively and Jeffrey Tambor, Rhys Darby, Maurice LaMarche, Michael Dorn, Landry Bender, Sinbad, Carla Hall, Amber Hood, J. Elaine Marcos, Kimiko Glenn, Michael Luwoye, Christopher Jackson, Heather Headley, Common, Nolan North, Justin Hires, Rico Rodriguez, Raini Rodriguez, and Renée Elise Goldsberry joining the cast.
- Main article: Over the Pride Lands Wall
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.
- 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
In January 2018, a test video with adult Kiara if she was trying to be taught by Timon and Pumbaa with Ma and Uncle Max in Simba's Pride was released. The film's title was originally known as The Lion King: The Special Edition Cut.
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- During the wildebeest stampede, not just only having Simba be involved, but Timon and Pumbaa also show up in this event.
- Throughout the whole film, Kion says "Kabisa!" instead as "Hevi kabisa!" as he does through The Lion Guard.
- Shenzi overhears Scar's betrayal instead of her clan.
- 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's.
- When Mjomba's pack try to scatter from the Lion Guard, they wail, "Panic and run! Panic and run!". This is a archive recording of Goigoi, Cheezi, Chungu, Tamka and Nduli from The Lion Guard episode "The Zebra Mastermind".
- Ushari silently appears on numerous occasions throughout the film's climax before its post-credits scene.
- Multiple scenes are duplicated out.
- When the "Hawaiian War Chant" song starts, it features a clip of Timon rehearsing his performance from The Lion King 3D bloopers.
- The film marks as the fourth film of the Lion King franchise.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas previously appeared as Randy Taylor on Home Improvement.
- McKenna Grace, who voiced Kambuni, is currently playing a younger version of Carol Danners in Captain Marvel, the 21st film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
- Alfre Woodard had MCU cameos as Miriam Sharpe in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War and Mariah Dillard in the television series Luke Cage.
- Angela Bassett, who was originally set to voice Sarabi, portrayed as Queen Ramonda in the 2018 film Black Panther.
- Blair Underwood, who voiced Makuu, previously portrayed as Andrew Garner in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Gabrielle Union and Bill Hader previously appeared as themselves 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.
- Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane previously worked together on Broadway play and 2005 film The Producers.
- Ernie Sabella previously performed "Hakuna Matata" at the 1995 Oscars alongside comedian David Alan Grier.
- Grier and Nathan Lane also voiced Red and Snowbell from the Stuart Little franchise.
- Khary Payton (who voiced Rafiki) and Scott Menville (who was uncredited for voicing several safari animals) worked on Teen Titans Go! as Cyborg and Robin.
- Diamond White previously voiced Ruby in Sofia the First.
- White, Jason Marsden, Lacey Chabert and Steve Blum previously voiced Francine Greene, Kade Burns, Salvage, Dani Burns and Heatwave in Transformers: Rescue Bots.
- Blum also voiced Starscream in Transformers: Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and the Transformers: Dark of the Moon video game.
- Kevin Michael Richardson also voiced Bulkhead in Transformers: Prime.
- Khary Payton also voiced Grimlock in Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
- White, Jason Marsden, Lacey Chabert and Steve Blum previously voiced Francine Greene, Kade Burns, Salvage, Dani Burns and Heatwave in Transformers: Rescue Bots.
- James Earl Jones previously voiced Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise.
- Jones and the late Robert Guillaume previously appeared in The Meteor Man.
- Nika Futterman, Jim Cummings, Andrew Kishino, Phil LaMarr, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Dee Bradley Baker previously voiced Asajj Ventress, Hondo Ohnaka, Saw Gerrera, Bail Organa, Kit Fisto, Orn Free Taa, Jabba the Hutt, Captain Rex, and the other clone troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Jones, Cummings and Baker later reprised their roles as Vader, Ohnaka, and Rex in Star Wars Rebels.
- Cummings also voiced Pooh Bear and Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh franchise.
- Richardson later voiced Ryker in Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue.
- Futterman currently voices Luna Loud in The Loud House.
- Julie Kavner currently voices Marge Simpson in The Simpsons. Meanwhile, Jones reprised his roles as Mufasa, Darth Vader and himself in the episode Round Springfield.
- Jerry Stiller previously voiced Harvey in Planes: Fire & Rescue alongside his late wife Anne Meara as Winnie.
- Kari Wahlgren voiced Patch in the same film.
- Stiller and Nathan Lane previously voiced Pretty Boy and Spot Helperman in the television series Teacher's Pet and its 2004 film.
- Whoopi Goldberg previously portrayed Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Goldberg also voiced Stretch in Toy Story 3 and hosts the show The View.
- 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.
- ↑ Schon also reprised his role as Thurston, although he was uncredited.
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