Promotion for the upcoming CGI extravaganza The Lion King has been fairly minimal. It was a surprise when Disney released a teaser for the film and a brand new poster late last night. What we didn’t expect was how little we’d be getting in terms of new footage.

Clocking in at a minute long, the new teaser appears to include no new footage. With the exception of a little, adorable Simba sneeze. The rest appears to be a shorter version of the trailer that debuted in November. It’s disappointing because despite how iconic the opening scene is, we don’t need to see it over and over again. Where’s Timon and Pumbaa? Where’s the adult Simba? Zazu, even! Alas, it was not meant to be.

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On the other hand, the new poster is gorgeous. It highlights the strong bond between father and son as Simba looks up at his father like Mufasa is his hero. He’s likely teaching his son the ways of the world and it’s just so precious to see. If that wasn’t enough on it’s own, the backdrop is the rising sun with stunning oranges and yellows. It makes you want to say ‘Long Live the King’!

Check out the teaser and poster below and let us know what you think. The Lion King is directed and produced by Jon Favreau with screenplay by Jeff Nathanson. Voice talents come from Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, John Kani, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogan, Florence Kasumba, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre, Amy Sedaris and James Earl Jones

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The Lion King prowls to theaters on July 19, 2019.



Erin Lynch