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Give it the Academy Award already

posted Apr 12, 2017, 2:14 PM by Jacob Geiser

In recent years, Disney has slowly started to recreate some of the old classically animated movies we all loved as kids. It started with Alice in WonderlandMaleficent, and Cinderella. It has really gained traction with the recent remakes of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast.  

Well, they decided to remake THE BEST Disney Movie of all time. 

The Lion King. 

Give me this all day, everyday. Give me Mufasa, Simba, Timon, Pumba, Rafiki, the whole damn crew. You know how great this is going to be? There will be people who get offended with them remaking the instant classic. Well they don't need to go see it. The Lion King was my favorite movie growing up. Watched it every time I went to my grandma and grandpa's house. I had a Lion King cutout above my bed from the age of 3- probably 8? It is still in my basement to this day. I starred in a play as a hyena from Lion King when I was like 5. I hated the hyenas. Shenzi, Banzai and Ed were maybe the most annoying characters in the movie. Didn't matter, it was the Lion King. 

It is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time, to this day. I say that with no shame. 

I mean, who doesn't want to see this? Simba and Scar battling for Pride Rock in HD. Are you freaking kidding me? That will be sooooo intense. My heart will be pounding and I already know how the fight ends. Simba after Mufasa appears to him in the sky, and he runs back to kick Scar's ass... GIVE IT TO ME. This movie animated with the technology now will be so cool to see how it transforms an already incredible movie. 

How can the movie get better you ask? Well for starters, the original voice of Mufasa (James Earl Jones) will come back to voice Mufasa. This is huge, don't think I can picture Mufasa without Jones being the voice. He was the voice of Darth Vadar and he was the grumpy old man, Mr. Mertle in The Sandlot. Pretty good resume if you ask me. Singer/celebrity Donald Glover will voice Simba. I can dig that. 

This picture alone has me hyped. I hate Scar as much as the next guy, but this picture of him has me pumped. He low key looks like a bad ass. When Simba throws him off the cliff, I may or may not fist pump in the movie theatre. 

Now if I have one real question, I wonder how good the songs will be throughout the movie. If they mess up Hakuna Matata, then I we may have issues. 

Just picture some of these scenes reanimated, it is like I'm 5 all over again. I think this is why I'm so excited. I'm going to get to relive what gave me so much joy as a child. Odds of me being there opening night is very high. Never experienced Lion King with the beauty that is movie popcorn. My mouth is watering right now thinking of that... 

Good news is that the movie will hit theatre's in 2017, hopefully that holds true because I need to see this ASAP. Jon Favreau has just been given the keys to a Lamborghini, better not wreck. 

When I was writing this I went to youtube and looked at some of the best clips from The Lion King. No lie, chills went down my body watching these and picturing how bad ass this is going to be. Here they are, enjoy these gems. 

Hakuna Matata

You had to know that Hakuna Matata is at the top of the list. I'm really interested to see how this will turn out in the remake. Especially the scene when Simba, Timon and Pumba are walking across the log and you see the transformation of Simba. 

Remember who you are

Rafiki, what a guy. If not for Rafiki, would Simba have ever gone back to take back Pride Rock? This scene always was one that hit you in the feels. "Remember who you are." Mufasa couldn't have said anything better than that. That saying, with that voice. Perfection at its finest. 

Simba Returns

Maybe one of the most underrated scenes throughout the movie. Nothing like seeing Simba absolutely cooking to get back to Pride Rock and take back what is his. Chills man. Chills. 

Simba vs. Scar

You knew I had to follow up with this clip. Simba and Scar for Pride Rock? That is like Game 7 of the World Series. One fight for all the marbles. This scene should be incredible in the remake. 

You may ask what does this have to do with sports? Nothing at all. But, I mean the websites namesake is based off a cartoon dog, so animals are apart of this company's foundation.