The Lion King’s Kenyan Connection: 10 Fantastic Twitter Reactions
Photo realism. Yup. That’s the technique that was used to create the live-action remake of the classic Lion King movie. The new trailer feels so immersive, so realistic. What! I’m already in 2019. Find me there. Did you know The Lion King story is set in Kenya’s Hell’s Gate National Park?
Twitter users reacted to the new trailer highlighting the nostalgia they felt, to the realistic setting of the movie and the Kenyan connection. The first few minutes of the opening scene of the trailer match the opening scenes of the original animated version of 1994.
You can watch the trailer here:
The Lion King remake comes out in June 2019 and will feature an ensemble cast of the likes of John Kani, the South African actor who played King T’Chaka in Black Panther as well as Beyonce who will play Nala in the film. What’s your take on the new trailer? Do you think it’s lacking in creativity? Are you excited? Side bar: The trailer is the highest viewed Disney trailer on YouTube having garnered 224 million views in 24 hours. Wow!
Here’s what the Twitterati thought.
i've been to where the lion king setting is based off in kenya and it truly was a new experience
— hani :* (@frankocnae) November 25, 2018
Kenya's Massai Mara national park is the home of the Lion King. Karibu Kenya Hakuna matata ?? pic.twitter.com/CV1NIjWt17
— Santana (@Santanazeem) November 23, 2018
The #LionKing trailed inspired me to plan an itinerary in Africa. Safari in Kenya, trekking the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania’s side, and beach vacay in Mauritius. ??♂️??♂️
— Sebastián Ibarra (@espicyseabass) November 23, 2018
my sister used to tell people some bs explaining the song they sing in the beginning of The Lion King in high school and they believed her since the movie was set in Kenya ??
— Pauline ??✨ (@AlwaysDande) November 23, 2018
— KENYA Pics (@kenyapics) November 23, 2018
Lion King 2019 looks epic in 3D. Once again the west has done the work for Kenya. They've sat down wrote a story set in our back yard, animated it & rendered it in iMax format.
The only thing most Kenyan creatives can do is taking erotic pictures in the middle of the road. pic.twitter.com/YXsqe63c33
— Michael Mburu (@MichaelMburu_) November 23, 2018
wow I just watched that new lion king trailer and I completely misunderstood what live action meant because I kept waiting for beyonce to appear in a lion costume
— anaïs e-m (@anaees) November 24, 2018
me watching the lion king trailer vs. me remembering im gonna need to sit in a movie theater and watch mufasa die again pic.twitter.com/QgWzFOMAQ0
— ophelie (@sophieturnyr) November 23, 2018
Me: “I’m too grown for kid movies lmao.”
*Lion King trailer comes up*
— Armin (@GIucosebaba) November 24, 2018
i’ve just spent 20 minutes rewatching the lion king trailer, this is a case for the fbi pic.twitter.com/VYjZnyYU55
— enfant bizarre (@AAdelequeen) November 25, 2018