Doesn’t look like Disney’s remake machine is experience any kind of major fatigue just yet. While critics may not be overly fond of “The Lion King” and “Dumbo” may have been a bit of a disappointing performer, Jon Favreau’s CGI-fueled remake of the 1994 animated classic “The Lion King” is raking in the big bucks this weekend.
That’s good for Disney, as “The Lion King” is poised to be yet another massive blockbuster for the Mouse House, one that should continue their domination at the box office in 2019. The original animated film came out 25 years ago in 1994, so the nostalgia factor is ripe for a whole generation of ’90s kids.
Fittingly, Jon Favreau’s new take keeps pretty faithful to the original, even aiming to digitally recreate moments like the “Circle of Life” opening sequence virtually shot for shot. The new “Lion King” film runs about half an hour longer than the original, but the changes and additions are few and far between. Still, Favreau could have decided to slip in a little bonus scene — like, say, a fun extra scene with the brilliant Timon and Pumba — after the credits.
However, “The Lion King” does not have a post-credits scene. When the film’s title card famously booms onto screen at the end just as it does in the original, that’s all folks. You can safely head home without missing anything.
There is however a new song that you didn’t hear in the ’94 version. Elton John and Tim Rice teamed up again as they did in 1994 for a song called “Never Too Late” that leads off the film’s end credits. The Motown-inflected, upbeat number was recorded by John along with an African choir, and it also appears on the film’s official soundtrack.