Simba was already pretty darn cute back in 1994—but in 2019, he looks real.
First there was The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, next Dumbo, and then this summer's Aladdin. Over the past few years, Disney has built up a heavy roster of live-action remakes of their most beloved animated classics. But nothing has been more anticipated than the newest spin on The Lion King, which is in theaters July 19 and features an all-star cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner—plus James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa (because who else?)
And directing the project is Jon Favreau, who uses the same Oscar-winning animation technology that was developed for the 2016 live-action edition of The Jungle Book. And due to his animation style, there's a big difference in how the film looks and feels, with many fans comparing what we've seen so far of the remake to the original. Favreau himself told USA Today that no, it's not a shot-for-shot copy of the 1994 version, but many scenes are just so iconic, they had to be included. "The original holds up incredibly well," he told the paper, "so the challenge here was to tell a story in a different way, but still deliver on people's expectations while surprising them somehow."
We took a side-by-side look at how the original 1994 movie's most iconic scenes compare to 2019 version's depiction—and how the animation has changed.