'The Lion King' Is Like A Nature Documentary With A Backbeat For the last few years, Disney has been turning its beloved animated films into live-action revamps . But this revamp isn't live-action — even though it looks like it is. The digital animation is ridiculously advanced, bringing Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa to eerie, ultra-realistic life. The voice cast is full of ringers — Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and Beyoncé. But do the changes they make to the story — and the songs — improve on the original?
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'The Lion King' Is Like A Nature Documentary With A Backbeat

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'The Lion King' Is Like A Nature Documentary With A Backbeat

'The Lion King' Is Like A Nature Documentary With A Backbeat

'The Lion King' Is Like A Nature Documentary With A Backbeat

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James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa, and JD McCrary plays Young Simba in Disney's remake of The Lion King. Disney Enterprises hide caption

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James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa, and JD McCrary plays Young Simba in Disney's remake of The Lion King.

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For the last few years, Disney has been turning its beloved animated films into live-action revamps. But this revamp isn't live-action — even though it looks like it is. The digital animation is ridiculously advanced, bringing Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa to eerie, ultra-realistic life. The voice cast is full of ringers — Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and Beyoncé. But do the changes they make to the story — and the songs — improve on the original?

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