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Movie Screening: The Lion King (2019) – Sunday, September 11th at Aghios Kirikos

The Parents and Guardians Association of the 1st Elementary School of Aghios Kirikos is hosting a screening of the movie “Lion King” (2019) on Sunday, September 11th, at 20:00 at the Municipal Summer Cinema in Aghios Kirikos

Entrance ticket costs 3 euros

The Lion King is a 2019 American musical drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview Entertainment. It is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, as well as James Earl Jones reprising his role from the original film. 

The plot follows Simba, a young lion who must embrace his role as the rightful king of his homeland following the murder of his father, Mufasa, at the hands of his uncle, Scar.

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The trailers of the film led to a claim of its being a shot-for-shot remake of Disney’s 1994 film. On December 23, 2018, Sean Bailey, Disney’s President of Production, said that while the film will “revere and love those parts that the audience wants”, there will be “things in the movie that are going to be new”. On April 18, 2019, Favreau stated that “some shots in the 1994 animated film are so iconic” he couldn’t possibly change them, but “despite what the trailers suggest, this film is not just the same movie over again”, and later said “it’s much longer than the original film. And part of what we’re doing here is to (give it more dimension) not just visually but both story-wise and emotionally.”

On May 30, 2019, Favreau said that some of the humor and characterizations are being altered to be more consistent with the rest of the film, and this remake is making some changes in certain scenes from the original film, as well as in its structure. On June 14, 2019, Favreau said that, while the original film’s main plot points would remain unchanged in the remake, the film would largely diverge from the original version, and hinted that the Elephant Graveyard, the hyenas’ lair in the original film, will be replaced by a new location. The film is approximately 30 minutes longer than the original.

Movie trivia:

  • Disney never said the film was going to be “live-action”; they said they were going to be using the same photorealistic technology and such that they used for The Jungle Book.
  • James Earl Jones, Hans Zimmer, Elton John, and Tim Rice are the only people who worked on the original animated film that reprise their respective roles, as the voice of Mufasa, the composer of the film, and songwriters.
  • Hugh Jackman was rumored to voice Scar, which was quickly denied by his representative. Jeremy Irons expressed interest in reprising his role as Scar.
  • Elton John returned to reprise his songs from the original movie, with the participation of Beyonce.
  • Greek dubbing of the movie is done by: Dinos Soutis, Lela Moutsopoulou, Ariel Konstantinidi, Phoebos Rimenas, Dimitris Marizas, Stelios Psaroudakis, Panagiotis Apostolopoulos, Vasilis Milios, Maria Plakidi, Sotiris Douvris, Christos Amvrazis, Argiris Kandilis, and Yiorgos Zaharopoulos.

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