The Lion King

Inside Disney’s Re-Imagined The Lion King: 7 Facts We’re Not ‘Lion’ About

By William Keck

For several years, the genius filmmakers behind this summer’s The Lion King created and fine-tuned the most minute of details with the common goal of leaving audiences so mesmerized by the moving story and spectacle on screen that they wouldn’t be distracted or even notice them. But they’re there, to be sure. And now the film’s…

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The Lion King

We Just Can’t Wait to See King

By Max Lark

Viewed from the outside, the ordinary box of a building in Playa Vista, California, where director Jon Favreau and the rest of his production team are busy at work on the upcoming Favreau-directed version of The Lion King seems the most pedestrian of places to bring roaring back to life one of the most beloved films in the Disney canon. But inside,…

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Beauty and the Beast

Be Our Guest to a Sneak Peek of “Belle”—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Watch Emma Watson Sing “Belle” in New Beauty and the Beast Clip
“She really is a funny girl, that Belle!” The opening song from Beauty and the Beast, “Belle,” is truly iconic… perfectly introducing our main character (as well as her nemesis) while illustrating what makes her so special. And thanks to the good folks over at Walt…

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Jon Favreau and The Lion King

Disney and Jon Favreau to Reimagine The Lion King

By Nicole Nalty

It’s the Circle of Life! After bringing the technologically groundbreaking The Jungle Book to life earlier this year, Disney and Jon Favreau are teaming up again to reimagine another classic Disney animated adventure: The Lion King.

The Lion King is one of the biggest animated films of all time and is beloved around the world. From the…

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John Debney and Richard Sherman

John Debney—The Composer’s Book was 40 Years in the Making

By Beth Deitchman

It was a little more than two years ago when composer John Debney began work on the stirring score for The Jungle Book, now captivating audiences in theaters all around the world. But that’s hardly the “Once upon a time…” in Debney’s Disney story, which begins—like so many of our favorite Disney stories—with none other than Walt…

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Neel Sethi as Mowgli

How The Jungle Book Continues Walt’s Legacy of Innovation

By Jim Frye

Much of Disney’s new The Jungle Book, in theaters now, is built on the shoulders of Disney filmmakers who’ve come before, from the robust story development, to mixing live-action with animation, to the relentless drive to push technology. The film’s director, John Favreau—who directed Marvel’s Iron Man and its sequel—tried to follow in…

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