The First Reactions To The Live-Action 'Lion King'

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The live-action adaptation of The Lion King has been screened to select critics, and the reactions are glowing. The biggest takeaways? The visuals are beautiful, the songs tug on the nostalgia strings, and Timon and Pumbaa steal the show.

The enduring popularity of the 1994 original has primed this Jon Favreau-directed film for success, but if these reactions are any indication, 2019's The Lion King is going to be a smash hit.