MUFASA: THE LION KING Footage Sees Rafiki Return As The Lion Cub Sets Off On A Prequel Adventure

MUFASA: THE LION KING Footage Sees Rafiki Return As The Lion Cub Sets Off On A Prequel Adventure MUFASA: THE LION KING Footage Sees Rafiki Return As The Lion Cub Sets Off On A Prequel Adventure

A few seconds of footage from Mufasa: The Lion King has found its way online and, along with the return of a fan-favourite character from The Lion King, we see Mufasa get up to all sorts of mischief...

By JoshWilding - Apr 05, 2024 09:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Disney
Source: Toonado.com

2019's live-action The Lion King movie came under fire for essentially being a shot-for-shot remake of the classic 1994 movie. However, from a technological standpoint, the movie was nothing short of a masterpiece, utilising incredible technology for its photorealistic animal leads.

For a time, there were rumblings that filmmaker Jon Favreau might return to helm a sequel which, rather than adapting The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, would be an original tale. He's since shifted his attention to The Mandalorian & Grogu, leaving Disney to enlist Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins for an exploration of Mufasa and Scar's early years in the prequel movie, Mufasa: The Lion King

Footage was shown to investors at a recent Annual Meeting of Shareholders earlier this week and it's now started doing the rounds on social media (via Toonado.com). 

We're only talking about a few seconds here, but we see the young Mufasa surveying his future kingdom before an older lion is shown alongside The Lion King's Rafiki (John Kani is expected to reprise the role in this prequel). The clip ends with the young Mufasa leaping through the air. 

Aaron Pierre is set to take over as Mufasa from the iconic James Earl Jones and is all too aware that he has big shoes to fill. 

"Well, first and foremost, I want to acknowledge that James Earl Jones is an enormous inspiration of mine," the actor said earlier this year. "Massively. And I feel very honored to be walking into this role after him. I think the key difference will be that here we're exploring Mufasa in a different capacity."

"When Sir James Earl Jones portrayed him, this is Mufasa in his full capacity, in his rhythm, and I think here we're exploring Mufasa prior to that point," Pierre adds. "What does this young lion look like before he is who we know him as, and he is discovering his rhythm, how he conducts himself, how he engages with his community and his loved ones? So, I think that's the key thing. It's figuring it out."

We're intrigued to see where this movie will take the characters we all know and love from The Lion King, particularly as Kelvin Harrison Jr. is playing Scar in a movie which is likely to serve as an origin story for Mufasa's future killer as well. 

Mufasa: The Lion King arrives in theaters on December 20, later this year. 

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Origame
Origame - 4/5/2024, 9:16 PM
Yup. More of these very minor bits of footage like with daredevil to soften the blow to the stocks after the results of the vote came in.
Itwasme
Itwasme - 4/5/2024, 11:12 PM
@Origame - yeah, smart of them to do that on a Friday when the markets are closed for the next 2 days....

Clearly that's it genius.
Origame
Origame - 4/6/2024, 7:04 AM
@Itwasme - this footage was part of a segment made right after the shareholders meeting. Not on Friday. Friday is just when Josh managed to find a clip from it someone decided to post on x.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 9:19 PM
As I’ve said , I like the premise and an Oscar nominated director in Barry Jenkins at the helm makes me hopeful…

However , I didn’t care for the 2019 Lion King due to the photo-realistic nature of it (as impressive of a technical & visual achievement it was).

Due to the animals being presented in that manner , there was a lack of expressions and energy that made it hard to connect with the characters and thus the heart wasn’t really there either.

Hopefully this turns out better then that did.

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TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 9:22 PM
Also , I appreciate the Simba’s Pride shoutout…

Out of the direct to dvd Disney sequels we got , I remember watching that & Aladdin:King of Thieves the most (that one was my favorite of the ones I have seen).

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Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 4/5/2024, 9:32 PM
Disney...
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ThorArms
ThorArms - 4/5/2024, 9:36 PM
What is the point of this? Would much rather see an ordinal l original sequel. We know how Mufasas story ends
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 4/5/2024, 9:37 PM
This movie has so much point
SuperCat
SuperCat - 4/5/2024, 11:13 PM
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mountainman
mountainman - 4/5/2024, 11:52 PM
Of the Disney shot for shot remakes:

1) Aladdin
2) Beauty and the Beast
3) The Lion King

Not much hope for this. Maybe it’ll shock us. But not expecting much.
vectorsigma
vectorsigma - 4/6/2024, 1:01 AM
The point of this movie is to intorduce to kids that there are lgbtqxyz123!@# representatives in the animal world.

Id bet Scar will be it.
BlackStar25
BlackStar25 - 4/6/2024, 9:20 AM
I understand why they are dipping their toe back into Lion King....but...Come on man.
Scarilian
Scarilian - 4/6/2024, 9:35 AM
Lets be honest, this looks like absolute [frick]ing garbage. The CGI is horrific. The Lion moves its leg and it clips through the middle of its chest and juts out at a weird angle. None of the shots look good and this was the 'best foot forward', the best they had to show and it looks this horrifically bad.

There's so little appeal here, it's just Disney trying to push the message that villains are actually heroes to try and justify how their own horrific actions are justified because at a time they did something good.

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