In news that will surely be well received by all and not decried as yet another childhood-ruining moment for ’90s kids the world over, it was recently announced that “The Lion King” will be receiving the live-action-remake treatment. Jon Favreau, who helmed this year’s highly successful “The Jungle Book,” will take the reins for the story of Simba rising up against Scar and claiming his birthright. The wonders of YouTube being what they are, Disney obsessives can take some time to watch a making-of documentary produced alongside the animated classic back in 19994.
Narrated and hosted by Robert Guillaume, who voiced Rafiki, the feature-length glimpse behind the scenes was included on the Laserdisc edition of “The Lion King.” Excerpts from the film are interspersed with footage of the animators, voice actors and producers at work; there are also interviews with several members of the cast and crew (including, most crucially, JTT).
The entire documentary runs longer than “The Lion King” itself and is available in full on YouTube. Watch below.