This Is Why Everyone's Been Freaking Out Over The New Lion King Photos

Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Think back to when you were a kid singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" along with your lovable Timon and Pumbaa stuffed animals in the comfort of your living room as you watched Lion King on repeat. Now hold onto that memory with all of your might, because a freshly released poster for the new Lion King adaptation just might banish your childhood innocence straight to the boneyard to fester and spoil under a boiling hot sun.
Think we're exaggerating? Just look at the live-action animation of the character you once adored. Terrifying, isn't it? Instead of a smile, he now dons a menacing smirk, revealing not two, but four, sharp tusks. Those aren't for cheerily gathering grub; they're meant for impaling other mammals and scaring the hell out of grown adults. And look, we get it. The point of a realistic animation is that it looks, well, realistic.
He's wiry, he's wrinkly, and if the Twitter reactions are any indication, he's also highly controversial.
"we were talking about how scary pumbaa looks in the new lion king so i uh. turned his poster into a horror movie poster," one person tweeted.
Have you ever wondered what a mashup of Lion King and Saw would look like? Now you don't have to!
Run for the hills! Save yourselves! And, please, don't talk to any strange bookies along the way.
Not everyone seems to agree with the fear, though. At least one person thought the warthog's resemblance to Seth Rogen, who voices the animation, was uncanny.
"Great tribute to the original Knocked Up campaign. Same hair and everything," one comedian wrote.
Thankfully, the other character posters aren't as hair-raising. Simba and Nala are adorable as both kids and comanding as adults, Mufasa is magnificent, Rafiki looks wise as ever, Zazu has an intimidating air of pretentiousness about him, and Sarabi is flawless.
Lion King features an all-star cast, including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, and James Earl Jones. Hopefully, you'll be able to get a few nightmare-free nights between now and then.
The Lion King is in UK cinemas from 19th July

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