This post is basically every single 2019 "Lion King" review I'v read so far in a nutshell. I plan to see the movie next weekend before I pass judgement on the film. That being said, I saw a leaked clip of the scene where Scar throws Mufasa to his death and gosh did that scene look wonky like they were using hyper realistic dead lions created by a taxidermist. I hope the rest of the movie does not look as bad as the leak clip. Timon seems to move with more expressions than others in the trailers. I heard the soundtrack to the "Lion King" 2019 remake on youtube and I think the actors nailed the voices in and of themselves. I was happy to see "Be Prepared" on the soundtrack. My guess is they cut the song down to remove all the "idiot" lines which some people view as ableist against intellectually disabled people. As for black Ariel, I don't fault the actress who was casted, and frankly Ariel casted as black doesn't bother me, personally, quite as much as other "SJW diverse" casting decisions because Ariel is a mythical creature so I think they have more wiggle room in regards to how the characters look physically. However casting Ariel as black still feels like artificial pandering. I noticed a lot of black/African American people creating youtube essays on why they felt Disney was being racist for assuming they could only relate to Ariel as a black character and felt a new movie with a black mermaid would have been better than remaking Ariel.