Lion King character posters of young Simba, adult Simba, and Nala

Things We Saw Today: New Lion King Character Posters Released and Yup, That’s What Lions Look Like All Right

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The individual character posters for the new live-ish action The Lion King were released today and look, I know there was a lot of real artistry that goes into making such a gorgeous and detailed blend of live animals and CGI effects. But to the untrained eye–which is pretty much all of us–these posters just kinda look like … regular lions.

As noted over on Pajiba“the supporting cast options are a lot more colorful, and actually have some personality.”

I’d also include Scar’s poster in that; it’s got heaps of personality.

Lion King poster featuring Scar.

A lot of people, though, seem to be having a tough time handling just how realistic Pumbaa up there looks. I don’t know what they expected a warthog to look like, but apparently, this ain’t it.

What do you all think of The Lion King’s hyperrealistic style? Bland? Terrifying? Beautiful? Let us know!

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What did you all see out there today?

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