Lion King 2019 hyenas: Who the hell are Azizi and Kamari? Where’s stupid Ed?

The Lion King dir. Jon Favreau 2019

The Lion King has been reimagined for 2019 audiences, but who are hyenas Azizi and Kamari and where's Ed?

A live-action remake of The Lion King was always inevitable after the successes of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast to name but two, but new hyenas Azizi and Kamari have many scratching their heads. Also, where's stupid Ed? It may have appeared a very faithful remake when the trailer dropped, but as you can tell, there have been some changes both large and small.

The 2019 remake of the legendary film is set to release in on Friday, July 19th and it's safe to say that while excitement for the film is definitely high, not everyone remains convinced about Jon Favreau's latest work, not least for the changes the film is set to make. 

The 1994 animation stands proud as one of the most acclaimed and beloved Disney movies ever made; it's a modern classic in every sense so it's hardly a shock to hear that people are upset about even the smallest of details getting tweaked in the new version of the film.

The songs, characters, heart and heavy themes make it irresistible to both children and adults, and it's no surprise why many regard it as the perfect family film. So, what's different with the remake?

The Lion King Pride Rock

The Lion King 2019 changes

Firstly, there's been a huge leap from animation to live-action; although, it's of course very heavy on the CGI side. As far as the visuals go though, the film looks absolutely astonishing.

Its predecessor was helmed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. However, this time we have the familiar Jon Favreau sweeping in to give this classic tale a new lease of life. He previously directed another live-action remake for Disney, The Jungle Book. Needless to say, it looks like he has yet another huge hit on his hands. 

One of the biggest changes has been to the voice cast, although the likes of James Earl Jones (Mufasa) are returning. New additions include Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Beyoncé (Nala) and more. 

Who are the hyenas?

Another considerable change has seen the iconic hyenas undergo some alterations. 

In the original, the three central hyenas were Shenzi (Whoopi Goldberg), Banzai (Cheech Marin) and Ed (Jim Cummings) - yes, the particularly nutty one. 

However, Shenzi is the only one which has kept the original name and will be voiced by Florence Kasumba (Black Panther). Interestingly, Ed has been renamed Azizi and Banzai is now called Kamari; they will be voiced by Eric André (Disenchantment) and Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu) respectively. 

Hopefully, this talented new cast will have just as much fun with the characters as those did with the 1994 incarnations. They're certainly a talented bunch! So don't worry - they hyenas are still here. 

The Lion King UK release date

It's expected to be one of the biggest movies of the year, let alone the summer. 

We are invited to gaze upon pride rock like never before on Friday, July 19th. After months of waiting, the release is finally upon and it looks like one you won't want to miss, particularly for any hardcore Disney fans out there.

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