WATCH: Lion King star Billy Eichner plays ‘Would you rather?’

CBC Kids News • Published 2019-07-16 14:22

The Lion King is out on Friday

It’s not every day you get to sing on a track with Beyoncé.

But Billy Eichner did in the new version of The Lion King.

“The cast is amazing,” Eichner told CBC Kids News contributor Ari Resnick.

Eichner, who plays the voice of the meerkat Timon, was in Toronto to promote the film last month, ahead of its release.

Eichner, a comedian and actor, said the moments spent with Seth Rogan, who plays Pumbaa, and Donald Glover, who plays adult Simba, were among the most memorable.

“Getting to sing and improvise, come up with jokes, that was really fun,” he said.

The movie premieres in Canada this week and it’s been getting many positive reviews from critics since the premiere in Los Angeles on July 9.

Billy Eichner attends the premiere of Disney's The Lion King on July 9 in Hollywood. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

The remake, which features Beyoncé as the voice of Nala, is the latest in a series of Disney animated classics that are being remade using CGI (computer-generated imagery).

CGI is an animation style where the images look extremely realistic but are created entirely by computers.

The meerkat Timon on the left is an animation from the original version of The Lion King, released in 1994. The version on the right is a CGI animation from the 2019 version. (Disney)

While Timon and Pumbaa provide the comedic relief in the film, which has some very sad moments and is layered with life lessons, Beyoncé is making headlines for her contribution, including the original song, Spirit.

Beyoncé co-wrote the song, which is part of an album inspired by the film, called The Lion King: The Gift.

Its tracks features contributors like Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, and even her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

Beyoncé plays the voice of Nala in the The Lion King. (Disney)

It accompanies the main soundtrack, which has new versions of the original songs plus a new number.

The Lion King hits theatres on July 19.

Check out Ari’s interview with Eichner above, in which they play a fun game of “Would you rather?”

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