The Lion King: Early Character Sketches and Storyboard Art
Simba, Timon and Pumba Early Color Storyboard - Artist Unidentified
I am always thrilled when Disney releases early concept art like this to promote their new releases!! The Lion King (now in 3D!) is coming out this Friday September 16 for only two weeks in theaters, then after that will be released on DVD October 4th.
This Disney movie holds a special place in my heart – it was first released in 1994, the same year I first became a mom. Plus, the Lion King story is just so moving and wonderful – classic Disney storytelling at its finest. I’ve been given permission to post these amazing early sketches when they were developing the Lion King characters, storyboard, and poster art. Enjoy!
Lion King Character Development Sketches
Early Sketch of Mufasa and baby Simba - Jean Gilmore
Pumba from the Lion King - Early character sketch - Jean Gilmore
Timon the Meerkat from the Lion King - Early character sketch - George Scribner
Zazu the Toucan from the Lion King - Early character sketches - Ric Maki
Lion King Storyboard Artwork
Simba and Timon - Color storyboard of them eating bugs - Artist unidentified
Simba, Zazu and I'm guessing an early incarnation of Rafiki the wise baboon - Chris Sanders
Lion King storyboard sketch - probably the opening sequence - Mel Shaw
Early Lion King Poster and Promotional Artwork
Beautiful abstract tiger painting for the Lion King - Joe Grant
Painting of Simba and giraffes concept art for The Lion King - Chris Sanders
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