We try not to be one for rumor-mongering, but we couldn’t help that with all the talk lately of classic Disney animated properties being translated into live-action films such as Sleeping Beauty / Maleficent, Cinderella, Tinker Bell, et al., along with recently discovered photos, that there may be another well-loved property making its way to the big screen in living color. The company has already had some success in adapting a live-action version of 101 Dalmations, so there clearly would be precedent.
In fact, the Walt Disney Company has a long history of using animals as the stars of its live-action features. Although predominantly of the canine and domesticated persuasion, gorillas, elephants, cheetahs and even animatronic bears have made the cut. Even a lion took to the silver screen in the 1972 Disney classic Napoleon and Samantha. And of course there will be Disneynature’s African Cats in 2011 which co-stars a family of lions.
Needless to say, when we first spotted the photo pictured above as posted by The Daily Mirror, the wheels started turning and it wasn’t too long before @lowieke pointed out this other photo of Timon and Pumbaa playing their parts in front of the camera as spotted late last year on The Way i Go.
(special thanks to Animatie.blog.nl)