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There are some scenes that will make your hearts jump out of your chests.

Given the beautifully realistic nature of the flick, the scenes that might have spooked your kids in the original are next-level in the live-action version. Parents should prepare for their kids to jump when Simba and Nala are being chased by the hyenas in the elephant cemetery, and while it's beautifully done, the second Scar stops singing "Be Prepared," the classic high-energy scene kicks off, and boy, is it a wild ride.

As for the infamous stampede scene that's so emotional it still brings grown men to tears? It's just as well put together, but even more heart-wrenching. While the time between Mufasa trying to rescue Simba and the young cub finding his father seemed to elapse far faster than I remember, it's still just as heartbreaking. Heck, most of the adults in the room were crying, so expect that your little ones may need some consoling.

The Lion King Reboot Is a Must See For Families, but Here's What Parents Should Know Going In

Whether you're a parent or not, it's no secret that the live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the Summer for just about everyone. The star-studded, and I mean studded cast — including Beyoncé (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and Billy Eichner (Timon), just to name a few — proves that Disney couldn't have come up with a better roster for its reboot. Couple that with a killer soundtrack, incredible CGI effects, and a story that closely mimics the original, and you have the perfect upgrade on a beloved Disney classic.

This movie is entirely geared toward families — just like the original! — however, just as in the 1994 cartoon, there are some potentially upsetting plot points parents should be wary of if they are bringing little ones to the theater. With that said, there are also oodles of amazing life lessons and conversation starters that will guarantee your entire squad will be chatting about the movie long after you leave your seats. Keep reading to get the lowdown before your entire brood heads off to see The Lion King when it officially hits theaters on July 19.


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