The Lion King is among Disney’s most popular animated films. Since its release in 1994, there was an animated series that appeared on television as well as a very popular Broadway show that is still running today.

In today’s video, animators for the original film meet with lions to get an up close and personal view of what they will be required to create. They were clearly in awe as they observed their mannerisms and personalities of nature’s king of the jungle. The experience made for a more memorable and accurate depiction of the characters. The Lion King will be re-released as a live action film on July 18