THE LION KING — In 1997, Disney Theatrical Productions translated its successful animated film to the Broadway stage. Many illustrators and designers were invited to present art concepts for the advertising campaign. For inspiration, Julie Taymor’s costume sketches and Richard Hudson’s scenic designs served as references for the look of the production, which was heavily stylized from a palette of cultural influences as varied as Indonesian, South African, and Japanese, among others. The graphic nature of the patterns on Ms. Taymor’s costumes specifically provided guidance for my design concepts shown at the advertising agency’s massive art presentation.
I submitted two designs—this “rejected” piece, and the iconic poster that has been adapted worldwide for the past 24 years. Unlike the preferred, widely known The Lion King artwork, this unpublished design uses King Mufasa’s and newborn Simba’s paw prints to illustrate both the past and the future of Pride Rock’s animal kingdom.
A framed poster with museum-quality paper and a beautiful frame.
Size 20x28 inches (51x71 cm)
200 gsm / 80 lb matte (uncoated) paper
Lightweight 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8") thick frame
Shatterproof, transparent plexiglass.
Includes hanging kit, to hang in both portrait and landscape orientations.
For indoor use
The frame and poster are delivered together, but not mounted.
The purchase of this poster is intended for personal display by the intended user. The purchase does not constitute any license, or permission for promotion, advertising or any commercial or non-commercial exploitation. All rights remain the property of the artist.