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Never-Before-Seen Concept Art from 'Lion King'

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Sep 14, 2011 | 8:24am EDT

From the day we arrive on the planet, and—blinking—step into the sun, there is more to see than can ever be seen. And included in that heap of things seeable is new The Lion King 3D concept art!

For fans of the childhood staple The Lion King (a group that you must be evil incarnate to not be part of), it's interesting to see original designs for characters like Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas/Matthew Broderick), Mufasa (James Earl Jones), Nala (Niketa Calame/Moira Kelly) Timon (Nathan Lane), Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) and Zazu (Rowan Atkinson).

Varying from sketches to complete illustrations, the below images give us some fun insight into who these characters might have originally been conceived to be. Simba looks more impish and wily. Timon looks a little more conniving and sly. Pumbaa just looks sad.

The Lion King 3D will reach theaters this Friday, September 16.

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