Director Jon Favreau has just left a scoring session for The Lion King with Hans Zimmer and an orchestra. It was for the stampede (yes, THAT stampede). And it will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the 1994 animated classic that, with Favreau’s footage playing in the background, it got a little emotional in that room.

“Working on it doesn’t make it any less emotional,” Favreau said.

And don’t even get him started on what it was like to listen to James Earl Jones record his lines as Mufasa.

Favreau and an army of people behind the scenes are putting the finishing touches on what might be this summer’s most anticipated release, one that’s been three years in the making with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Beyonce, and the expectations couldn’t be higher. None of the other major studios are even daring to go up against The Lion King when it opens on July 18.