We’ve been seeing and hearing a lot about the controversial topic of trophy hunting after the iconic Zimbabwean lion Cecil was hunted by an American dentist. Aaron Blaise, famous for his work on popular Disney movie The Lion King, created a beautiful tribute.

The time lapse video below shows a recording of Blaise working on the project. It features an animated image of Cecil in the heavens. The famous quote used in the clip was originally spoken by Mufasa; “Look at the stars. The great kings from the past look down upon us from those stars.”

The Oscar nominated artist said on his website “As you may be able to tell I am a HUGE animal lover and it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason. In fact, I’ve decided to get personally involved and hopefully our efforts can help educate people and prevent these horrible things from happening in the future. It’s not much, but hopefully it will make people think.”

Aaron Blaise worked with Disney for 21 years, produced work for Aladdin, and was nominated for his work as co-director on Brother Bear.

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