THE LION KING

Before we found Nemo, before we played with Woody & Buzz and before we chased snipes with Russell there was a time when it wasn’t all about 3D animation and classic Disney was all about the songs and characters.

The Lion King is a 1994 animated musical adventure film about Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) a lion cub tricked into thinking he killed his father, guilt ridden he flees his homeland into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

It is the 32nd feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classic series. The story takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic lions in Africa and was influenced by the Bible and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.   

Released in ’94 to a positive reaction from critics, who praised the film for its music and story it brought in over $951 million worldwide as of 2011, making it the highest-grossing hand drawn film in history.

The Lion King garnered two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.  

 

A Broadway adaptation of the film opened in 1997 and won six Tony Awards including Best Musical.

If you didn’t swell up when Mufasa died, have you no heart?

This is my second favourite animation classic during the Disney Renaissance (Mulan being the first).

I remember my parental units taking me to watch this one and I genuinely think they enjoyed it as much as I did.

It had the winning combination of James Earl Jones (voice of Mufasa), witty side kicks Timon & Pumba for comic relief and a killer soundtrack with Elton John belting out ballads like “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” & “Circle Of Life.”

I owned this on VHS at one point but rewinded/replayed “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” only about a million times before it gave way.

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