The Lion King (1994) Review

Director? Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Star Cast? James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg
Screenplay? Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton
Run-Time? 88 Minutes
Genre? Animation,Adventure,Drama, Family, Musical
Our Rating? 5/5

Rarely are the movies made that attract and impress Global audience (and often such movies become the Highest grossing movies). Disney’s The Lion King is one such film that had everything to get universal acclaim. Drama, Love, Hate, Revenge, Music and the spell binding tale. The Lion King is an epic film that was actually inspired from the famous play Hamlet written by great William Shakespeare. Most Loved Lion King because of the fascinating tale of revenge in family, most loved because of the music while others loved because it was thoroughly entertaining from the beginning to end. It focused greatly on the varied nature of human under different circumstances. The film become so widely popular that it spawned two sequels and a separate animated series focusing on the characters of Timon and Pumba.

The Plot of The Lion King focuses on a young lion cub named Simba who soon after birth is called as the Future King of Pride Rock, by his father Mufasa. Simba is welcomed by the whole jungle except his uncle Scar who is jealous of Mufasa’s family and wants to kill him to become the king.

Scar with the help of three hyenas named Shenzi, Banzai and Ed takes benefit of Simba’s curiousness and innocence and tricks him and his father to a gorge. Scar kills Mufasa and tricks Simba to think that he was the reason for his father’s death. Sad Simba runs away from Pride rock to a vast land. Getting Simba and Mufasa out of his way Scar become the new king of Pride Rock.

With his father gone and getting lost into a Vast land, Will Simba ever come to know the truth? Will he become brae enough to take revenge of his father’s death? Will he able to survive in the vast land far away from his real home?

The Good: The Mass Appeal of the Film
As i said earlier The Lion King have something for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your age is or what language you speak, The Lion King is able to put emotions into the animated characters which can be felt by the viewer. There is almost every genre mixed up in this film. The Handsome Simba (voiced by equally handsome ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ fame Matthew Broderick”) could be easily cited as one of the finest animated character ever introduced.

Other than plot and characters, another good thing of The Lion King is its music. Composed by Hans Zimmer and featuring songs by Elton John and Tim rice, its hard to not to hum along with the music. One of my favorite song from the film is ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.

The Bad: The Film’s Length, the Sequels, Disney’s sublimin@l message and alleged Duplicacy controversy
I dont know if its me but i felt that The Lion King should have been at least near 120 minutes or so. Like many successful films, The Lion King too saw a sequel but that was not at all impressive. In fact it degraded the love for Simba.

Another thing that many people (including me) didn’t liked about The Lion King was that Disney had hidden a subliminal message in the film. In one the scene where Simba is seen sleeping on a rock with the stars in the back ground one can clearly see the word ‘SEX’ written in the clouds. Why would they do it in a kids movie?

Many might not know but The Lion King is said to copied from a famous Japanese Anime series ‘Kimba the White Lion’. The Manga series of Kimba was released in the 1950s and a feature Anime series was made in the 1960s. Many of the scene and characters have striking similarities to those of the Lion King. Interestingly the company that made Kimba never filed a case against Disney even after getting hundreds of suggestion letters from fans.

Should I Watch It?: If not, you will miss one of the finest animated movies of all time.