The Lion King (1994): A Great Films mini-review



The Lion King Movie Poster

Trailer:

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Director:

Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff

Synopsis:

Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

My mini-review:

What a majestic and elegant film! Absolutely one of Disney’s greatest achievements in animation. It is also one of my all-time favorite animation features. The voice acting, music, songs, story, and animation are all top notch and have set the bar for all other animation films. This is all without mentioning Scar, another great addition to the Disney Villains Hall of Fame. All in all, a brilliant piece of animation that should not be missed, if you are one of the five people who have never seen it!

Favorite scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • Opening epic “Circle of Life” sequence and song
  • “I just can’t wait to be king” musical scene
  • Mufasa showing Simba the land they control
  • Stampede scene
  • Mufasa speaks to Simba
  • Simba meets Uncle Scar
  • “Be Prepared” musical scene
  • Simba meets Timon and Pumba
  • “Hakuna Matata” musical scene
  • “Can you feel the love tonight” musical scene
  • Simba returns

Outstanding performances:

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas (as Young Simba)
  • Matthew Broderick (as Adult Simba)
  • James Earl Jones (as Mufasa)
  • Jeremy Irons (as Scar)
  • Nathan Lane (as Timon)
  • Ernie Sabella (as Pumbaa)

Runtime:

1 hour and 29 minutes

Rating:

G

Genres:

Animation / Adventure / Comedy