All Hail The Lion King

The Lion King is one of the many home runs the Disney company hit with their animated story ideas. The Lion King went on to huge success and also became one of the first Disney movies ever translated into Zulu for its release in Africa. It was a huge budget animated movie for its time that made back ten times what it cost to make which makes it just another in a long line of inspiration and successful Disney animated movies.
After The Lion King was released by the Disney company in 1994 it went on to take over the world. Not just the world of animated movies, the entire world including nearly every facet of the entertainment business. Not only did the movie itself generate nearly $1 Billion in worldwide box office returns, but The Lion King also became a very successful stage production, the songs from The Lion King not only went on to be chart topping hits but three of them were nominated for Oscars with one of them winning, and The Lion King spawned countless television shows including a show for the two comedy relief characters in the movie Timon and Pumbaa. It went on to play in theaters all over the world for months and was re-released twice with one of those re-releases being a huge IMAX success all over the world. To top all of that The Lion King is the best selling VHS video tape of all time with over 55 Million copies sold and there is no telling how many DVDs you will be able to add to that number once the run is over. Merchandise included t-shirts, pajamas, hats, jackets, toys, cups, plates, and anything else you can think of. But for all of that, for all of that financial success it achieved we always need to keep in mind that The Lion King is still a really good movie.

The Lion King is a story about a lion cub named Simba who is next in line to the throne as soon as he is born which does not sit well at all with his evil uncle Scar. Scar got his name because of the huge scar on his face which was put in the same exact place on Scar’s face that the scar on Tony Montana’s face in Scarface was placed. To get the throne Scar needed his new nephew out of the way so Scar set it up where he would kill Simba’s father Mufasa, the king, and make Simba think that he killed his own father causing the cub to run in fear. Scar’s plan was successful and Simba fled into the jungle after fearing that he killed his own father. He met some interesting creatures in his travels and then he came across his two best friends a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa. Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa stay together all through Simba’s youth and at some point Simba is convinced that he must go back to his home and claim his kingdom.

The Lion King is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and draws inspiration, as many Disney movies do, from various sources unknown to most people. The Elton John song Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the musical score for the movie by Hans Zimmer both won Oscars. The Elton John songs Hakuna Matata and Circle Of Life were nominated for Oscars but did not win. But The Lion King left its mark as one of the truly great Disney animated movies of all time and it will be remembered not only for its magical music, its moving story, and it colorful representation of the African jungles, but it will also go down as the first animated movie in Disney history where one of the characters has audible gas and that is just wonderful. Now we can all laugh along with Disney as Disney finally found a way to laugh at itself. Plus it took years to get those songs from The Lion King out of our heads just in time for the next Disney animated extravaganza.
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