Number of Times Seen – At least 15 times (1994 in Theater, Video, DVD, 24 Mar 2001, 25 Nov 2013 and 19 Jul 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A young lion cub who is being groomed to be the next King of the Jungle is tricked by his uncle into believing that he caused a tragedy to befall the kingdom which causes him to place himself in exile.
My Take on it – This is one of my all time favorite Disney movies and even after 25 years, it still is so enjoyable to watch largely due to the way that it is able to blend music and comedy with a strong dramatic storyline that gives off an epic Shakespearean feel throughout.
the animation of this film is superbly done and they find a way to make the characters feel so real despite the fact that they are all parts of the animal kingdom.
The way things look both character-wise and landscape-wise help make the story feel so much more realistic from start to finish.
The voice cast of this film is chosen really well and this allows for each of the characters to have such a distinct and powerful identity that makes them all feel so unique.
Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly, Nathan lane and James Earl Jones are all great choices to voice these characters.
The film is filled with lots of messages and the ones that stand out the most are about friendship, loyalty, duty and of course taking responsibility for one’s own actions resonates throughout.
The musical score is exquisite and helps the atmosphere of the story.
The songs written for this film are all amazing and give us such a great feel for the places where this film takes place.
The song Can You Feel the Love Tonight was the perfect choice for winning the Oscar for Best Original Song and is still quite moving especially when listening to Elton John sing the song.
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This is one of Disney’s best animated films due to the fact that they storyline is quite deep as well as timeless and is extremely poignant from start to finish.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to blend together the weight of a Shakespearean epic along with the fun and down to Earth comedy musical style of Disney. The animation is superbly done and helps make the story work so well. The voice cast is amazing and helps each of the characters have a distinct and powerful identity. The message of this film about friendship, duty and of course taking responsibility for one’s actions rings true throughout. The music is exquisite and resonates so well with this storyline. The songs are brilliant and help create such a great atmosphere for this story to take place in. Very deserving of winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for Can You Feel the Love Tonight. One of Disney’s best films largely due to its poignancy throughout. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of three Disney films to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. The other two are Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Toy Story 2 (1999) (all three won in the category of “Musical or Comedy”). Today, however, this is no longer possible due to rule changes at the Golden Globes and the creation of the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature category (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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