The Lion King

I wonder who’s idea the Lion King was, I want to hug them, for they gave me and many others around the globe a timeless film that we could all cherish and love for generations to come.

During the 1970s and 80s, Disney fell into a terminal decline, producing a stream of films that were neither a box office or critical hit, such as The Black Cauldron and The Fox and the Hound. While these films are now viewed as classics, audiences at the time turned to other sources of animated entertainment, such as Don Bluth, who created first-rate cartoons as The Secret of NIMH and later An American Tail and The Land Before Time, both of which became the most financially successful cartoons of all time when first released.

With Bluth proving to be a worthy contender in the animation battle against Disney, the company began to up their game, bringing out films which were more commercially and critically successful, such as The Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin and the wonderful and underrated Oliver and Company (which competed directly with Land). This period of time was known as the Disney Renaissance. The best film of the renaissance, without a doubt, is The Lion King.

First released in 1994, it tells the wonderful story of a young lion cub prince who is framed for the murder of his father, the king, and runs away from the kingdom, only to return as an adult to take revenge on his father’s real killer, his Uncle Scar.

The Lion King is too wonderful to be described in words, but as the reviewer, I will try my best. There is not one fault to be found in the film: the story is top-rate, the voice cast is excellent (especially Jeremy Irons as the creepy Scar and always-funny Nathan Lane as Timon), the music is incredible and the hand-drawn animation is fluid, colourful and three-dimensional. The film can be enjoyed by anyone of any age, not just children. Cursed be anyone, child or adult, who has not seen this film.

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