The Lion King Reviews
This film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and realized in 1994 by Walt Disney Pictures. It was produced by Walt Disney Features Animation. It is an animated cartoon and was inspired on the story "Jungle Taieti" by Osama Tezuka. The main character is Simba, a lion born in Pride Rock.
The film is about Simba, a lion who was born in Pride Rock and he is Mufasa's son, the King who rules in the Pride Lands. But because of Scar's manipulation (Simba's uncle), Mufasa die and Simba have to flee into exile. He starts living with Timon and Pumbaa in "Hakuna Matata". When he becomes mature and thanks to Rafiki and Nala (his childhood friends) he returns to fight against Scar and take again his place in the Circle of Life as the King.
The plot is laughable and amusing to watch thanks to Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki and other. But this plot is completely predictable. When Simba is exiled, we knew that he will have a comeback because it is his destiny. Same for the final fight: we knew who won but this scene is profoundly epic thanks to the music, the quality image and the determination of Simba. This movie is also amazingly absorbing thanks to Mufasa for example when he die or when, as a ghost, he convincing Simba to return in the Circle of Life. It is highly impressive and touching. I will always remember this sentence "Remember who you are". This encourages everybody to not forget its family.
Photography is utterly breathtaking thanks to a lot of reasons. There are Mufasa in the sky, the same way that he comes into existence to talk to Simba, there Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa and Rafiki who look him. The way that Simba is looking is father is profoundly impressive because we can see in his eyes love and determination. The only downside is maybe that I would liked to see Scar who would bring face to face with Simba.
This movie is produced by Walt Disney Features Animation so of course there are a lot of songs about character's feeling and situation. These songs are highly laughable, inventive, lively rhythm and easy to remember. The plot enables to the special effects to make them staggering for example during Simba and Scar's fighting.
This movie is an animation so of course we can't evaluate the acting performance but even if the characters are lions we can anyway see their feeling.
Again, the movie is animated around lion so it is not very realistic. But as I have already said, some characters such as Timon, Pumbaa or Rafiki make the script hilarious. The plot in general in not confusing we understand who is who and the role of anyone. It is also complete even if that the end we understand that it will be a next part.
Finally this movie has a great message: don't forget our origins, our roots. This film talks about that with humor, love and drama. We go really down in the plot, we are heavily absorbing. So I recommend this film to everybody, young and old. You will be not disappointed because the message cleared is beautiful.
Along with Andy Gaskill and Chris Sanders's beautiful art direction and production design, the slightly flawed yet powerful message about redemption and the pitch perfect voice acting, makes this African tale, one of the biggest highlights of not only Walt Disney Animation Studios, but of 90's pop culture as well.