The latest Disney film to receive the live-action treatment, The Lion King, is set to fill us all with nostalgia for what’s arguably one of the best Disney films ever created. You’re going to hear people give the movie some flak because it’s nearly impossible to come out with another version that even holds a candle to the original Lion King, but for what this movie is, it’s extremely impressive. One noticeable thing, however, is the lack of emotion that the characters can possess in their facial movements and body language. I imagine that was the hardest thing to replicate from the original film because we all know real lions don’t move or react the way that cartoon ones would. Disney made the right decision though because if the characters were animated as zany as they were in the original film as they were in the live-action, it would remove the illusion of realism, which is this version’s biggest strength. 99% of this film is computer-generated, and the movie does a fantastic job of keeping me under the spell that everything I’m witnessing is real. Voice acting was fantastic across the entire board and sounded exactly like the characters we all grew up with. The story plays the same to the original, in fact, you can immediately recognize some of your favorite scenes from the original film frame-for-frame. Despite what you hear, I recommend you watch this movie and form an opinion for yourself. If you loved the Lion King as I did, you will enjoy this film.
Without further ado, here are 3 lessons kids will learn from Disney’s The Lion King:
1. Listen To Your Parents: As we all remember from the original film, Mufasa specifically tells Simba not to go to the Elephant Graveyard, but being the overly curious lion-cub he is, Simba disobeys his father’s wishes. Simba made this mistake so that the rest of us know not to make the same mistake in the future. Listen to your parents, or you might get caught in a pack of hyenas.
2. Your Loved Ones Never Leave You: Even after his tragic death, Mufasa guides Simba and sets him on the right path to overcoming everything Scar has done. The truth is, when someone close to us perishes, their body may physically leave our realm, but their teachings live on through us and help us even though they’re not here. The Lion King implements the idea that anyone can overcome loss, and nobody is ever truly gone from our lives.
3. Hakuna Matata: It means no worries, for the rest of your days. If we can all get along and live peacefully, there’s not a thing for any of us to worry about. Timon and Pumba’s iconic philosophy is the clearest message anyone will take out of this film, and it always has been.
Well, there you have it guys, Disney’s The Lion King will arrive in theaters July 19th, this Friday. Be sure to grab your tickets and kick back to some of your favorite songs and characters from the Lion King. Personally, I think the film is worth seeing, so go see it and tell us what you think!
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