“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Theatrical Release: 1994 / Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff / Actors: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick ... / DVD released 28 January, 2003 at Disney / Features of the DVD: Animated, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL „
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The Lion King is possibly my favourite Disney film of all time. I am lucky that my son adores it too and so we get to watch it pretty regularly. This is my review of the film.
The Lion King was released in 1994 and it is absolutely a Disney classic nowadays having been made in to a stage show which has been just as popular over the years. It is the one show I haven't seen on stage that I would love to. The DVD that we have is a special edition DVD and it has a picture of the characters on the front with an orange background to represent the sun rising. We are told on the front of the DVD that it is a U rating and so it is suitable for the whole family and I do think the whole family would enjoy this one.
The Lion King tells us the story of Simba who is the son of Mufasa the King of the Pride Lands and heir to the throne. Life is good for Simba as a small cub as he gets in to mischief with his friend Nala but one day his evil Uncle Scar tricks Simba in to an area where there is a stampede and his Father Mufasa tries to save him but is trampled to death. Simba is told it is all his fault, that everyone will hate him and he is told to run away. Never come back. This way the evil Scar can become King of the Pride Lands and can run it to the ground with his hyena army. A weak and miserable Simba is found almost dead himself by Timon and Pumbaa and they take him in but they bring him up with their way of life which is basically eating bugs and living a life "Hakuna Matata" which basically means by having no worries. Simba is living his life but doesn't tell them about his past until one day when his old friend Nala ventures to where they are to hunt as Scar has destroyed the Pride Lands and they are all hungry. Eventually she recognises Simba and asks him to come home and take his place as King. Simba takes some convincing but with the help of his friends returns to the Pride Lands determined to make things right.
This is a wonderfully animated movie. As always with Disney I expect a lot in terms of their animation but I do think the Lion King is excellent in terms of the way it looks on the screen. All of the characters are really well done and they have such wonderful expression and personality that you can't help but fall in love with them. Simba is so gorgeous as a small cub and I love his cheeky nature in this film. There are so many great characters in this film though but probably my favourites are Timon and Pumbaa because they are such a good comedy duo!
What I love the most about this movie is the brilliant story line. It is filled with highs and lows and as such you are taken on a bit of a rollercoaster ride when you watch it. I laugh when I watch the film and see Rafiki the silly monkey messing about and generally being a bit eccentric but I cry like a baby every time I see the scene where Mufasa dies and Simba curls himself around his Father saying wake up. I don't know anyone who has a dry eye during this scene though so I don't think it is just me being soft. There is a real message in this film though about doing the right thing, honour, courage and hope and I think it is a good message for children to witness even if there are parts in the film which are a bit rough going. I suppose it does teach them a bit about the "circle of life" in that people die, babies are born and it all goes around in a circle.
What is also wonderful about this film is the songs included. The soundtrack is written by Tim Rice and Elton John and with that kind of combination I think you can't get anything but a wonderful composition. There is only one song I am not a fan of in this film and it is Be Prepared which is a song when Scar is with his hyenas and it is quite dark. There are great songs though such as The Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata, Just Can't Wait to be King and Morning Report. We always sit singing along to the songs when the film is on because they are so catchy and fun for the most part. We also own the soundtrack on CD.
This film runs for about eighty five minutes approximately and I think the time passes quickly. My son has no issues sitting through this film because he enjoys it very much too. I actually bought this film for my sister last Christmas too and she is twenty now so it really is one that is loved by all kinds of people of various ages. You can buy the DVD on amazon for £23.90 for the one we have or the diamond edition which is £24.62.
Thank you for reading my review!
If you are looking for a classic disney film to introduce someone to the magical world of disney look no further than the lion king. Released in 1994 it has since become a much loved classic by children and parents alike.
Mufasa (simba's dad and king of pride rock)
Scar (mufasa's brother and simba's uncle)
Zarzu (Mufasa's bird adviser)
Nala (simba's friend)
Timon ( a meerkat)
Pumba ( a warthog ).
Set in the african savannah called pride rock the film starts when Simba is born and is introduced to the whole prideland. This scene is pretty famous due to its soundtrack of the circle of life.
The story then follows the adventures Simba and Nala get up to being mischievous young cubs until Mufasa is killed by his jealous brother Scar who wants to become king. He sets up a stampede that Simba is in the middle of knowing Mufasa will try to save him. When Mufasa scrambles up a rock to get out of the stampede Scar throws him back to his death.
Scar then convinces Simba the whole thing is his fault and to run away, leaving him king of pride rock.
The next part of story follows Simba growing up the two friends he has met Timon and Pumba. There is lots of music in this part of the film.
Once Simba is grown up Nala stumbles across him whilst hunting and stalking Pumba. When she sees Simba she explains how Scar told everyone he had died too and how since Scar took over there is no food and everyone in the pride is starving. She begs him to come home and take up his rightful place as king.
I will leave it to you to watch and find out if Simba takes up Nala on her request or if he stays with Timon and Pumba in his new life.
The film is well known for its amazing soundtrack which Elton John was involved in writing. With well known songs such as the circle of life, can you feel the love tonight and of course hukuna matata this film will have the whole family singing along and joining in.
The remastered dvd was released in 2003 and has new features the original VHS did not.
It is available to watch in 3 different languages and has subtitles available too. There is also widescreen format.
The dvd has added an extra scene and song into the film which quite honestly was not needed but if you've never seen the film you'd never know the difference.
The film is rated 'U' universal suitable for all. I would agree with this although there are some scenes little ones may find scary.
This dvd is also part of the disney movie rewards where you can collect points online for each dvd you buy with a unique code in the case and you then get free dvds so its worth doing if like me you are a disney lover.
price and availability-
The average price of a design dvd is around £15-£20 but a few times a year they do buy one get one free so you can wait until then and get 2 for the same price. Bargain!
The way disney work with their classics is they only release so many at a particular time so getting hold of the lion may not be that easy unless you get it second hand. Just watch out for fakes as there are alot out there.
For me this is disneys best film to date; a true classic. It works on a few levels so make it suitable for all ages and the more you watch you discover new things each time. At a running time of 85 minutes its not too long for little people making it the perfect family film. Your kids will love this timeless story and fun soundtrack. I know our family certainly does.
The picture and soumd quality is much improved on the dvd compared to the original VHS which just adds to the whole experience. As dvd's go it is a little pricey but you will find this with most Disney dvds. The quality of film that you get is well worth the pricetag though as you will find yourself watching it again and again!
Truly worthy of the five star rating I have awarded this film.
I can always remember watching Disney films as a little girl and now as an adult I still find them magical today at 30 years old. The film is a more recent Disney Classic although it is still nearly 20 years old having been released in 1994. My sister loves this film and waited years for it being rereleased as for some reason this film did not follow the normal 7 year rerelease cycle that the majority of Disney Films follow.
The story begins on Pride Rock with Mufasa and Surabi introducing their son Simba to the whole kingdom, the beginning scenes are set to the Elton John song and theme tunes for the film "A Circle of Life." Mufasa has a brother Scar who is very jealous of Simba as if it weren't for Simba being born he would be next in line for the throne and this is where the trouble begins.
Scar puts ideas into Simba's head about there being an Elephants graveyard in the "shadowy place beyond the borders" where Mufasa has told Simba he is never to go of course Simba thinking an elephants graveyard would be really cool ignores his father's wishes and walks straight into the trap that Scar has set of his friends the Hyenas who are supposed to kill Simba. Mufasa comes to the rescue of Simba and Nala Simba's best friend who he has taken with him and Scars plan fails.
Hearing that his plan has failed Scar organises the Hyena to cause a stampede of Wilderbeast and poor Mufasa is killed in the stampede as he saves his son once again. Scar manages to convince Simba that his father's death is his fault and he tells him to run away which Simba does leaving Scar to become ruler of the kingdom.
The film follows Simba and the friends he meets out in the desert and also the demise of the kingdom under Scars rulership, things eventually turn and Simba returns to the kingdom to take his rightful place as king although with Scar and the Hyenas it isn't as easy as it sounds.
There are some really fantastic characters in this film and there is a bit of a comedy side to it too which you don't realise so much as a child. Zazu the "Kings Major Dodo" is really funny, the Hyenas are brilliant in my opinion, whilst out in the wild Simba makes friends with Timone and Pumba which are both really witty characters, there are so many great characters in this film I cannot choose a favourite.
There are loads of great songs in this film, there are 2 by Elton John which is the main Circle of Life song which is played at the beginning and the end to complete the circle and then there is Can You Feel the Love Tonight which plays as the adult Simba and Nala fall in love which is a really lovely song. There is also comical songs such as a song about Pumba having a problem with him having smelly wind!
There are quite a lot of famous people who do the voice overs in this film, Whoopi Goldberg is the main Hyena, the other 2 Hyena only really make noises but she actually has lines. Zazu is spoken by Rowan Atkinson who really brings the character alive and Jeremy Irons make Scar sound as evil as his character should.
This film is filled with Disney Magic, I loved it when it came out and I still love it now, the film is fun and colourful and it also teaches a little about the life cycle and how animals survive in the wild. This is a 5 star Disney film in my eyes.
I remember going to see the lion king in the cinema for my younger brothers birthday, I remember crying when Moufassa dies and still 18 years later (I now feel old) I have tears most the way through this film.
The Lion King is a 2D animated film written by disney, with music written by Elton John and Lyrics by Tim Rice. The film is based in an African Pride Land I believe in either Tanzania or Kenya as Kilamangaro is featured in the opening scene. The films main character is Simba a cub born to Moufassa and Sarabi. The animation is fairly basic in comparisson to your Pixar films but this makes this film. I believe it was a pixar film it would ruin the emotion you can get from the cartoon aspect. The film is a real family film for all the family from young chidren - to the older members of the family.
***The opening Scene***
The opening scene involves all the animals coming together in the pride land for Simbas christening. The opening scene is in my mind the best opening to a film I have ever seen. The music and the coming together of all the animals is mind-capturing.
**** The Plot****
The story is based on Simba and his adventure before becoming king. He has a cruel Uncle who beholds a grudge that he is not ever going to be King and plans for Moufassa and Simba to be killed so he can take there place and let the hyenas take over. The hyenas pretend they have killed Simba after Moufassa is trampled to death in a stampede set up by Scar.
Simba is infact in a Jungle with Timone (meerkat) and Pumba (Warthog), they save him from the heat of the desert where he escaped to. They take him in and he grows up to be like them eating worms and beetles. He never forgets his roots although never lets them knw that he should be king of PrideRock.
While Simba is living this life, Scar has ruined PrideRock the hyenas have taken over and there is nood food left. Narla a friend of Simbas from childhood heads to the jungle to hunt for some food for the pride, he finds Pumba and chases him through the jungle screaming, it is at this point Simba fight Narla and he gets pinned down. Simba remembers Narla pinning him down when he was younger and realises who it is. She manages to persuade him to go back to PrideRock
Upon Simbas return to PrideROck he witnesses his Uncle Scar hitting his mother Sarabi, Simba is furious and they end up in a fight.........
Who dies? Who ends up as king? I will not ruin the end for all of you that have not seen it.
**** Why I love this film****
From beginning to end this film touches and plays with your heart, one minute you are looking at the cutest little cub then he is getting chased to be killed, then he is in a jungle meeting the comedians of the film and then your heart is left pounding to see if he gets his rightful place as King.
My 2 year old loves this film and knows all the animals in the film and her favourite is the Giraffis which are featured in the opening and closing of the film. She loves the songs which are cleverly written to have a real african feel to them. She sings along to some of them and dances away.
This is a classic film that will not age over time. If anyone gets the opportunity to go and see it at the broadway or in London you really must, it is a must see theatre performance that will get you alot more than the film did.
I am giving it a five star as it really is a classic Disney film, it is a film for all the family that grandparents and young chidren will equally get as much out of.
I remember as a small child, The Lion King being one of my favourate Disney films, even till this day it still is. I enjoyed the cuteness of Simba and watching him grow from a cub into a lion, not forgetting the fantastic songs, that at the age of 24 I can still remember (cringe) lets face it, the songs were fantastic, although Elton Johns Circle Of Life bored me to the core, I mean what was he thinking? My little girls had never seen The Lion King beofre so I decided to get it on DVD for them, now in some shops it can be rather expensive but if you shop around you will find a bargain, I got mines for £10 from ASDA with FREE delivery so keep your eyes pealed.
The story if you cant alreasy guess is about a lion, Simba, who has just been born, he is cradled in his mothers arms as his father watches on. Rafiki, a babboon, takes him away from his parents to introduce him to all the animals of the land. This is a very proud moment as he is to be future King, all the animals watch ahead for his entrane and take a bow as he comes into sight. All exept Scar, Scar is Simba Uncle and desperate to be King but never went to pay his respects to see his nephew being born. King Musafa, Brother of Scar and Father of Simba, is really upset with him, so pays him a visit to find out why he couldn't make the ceremony, which ends in tradgy and the King is no longer no more. Even to this day, the film still makes me cry, pathetic some poeple may say, but it really touches me as seeing that he died trying to save his Son, all due to Scar. Poor Simba is left without a Father, Scar sees this as an oppertunity to make a poor vounrable cub feel as if it is all his fault and Scar tells him to leave and never return, leaving the next rightful Lion for King, himself. But as with anything the truth always comes out in the end, when Simbra returns all grown up to claim his crown as the rightful King.What will Scar do when he comes into contact with him, will history repeat itself, or will he be where he belongs?
The film is in 2D, a classic, not like films these days which is in 3D. The animation of the film is fantastic, the story line, the characters, even the moral of the story "You cant change your past but you can change the future." Not forgetthing the graphics, the film is defenatly worth while watching and sharing with your little ones. My little girls also enjoyed the film, infact is it a regular favourate that is often on our TV. They are always walkig around, singing the songs, and phrases from the film. I would recommend this film and rate it a 5 out of 5, we as a family enjoyed watching it and the moral is a fantastic thing to let your kids now. Thank you for taking the time to ready my review. I hope it is of some use to you, thanks again.
As a mighty lion roars on Pride Rock it symbolises a new start for a pack of lions who have gone through quite a traumatic experience. The lion is Simba who we first meet as a newborn cub. He's taken from his mothers paws by Rafiki and displayed for all the animal kingdom to see as the next King of the Jungle.
A strong bond quickly develops between father and son as Simba looks up to his father Mufasa who is teaching his son what he needs to know to be a good king. In the shadows though lurks Mufasa's brother Scar who wants the throne for himself and he'll stop at nothing to get it.
Scar's plans to become King take a tragic turn for Simba who then has to build a new life for himself away from Pride Rock. It's only his childhood friend Nala who forces him to face his past and make the decision that will change their lives.
This is a brilliant Disney movie full of catchy songs and an easy to follow storyline. It was first released in 1994 and it's hard to believe that it was fifteen years a go! (I first saw it in the cinema so it makes me feel slightly old!) It's a classic movie that has stood the test of time and can be enjoyed by kids of every age no matter what year they were born.
The cast do a good job with the voices and the songs are definitely memorable and catchy. There was a second movie that followed a few years later but this is the film that everyone remembers.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas - Young Simba
Matthew Broderick - Adult Simba
Jeremy Iron - Scar
James Earl Jones - Mufasa
Moira Kelly - Adult Nala
Nathan Lane - Timon
Niketa Calame - Young Nala
Ernie Sabella - Pumbaa
Robert Guillaume - Rafiki
Rowan Atkinson - Zazu
Whoopi Goldberg - Shenzi
Cheech Marin - Banzai
Even though there are some great actors in this film it's not them who are the centre stage as with a lot of animations. The characters are what make you watch it again and again
Disney's The Lion King.
A very good film, five stars. My first impressions of this film was that it was a new take on Bambi, small animal witnesses the death of a parent, disappears from their home for a few years then returns to save their fellow animals from a threat. As with most of Disney's animation films the plot is hardly original but read on...
Cost and Availability
This is one of, what Disney calls it's classic films. This means that they keep the number of DVDs they manufacture at each release limited and the price high. It's generally re-released about every 7 years, and the limited number means it's in demand each time so the price is a whopping £20 and will probably never really reduce unless you can pick up a second hand copy at an average of £15. When on sale new they are available in most places but if in doubt you can always buy them from the Disney Store.
As I said above the film is along the lines of Bambi but with some variations. Basically Simba, a lion cub, lives on the plains with his Mother and Father, who is the "king" a role that Simba is destined to take over. Simba's Uncle resents not being king and engineers his brother's death, blaming Simba for it. Simba runs away, believing he caused his fathers death, and spends sometime in the wilderness with Pumba, a warthog and Timone, I've never been sure what Timone is meant to be. He adopts what is effectively a "hippy" lifestyle until a childhood friend finds him and shames him into coming back to rescue all the animals from his uncles reign. Needless to say there is a happy ending, well it is Disney.
The films plot is basic but the music contained within it is brilliant and will have you and your children singing along. For those that don't like them, you should be warned that it's a musical.
The representation of the "baddies" are very reminiscent of the Nazi, prior to the war, and will give most adult's a chill down the spine, most children will just recognise it as dark and a threatening.
A well created film, which will entertain adults and children. Well worth watching.
The Lion King
Simba - The Son of the King of Pride Rock
King Mufasa - King of Pride Rock, brother of Scar
Scar - Nasty, devious and selfish brother of the King and uncle to Simba
Zazu - The King's messenger / reporter for the land
Nala - Simbas close female friend
Timon - & Pumbaa - Simbas new found friends
Rafiki - the wise baboon
The story begins as Simba, a newly born baby Lion, is cradled in his mums arms whilst is father watches on. Rafiki, a baboon takes him away from his family to infroduce him from high above to a ground full of animals from the land. All the animals took and bow at him, so from this you can imagine Simbas family is of high importance. All except Scar, Scar missed the ceremony and when the king realises he pays him a visit to find out why. A little extreme you might think? King Musafa was upset that Scar had not went to the ceremony, more-so as he was Simba's uncle and his very own brother. Scar makes it very obvious that he did not go as he was jealous, he is bitter that he is no longer in line for the title of King. After a brief exchange of words King Musafa leaves and shows his newborn son the land which he will one day own. He said everything that light touches are ours... Simba points out a darkened area but the King makes it very clear that he is never to venture there as it is a dangerous place.
Later that day Scar meets Simba - Simba is delighted that he will one day be king and tells Uncle Scar all about what he will own. Scar used the situation to his advantage and cleverly but subtly gave Simba all the information he would need to go to the forbidden place (the Elephants Graveyard).
Shortly after departing from Scar, Simba sets off on his challenge making sure he picked his closest friend up on his way. After a few lies to their parents they set off on their way - but not without Zazu a bird who is also the family messenger/ reporter.
After lying about their plans they now have to shake off the messenger - they somehow do so but after some fooling around happen across a dark and gloomy place. Simba instantly realises it's the Elephants Graveyard and begins to get very excited. Within seconds Zazu appears and tries to get the little lions to leave. Unfortunately it's too late and some very nasty hyenas appear, clearly not pleased about the trespassing on their land they dash for the three. After some close calls the lions escape but Zazu is left behind. Simba does the right thing and goes back for him but it's not long before they are all in deep trouble. Simbas baby roar does nothing to scare the hyenas and its only when King Musafa appears that the trio are saved.
Whilst travelling back to their land the King shows his disappointment and gives Simba a father-son talk.
Later that night, scar pays the hyenas a visit. Scar shows great disappointment with them and can't believe that they didn't kill his nephew whilst they had the chance.
Scar is clearly a desperate lion and is willing to do anything for the title of King, even if it does mean killing his brother and nephew!
Desperate to become King, Scar is up to his old tricks again - he later goes to see Simba and pretends his father has a surprise for him. He asks him to stay by the rock and wait for him. Naïve Simba does so and is greeted by a large herd of animals; he runs for his life and gets into some difficulty whilst swinging on to a tree. For some reason Scar dashes to the King and the pair rush off to save Simba. Scar looks for afar as king Musafa tries to save his son. Unfortunately as Simba is saved, the king gets into some difficulty and is clinging on to a rock when Scar chooses to push him off rather than to save him. Simba rushes to his rescue but its too late, the king is dead.
Scar again up to his old tricks makes Simba feel guilty and advises him to leave the land for good (meaning he can be king). Young Simba feels he has no other option and flees the land. With Simba gone and the King dead, Scar would be in line for King - just as he had always wished for.
After a rough night sleep, the young lion wakes to find he is with two animals that he had never seen before Simone and Pumbaa - after debating whether to eat him or not they decided to take them with him in the hope that he would later be their friends and help them hunt better food. Simba was then welcomed to their village and lives the "Hanukah Mutata" (No worries)" way of life for many many years. Meanwhile Back in his homeland thinks look glim. There is no food or water and most life has left. The land seems to have no future, no prospects.
One ordinary day, whilst searching for food, a vicious female lion chases Pumbaa... It's only when Simba races to their rescue that he realises it's his long lost friend, Nala from Pride Rock. She beg's him to return home but he insists that his new home is in the village with his new friends. It's only when Simba is paid a visit by one of his fathers old friends, Rafiki, that makes him realises he must go home. With Simone, Pumbaa and his friend, Nala he ventures home to face Scar.
Scar, is less than happy to see Simba return and the two end up having a massive brawl. Simba closely comes to death but his strength and will to go on helps him defeat Scar. He tells him to leave and never return but Scar ignores him and the pair fight some more. Scar is soon revealed as the nasty monster that he is and the Hyhenas even turn on him and hunt him down.
With Scar now out of the picture Simba takes his place as King. Pride Rock, his home land begins to change and becomes more like the place he had left.
Formats, Availability & Costs
This brilliant story is available as a book and DVD. It can be purchased from most local book stores and some supermarkets. It can be purchased at Amazon from £15.00 (DVD) or £3.00 (book)
A wonderful classic story that will never tire. Disney have came up with a brilliant story with a great moral ending. It teaches about responsibility and courage.
Suitable for all ages.
**Moral of the Story**
You can't change the past, but you can improve the future!!
The Lion King (DVD)
This has got to be one of the most popular animations ever!
No matter how many times I watch it, through certain parts I always have a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye.
In the African Prideland, Simba and Nala are the best of friends, they are always together playing and causing mischief, occasionally getting into trouble out of their depth!
Simba is destined to be king after the reign of his Father Mufassa but not everyone wants this to happen. Siba's uncle Scar is the black sheep of the family and in his mind, HE is the one who should become King as he was heir to the throne before Simba arrived.
Mufassa is lured to his death and Simba is blamed. Scar makes him believe that he has no other option but run, far away from the PrideLand and never return. With that Simba runs..................................
Alone in the wild, Simba meets meerkat Timone and warthog Pumba and with time an unbreakable friendship begins to blossom. Simba leaps to their defence when they are nearly attacked by a lioness, after tussling with her, Simba realises it is Nala and she is out in the wild to hunt for food as Scar has overtook the PrideLand and there is now no food or water. She urges Simba to go back and regain control of the kingdom that rightfully belongs to him. Simba is torn, his heart now lies in two places...............................
This film is an absolute wonder, the graphics and animations are brilliant and the story is magical for children and adults alike.
The soundtrack is catchy and features songs that you would just love to sing along to at the top of your voice.
This film, in my opinion, teaches children many important lessons without them realising. It shows them the "Circle of Life" without all the setails, in a friendly and innocent way. It also shows them that there doesn't have to be a "Status Quo", people do not have to be the same size, race, colour, sex just to be friends as shown by Timone, Pumba and Simba. I think that this is a brilliant film, educational and amazing to watch.
I would totally recommend this film to everyone and say that if you haven't seen it then that is such a shame as you are missing out on so much.
The Lion King
The Lion King is since its release, still the most popular animation movie all time. The movie grossed more then 700 million worldwide and the movie is turned into a musical and sequels. Why is this movie so successful?
Running: 87 minutes
Director: Roger Allers en Rob Minkoff
Country: United States of America
Jonathan Tayler Thomas as Simba (young)
Matthew Broderick as Simba (adult)
Jeremy Irons as Scar
James Earl Jones as Mufasa
Niketa Calame as Nala (young)
Moira Kelly as Nala (adult)
The Story The Lion King
The story takes place in the animal kingdom at the African Pride Lands. Here the lions are the rulers of the land and above the food chain. The king of the lions is Mufasa and at the beginning of the movie his son Simba has just been born. Every animal on the land is being called to come to see the newborn. Mufasa proudly present his son Simba and one day Simba will be ruler of all the land and animals who life on it. But not everybody is as happy with the newborn. Brother of Mufasa, Scar, sees Simba as a treat, because before Simba was born he was the one in line to be king if Mufasa dies. Scar is the bad one in the family and secretly he is making plans with the bad hyena's, which live just outside the boarders of the kingdom. Scar wants to take over the kingdom and by doing so he was to get rid of King Mufasa and his son Simba. While Simba is being thought about everything about the kingdom and the circle of life, the way they live, he also get warned by his father, not to go to outside the boarders to the Elephant Graveyard, since it's dangerous. Simba is curious as a young boy should be, but it's only after Scar says that he thinks the place is nothing for a scared little boy as him, that he decides to go anyway. Bad choice, because the hyena's are waiting for him! He and his friend Nala are saved just on time by his father, but if they will be so lucky next time?
A few famous actors have done the voices of the characters in the movie. The most famous ones are Whoopi Goldberg and Rowan Atkinson, but also Madge Sinclair and Matthew Broderick. The voices are really well chosen with the characters. Young Simba sounds indeed very young and playful, but also stubborn. When he's grown up you still notice the same features in his voice. You can also notice it in his whole body language. Simba is the son of King Mufasa and therefore the king to be and is expected to rule the country. But doubts, uncertainties and treason, don't really make it easier and Simba finds it difficult to deal with the responsibility of being the successor. He is a little bit clumsy sometimes what causes for some funny moments.
King Mufasa is being played by James Earl Jones, who's famous for his work in the movie Star Wars as Darth Father. He plays here the part of the wise king Mufasa and with his heavy voice he teaches Simba about the way of life. His voice really suites by a king. A voice that people will listen to and a confident voice. Scar is being played by Jeremy Irons, who became famous with the movie Die Hard With a Vengeance, playing the part of the bad guy. In this movie he also plays the part of the bad guy and it really suits him. He sounds as somebody with a double agenda.
Whoopi Goldberg plays the leader of the hyena's, who together with Scar, trying to get Simba out of the way. I didn't realise during the movie that Whoopi did the voice, but she sounds really good and very mean. I wouldn't like to run into her at night! Two characters who made a big impression where Timon and Pumbaa, and are maybe the most popular characters from the movie. Timon and Pumbaa are each other's best friends while they meet Simba. First they are afraid of the lion, but they become really good friends. They are really funny and will make sure you will laugh a lot while watching. They life their lives by Hakuna Matata, a way of life that you should not worry and just be happy. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabelle did the voices and they did a really good job!
With Disney you know the animation will be good and for this movie it's clear that they put a lot of effort in making it the best. More then 600 artists, animators and technicians have been working on this movie and more then 1 million drawings have been made. And even for a scene of 2,5 minute they worked on it for more then 2 years. They used computer programs to make the animals as real as possible, but first by studying them in real. The final result is absolutely good and the animation feels very natural and beautifully done. Bright colours that make the screen almost shine. Not only the animals are very good but also all the surroundings looks really good.
Songs in the movie
Not only the animation made a big impression, but its also the music that makes this movie good. They music really gives a good atmosphere that gives you the feeling you are in Africa. It makes the emotions stronger from the scenes. The next songs are in the movie:
Cicrle of life
This song is being sang in the beginning of the movie when his father king Mufasa is presenting Simba to the people. The number has written by Elton John. When the number is playing, the sun comes up at the background and all the animals' starts to run to the place where king Mufasa and Simba are. The number really beautiful done with sounds and instruments of Africa and really brings you into the movie.
I Just Can't Wait to Be King
A really nice upbeat song where the young Simba, Nala and Zazu (little help of the king) are singing together. Simba sings that he can't wait to be king for reasons Zazu doesn't agree with. Simba wants to be king as quickly as possible, but Zazu thinks he's not ready for that yet. A really nice happy song and the scene in the movie is fast where Simba and
Nala are running through the land.
Be Prepared is a song sang by Scar and the three Hyena's with Shenzi, who's being played by Whoopi Goldberg. Scar sings about his plan to murder Simba and Mufasa and him becoming king. The number really feels evil, but on a musical way. Lots of dancing and singing and makes it a good song.
Hakuna Matata is being sang by Timon, Pumbaa and the young Simba. They sing this number when Simba arrives at Timon and Pumba. They sing that you should stop worrying and just enjoy life. The number but also the scene in the movie feels really playful and happy.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
This song is about love and sang by Simba, Nala and Timon and Pumbaa. While they sing the song you can see how Simba and Nala are falling for each other, which irritates Timon and Pumbaa, because they feel like they are loosing their friend. A very beautiful romantic song, which even got a Oscar.
There are lots of extras on the two DVD's:
Commentary during the movie
Three of Life
Scenes in different languages
Commentary during the movie
Director Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff with producer Ron Hahn give commentary during the movie. They describe the scenes with background information and some technical information. Quiet interesting with lots of details.
This extra has three delete scenes from the movie. They all start with a intro where producer Don Hahn gives an explanation about the scene. Here you found a scene with Timon and Pumbaa singing the song Can You Feel The Love Tonight, which didn't get the approval from Elton John.
Timon and Pumbaa give you a tour through their jungle! You got the choice of following a safari with the jeep or boat.
Collection of about 200 artwork that they used in the movie.
Why this movie is so successful? Because it has everything a movie needs. The movie has adventure, drama, humor, action and even romance, while being supported by beautiful songs that gives you the musical feeling. It has been more then 15 years that this movie has been made and I had the movie on videotape. Now I bought the DVD, because it's still a good and fun movie to watch. The movie only last for 1,5 hour, but the way the story is told has been done very well. You get a chance to learn the characters, but just enough so you got a connection with them and feel for them. The story goes quickly into the drama and action part, which makes it very entertaining. But next to the story it's also the animation that's just perfect. The animals look very real and effortless, but also the backgrounds are beautifully done with bright colors. It really gives me the feeling they are in Africa and the songs really help with this. This DVD is the special edition and there are a lot of extras on the DVD's with lots of information about how the movie has been made and perfect for fans of the movie.
This is an amazing film that I think the majority of people from the last four generations have seen. Me and my brother like watching all three over and over again despite being above the recommended age for this film.
I find it very hard to review films without giving away the plot and I am not going to assume you have all seen it; if not then get a move on!! So please forgive me if this review is below usual standard.
It basically shows children in a truthful but *gentle* way, (for want of a better word) the circle of life. Lions chasing warthogs, meerkats being unable to fend for themselves very well etc. It also shows lions fighting lions, stories of newborn life, family betrayal, making friends with *people* (term used loosely because I am confusing myself now) that you would not be expected to be friends with. Whoever thought a warthog, meerkat and lion would be best friends?
If you are wanting to teach your children about the ways/relationships of life (what REALLY happens without being to frightening or graphic) and what happens in the animal world then there is no better film for the job.
It is amazing, people who have not even seen the film know the soundtrack. In my opinion, absolutely no film makers can top Disney for soundtracks. The songs are always touching, bouncy or feel-good.
Depends where you buy it from but most places that you can buy and pay cash for i.e. HMV or WHSmiths then you are looking no less than £10. The last time I saw a Disney DVD on sale that I could physically pick up in my own hands, it was about £20. You could buy it second hand on Play or Amazon from as little as £8. By the time you read this it could have dropped or increased.
A little bit of violence - A lion fight with intense fire around. Not suitable for very small children. I would say age 8+
I saw a review of this yesterday and just had to add my own, I absolutely love this film. It was my favourite film as a chid and years later I will still pick it over any film.
Why don't they make them like they used to?
*** The Basic Plot ***
The story tells of a young lion Simba destined to be king; there are some brilliant moments with Simba and his best friend Nala! However his evil uncle Scar is plotting to take over and kills Simba's dad, Mufasa.
Simba thinks its all his fault and runs away where he meets 2 great character Timone (the meerkat) and Pumba (the warthog)
Together they have lots of adventures and Simba grows with them as his family.
One day a more grown up Nala comes looking for food and finds Simba, Alive! Everyone back home thinks he is dead and there is a real spark between them.
Simba finally decides to return home and take his place as king, there is a big battle with his uncle Scar - will Simba win?
*** The Music ***
This by far makes the film, the music suits each part of the film brilliantly, and the songs include:
Circle of Life - the opening song, this song features all the animals as they gather to meet the future king, this circle of life is a big strong power ballad that is a great introduction to the film
Morning Report - Simba sings this whilst out with his dad and Zazu. Originally this song was not on the video and was added when they made the DVD, I don't particularly like this song but that's probably because I liked the original film.
I Just Can't Wait To Be King - This is a really fun song and comes in the part of the film where he and best friend Nala are joking around with Zazu (the king's major dodo) it's a really fast and lively song that gets you tapping your feet
Be Prepared - This is sang be evil Scar as he tried to get the hyenas to kill Simba, this songs is quite dark and another big power ballad
Hakuna Matata - A song sung by Timone and Puma, a really upbeat song about having no worries. In this song he sees the way of life they lead and is very intrigued by it.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - At this point in the film is where he meets Nala again for the first time, there is a real spark between them. This song is a lovely ballad sang by Elton John and is one of the more well know songs in the film.
* ** The Characters ***
Simba - Young Simba is bright and full of energy; he doesn't really have a care in the world as he is quite shaded by his mother and father. When Simba's dad dies he becomes more aware of the world and how unfair it can be. Adult Simba never loses his playful side and you follow him turning from a cub into a lion.
Nala - She is very much like Simba, young Nala is playful and feisty, although a lot less shaded to the real world than Simba. Adult Nala grows into a beauty and is very caring towards others and protective of Simba.
Mufasa - He isn't in the film that long but he is the dominant male, the king. He is strong and tough but dotes on his son which is his only weakness, deep down he is a big softy.
Zazu - He is a real fun character, he takes life too seriously and is always sticking to the rules, although he comes across as a bit stuck up, secretly I think there is a lion in him somewhere.
Scar - Scar is jealous that he never got to be king and has never been as good as his brother, that jealousy turns to hate and scar a very devious, vindictive character. Every good film needs a villain though.
Timone - Care free Timone, he doesn't have any problems (or so he thinks) and he enjoys life to the full making good use of every opportunity. He makes a very good friend to Simba.
Pumba - Timone's right hand man - Puma always seems to be in Timone's shadow but I think that's how he likes it. He is very funny and a real 'big' character (in more ways than one)
*** Summary ***
A timeless classic that will always have a rightful place as the front of my cupboard, it's a great film for all ages.
It has a fantastic storyline and amazing music. Each piece of music chosen suits the film really well and is placed in the film at just the right times.
The characters are great; each has their own personality and brings something different to the film. The DVD is good because it's sharpened up the film. I don't dislike the film any less because of the DVD but having watched the VHS so many times it doesn't really make a difference to me.
A film I could watch over and over again and I believe will remain a classic for year and years to come.
The Lion King for me is still one of the best of the Disney animated films and I've seen it many times on DVD and in the theatre and it's always enjoyable.
Young Simba the lion cub, voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a cub, and later by Matthew Broderick as an adult lion, is exiled and banished by his evil uncle Scar, who is voiced in a very creepy but great way by Jeremy Irons. This occurs after his father's death. He is forced to fend for himself as he has to and becomes friends with two rather odd but likeable characters named Pumbaa and Timon. In addition to finding these two acquintances he also falls in love with a lioness named Nala. So, throughout the adventure his ultimate aim is to return from exile to regain his place as head of the pride and king of the jungle where he feels he rightfully belongs.
The reason I liked this animated adventure so much was because it contains all the elements that make up a fantastic movie and is mixed with plenty of action and adventure. The scenes where Simba is a lion cub will appeal to the younger generation of children and some of the impressive animation that combines traditional and computer-generated scenes will astound anyone I would have thought.
The movie itself I woud imagine is so successful because it has a simple but classic storyline and you can relate to the main character in such a way that you are drawn to his story and willing him on to acheive his goals.
The other great thing is that they have found a wonderful mix of sadness and moving scenes but also matched this with humour and funny things that happen, like the cackling hyenas. This is a great movie for the whole family to watch together and enjoy and will have you crying one minute and laughing the next
This film is one of the Disney all time clasics and definirely one to have in your collection at home. I have seen this film several times and just love it. This is a film suitable for the whole family to enjoy and is about the circle of life, where all animals respect one another but in order to survive, they also have depend on each other.
Mufasa is a lion and the is the king of the herd. His son, Simba, spends his childhood learning how to become a self-sufficent lion and the responsibilities of adulthood, amongst also playing with his female campanion friend. Whist one day playing with his friend, a herd of hyena's go after Simba and his dad, Mufasa, finds out and goes out to save him. However, while fightong the hyena's off, Mufasa ends up being killed, and Simba blames himself for his father's death. Simba runs away and all the animals and his family believe that both Simba and Mufasa were killed. This was all part of a plan which was created by Simba's evil uncle, Scarface, in an attemt to take the throne and become King.
For the remainder of the film, you see how Simba grows up and meets some crazy friends along the way.
I will not explain what happens near the end of the film as it is something that is definitely worth a watch and I can highly recommend this film.
One of my favourite Disney films of all time.
I love Disney films, especially the old style animated films with the big musical numbers . In my opinion, 1994's The Lion King was the last of the greats - after that, everything seemed to get slowly worse, until Disney took up with Pixar, and everything became CGI.
In Africas Pride lands, a day is dawning, and a cub is born to King Mufasa and Queen Sarebi, the leaders of the pride . This is a matter of great importance, as this cub will be the next king of the pride lands, much to the disgust of Mufasas younger brother, Scar . Scar wants to be king, but with Simba in the way, how can he ? The evil Scar comes up with a plan to cause Mufasa to die, cunningly making Simba look like the cause of his death , and Simba, ashamed, runs away into the forest . However, you can't hide from your true self forever - and when news reaches Simba that life in the pride lands has become awful since Scar took over, he is faced with a tough choice - carry on leaving his carefree life with his friends, or step up to his rightful position as king ?
I have to say that this film has some ingenious casting, most notably Jeremy Irons as Scar . He is such an excellent bad guy , his sarcastic yet very intelligent manner making him seem like a real threat, coupled with some nice animation details giving him a dark black evil looking mane. This particularly comes out in his musical number, Be Prepared, which is delivered in a very eloquent, yet quite sinister manner.
Zazu, voiced by Rowan Atkinson, was also a brilliant character with some incredibly witty lines, most notably for me "Well the buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot. And the baboons are going ape over this. Of course, the giraffes are acting like they're above it all... The tick birds are pecking on the elephants. I told the elephants to forget it, but they can't. The cheetahs are hard up, but I always say, cheetahs never prosper... " . I will admit you kind of have to be older to get the skill there with all the various puns, and it's certainly not something I picked up on the first few times I saw this as a child. Actually, clever puns run through the whole movie, giving it a howle new level of interest I simply never saw when I was younger .
The plot is excellent, and the catchy musical numbers by Tim Rice and Elton John certainly don;t do anything to harm this movie either . There are some simply amazing songs - the already mentioned Be Prepared, for example, as well as Circle of Life, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, and Hakuna Matata to name just a few.
Visually, the film is richly animated, with some great detailed scenery. I do miss the old style of Disney animation, I feel that Disney always did best with the animal centred films, such as Jungle Book, Bambi, and of course, the Lion King itself . In the years following Lion King, they moved on to more human centred storylines, often taking factual events and manipulating them beyond recognition, but with the Lion King, everything is perfect .
For me, this is the last great Disney film, pre Pixar, It's a firm favourite, and one I certainly hope to watch many more times . I own my copy on VHS, it is old and much loved, but if you fancy getting your hands on a copy, you may actually have some trouble . Disney have a nasty habit of making DVD's limited edition when they bring them over from VHS, making them available for a short while, then snatching them back and thumbing their noses at those of us unlucky enough to miss it. You can by it from Amazon Marketplace traders at prices starting at 14.99 , but not from amazon itself .
5 stars, a very enjoyable film that has lost nothing of it's charm 15 years later.