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The Circle of Life
The Lion King (DVD)
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The Lion King (DVD)
Advantages: Catchy tunes
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
Summary: Another great Disney film