Africa's animals come alive for this "Circle of Life" story. The songs became so popular and played so much on radio that they have become annoying to me, but I can understand why some can never get enough of it as it is a charming and well done animated film and villain Scar really do look like a lion version of Jeremy Irons.
Stunning animation and art, along with several iconic scenes and songs, but going back to this in a post-Pixar and Ghibli world, we know the kind of sophistication that animated stories can bring and this feels quite, well, childish in comparison. Still a pleasant time but put next to the animated greats that followed, the story and characters lack much depth, making this a largely "for kids" affair. It gets a B-.
Unpopular opinion I know. But........I guess the lesson here is: if you did something bad in the past, better hope it comes back to bite you in the butt and you can find a loophole that it isn't your fault anymore! This movie is trying to be something it's not: a coming of age story. It's not that different from Cinderella or Aladdin, just a lot more pretentious.
I saw this about 20 years ago, and it was one of the best memories I had of seeing a film in a cinema. I remember crying so much over this one :D So I revisited this, and I can definitely see why I liked it so much, all those years ago. Sadly, not enough to keep me interested these days..