Somewhat I surprised to see the time runs quickly and unconsciously simba has escaped long enough. But that part is not emphasized more clearly. The very fast anticlimax made me still not believe it. But the best plot I like, where Mufasa is seen in the sky as an angel and keeps saying "remember"
4.5 stars. Sumptuous and emotionally stirring. As a child I preferred 'Aladdin' but as an adult 'Lion King' seems leagues ahead. Since Disney make films for children I don't know if I should trust my child self on this one, but I'm sure there were wiser children than me who preferred 'Lion King'! It has a monumentality unseen since 'Fantasia' but is far cuddlier than the equally but differently impressive 'Hunchback'
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.