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The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King is a musical production based on the Disney Animated movie of the same name, adapted by Irene Mecchi, Johnathon Roberts and Linda Woolverton. I first saw The Lion King in 1998, when I was 8 years old. Ever since then, I have seen it at least 100 times. I have seen it at least that much because I watched it once every week for almost a year and a half. Anyone who has not seen The Lion King might assume that this is another "talking animal" movie .On watching the movie, however, you realize that this movie plays out very much like a human drama. Universal emotions and themes surface, like ambition, guilt, betrayal, acceptance, and even death. Themes in this movie are definitely dark, but handled with such finesse that on the whole, it's a movie for everyone- not just little kids, not just mature adults. Everyone will find something to take away from it- something of a rarity with animated films of the 2010s. In "The Lion King," directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and loosely based on a traditional African story (and bearing some marked similarities to Tezuka Productions "Kimba the White Lion"), Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick) is an African lion prince. All of the animals of the Pride Lands respect him, and he is beloved by all. His father is King Mufasa (James Earl Jones), and when King Mufasa dies, Simba is next in line to become King of the Pride Lands. 

Mufasa's brother, Scar (Jeremy Irons), wants to be King. He is jealous that Simba will inherit the throne instead of him. He knows, though, that if both Mufasa and Simba were to disappear, he would become King. 

Scar causes a stamped of hyenas that leads, with direct assistance from Scar, to Mufasa's death. He then pins the blame on Simba, who believes him and, remorseful, leaves and intends never to return. Naturally, Scar then becomes King. Timon the Meerkat (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa the Warthog (Ernie Sabella) find Simba, who appreciates...
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