Lion King

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Austin Klein
Professor Fleming
English 15s
October 2, 2012

Lions: King of the Jungle and Disney Movies

Each generation has its unanswerable mysteries. What happened to Roanoke? Where did Amelia Earhart’s plane go down? What really happened to JFK? But my generation has the hardest question of all. Which Disney movie is the best? This question has brought some of the most intellectual minds to a downright standstill. How can anyone possibly choose one over another? They are all such classic combinations of historical and modern storytelling that it would be a travesty to name one above the rest. However, it needs to be done. I have spent my entire life, nearly two decades, dedicated to deciding this dilemma. The solution may come as a surprise to some, but I am here to declare once and for all that The Lion King is the greatest offspring of The Walt Disney Company. The Lion King is the best Disney movie because of many simple, but integral ingredients that are necessary in the making of any classic children’s movie. Music. Morals. Myth. The Lion King is a classic coming of age tale about a young lion prince and his father the king Mufasa. Simba lives a carefree life until he nefarious Uncle Scar plots murder. After Simba is outcast into the desert his stumbles upon two hilariously quirky friends named Pumbaa and Timon. After many adventurous years in the jungle his childhood friend Nala, finds him and pleads for help. Simba races back, but not before he takes a journey deep into himself with the help of a wise babbling baboon who sings about squashed bananas. The music that was written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the Lion King is some of the most awe-inspiring compositions of the twentieth century. From the heart-wrenching lyrics of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to the energetic beat of “I Just Cant Wait To Be King,” Elton John manages to bring you right to the precipice of sadness before raising your spirits through the roof. He takes the...
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