Disney released the animated film "The Lion King" to theaters in 1994, and it has become one of the most beloved Disney movies of the 90s. Following a pride of lions led by King Mustafa, "The Lion King" tells the story of the King's song, Simba, as he grows older and learns about responsibility in the wake of tragedy. With interesting and memorable characters, "The Lion King" continues to be a favorite of families.
The movie follows Simba as he tries to find his place in the world, first as a prince with no understand of responsibility and then later as a leader to guide his fellow lions out of a dark time. The movie features many emotional highs and lows, with the sad loss of King Mustafa countered by lively and boisterous songs.
Gorgeous hand-drawn animation creates a beautiful African landscape which still resonates with viewers. Although computer imaging was used for some scenes, most notably a stampeding swarm of wildebeests, "The Lion King" is one of the last Disney films that was done primarily with traditional animation, and is a fitting tribute to the long legacy of animated Disney classics. It is hard not to be moved by the movie's opening set piece sweeping across the lushly animated Savannah and its inhabitants.
A diverse and talented voice cast lend their voices to "The Lion King", making it an auditory treat. Led by James Earl Jones and Matthew Broderick, the cast includes such stars as Whoppi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Cheech Marin and Rowan Atkinson, among others. Each character in the movie is memorable and gets more than one moment to shine. There are many iconic scenes that have become famous in large part due to the excellent actors involved with them.
The musical work was split up with Hans Zimmer creating the background score, and Elton John and Tim Rice composing the memorable songs that the characters sing throughout the movie. Elton John and Tim Rice won an Academy Award for best original song for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", with two other songs from the movie earning nominations. Hans Zimmer won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for best original score. The film's musical selections were nominated in many other notable award programs, such as the Grammys, and won many of them.
"The Lion King" is one of the most successful animated films of all time, and for good reason. With its timeless tale of taking responsibility and memorable, endearing characters "The Lion King" will delight children and entertain adults. Parents should be aware that there are some sad scenes that could potentially upset children, but that should not stop them from giving this wonderful movie a try.