The Lion King

The Lion King

DVD - 2011 | DVD ed.
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"Embark on an extraordinary coming-of-age adventure as Simba, a lion cub who cannot wait to be king, searches for his destiny in the great 'Circle of Life'"--Container.

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A boy's father is murdered by his uncle, who then assumes control of the kingdom. The boy spends half the story procrastinating and feeling sorry for himself before finally seeking revenge. Hamlet, you say? No, it's the Lion King, silly!

Looking to tell the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet to the crayon crowd? Never fear, The Lion King is here. The evil uncle kills his brother to gain power while the dead king's cub runs away think he is at fault for his father's death. All beautifully executed as a memorable musical.


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MalathiRagam
Oct 26, 2019

Okay

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friedatop
Sep 29, 2019

Cannot praise this film enough. I have watched it over and over and never tire of it. Moves me to tears every time and the poetical Justice ending is always as satisfying. “Chapeau”, I raise my hat to all involved in its production.

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WaKanda_4EVER
Jul 29, 2019

Am I the only one who was absolutely bedazzled by the CGI reboot?! I thought it was amazing. Definitely worth your money. I felt more in tune with the characters in this than in the animation. Also, I thought it more accurately represented the African-ness of the characters and the overall story. (You could really see they were very accurately represented lions, hyenas, warthogs, meerkats and so on.) Plus you could tell they were truly African in character(they got African-American voice actors!) and not just white people hiding under the guise of explicitly African animals, who, if they're going to be presented as humans at all, should be made by the people who are actually native to that land. My only complaint about it was that they got rid of Ed the hyena!!! (Or at least he has no obvious appearance in the film.)

VaughanPLDavidB Jul 23, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, when The Lion King was first released, I was still too old to be interested in this movie, but here I am now, reviewing it. The animation is excellent, of course, but the arc of the story is entirely predictable. I suppose that isn't a bad thing if you're only trying to entertain children, but in 2019, there is virtually nothing here for adults except nostalgia. On top of that, there is only one song that could be described as memorable, unlike many other Disney classics. Putting the ordinariness of this movie aside, I still recommend it over the current CGI remake (NOT live action). From what I understand, Lion King 2019 is word for word, shot for shot like the original, but without any of the anthropomorphic gestures and facial expressions that gave the original its emotion. Save yourself the price of admission and popcorn, and take home this one for free.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 09, 2019

This movie was probably the most heartbreaking children’s movie ever. Although I was very young when I first watched this and didn’t understand the sadness, now that I am older and rewatched the movie I cried my eyes out. The storyline is so well done and the movie itself looks fantastic. This movie is good for family movie nights as there are no inappropriate scenes or content in the movie. My favourite part was when Timon, Pumbaa and Simba sang Hakuna Matata! It is one of my favourite songs from this film! 5 out of 5 from me for sure! @SpookyCat of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Lion King is a famous animated Disney movie released in 1994. This feature follows a young bubbly Simba, (prince of pride rock) and his adventures with his best friend Nala. Until one day a horrific event occurs at the paws of his uncle Scar, forcing Simba to flee pride rock until he is found wandering the desert by Timon and Pumba and begins living with them in a lush tropical forest until adulthood. One day his long lost friend Nala finds him and begs him to return home because of the condition Scar has left his former home. The four then travel back to pride rock to duel with Scar for the throne. I would strongly recommend this children's movie. @GoosReviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The lion king is a great family friendly movie to watch! This is one of my favourite childhood movies! I enjoyed this movie because it’s a movie I use to watch when I was little and one of my favourite! This is a great movie the beginning is sad when Simbas dad dies especially because Simba is only a baby but this movie teachers us about independence and friendship and love and family and bravery!! I recommend any age group to watch this great movie! 5/5 Stars. @SunshineLove of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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bell5133
Mar 24, 2019

One of the best Disney movies ever made. It's a masterpiece in acting, animation, music, and storytelling. Everything about it is perfect. The comedy is well done too, and not over the top or ridiculous.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Does it get any better than the original lion king? The answer is no

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benjithegreat
Jan 16, 2019

I hadn't seen this movie in probably 20 years. The first few minutes (which was the trailer back then - the whole announcing the new prince thing - gave me goosebumps - it was so well done - especially for back then! But then, about 15 minutes into the film, I found myself asking "why the hell am I watching this?!" It's very much a kids movie - nostalgic to a degree, but then it ends up being the same old rewashed bag of glitter that Disney has used since day one. I was initially excited to see the upcoming live-action version of this, but after watching this again... idunno. I may pass.

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1aa
Oct 20, 2018

I suppose that as a children's film, we should not be expecting very much complexity from the characters, except perhaps the main character. The flatness and one dimensional-ness of all of the bad guys is a little too much. Most of the songs are nowhere near as catchy as those in, say, The Jungle Book. There is no explanation as to why the land of the hyenas is off limits, and the very idea that the prey of the lions are going to be kneeling and worshiping the new king who will be eating them is beyond comprehension.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 03, 2018

Almost all Disney movies are great spectacles, but one of the true greatest ones include The Lion King. From the art style to the very story, this movie was amazing. The movie is very beautiful, having amazing colours in the landscape, really conveying the feeling the scene wants you to feel. For example, the famous beginning of the movie where the person is singing. The sun rising up from the earth and the beautiful red colour gives you such a warm feeling. The characters also are wonderfully written. Sure the cliche comic relief that is Timone and Pumba is a dime a dozen, but main characters like Simba and Nala have deep arcs, with Simba feeling a very strong sadness when he lost his father, or at the end where you could see it in his face the sense of pride when he roared on pride rock. However, this movie is not perfect. For example, there is a glaring story error in the movie. Why is everyone besides Simba and Nala never age? I know the story is not focused on them, but it is kinda like a sore thumb on the stories hand. But even with that, I guarantee The Lion King is a marvelous movie, and definitely worth the watch. 4/5. @BooksRUs of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The Lion King (1994) is directed by Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers. The movie is rated. I give this movie a 5 out of 5 stars because I loved the characters and the animation. This movie is about a lion cub (Simba) who is about to become king, but before he became king he was caught in some trouble. His uncle (Scar) tricks the cub into thinking he has caused his uncle's death and the cub runs away from home.When he runs away from home the cub makes new friends named Pumbaa and Timon. Later in the movie Pumbaa and Timon convince Simba to go back home. @purplepuff of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The movie “The Lion King” is a fantastic Disney movie to watch and is one of my all-time favourite movies. The animation of this movie was incredible, the animation of this movie definitely includes Disney's unique animation style. Overall the animation of the background and characters was very well done with great colour. The colours of the movie were also very well use with a mix of bright and dark to empathizes emotion in different sections. The plot of this movie was very unique with Mustafa dying and Scar becoming the news lion king, although Simba fights back for his throne. The ending of this movie was outstanding and very joyful, with Simba becoming King and being reunited with his family and his best friend or now soulmate, Nala. The emotion and mood which was used in this movie were displayed appropriately with a mix of anger, sadness, joy and suspense. I believe that this movie is enjoyable for all ages as it is a children’s movie, however, this “The Lion King” is still amusing for adults. Any true Disney fan has definitely watched “The Lion King”.
@Chichiro of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

Pumbaa: Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?

Timon: Pumbaa, I don't wonder; I know.

Pumbaa: Oh. What are they?

Timon: They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.

Pumbaa: Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.

Timon: Pumbaa, with you, everything's gas.

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rtnikko
May 13, 2016

"If you're hungry for a hunk of fat and juicy meat
Eat my buddy Pumbaa here because he is a treat
Come on down and dine - On this tasty swine - All you have to do is get in line
Aaaare you achin' (Yup, yup, yup)
Foooor some bacon? (Yup, yup, yup)
Heeee's a big pig (Yup, yup)
You could be a big pig too. Hoy!"
- Timon and Pumbaa

Mz_Patterson Jul 26, 2014

" Simba"

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tatestevensomg
Mar 18, 2013

"Why do i always have to save your AHHHH........"
~Tomone

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Roseyposeyfiore
Mar 13, 2013

Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days.

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hur74Vety
Jun 09, 2010

"Remember who you are"

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ladyhawk
Mar 31, 2008

Banzai: Hey, did we order this dinner to go?
Shenzi: No, why?
Banzai: Cause there it goes!

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Triscal
Nov 05, 2007

Timon: Lady, have you got your lions crossed?

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Triscal
Nov 05, 2007

"King Mufasa" of the lions dies because of his evil broth "Scar". "Simba" runs away from the kingdom and Scar. The kingdom meets near ruin until Simba returns a rids the kingdom of scar and his followers

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