The Lion King (Allers, Minkoff, 1994)

I was born and raised a Disney child and I never have grown out of it. Despite this, it has been a while since I’ve seen almost all of the classic animated Disney movies I grew up with. So I have decided I want to watch them all again – in order of release. When I finish, I will rank them all, and hand out my number scores from there.

The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994)

The hiatus is over. I’ve finally finished as far as I’m going to go in my Disney animated feature re-watch series. I wish I could say I’m ending on a bang – with a flick that was nothing like what I remembered and totally changed the way I view film. But, alas, this is almost exactly like I recall. The story is a mix of happiness and sorrow, of friendship and romantic love, and of beauty both visually and spiritually. Simba’s story of working through guilt and repressed emotions to find a redemption he never knew he needed is extremely profound for a ‘child’s movie’.

Again, though, the humor slightly misses the mark. Bits and pieces of humor fit right in, but the character of Timon rivals Aladdin’s Genie as most annoying character that I once thought I loved. Honestly, he sucks the life out of many scenes by being entirely too loud and important. His counterpart, Pumbaa, somehow manages to present the same type of humor and make it tolerable. This is still one of my favorites though. And without further ado, my first rating.  8.25/10

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