→ 02 Sep 13 at 11 pm
365 Days of Film: 30 Awesome Animated Films
2. The Lion King (1994) Dir. Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff
How Do I Love You: I will begin this review by posing the question: who could not love an ANIMATED Hamlet? ANIMATED with lions and other African creatures? Idiots. That’s who. Genuinely though, I love that this is Hamlet. More than words can describe, especially because when I was studying Hamlet in school and I replaced all the characters names with the names of the characters from The Lion King my teacher got REAL MAD. But I digress, ultimately I think this is the most gorgeous animated film Disney produced pre-computer generated images and I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that the animators observed the real species portrayed in the film and THAT SHIT PAID OFF. All the characters were gorgeous and the sunrise in the beginning is so breathtakingly real you can almost feel it. If the animation didn’t already have me sold on this movie as a child and an adult, the soundtrack would! First, we have Elton John. Then, we have HANS ZIMMER. HANS FUCKING ZIMMER. I think he adds an emotional quality unfelt in any other Disney movie simply because of his score. Then of course, we have the dynamic characters. Simba who is strong and powerful yet extremely vulnerable and you feel bad for him because you don’t want him to be hated by his family even though you know it wasn’t really his fault! Because it was Scar’s fault, a villain so evil he will always make my skin crawl. In the beautifully hilarious scene at the end where Simba stands up to Scar we see their polar opposite personalities clash and it’s beautiful because it’s almost like watching a real lion fight and the colors they chose to animate it were gorgeous but if you’re me you laugh because the combination of the slow motion and the almost bitch slap Scar and Simba exchange is almost TOO hilarious. On the complete opposite side of the character spectrum we have Timon and Pumbaa, two guys that remind you that all you really need is your best friend, a place to sleep and food to eat and the rest of life will just fall into place. Hakuna Matata, Y’all! The Lion King is just one of those movies that means as much to me now as it did when I was four. I still have all the lyrics to every song memorized, as well as most the lines of the script! I have never and will never stop loving it. I could literally list my favorite elements of the film forever but I will end with James Earl Jones. I think he speaks for himself. And of course, the Hitler’s Germany undertones throughout Scar’s entire storyline.