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The Lion King — Diamond Edition

Posted in Cinema, DVD, English, Reviews by Suganth on August 26, 2011

A Shakespearean tale set amidst a Kiplingesque backdrop, The Lion King is quite intense for an animated film


A Shakespearean tale set amidst a Kiplingesque backdrop, The Lion King is quite intense for an animated film (which often translates to made-for-kids among the general audience). Simba, the young cub of Mufasa, the magnificent king of Pride Rock (a region in the African Savannah) looks all set to succeed his father but his uncle Scar silently plots their removal to be the next king. The young Simba blames Mufasa’s death on himself and goes into a self exile. He grows into as a carefree young lion in the company of an oddball team of Timon (a meerkat) and Pumba (a warthog) but when his past returns, Simba has to find his inner king and save his clan. While the peppy songs by Elton John and Tim Rice give the film a pop feel, it is the percussive background score of Hans Zimmer that lends it a unique, exotic feel. That the ‘The Lion King: A Memoir By Don Hahn’ is the sole special feature, especially for a Diamond Edition, is quite a let-down of sorts. However, what is heartening is that the 20-minute feature doesn’t disappoint with Hahn taking us through the film’s development — from its gestational stage to its ultimate triumph. While he at times indulges in backslapping, Hahn also doesn’t shy away from talking about the harder decisions taken during the production (which includes the removal of a co-director).

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