The Lion King (1994) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

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Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Kim of Tranquil Dreams. Thanks for the review, Kim! πŸ™‚ Now let’s see what she has to say about The Lion King, IMDB rank 79 out of 250…

There are still some movies up for grabs if anyone wants to do a guest IMDB Top 250 review. You can find the list of remaining films HERE. See the full list & links to all the reviews that have already been done HERE.

Also, if you’d like to add a link to your IMDB review(s) on your own blogs, feel free to use any of the logos I’ve used at the top of any of these guest reviews.

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The Lion King (1994)

Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Cast (Voice): Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly

Young Simba’s destiny is to one day take his father’s place on Pride Rock as King. Not really understanding the full responsibilities of it, he runs around heading into certain troubles. Luckily his father Mufasa is always there for him. When his father dies trying to save him, his Uncle Scar scares him into running away from his past. Its there he learns from a meerkat Timon and warthog called Pumbaa to live life with no worries. Thats until the past catches up with him and he learns about the maltreatment of Pride Rock after Scar has become King. Its his choice whether to go back to face his past, assume his place and save Pride Rock or continue hiding from it.

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I’m a huge fan of Disney animations. MEGA fan! I own a whole lot of the movies and I schedule in when the vault releases are so that I can get the movies when they come out. I haven’t seen all the Disney classics but I’ve seen a good bunch of them. The Lion King was one that came out when I was 8. Its one of the memorable animations that linger on in your mind even if I never owned a copy of my own. To say the least, there isn’t a time when The Lion King would pop up in my head and the word masterpiece doesn’t pop up.

To be honest, if it wasn’t for this review, I probably wouldn’t have gone back to watch it quite so soon. Its not because I don’t love it because I’m sure I do. I guess there’s always a worry that some movies are only good because of nostalgia. The Lion King is definitely not one of those. Sure, there’s nostalgia but The Lion King is a movie experience with a beautiful story full of a roller coaster of emotions.

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The animation itself is mesmerizing with all its sharp colors, stellar landscapes and pretty animals. Its full of catchy songs that will stick in your head for a long time. Trust me, I haven’t seen this in at least 15 years and I knew the words to most of these songs. The whole African beat and chant with Circle of Life with the fun-filled music like I Just Wanna Be King and Hakuna Matata makes this absolutely unforgettable.

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Aside from that, the voice cast is fantastic. You watch them as they bring life to each of the characters. The young and playful Simba, stern and responsible Zazu, brave father figure Mufasa, sly Scar and the hysterical yet stupid hyenas. Of course we can’t forget the inspiring yet slightly weird Rafiki and the hilarious duo, Timon and Pumbaa. Other than how well the actual animation is done, the voice cast is a big contributing factor and The Lion King has got that down as well. Its with this same cast that can make the audiences connect with these animated characters. That is exactly how The Lion King can bring on the feelings of being happy and free then sad and disappointed whenever the story shifted into a different scene.

The Lion King is beautifully animated, has catchy songs and is filled with talented voice performances bringing life to memorable characters. However, the story itself not only brings on a span of different emotions but also some valuable lessons about being responsible and not running away from your past among the many many other themes. The Lion King is definitely a must-watch and a masterpiece in the Disney collection that will give its audience an unforgettable movie experience.

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39 thoughts on “The Lion King (1994) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

  1. Reblogged this on Tranquil Dreams and commented:
    Check out my guest review for The Lion King on Cinema Parrot Disco’s IMDB Top 250 Challenge! Remember to head over to check out the other movies on the IMDB Top 250 Challenge. There’s been a lot of guest reviews done on the other movies. There are still some movies available for review if you’re interested.
    It felt great to revisit this The Lion King. Its a pretty memorable experience! πŸ™‚

  2. Great review, Kim! This is one of my favorite animated movies of all time. It was a big one from my childhood, too, and it still never gets old.

  3. Yep. Totally got super-nostalgic and went back and listened to ‘Circle of Life.’ Such an incredibly rich song, so many textures. Brought back the whole movie for me. Now I want to watch this masterpiece again. Thanks for the memories, Kim.

  4. When I used to babysit I had to watch this about 400 times. The thought of having to sit through it again is too much to consider.

  5. Having seen The Lion King for the first time as an adult, I always considered it over-rated. It was good. Very good even. But coming off The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, I thought The Lion King was a step down.

    I find that people who watched it as kids disagree with me strongly. But I do think nostalgia plays a big role in the movie’s popularity.

    • Nostalgia plays a huge role especially in movies we enjoyed as kids, I can definitely agree with that. I love The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. They were all wonderful movies. I still wouldn’t consider The Lion King a step down though πŸ˜‰

      But hey, we all have our preferences and I can respect that πŸ™‚

  6. I love it too. The pop style music isn’t my favorite but I love the heart of the story, great villain and great story.

  7. Aww The Lion King! Great choice, Kim. Excluding Pixar stuff, this is probably my second favorite Disney movie (first place belongs to Beauty and the Beast). SO good, and easily one of the catchiest soundtracks. Nice review, lady! πŸ™‚

      • RIGHT?!

        But SCAR. Heartless. And Rafiki. And Timone and Pumba. And stuffing the apple into Pumba’s mouth and having Timone dance. And the hyenas. “Mufasa!” – Oooooh, do it again.” – actually, I am onto something here hahahaha.

      • Hehe. It’s the opening I love. Circle of Life & cute little baby Simba being held up high. Love it! Such a great opening scene. πŸ™‚

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