We finally arrived at the greatest movie to come out of the 90s outside of Jurassic Park...the LION KING. I absolutely adore this film and it is one of my earliest movie theater memories, as well as one of the movies I watched the most during my youth. It's only upon a rewatch as an adult that I realized how dark and heavy this movie truly is. Here are my thoughts: 1. This movie boasts some of the best voice-acting of all Disney animated movies. It doesn't quite achieve Genie-Robin Williams level, but Nathan Lane as Timon, Jeremy Irons as Scar, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa are all VERY good and very memorable. I'm not sure this upcoming live-action version will get even close to these levels (even though Mufasa is still JEJ). I will forever associate Timon with Nathan Lane's voice and Scar with Jeremy Irons. 2. Speaking of Scar, talk about an effectively-crafted and evil, evil villain. His motivations make sense, but boy does he carry them out in a cruel and manipulative way. He straight-up emotionally abuses his nephew and ruins him by making him think he killed his own father. That is pure evil and it wouldn't have had nearly the impact without the brilliant pointed character design as well as the sinister brilliance of Jeremy Irons' voice performance. What a memorable villain. (Also was he named Scar before or after he received that scar...) 3. This movie is probably the best of the animated Disney films at creating and selling a specific atmosphere. Starting from the opening musical number (Circle of Life) and carrying on right through the end, the atmosphere is rich and believable. This is also helped by the color palate of vivid oranges and reds that really invokes an African feel. It sucks you in, keeps you in, and leaves you breathless by the end. Kudos to the musicians, Elton John, and the filmmakers for creating such a unique and memorable experience with this film. Lion King is also surprisingly dark. I'm still surprised they went with some of
next poll of the disney post-renaissance! which movie do you like more? check our story to vote! swipe left to reveal the results of the last poll. brother bear won, which means unfortunately chicken little has been eliminated from the next round.