ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST REVERED FILMS OF ALL TIME IS BACK THIS WEEKEND, IN ITS NEW FORM AS A LIVE ANIMATION. LONG LIVE THE KING OF CHILDREN’S MOVIES.
The Lion King is that film that defined so many childhoods. The animation at the time was mind-blowing and even though they were just drawings on a page, the scenery was spectacular.
This week we’ve been asked to highlight our favourite scene from the original The Lion King, which is hard because the film was full of moments.
Before I tell you my favourite moment from the original, I have to tell you that I was a bit scared that they were recreating such an influential film. What if they just destroyed it and removed all of the best bits, sort of like when you go see a band that you love and all they play is their new music when all you want to hear are the hits that originally made you love them.
Well I have to say, all my fears were relieved when seeing this movie because it did so well to pay homage to the original without destroying everything it stood for. I wasn’t sure how the new cast would live up to the standards set by the likes of James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. They managed to though, so well played to the directors.
OK my favourite scene from the original is going to make me sound really sappy, but it really resonated with true human emotion. It’s the scene when Simba and Nala have just been rescued from the hyenas by Mufasa. Mufasa then takes Simba out for a father-son chat and explains the world to him. It starts with Simba sheepishly stepping into his dad’s footprints. Mufasa talks to Simba about being brave and vulnerable. It was such a brilliant heart-wrenching moment that gave insight into a healthy father-son relationship.
Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase. I remember sitting in the old Maroochydore Cinema when it was on Horton Parade. It was a single cinema with a big heavy felt curtain that you had to push back to get in.
Desley, who still works at Event Cinemas Maroochydore now, would hook us up with tickets and the obligatory popcorn and choc top. Now I can’t be sure but I think we were about to watch Jurassic Park when the trailers started and the captivating opening of The Lion King echoed through the theatre. To this very day I have never been more affected by a movie trailer – and if I am honest – a movie, more than The Lion King. It resonates on so many levels – the story, characters and voice performances.
The animated effects that in 1994 were next level and now the live animation version is about to take flight, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad nervous.
The original is so close to perfection for me, sometimes you just want to scream at the movie execs, “leave it alone.”
When asked to pick my favourite scene, I struggled, but gun to head I have chosen Hakuna Matata.
It’s so simple and yet so brilliant. Child or adult can fathom and apply the sentiment, “no worries for the rest of your days”, what a great message. No matter what life throws at you, you have the ability to rise above. As relevant today as it has ever been, our inner strength and attitude are what shape us.
That and a diet of things that are slimy yet satisfying.
The excitement is building, my knees are weak and my arms are heavy. It’s The Lion King week baby.
It’s time to celebrate, what I’m calling, “the best Disney movie ever”.
That’s right, it’s amazing and I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s happening this weekend. The Lion King - live animation remake.
There have been some mixed reviews already but I’m not mad.
Sure, I’m a little nervous, wondering if it will live up to my expectations but I still think it’s going to bring back so many memories from the first time I saw it as a four-year-old.
Now, I know that we’re talking about the best The Lion King movie scene. But, there are just so many.
I think my brother, Blake (who is the biggest Lion King fan ever) would be so disappointed if I didn’t mention the most famous of them all. The moment that Scar kills Mufasa and drops him off the cliff and says: “Long live the king.”
Sorry what? As a four-year-old that’s hard to take. I’m now 29 years old and still can’t watch that scene without tears streaming down my face.
My brother and I were so obsessed with this movie that we used to recreate this famous scene. I had a double bed bunk bed and so I would be on the top bunk and Blake would be Mufasa and he would be hanging from the side bunk railing, then I would hold his hands (paws) and as Scar and I would say, “Long live the king,” then Blake would roar and fall to the bottom of the bunk.
Then we would swap the roles. Geez, we played that for ages.