The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical film created by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd Disney animated feature film, and the fifth animated film produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn, and has a screenplay credited to Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, and original scores were written by Hans Zimmer.
The film features an ensemble voice cast that includes Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings. The story takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa and was influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Having never seen this film, it’s broadcast on free to air TV was an opportunity to see this classic. It’s easy to see why it’s popular, the graphic design is bright and colourful. The anthropomorphic design of the characters is extreme. Sometimes the movement is almost human. As with most children’s stories, it takes a dark turn in the middle before Simba asserts himself and returns to his tribe.
Well worth the viewing.