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For the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid I wanted to reshare this piece I wrote about the movie ages ago. Still one of my favourite essays - Nathaniel R

The Little Mermaid (1989)  | Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker Screenplay by Roger Allers, Ron Clements, and John Musker (very loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale) | Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman | Starring the Voices of: Jodie Benson, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars and Samuel E Wright | Production Company Walt Disney | Released 11/17/1989

American members of Generation Y or Z and beyond may have a good deal of trouble imagining this but it's true: once upon a time, animated movies were considered highly uncool. They were strictly for babies. Teenagers disdained them. Adults took their children under duress. They barely caused a ripple at the box office. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences ignored them.
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UK box office preview: new openers ‘Abominable’, ‘Gemini Man’ will struggle to topple ‘Joker’

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Further new openers include Lionsgate’s ‘Farming’, eOne’s ‘The Day Shall Come’.

Two contrasting titles are among the new openers at the UK box office this weekend, as Universal’s animated comedy Abominable goes up against Paramount’s Will Smith action drama Gemini Man.

However the new openers will have to score strongly to knock Warner Bros’ Joker from top spot, which scored a huge £12.6m debut last weekend.

Abominable is a DreamWorks Animation production, about a magical Yeti in Shanghai on a quest to reunite with his family on Mount Everest. Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai and Tenzing Norgay Trainor lead the voice cast.
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Disney's Lion King Remake Reignites Controversy Over Original's Anime Origins

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The original Lion King is one of Disney's most beloved movies. The remake is currently number one at the box office and has already made over $713.6 million. With that being said, when the original arrived in theaters in 1994, some eagle-eyed anime fans were quick to spot some striking similarities to Osamu Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion series. Since the remake has brought The Lion King back into the public consciousness, many are bringing up the similarities to Tezuka's work yet again.

A side-by-side video has compiled many of the similarities between Disney movie The Lion King and Kimba the White Lion and it's pretty mind blowing. Director Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff have all denied even knowing about Kimba, though Aller's had lived in Tokyo and worked in animation back when Osamu Tezuka was touted as the Japanese Walt Disney. Those claims have been challenged numerous times over
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The Original Lion King Really Did Have An Accidental Sex Message

Jon Favreau’s The Lion King is beginning its predicted mammoth run at the box office today. And in more ways than one – but trust me, not all of them are good – the presence of the 1994 animated classic can be felt in every scene. That’s probably because this latest film is, in truth, little more than a digitally upgraded imitation.

But I digress. As the roar for the surefire blockbuster grows stronger, conversations have picked up about the original Oscar-winner. Regularly regarded as one of the greatest animated films ever made, Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s The Lion King also contains one of Disney’s most debated urban legends.

It comes up about two-thirds of the way through the film, when Simba (now grown and using the voice of the great Matthew Broderick), Timon and Pumbaa are laying on their backs and looking up towards the stars. Simba
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Mufasa Falling Off the Cliff in Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ Is Very Funny, I’m Sorry

I should start by saying I don't feel great about this. I didn't go into Jon Favreau's remake of The Lion King expecting to audibly chuckle as a boy-lion watches his father fall to his death in a stampede of wildebeest. That's not a prediction you just make walking into a theater. There's nothing inherently humorous about a lion falling off a cliff, or patricide, or fratricide, or rampaging stampedes of wildebeest. I should also mention that I believe this same scene, as depicted in the original 1994 Lion King, directed by Roger Allers
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Review: Favreau's Photorealistic 'The Lion King' Movie Roars to Life

Co-directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, Disney’s 1994 animated movie The Lion King won Academy Awards for original score (Hans Zimmer) and the original song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (by Elton John & Tim Rice), as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. In 1997, the stage production made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards; 22 years later, it still remains one of Broadway’s biggest hits, recently marking its 9,000th show. The beloved Disney classic also inspired two direct-to-video follow-ups – The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998), and The Lion King 1½ (2004) – and two television series, Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard. Now, after the critical and financial success of 2016's The Jungle Book remake, director Jon Favreau is utilizing the same photorealistic computer animation technology to re-tell the story of The Lion King for contemporary audiences in an immersive way. The Lion King
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The Lion King: Exploring the Expanded Universe

Mark Harrison Jul 18, 2019

Sequels and spin-offs and remakes, oh my! We examine the many extensions of Disney's classic, from direct-to-video movies to TV spin-offs

This Lion King article comes from Den of Geek UK.

The Lion King was an enormous hit for Disney back in 1994, and 25 years later, it seems likely it will imminently be an enormous hit again. But between Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s animated favorite and Jon Favreau’s “live-action” remake, the House of Mouse has not shied away from turning it into a franchise with various sequels and TV shows.

At the time the animated version was originally released, the studio was riding high on the critical and financial success of its 1990s renaissance, which started with The Little Mermaid and arguably peaked here. Having only created one sequel up to this point (1990’s The Rescuers Down Under), the studio’s feature division didn
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The Lion King turns 25 years

Memorable music, story, characters, animation and dialogues. There's a lot of love that fans continue to have for the 1994 film "The Lion King" 25 years on, even as it comes full 'circle' and many await the 2019 version which hits the screens next month.

The original film, considered an animation masterpiece, was released on June 15, 1994, and was not just widely lauded critically, but received huge commercial success.

Comic Con India paid a tribute to the film with a special Instagram post featuring the character Rafiki. The caption read: "It has been 25 years since Lion King roared its way right into our hearts. Happy Silver Jubilee, Lion King and Hakuna Matata, everyone!"

Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, its narrative follows a lion cub Simba in the African savannah. Simba idolises his father King Mufasa and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival.
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The Lion King Is Expected To Make A Killing At The Box Office

Now that Aladdin has marked the beginning of the Mouse summer with an estimated $80-100 million opening, all eyes will be on Disney’s next big reimagining, The Lion King. And already, it’s looking like the company will have another huge hit on their hands.

According to BoxOfficePro, the reimagining of the 1994 animated classic is projected to make between $180-230 million its opening weekend. If this were to come true, The Lion King would surpass the premiere grosses of other Disney remakes Beauty and the Beast ($174.7 million) and Alice In Wonderland ($116.1 million), both of which would go on to surpass $1 billion at the global box office.

But this wouldn’t be the first time the Hamlet-with-animals story achieved financial success. The Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff-directed film ended its run in theaters as the second-highest grossing pic of 1994 – just $17 million behind Best Picture winner Forrest Gump. Adjusted with inflation,
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Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ Goes Side by Side With 1994 Original in Viral Video

Disney broke the internet on Thanksgiving with the world premiere of the teaser trailer for Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King.” The clip has already earned over 10 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours for giving audiences a first look at Simba, Pride Rock, Rafiki, and more, all rendered in the same jaw-dropping CGI Favreau used on his 2016 “Jungle Book” adaptation.

As many fans quickly noticed, the first “Lion King” teaser is essentially a shot-for-shot remake of the opening sequence from Disney’s original 1994 animated film, directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. The Twitter account for the “Lights, Camera, Pod” podcast has released a comparison video putting Favreau’s “live action” footage next to the animated shots. The side-by-side video has earned over 3 million views and counting on Twitter alone, and it proves just how lifelike the CGI is that’s being used on the new “Lion King.
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'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake

'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake
The 1994 animated film The Lion King was a critical and commercial hit and beloved by families. The Disney movie won two Oscars and has grossed more than $968 million worldwide.

The animated version was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, with a voice cast that included Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin.

In September 2016, it was announced that Disney is doing a CGI remake of the film with Jon Favreau set to direct. The cast of ...
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‘The Lion King’ Turns 20: How the Disney Musical Became One of Broadway’s Best (Exclusive)

‘The Lion King’ Turns 20: How the Disney Musical Became One of Broadway’s Best (Exclusive)
The house lights dim, the sun rises on its first performance, and a powerful voice belts out: “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba,” the first lyrics of “Circle of Life.” Lindiwe Dlamini, a member of the ensemble dressed in a white dress, holding African bird puppets in either hand with another on her head, nervously waits in the wings as she readies to take the stage in the opening number of Disney’s Broadway adaptation of The Lion King, the 1994 animated hit film about a lion cub who overcomes adversity and accepts responsibility for his pride and land to become king of the jungle.

“You didn’t know how the audience was going to receive it, [but] the energy was beyond belief,” Dlamini recalls to Et. The actress was 29 years old when she was cast in The Lion King, which opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov. 13, 1997. The show later transferred to the Minskoff Theatre in 2006, where
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Photo Coverage: The Circle of Life Continues as Cast Celebrates 20 Years of The Lion King!

Last night at the Minskoff Theatre, The Lion King celebrated a huge milestone- 20 years on Broadway. Creative team members Julie Taymor, Tim Rice, Garth Fagan, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, Roger Allers, and Irene Mecchi joined hundreds of alumni and others for a special performance of the show, culminating in a surprise performance by The Lion King's Tony-nominated composer Elton John.
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Photo Coverage: The Disney Family Unites to Celebrate 20 Years of The Lion King!

Last night at the Minskoff Theatre, The Lion King celebrated a huge milestone- 20 years on Broadway. Creative team members Julie Taymor, Tim Rice, Garth Fagan, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, Roger Allers, and Irene Mecchi joined hundreds of alumni and others for a special performance of the show, culminating in a surprise performance by The Lion King's Tony-nominated composer Elton John.
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Lion King Deleted Scene Has Scar Making Moves on Nala

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Lion King Deleted Scene Has Scar Making Moves on Nala
Last month, Disney released a rare deleted scene that shows Jeremy Irons singing as Scar from The Lion King Signature Collection on Blu-ray. Now we have details on another deleted scene that may have been quite controversial, if it remained a part of the 1994 theatrical release. This scene also features Jeremy Irons' Scar, but this time he isn't singing, he's making some creepy advances towards Nala (Moira Kelly). According to a new report, while the rest of the scenes that were cut still do match the overall tone of the movie, this scene in particular, "comes out of left field."

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that these deleted scenes all featured the dialogue recordings by the voice actors, although they weren't fully animated, only showcased in storyboard form. Directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff explain in the special features that these scenes, "didn't quite make it into the movie" because
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Blu-ray Review: The Lion King

Long live the king!

Disney Animation has re-released 1994’s The Lion King back on to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

Movie Details

Synopsis: The Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes and only Mufusa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.

Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Written by: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Moira Kelly, Robert Guillaume and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 88 minutes

Blu-ray Details

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-hdma, Spanish and French: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Video: 1080p High Definition Widescreen
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Review: The Lion King – The Circle of Life Edition

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Walt Disney was a canny marketer, cycling his films in and out of release, on and off television, through the years, recognizing it would appear fresh to younger viewers and fondly recalled by those at later stages in their lives. That practice has continued into the world of home video with the films on rotation and we’re now getting The Lion King: The Circle of Life Edition after having received Masterpiece Collection, Platinum Edition and Diamond Edition. The new edition is already available as Digital HD and hits disc today.

An interesting thing to consider about the story itself is that Simba is being trained by his father to one day succeed him as King. This connection with a parent and this effort towards being prepared to rule is entirely absent from any of the Disney Princess films.

Of course, the movie is a wildly entertaining musical which
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Disney’s The Lion King on Blu-ray August 29th – The ‘Signature Collection’

It was announced at D23 Expo that in August, one of the biggest animated films in history—“The Lion King”—joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 29.

Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive, brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain,
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The Lion King gets Signature Collection Treatment in August

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Burbank, Calif. (July 16 2017) — It was announced today at D23 Expo that in August, one of the biggest animated films in history—The Lion King—joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 29.

Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive, brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room,
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Jeff Nathanson Will Write Live-Action Version Of The Lion King

Though reaction to the announcement of a live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King has been somewhat mixed, the studio is forging ahead with the project. Having set Jon Favreau to direct the film, screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) has now been hired to tackle the adaptation.

Disney are clearly seeking to capitalise on the rapturous reception The Jungle Book received earlier this year. Filmmaker Jon Favreau took the classic Disney film and reinvigorated it by returning to certain elements of the source material – being Rudyard Kipling’s book. He then delivered a CGI-live action hybrid movie that succeeded on every level. With The Lion King, however, there is no specific source material to incorporate, beyond the original film, unless writer Jeff Nathanson brings additional elements of Shakespeare’s Hamlet into the story – of which the 1994 film featured narrative aspects.
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