The Lion King : Original Vs. Live Animation 2019 #194

Finally I watched The Lion King 2019 movie and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all. In case you don’t know what “The Lion King” is then sorry, we can’t be friends!
Just kidding! It’s an animated movie by Disney that came in 1994! There are 2 other movies that came down the line- The Lion King 2 : Simba’s Pride in 1998 and The Lion King 1 1/2 in 2004.
Today I’m gonna be talking about the first movie of the series and which was remade again as a live animation this year 2019.
The story:
The basic story is- there was Lion named Mufasa who used rule the jungle. He was a great king and everybody loved him. His son was Simba. Mufasa had an evil brother, Scar. Scar wanted to acquire the position of the king at any cost. After Simba’s birth, it was clear that he would become the next king. Scar conspired to kill Simba… while he failed to kill Simba, he murdered his brother and manipulated the scenario in such a way that Simba was responsible for his father’s death.
Scar asked him to go away from their place and send Hyenas to hunt him down and kill him. Meanwhile Scar assumed the position of king in the jungle.
Simba ran far far away from the jungle where he used to live and reached another beautiful place where he met Timon (a meerkat) and Pumba (a Warthog). They taught him how to live a care-free life and “Hakuna Matata” (No worries) was their motto.
On the other hand, Scar destroyed the harmony of the jungle, he along with the hyenas exploited the jungle in every way possible. Simba’s childhood friend Nala went looking for help and found Simba. Simba came back to the jungle and fought with Scar and took back his position as a king.
My reaction to the original movie:
Even though I grew up hearing about the movie, I watched the movie just a couple of weeks back. I remember watching a cartoon series of Lion king which had Simba , Timon and Pumba in it. I really liked the original movie… I almost cried when Mufasa died. These are kid’s movies, I did not expect to see such a heart-breaking twist in the plot… The songs are really good. It’s a good movie and I fully enjoyed it as a 25 yo adult.
My reaction to the 2019 remake:
Whenever a movie like this comes out, I am one of those over-enthusiastic people to go watch the movie. Still I was a bit late this time because of other plans. It’s a remake, it’s a live action movie… every character looked natural except the animals could talk and sing. The visuals were really good. Apart from cartoon, major part of my childhood I spent watching Discovery channel, National Geographic and Animal Planet. All day long I could watch wild animals doing stuff. Watching the movie took me back to my childhood. I felt more nostalgic for this reason than watching the same story and listening to the same songs.
I didn’t do much research before going to the theater but unknowingly I was hoping the movie to be a little bit different. Probably that’s just me expecting too much. I think the movie is almost same – scene by scene, song by song – maybe dialogues were little bit different.
One of my friends told me that he found some of the scenes lame… I didn’t find anything lame but it wasn’t overwhelming to watch it as I had expected. It’s just a childhood thing, a connection for 90’s kids. I would choose the 1994 one as the better one, not because it came first… I feel it was an amazing movie with respect to the time.
The take-aways from The lion king-
Mufasa- the strong and kind king- “A good king doesn’t look for what he can take but looks for what he can give…”
Timon and Pumba’s duo has lot to offer. In life very often we get stressed about things that aren’t in our control… We should always focus on the present and cherish every moment.
Final thoughts:
I don’t mind to watch Disney movies with my 10 years old brother. To be honest, the story did not have much appeal to me. Is it because I grew too old? I don’t know. Please don’t hate on me in the comments, it’s just my personal opinion. It’s more like a fairy tale kind of a story with except Mufasa’s death… who dies in children movies and cartoons?!
I have watched recent works of Disney-Pixar such as Brave, Monster Inc, Inside Out, Frozen… I was fascinated to see the interviews on the characters are built, how the plot is created with the intention to leave deeper and meaning core message. These movies are not just kids movies- they are meant for all ages and yes, a matured audience will find some interesting references in the movies than the kids.

On final note, original I preferred original Lion King movie than the 2019 movie.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading. You may also like my thoughts on Maleficent.

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