If I had to make a top ten list of Disney movies, this would be very close to the top. I am surprised my VHS copy did not fall apart from how many times we watched it. Also, fun fact, I had a matchy-matchy Lion King sweatsuit too – it was my favourite outfit at eight/nine years old. This is a movie I can quote almost in its entirety – and I can definitely sing the words to all the songs. (And I will. If no one is there to hear…haha.) Fun fact #2: my brother and I once spent an entire weekend at my aunt and uncle’s house trying to pass the Lion King video game. We failed.
Plot Summary: Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (www.imdb.com)
Fun Fact: Rafiki leads Simba to a lake claiming to show him Mufasa. Simba looks up from the lake when he hears Mufasa in the sky. He never moves all the while talking to Mufasa, which means he should be standing at the edge of the lake. But when Mufasa fades away Simba runs forward and we realize Simba was nowhere near the lake, but on a grassland. If he was near the lake, he should have fallen into it when he ran forward. (www.imdb.com)
Favourite Character: Pumbaa
Just Can’t Wait to be King (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywjX6AF6oVc)
Hakuna Matata (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB5ceAruYrI)
He’s as mad as a hippo with a hernia.
Yuck. I can’t marry her! She’s my friend!
That’s MISTER Banana Beak to you, Fuzzy.
You gotta put your behind in your past.
Home is where your rump rests.
Your Majesty! I gravel at your feet.
You can either run from your past or learn from it.
Final Thoughts: Running away from your problems doesn’t make them go away. All running away does is hurt the people you love – it’s better to “stick your behind in your past” and move forward trying to do better. The lessons you learned in the past should influence your future.
Five Mickeys out of five:
Next Week’s Movie: Oliver and Company