Lion King Analysis

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The Lion King is a work of art, giving countless children and generations the knowledge and lessons that are needed in their life. The Lion King was released in 1994 and was directed by Roger Allers. This is classified as an animated epic/musical, and rightfully so! Some of the main actors and actresses in this film are Matthew Broderick, who plays Simba, and Rowan Atkinson, who plays Zazu. “This film takes place in the Pride Lands of Africa, King Mufasa, the ruling lion and Queen Sarabi present their new-born son Simba; the new heir of the throne, to the animals of pride rock. Simba’s Uncle; Scar, is fueled by anger and rage due to being unable to take over the throne, and plots to kill Mufasa and Simba to take his place as King. Scar causes a stampede through the canyon along with his hyenas where both Mufasa and Simba are, Scar ensures Mufasa falls to his death and blames the death on Simba” (IMDB, 2013). “Simba fleas pride rock after being told to run away and never return. Simba is found and rescued after collapsing by Timon (meerkat) and Pumbaa (warthog); the three become the greatest of friends. Nala, Simba’s childhood friend accidently meets Simba whilst hunting and begs him to return to the Pride Lands now a place of starvation and ruin. After some wise words from Rafiki (a Mandrill), Simba returns to Pride Rock to fight Scar for his Kingdom. After learning that it was in fact Scar who was responsible for his father’s death, Simba takes revenge through an enraged battle. Simba triumphs and takes his place as the rightful king, completing ‘The Circle of Life’” (IMDB, 2013). The legendary film The Lion King not only teaches valuable lessons, but uses countless cinematic techniques to provide an unforgettable adventure o... ... middle of paper ... ...the sinister intentions of the kings’ brother. His actions and selfishness ultimately leads to his downfall, showing that if one does not have the mutual respect for all living creatures, they will fall victim to the consequences of fate. All of these elements used throughout the film fully support the theme of the “Circle of Life”. If it weren’t for these choices in color, music, and film style, it would be an entirely different film. For example, if the film used basic color choices throughout the different scenes, the emotions that are expressed would be completely inappropriate to the theme and plot. The entire meaning of this production was to show equality and harmony between all. The lesson that was taught could have been lost completely if the elements of design were altered, negatively affecting the massive generation that grew up on this film.
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