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The Lion King: King of Disney

Alexis Ibarra-Ibarra

This article is a continuation of my opinion in Bakers vs Bakers: Best Disney Movie, where you can see some pictures that add ideas to my argument. In that article, you can also read the next section:

By far, my favorite non-Pixar Disney movie is The Lion King (1994). A lot of people pick their favorite Disney movie driven by melancholy and happy, childhood memories. But, I must admit that I didn’t watch a lot of Disney films when I was little. I had A LOT of Disney toys and clothes, though. I owned the red cassette of The Lion King’s soundtrack, which I listened to in the car before I could even attend kindergarten. I also enjoyed the delicious The Lion King popsicles that looked like a beautiful Savannah Sunset and had gummy bugs! However, I did not watch The Lion King until Middle School or maybe High School: I honestly can’t remember exactly when. But I’m pretty sure that by then, I was already literate enough about movies to differentiate a masterpiece from a great motion picture. Back then, The Lion King caught my eye, and I immediately knew this movie was something else.

Prone to bright colors, I fell in love with the visual design almost immediately. The contrast between light and darkness as deep symbolic assets greatly enhanced the overall experience. In terms of music, the instrumental soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is inspiring and breathtaking, and the Elton John songs are full of meaning and emotion.

Moreover, there are so many layers in the story; this world is full of philosophical depth. From the personal freedom of “Hakuna Matata” to the collective responsibilities of “The Circle of Life”, The Lion King reaches into the very nature of what constitutes a human being… with fur, of course. The film explores the hardships of childhood trauma, deception, growing up, and finding your place in the world. At the same time, it discusses complex political concepts like: a) benevolent dictatorships and illustrated monarchies; b) social stratification, social justice, and the resentment of the ones left behind by the social structure; c) populism and totalitarianism; d) the existence of Divine Rights to reign over a territory; e) the effects of illegitimate coup d’états; f) political morality and ethics; and g) the devastating effects of social and environmental exploitation. 

To wrap this up, I just want to state that the scene with Mufasa in the sky is one of the best speeches in World History, side by side with “Maximus Decimus Meridius” and “I Have a Dream”: it is moving, it is awe-inspiring, it is full of melancholy, but it is also full of greatness. 

If this is not art, I do not know what art is. If this does not move your heart, you are not human.

NOTE: There is a science fact that can change your whole perspective about the movie and could explain a big part of the plot: although Scar seems to be Mufasa’s young brother, his dark fur implies that, according to Biology, he was the older brother, which means that the latter was overthrown by the former. That also means that Mufasa also killed Scar’s kids, if he had any.

What do you think about The Lion King? Please share a slice of your opinion in the comment section below! The Cake is always thrilled to read about your thoughts!

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Feature image taken from Reddit.

2 replies on “The Lion King: King of Disney”

[…] I really didn’t start watching Anime properly until I was about 16, and immediately it was a different experience than watching Cartoons, because there was blood, gore, mental illness, and so much more, on display. At first, I thought that perhaps I’d just stumbled onto a few outliers, but anyone who have watched Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Naruto, One Piece, and all the other mainstream Anime that are popular in the West, can attest to the fact that there’s a lot more serious subjects and scenes on open display even in shows aimed primarily at teens. Disney movies are a bit of an outlier here, but even they tend to shy away from direct displays of death and such, even in iconic scenes like the death of Mufasa in Lion King. […]

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