The Lion King is another great Disney movie. It was one of the last Disney movies that I saw before immigrating to the US. Like we all know, this Disney movie is quite Shakespearean in its nature. Like such plays, family members are killing each other to become king. The story is about Simba, Mufasa and Scar. Mufasa inherited the pride when he came of age. As it was to be expected, his brother Scar was jealous of him. In the world of animals, there is no place for two Lion Kings ruling together. Scar wanted to defy nature and take the throne from the rightful heir.
When he saw his opportunity to slay Mufasa he did so. He made it seems like an accident. Mufasa thus ended up dying to save his son. Since, Scar allied himself with the Scavenger Hyenas, it was natural that he would change the order of things in their favor. Without the Pride stopping the Hyenas, the Hyenas began to play the part of predators. In essence, they drove away the packs of animals.
The rest of the story focuses on Simba and his guilt. He imagines himself the murderer of his father. At the end, he faces his uncle and uncovers the truth. The songs in this Disney movie were pretty cute. The Hacunamatata song was the best. It inspired many generations to not care. However, even in paradise the truth comes and finds you. You can only run away from responsibility for so long.
On that depressing tone, let us continue. The final battle choreography was pretty neat. The rain and the fire was a nice detail. It was pretty neat how Scar turned on his allies at the last moment. He blamed them for what occurred. Its not a graceful death to be killed by Scavengers, specially if you are a lion. I also like Rafiki a lot. He reminded me of a traditional African tribal shaman. You know, shamans read the signs, deliver babies and provide spiritual advices. In any case, the Lion King is a 5 stars worthy Disney movie. I did not like its second parts. They were no fun at all.