#2 - 1994 Box Office: Gross $312,855,561
|Life's greatest adventure is finding your place in the Circle of Life|
Trivia (mostly courtesy of the IMDb)
- The highest grossing motion picture of 1994 worldwide
- The fourth highest US grossing animated film and the highest US grossing hand-drawn animation film
- One of the bugs that Timon pulls out of a knothole during Hakuna Matata is wearing Mickey Mouse ears
- The 2.5 minute wildebeest stampede took Disney's CG department approximately three years to animate
- The Broadway production of "The Lion King" opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997, has run for 5573 performances and is currently the seventh longest-running show on Broadway (as of April 17 2010)
- This is the second movie in which James Earl Jones (Mufasa) and Madge Sinclair (Serabi) perform together as an African King and Queen. Jones and Sinclair were also King and Queen in Coming to America
- While The Lion King is supposed to be Disney's first animated feature to be based on an original story, there is some controversy over the similarities between this film and a Japanese anime television show Kimba the White Lion
- When writer Irene Mecchi came on board, she was told that the story pitch was "Bambi in Africa meets Hamlet"
|Hakuna Matata Hakuna Matata...|
Walt Disney Feature Animation studio films lost interest for me right after The Lion King. I've never seen Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch or Treasure Planet. I did catch The Emperor's New Groove in theaters in 2000, but it wasn't until Brother Bear in 2003 when I started watching Disney films again and to be honest the quality dipped down. Not counting Disney/Pixar films, the seven WDFA & Walt Disney Animation Studios films from the past 8 years that I've seen have an average rating of under 3 stars (and I'm sure the adorable Tangled helped bring up that average). Do I love films like this and Aladdin simply because they came out when I was younger or has Disney dropped down in the quality of its films? I'm sure I should try to see some of those nine films that came out in my decade of no Disney to see if they show any promise, but I feel a little jaded based on films of late. These older great films have songs like "Circle of Life," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Hakuna Matata," "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" and I feel like they were part of pop culture outside of the films (maybe I'm wrong having seen the films). I'm pretty sure I've never heard "Colors of the Wind" (the Oscar-winning song from Pocahontas), "Go the Distance" (nominated from Hercules), "You'll Be In My Heart" (another Oscar-winning tune, this one from Tarzan) or any of the other non-nominated songs (well, I'm assuming Lilo & Stitch has an Elvis-filled, ineligible soundtrack, but I never heard their versions) and none of those films really hold any interest to me. And seeing how poor Disney has done recently (with Tangled being the exception that proves the rule), I'm not running out to see any of them. Do you really like any of these films? Are there any I should add to my Netflix Queue?