There’s just something about The Lion King, isn’t there? Disney’s re-release of the film has broken through everyone’s wildest expectations, adding to the already massive box office totals that it earned in its initial release. The Bluray is selling like crazy, and as we approach 20 years since The Lion King came out, it’s characters are still all around us, in the parks and elsewhere.
Why does The Lion King last? What is its appeal? I think it has to do with the characters and their struggles. The film does an unbelievable job of setting up the world of Pride Rock, especially in the epic opening sequence. As a viewer, you feel the depth of this world and the emotion of Mufasa as he unveils his new son to his loyal subjects. Then, we are immediately introduced to Scar, his jealous brother. The dynamic between these two is so well done that we instantly know the story.