Stuff You Like: The Lion King

The Lion King: it’s a family film.

And that’s a good thing.

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13 Comments on "Stuff You Like: The Lion King"

happymel
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It’s odd but ever since I grew up I think that the Lion King is meh. I think this is the first Stuff You Like episode that actually had something that I don’t like. There’s a first for everything, I guess.

happymel
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Also, first. 😀

Swanpride
Guest

I don’t dislike the movie, but it is one of those which lost a lot of its charm over the years. I guess because at one point I realized how weak the third act actually is.

KelaRavenwood
Guest

What helps with Lion King’s depth is the source material its “inspired” by…Macbeth. Which is also the reason Disney didn’t expect much from it…its inspired by Shakespeare and the kids are not down with that.

ThatLurkerGuy
Guest

I think you mean “Hamlet”. The Scottish play is not the only one with a murderous usurper, but it is the one in which the rightful prince returns to overthrow his evil uncle king. And then “The Lion King 1 1/2” was a parody of “Rosencranz & Guildenstern are Dead”.

Darkcloud1111
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Meanwhile The Lion King 2 is somewhat like Romeo and Juliet, except everyone doesn’t die at the end.

lobsterzoidberg
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Can you believe I have never seen this movie? Thanks for the succinct description.

trlkly
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And now I finally know why you call yourself Sursum Ursa, since I saw the link to your YouTube Channel. (Has it always been your real name? I’ve never noticed.)

It would not have dawned on me because I would have never known that was a real name.

CaptainRoland
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So that’s the secret guilt theme of The Lion King tell that to the Nostalgia Critic.

CaptainRoland
Guest
Doug thinks this movie is overrated and that the message of facing your past and false guilt clause is twisted because Scar puts Simba on trial and even at first Simba though belileved he did cause the death of his father, when Scar auccuses him of regicide murder just to cover up his actual doings, Simba gets scared and denys that he supposedly killed Mufasa and everyone briefly turns aganist him even his mother Sarabi and his girlfriend Nala until Scar himself replaying the cliff scene makes a freaking tactical error by hoping throw Simba off the cliff yo his… Read more »
Darkcloud1111
Guest
Scar didn’t respect the circle of life, so he most likely did have the lions and hyenas go out and hunt for food even when it wasn’t needed. As a result the other herds decided things were getting too dangerous and moved on to other areas away from Scar and his pride (as in his group of lions/hyenas). The drought on the other hand could have just been a drought, but I have read theories that Mufasa had actually caused the drought with his crazy cloud powers as a kind of curse until the rightful king returned. Either way, the… Read more »
TBelle
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There’s also the mythological idea of the Fischer King at play. It comes from Arthurian legend that there was a king of a land that prospered when he was healthy and withered when he was injured. The implication is the right of kings to rule by being tethered to their land and the prosperity of the people. Seems to fit with the idea of the Circle of Life, & the lions’ role in maintaining it. The Lion King has a variant of the Fischer King where it is the Moral health of the king that determines his land’s prosperity, and… Read more »
TooMuchFreeTime
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I was touring the studio when they were making this movie. We were up on an enclosed walkway, looking down at the work area. I don’t think the animators were working at the time, but I got a good view of a finished background. It was Pride Rock, and I think it was from the scene where adult Simba confronts Scar.

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