Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Lion King 3D

Story: Lion cub Simba is the heir to the throne. He is taught by his father that when he becomes king, he will continue the task to maintaining order in the circle of life.

Review: It’s been more than a decade since The Lion King first captivated audience in cinemas. Disney 3D remastered the original movie to the new generation of viewers with 3D imagery. I was able to watch it the first time. The depth of the animation was polished from the original 2D which makes it more realistic.

The cub Simba’s likeness sometimes compared to Japanese manga character Kimba, the white lion. Not only the name sounded similar, they looked similar except for the color. Disney has always been a storyteller and Lion King is one story everyone can relate. It may look like it happened in soap operas but sometimes things like these happen in the family like sibling rivalry for example. If Disney used actual people instead the animals of Africa to personify the story, it wouldn’t be interesting.

Music also plays a big part in any Disney animation. The musical score was ideal in an African setting. As for the actors, James Earl Jones played the voice of Mufasa, Simba’s father. Jones is no stranger to voice acting and was memorable as the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Jeremy Irons plays the voice of Scar, the evil brother of Mufasa. You never taught that a villain can be suave and has a share of comic punch lines in the movie. Nathan Lane plays Timon the meerkat, Rowan Atkinson was as Zazu, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin played the hyenas. Lane, Goldberg and Marin had the most comic experience in the whole movie. Also starring are Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly. The Lion King 3D opens December 14 in cinemas. The Lion King 3D is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

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