The Lion King, DVD review

imageOne of Disney’s most accomplished animations of recent times, The Lion King makes a swift leap to DVD.

Following last month’s theatrical re-release (in 3D), one of Disney’s most accomplished animations of recent times makes a swift leap to DVD (and 3D Blu-ray) – the first time it has been available in any form since 2004.

The story of lion cub Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick), heir to the kingdom who must overcome the treachery of his evil uncle Scar (voiced with malevolent relish by Jeremy Irons), blends echoes of Hamlet with knockabout larks from a supporting menagerie of creatures, particularly the meerkat/warthog double act of Timon and Pumbaa.

The spreading savannah and endless African skies are beautifully drawn, and, with Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and the Oscar-winning Can You Feel the Love Tonight (by Tim Rice and Elton John), the soundtrack is one of Disney’s most memorable.

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