The Lion King celebrates 25 years

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The Lion King celebrates 25 years

Simba has grown up since 1994, but he is still a favorite son.

Simba has grown up since 1994, but he is still a favorite son.

Simba has grown up since 1994, but he is still a favorite son.

Simba has grown up since 1994, but he is still a favorite son.

Jasmyne Murphy, Staff writer

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This year, a live version of the movie The Lion King was released and it is now in theaters. Over 20 years ago, on July 8, 1997, a musical version hit live theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It came to Broadway and, according to Wikipedia, on October 19, 1999, it opened in West End’s Lyceum Theatre and continues to play there, week after week.

But all of this started on June 24, 1994, with one of my favorite old Disney movies.

While it is considered entertainment, it is still one of the saddest movies out there. It made me cry a lot of times.

This movie is about animals coming to honor a newborn baby lion cub named Simba to the Pride Lands. Simba is soon to be king, but his uncle Scar wants to kill both him and his father. Obviously, he is unsuccessful. While there are a handful of deaths, Simba’s father Mufasa is the only death that audiences would consider from “the good guys.”

This movie also has one of the best soundtracks in the world.

The new movie was not bad, but it was missing some scenes from the original movie and worth seeing, especially if you are familiar with the one that came out 25 years ago.

(For Shakespeare fans who recognize the plot of Hamlet in The Lion King, check out this website. https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/tv-movies/a28376309/the-lion-king-hamlet-comparison/)

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